If you’re traveling and want your hair to look your best, you’ll be pleased to know that you can bring hair gel on a plane in both your carry-on bags and checked bags.
The only thing to keep in mind is that if bringing hair gel in your carry on, the container must not exceed 3.4oz/100 ml.
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Bringing Hair Gel in Carry-on Bags
TSA have something called the 3-1-1 Rule, which stands for 3 ounces, 1 passenger, 1 quart-sized bag.
What this means is that each passenger is allowed to travel with a container of hair gel in their carry-on bag, just as long as it is no larger than 3.4 ounces and is placed in a 1 quart-sized resalable bag.
If your hair gel container is larger than 3.4 ounces and for whatever reason you don’t want to pack it in your checked bags, many popular brands sell mini-sized, travel-friendly containers designed for when you fly.
Bringing Hair Gel in Checked Bags
Many passengers often have no choice but to pack their hair gel in their checked bags because the container exceeds 3.4oz/100 ml.
While you might not be able to keep your hair looking sharp on those long-haul flights, the good news is that no weight regulations must be followed, and there is no need to spend additional money on a travel-friendly container of your favorite hair gel.
Rules for Hairspray, Wax, Clay, Mousse, Paste and Pomade
Whether you want to bring gel, wax, mousse, clay, paste, pomade, or hairspray on a plane, the TSA 3-1-1 rule applies – i.e. if you want to pack the item in your carry-on bag, the container must not exceed 3.4oz/100 ml.
If packing the item in your checked bag, there is no weight or size restrictions.
The same applies to bringing shampoo on a plane.
The Best Way of Bringing Hair Gel On a Plane
If your favorite brand of hair gel isn’t available in a travel-friendly container, but you want to pack it in your carry-on bag, you’ll be pleased to know that you can purchase a travel size bottle or container that is no larger than 3.4oz/100 ml and fill it yourself with your favorite hair gel, wax, mousse, paste, or pomade.
Even if your favorite brand is available, this can be a more economical way of traveling.
Of course, you can buy and fill more than one bottle or container if you will need more hair gel on your travels.
The TSA permit you to use your own containers, as long as they meet weight/size restrictions.
Can You Bring a Hair Dryer on a Plane?
You can bring a hair dryer on a plane in both your checked and carry on bags.
Unless you have a dual-voltage model, your hair dryer may not work abroad depending on where you are traveling to without additional steps.
Can You Bring Hair Straighteners on a Plane?
Corded hair straighteners are allowed in both your carry on and checked bags as long they don’t contain batteries or gas/fuel cartridges.
Cordless hair straighteners that contain lithium metal or lithium-ion batteries or are gas or butane fueled are only allowed in carry-on bags.
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