Can You Bring Hair Gel On A Plane? The TSA Rules You Need To Know

Last Updated on May 17, 2020

So you’re going on an adventure or a trip somewhere and need your hair looking its best.

You’re going to need to pack some hair gel, hair wax, hair mouse, or a pomade of some sort.

It’s a common scenario, but can you bring hair gel on a plane?

Let’s find out.

TSA Hair Gel Rules

The transportation security administration are in charge of stopping dangerous objects from getting on to planes.

Here is a screengrab from the TSA website:

Is your hair gel dangerous? No of course not.

But in order to limit the chances of a bad actor (and I don’t mean Nicolas Cage) getting large quantities of flammables onboard liquids on planes are restricted.

And it’s not only liquids. Gels, pastes, creams, or anything ‘spreadable’ are restricted too.

This means that your little tub of hair gel gets caught up in the quest for aviation safety.

You can bring hair gel on a plane in your carry on luggage but it must be in a container that is smaller than 3.4 oz or 100ml. All liquids, gels, and pastes must go in your single quart-size clear plastic bag.

This is the bag that will contain all your liquid toiletries or cosmetics in 100 ml bottles or containers.

If you don’t have a small 3 oz hair gel you can buy empty reusable travel size bottles and fill them up. This is a very economical way to travel in the long run because mini travel bottles of hair gel will be expensive bought from the drugstore. To save money you should buy a large container of hair gel and transfer some product into a little squeezable bottle for your trip.

Security staff always have the right to refuse any item. Your hair gel should be fine if it is in a small travel-size container but the ultimate decision is always taken by the transportation security administration at the security checkpoint.

If 100ml of hair wax isn’t going to be enough for you can bring as much hair product as you want in your checked luggage.

Keep in mind that checked bags occasionally go missing and items have been known to disappear from checked baggage.

If your hair products are crucial then it’s better to keep them close to you during your flight.

Tommy got pretty annoyed when the TSA checked baggage screening team messed with his pill and hair gel and had a rant about it on Twitter:

The 3.4 oz limit is strict. You can’t rock up at the security checkpoint with a 4 oz hair paste and expect that the TSA will make an exception. Thankfully this passenger checked with the TSA before her trip.

The Verdict

Travel-size bottles or containers of hair gel, wax, mousse, paste, or pomade are fine in your carry-on bag. They do need to comply with the liquids rule. That means putting them in a plastic sandwich bag or similar.

If you are packing hair gel in your hand luggage make sure to remember to pack shampoo and conditioner too so you can wash it out your hair! Similar rules apply!

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