The Ultimate Guide to Picking a Hair Stylist’s Rolling Case

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Hair Stylist Rolling Case

Ok, this isn’t our normal hair tool review. Like other professions, these days, many Hairdressers and makeup artists travel for a living. Whether you are traveling for a hair show, conference, class, workshop, training or you have a job on location.  Your favorite tools are your lifeline to creating a masterpiece or a complete failure.

Since failure isn’t in our vocabulary, we need the perfect bag to carry our trade secrets in. And in reality, we don’t always appreciate high-quality luggage till your favorite pair of scissors got mangled, and all your stuff gets strewn all over the luggage belt.

Stylist Travel case features we will be  considering in this article:

  • Size
  • Weight
  • Hard side and Soft side
  • Locks
  • 2-in-1
  • Incorporated mirror and table setup (Mobile workstation)

Luggage size and weight

Size

The maximum size of your hairstylist Travel case can be is 62”. If it’s over 62” then you will be charged extra, usually 100$usd a pop. That isn’t even if its overweight. 

So, if your bag measures 28 inches high, 13 inches wide and 10 inches deep, its linear measurement or linear dimensions would be 28 + 13 + 10 = 51 linear inches. If your bag measures 25 inches high, 14 inches wide and 12 inches deep, its total linear dimensions would be 25 + 14 + 12 = 51 linear inches.-usatoday 

*carry on  is usually between  43-45

Weight

The maximum weight for checked luggage these days is 50lbs. So if it’s over then the overweight charge is also usually 100$ USD.  Most times the airlines don’t like overweight luggage for worker safety reasons. 

With good reason, it’s best to look for the lightest possible bag so you’ll have more room for your actual tools.

*check with your airline for luggage specifics weight and size each airline is different and the rules are always changing.

Stylist rolling case material comparison
Pros and cons of different luggage materials

Hard-side luggage materials:

ABS– (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is usually combined with other materials to make a stronger suitcase.

Aluminum- lightweight, strong metal, won’t rust 

MDF- Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product made by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, then that gets combined with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard

  • Pros 
    • Sturdy
    • Inexpensive
  • Cons
    • Because MDF is so dense, MDF is very heavy. 
    • MDF is prone to dings as luggage  
    • Don’t expose to moisture

PU Polyurethane/ PU leather (used as a laminate on hard side luggage)

  • Pros
              Water resistant

Soft-side luggage material:
1680D Nylon fabric/ aka Ballistic Nylon.

Ballistic nylon was originally used in the flak jackets of World War II airmen to protect against debris caused by artillery impacts. In the mid-1980s, 1680D (D =denier) made its debut in the travel industry. This tough-as-nails material has proven to be one of the most trusted and durable fabrics used in luggage manufacturer. 

When considering baggage material, ballistic nylon fits the bill for the regular traveler. If your bag is made from ballistic nylon, it can take a beating. Ballistic nylon’s “filament” yarn makes it a step smoother and stronger than common nylons like Cordura, which is less compact and features a rougher weave. The other major identifier of ballistic nylon is a two-ply weave, adding the extra stability needed to handle rough conditions. This durability and fine texture have made it a popular choice for business travelers. Worldtraveler

I bought a Samsonite set of made of this stuff except for the zipper (my fault for overstuffing the bag)  it lasted longer than the 5-year warranty.

Luggage Locks

Nobody wants their possessions rifled through, especially when it comes to your trade tools.  Locks keep you from losing your prized 200$ pair of sheers or your 400$ supersonic hair dryer.

All airport authorities have permission to inspect our bags at their own discretion.  Most other countries, the authorities make the owner open it if they want to inspect the content further. 

However, in the USA, airport security staff can open all check-in luggage without involving the owner.  This means that luggage locks are opened with force, often damaging the actual luggage piece in the process.

 If your bag is locked with TSA luggage locks, they can be unlocked with a master key and avoiding any damage. Thus you avoid leaving yourself open to theft or loss.

