Pack This, Not That: A Celebrity Hairstylist Never Flies Without These 10 Carry-On Essentials

Traveling is fun but it can also be taxing on your body, especially when your job requires you to be on a plane every other week—because let’s be honest, planes are breeding grounds for bacteria. So, how do you stay healthy and make your flight more enjoyable? In our new series, Pack This, Not That we ask regular jetsetters—from CEOs to entrepreneurs—to share the carry-on essentials they won’t board a plane without.

Photo:  Courtesy of Kristin Ess

Photo: Courtesy of Kristin Ess

If you haven’t heard of Kristin Ess by now, then do yourself a favor and give our 2017 C&C 100 nominee a follow on IG. The celebrity hairdresser—she is responsible for the enviable locks of Lucy Hale and Lauren Conrad (no biggie!)—is busy building an empire with her self-titled haircare line available exclusively at Target (think luxury haircare for a drugstore price without compromising quality.) From the product design to the branding, Ess touches every aspect of the brand and she doesn’t miss a beat which is why new product launches have been known to sell-out in store.

When she’s not designing the next viral product, Ess is on the road coiffing her client’s tresses for events or editorial, all the while creating content—have you seen her tutorials?— for her hundreds of thousands of fans. Yes, you read that correctly. Since she’s constantly on the move—and in celebration of her new haircare travel minis—we decided to ask Ess to share the carry-on beauty essentials she never boards a plane without. Click on the product name to shop her picks. You’re welcome.

Augustinus Bader “The Cream”

Augustinus Bader

“It’s the perfect daily moisturizer that never feels oily underneath my make up.“

Creme d'Elegance Repairateur


“It’s so moisturizing and hydrating. I slather it all over my face when I am in flight. “

Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray Travel

Kristin Ess Texture Spray

“Texture spray is something I use (whether I heat style my hair or air-dry it) to get extra texture and volume.”

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask

Summer Fridays Overtime mask

“I have combination skin and sometimes I get little dry patches. I use this mask to gently buff away any dry skin. I also love using it to exfoliate my décolletage and the back of my hands, which can get a little dry.”

Megababe Bust Dust Anti-Breast-Sweat Spray

Megababe bust breast sweat spray

“Because boob sweat on your shirt ain't cute.”

Reverence de Bastien Glass Nail File

glass nail file

“But please don’t be that person filing your nails on the plane.”

Bobby Brown BB Cream

Bobby Brown BB cream

Because I need SPF for the window seat.”

Corpus Natural Deodorant in The Botanist

Corpus Naturals Deoderant

“It’s the only natural deodorant I have ever found that actually works and trust me—I have searched far and wide.”

BKR Fifth Ave Water Bottle

BKR water bottle

“We all need to do our part to cut back on single-use plastics.”

Kristin Ess Style Reviving Mini Dry Shampoo

Kristin Ess dry shampoo

“I have very oily hair, so I need dry shampoo once a day to keep my fine hair from getting flat.”

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