TIP:  TSA  does not reimburse passengers for unrecognized locks that have been broken as a result of the security screening process, or for any damage caused to locked bags for security purposes. -bforbag

Rolling Travel Cases

Yaheetech-Professional-Rolling-Cosmetic-Organizer

  • Material: ABS Plastic Case Surface + MDF Case + Aluminum Edge + Metal Corner + Polyester Lining + Aluminum Pull Rod + Plastic Wheels
  • Overall dimensions 15.2 x 10.4 x 22.4’’ (LxWxH) (slightly larger than carry-on size)
  • Weight 5.4 kg/ 11.8 lb
  • Max. Load Capacity: 20 kg/ 44 lb 
  • Pull Handle Max. Height: 105 cm / 41.3’’ (for taller people)

Yaheetech Professional Rolling Makeup Case Artist Travel Portable Travel Makeup Trolley Cosmetic Case Beauty Train Case Cosmetic Organizer

Pros

Cons

  • Affordable
  • Sturdy
  • Spinner
  • Pull out tray for lots of smaller items
  • 3 colors
  • Small mirror included
  • Sturdy
  • Inexpensive

Yaheetech All Black Makeup Case Rolling Train Case

  • Dimension: 13.4 x 9.4 x 20.5’’ (LxWxH) (carry-on sized)
  • Weight: 9 Lb
  • Pull out compartments (4) aprox8”x4”
  • Bottom compartment 12.8″x8.94″x13.19″(LxWxH) deeper bottom compartment than the other model

Yaheetech All Black Makeup Case Rolling Train Case Lockable Cosmetic Trolley Spinner Wheels with Sliding Drawer Makeup Brush Bag

Pros

Cons

  • Affordable
  • Deeper bottom compartment
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Spinner
  • No TSA locks

Yaheetech Rolling Makeup Case - Cosmetic Case Trolley Train Case Aluminum Sliding Drawer

  • Case Dimension (wheels included): 34.3 x 24.2 x 55.5cm / 13.5 x 9.5 x 21.9’’ (LxWxH)
  • Pull Handle Max. Height: 100 cm/ 39.4’’
  • ABS case surface, MDF case, aluminum, and metal reinforced edges.   Wear-resistant 210D polyester lining and rubber all-dimensional wheels. Aluminum sliding tracks and pull rods make smooth operation and corrosion resistance as well.
Yaheetech Rolling Makeup Case Professional Lock Train Case Cosmetic Trolley Case With Sliding Drawer Organizer and Swivel Wheels Red Aluminum
Pros

Cons

  • Polyester lining for easy cleaning
  • Carry on sized
  • Shallow side tray 1.18” deep
  • The middle compartment is small due to having the bottom drawer
  • No TSA locks

2-in-1 rolling case

Yaheetech 3 in 1 Professional Aluminum Rolling Makeup Trolley Artist Train Case

  • Overall Dimension:14.2 x 9.4 x 39’’ (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 9.6 Kg / 21.1 Lb
  • Max load capacity 30 kg/ 66 lb
  • Has a plastic outer case, aluminum, and metal reinforced edges.
  • Spacious: Large bottom compartment with dividers for more storage 16’ deep

 

Yaheetech 3 in 1 Professional Aluminum Rolling Makeup Trolley Artist Train Case Cosmetic Organizer Makeup Case 4 Removable Spinner Wheels Silver

Pros

Cons

  • Xtra Velcro strap for the handle
  • Movable dividers
  • Large bottom compartment with removable tray large enough for 1 mannequin head with a bit of room for tools like a blow dryer
  • spinner
  • Velvet lining is NOT as hygienic and easy to remove hair and lint
  • Even though you can separate the 2 pcs of the case . the bottom case doesn’t have a separate lid if you want to use the bottom only
  • As a unit, it is oversized for airplane travel
  • Problematic clasps

AW 14x9x29" 2In1 Pink 4 Wheel Rolling Aluminum Makeup Artist

  • ABS Body
  • Aluminum Frame and Reinforced Aluminum Corners

AW 2in1 4 Wheel Pro Aluminum Rolling Makeup Cosmetic Train Case Lockable Wheeled Box

Pros
  • 2nd lid for the bottom (both pieces can be used independently)
  • Nylon lined
  • Small mirror included

Soft side cases

2in1 Black Oxford Soft Sided Rolling Makeup Case

  • Case Overall (LxWxH):16″x 12″x 27.6″(L41*W30*H70cm)(Medium Luggage sized)
  • Shipping Weight: 26.5 pounds
  • Made of 1680D Nylon fabric –  wear-resistant and water-resistant
  • Top Hollow Space (LxWxH):14.5″ x 10.6 x 5.3″(L37*W27*H13.4cm);
  • Bottom Hollow Space (LxWxH):14.5″x 10.6″x 6.67″(L37*W27*H17cm);
  • 4 detachable wheels – universal   inline skate wheels

AW 2in1 Black Oxford Soft Sided Rolling Makeup Case Cosmetic Stroage Trolley 15x11x25' Train Bag Makeup Luggage

Pros

Cons

  • Lots of compartments for small items
  • Pullout drawers
  • Heavy
  • Not a lot of room for large tools
  • No locks

ZÜCA Artist Pro or Artist Flyer

  • Dimensions: 19.5″ height, 10″ width, 13.5″ depth (carry-on size)
  •  Weight (frame and bag): 9.3 lbs 

  • Weight (with accessories): 12 lbs 

  • made from water-resistant 1680D ballistic nylon

ZUCA Desert Sunrise Sport Artist Bag with Black Frame and Four Large Utility Pouches

Pros

Cons

  • the entire bag is machine and hand washable.
  • An incorporated seat that holds up to 300lbs
  • Change cover to personalize your bag
  • Comes with 0/2/4 clear plastic organizer pouches
  • NO heatproof insulated lining for hot tools.
  • No mirror
  • No locks

Convert your Zuca into a mobile salon 

FAQ

Question: Why is this pro artist case so much more expensive than the sport ones?
Answer: It has a slimmer frame, so you can use it as a carry-on bag. Also, it comes with utility pouches and travel cover. 

Question: What is the difference between the Pro Artist and the Pro Travel?
Answer: The only difference between the Pro Artist and Pro Travel is the type of packing pouches inside. The Pro Artist roller bag contains clear vinyl packing pouches (better for liquids) and the Pro travel contains mesh packing pouches. The roller bag is the exact same on both.
Comes with seat cover but no seat cushion

Question: Do the wheels help when going up the stairs?
Answer: Wheels help with carrying up the stairs 

This particular model makes me think of our favorite salon rolling cart.

C180 Salon Roll-About Cart Trolley Lockable Black Made in USA

C180 Salon Roll-About Cart Trolley Lockable Black Made in USA by Dina Meri

Kemier Portable Cosmetic Organizer,Soft-Sided Nylon Rolling Makeup Case

  • 13.75 x 9.5 x 20.5 inches (L x W x H) 
  • 12.4 pounds/4.5kg.

Kemier Portable Cosmetic Organizer,Soft-Sided Nylon Rolling Makeup Case with Pouches,Black

Pros
  • Includes: 6 individual organizer bags
  • Can lock zippers with TSA lock (not included)

Comparable to zuca may not last as long. And a bit more affordable 

Mobile workstations

Ollieroo Rose-Pink Lockable Makeup Artist Case Rolling wheels

  • Overall Case w/ Handle and Wheels Dimension(L x W x H): 14.6″ x 9.6″ x 22.6 (handle down)  39.1″(with handle up)
  • Overall Box  Dimension(L x W x H): 14.6″ x 9.6″ x 19.5″(not including the wheels) 
  • Weight: 15 Lbs.
  • Material:  the walls are made of MDF, the black part inside the case and the pink part is made of PU leather.
  • Since its carry on sized best to carry on the bag may not withstand luggage handling unless you invest in extra luggage straps to keep it all together

Ollieroo Makeup Train Case Rose-Pink Lockable PU Artist Makeup Cosmetic Train Case with 4 Removable Rolling Wheels and 4 Keys

Pros

Cons

  • Removable mirror included
  • Removable wheels
  • PU leather not as resistant as ABS
  • Too short to sit in front of it like a vanity table
  • Don't check this bag
  • No TSA locks

Mfg Recommendation: The partitions are fixed by glue which may produce some odor in the bag. The odor is non-toxic.  But let the travel case air out odor for 2~3 days after you receive it. 

SHANY Rebel Series Pro Makeup Artists Multifunction Cosmetics Trolley Train Case

  • Rolling case Measurement: 16 x 11.5 x 34 inches ; 14.3 pounds (large suitcase size)
  • Shipping Weight: 43.7 (with all accessories)
  • Featuring extra outlets for Hairdryer, Flat Irons, Hair straighteners, Lighted Makeup case with LED lights. Working Fan

SHANY Rebel Series Pro Makeup Artists Multifunction Cosmetics Trolley Train Case, Cheer Power, Large

Pros

Cons

  • Large bottom compartment for tools
  • Hairdryer holder
  • Most like a salon work station
  • Expensive
  • Not great for air travel
  • Heavy fully loaded

SHANY Rebel Series Pro Makeup Artists Multifunction Cosmetics Trolley Train Case

  • 15.8 x 8.6 x 20 inches (carry-on sized)
  • 33.1 pounds
  • Material: Aluminum finish, steel corners

Kemier Makeup Case,Professional Artist Studio Cosmetic Train Table w/4 Rolling Wheels & Lights & Mirror,Pro Makeup Station,Cover Board and Easy Clean Extendable Trays,Adjustable Legs,Sturdy (Blue)

Pros

Cons

  • Lighted mirror
  • Legs (no table required)
  • Hair dryer holder (not shown)
  • 110/220 volts (American plug)
  • 6-40 watt bulbs produce a lot of heat

AW Rolling Makeup Case 27x18x9" with LED Light Mirror Adjustable Legs Detachable Wheel

  • Dimension (LxWxH): 26 15/16″ x 18 1/8″ x 8 7/8″ (68.5 x 46 x 22.5 cm
  • 40 pounds
  • Material: Aluminum alloy, PP, PVC lining

AW Rolling Makeup Case 27x18x9' with LED Light Mirror Adjustable Legs Detachable Wheel Train Studio Artist Cosmetic

Pros

Cons

  • A place for holding your hot tools (portable station)
  • Legs (6 height adjustments)
  • 6-3w LED lights
  • Dimmer for lights
  • Auxiliary outlet
  • Dual Voltage: 110-250V
  • Max. Output Power: 2400W
  • Power Cord Length: 7 ft (2.4 m)
  • Heavy (as a carry-on you need a different bag for products.)

AW Black Rolling Cosmetic Studio 15x8x19' Case w/Light Mirror

  • Compact Dimensions (LxWxH) -15 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ x 19 3/4″ C
  • Weight: 29 pounds

AW Black Rolling Cosmetic Studio 15x8x19' Case w/Light Mirror Portable Organized Trolley Storage Makeup Artist

Pros

Cons

  • Lightest and Most affordable (of its class)
  • Inline skate wheels
  • Inline skate wheels
  • International outlet
  • Lighted Mirror
  • Best for tools rather than makeup (no frills)
  • Heat resistant
  • Carry on size
  • (Tabletop required) no legs
  • 6-40w light bulbs (HOT HOT HOT)
  • No tray dividers

Things we wish we had

Rollercoaster Black Rolling Table Suitcase 020060139

*not currently available in USA*

2130 PORTABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP CASE STATION by Dina Meri

2120 PORTABLE HAIR & MAKE-UP CASE STATION Lockable made in USA by Dina Meri

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