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11 August 2010 @ 03:14 pm
burning hair question  
The last time I went to Burning Man, I got my hair twisted, with extensions, so it looked like this:

Your snackchef, Rosa Fine layer of dust and Rosa

This year, I was figuring I wouldn't do anything special with my hair, but I'm starting to rethink that. The twists were awfully fun. But also costly and, for the first couple of days, pretty painful.

Therefore, I turn to you, livejournal, for this very important question:

For Burning Man this year, what should aroraborealis do with her hair?

nothing special
other (describe below)
I'm feeling: curiousindecisive
Kcatkcatalyst on August 11th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I vote braids because I remember you saying that regular hair was kind of a pain at burning man.
ruthless compassionaroraborealis on August 11th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have this fantasy that I know better now than I did my first year, buuuut... If I'm wrong, I have 10 days of sucky hair instead of fun hair!
Kcatkcatalyst on August 11th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, trying out a potentially futile fantasy is a great way to make "nothing special" into something special!
Rowan: burningmzrowan on August 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
We could always take a shot at braiding your hair on-playa if you turn out to hate it loose.
wild, predictable abandoncontessagrrl on August 11th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm torn!

I think you might enjoy NOT having your hair in braids or twists, especially now that you better understand on-playa hair care for your hair.

On the other hand, you know the braids/twists work well for you. Is it worth the time and money investment to you? Also, since you have pretty short hair, what about doing shorter braids/twists? Even more like shoulder-length should be less painful to adjust to.

One thing I notice is that you look like a different you (to me) in (the pictures of) the twists you did previously. Some people seem to really like that on playa (see: playa names, alter egos) and some people really don't like that (see: I get to be my Real Self (tm) on playa). Perhaps that's worth thinking about?
ruthless compassion: flower smilearoraborealis on August 11th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
Interesting point about different "me"s. I think I like both! But this is worth thinking about, for sure. Thanks!
harimad on August 11th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
It occurs to me that dye is inexpensive and not painful. I like braids on other people (it looks weird on me) but I don't want to impose my yearnings on someone else's head.
ruthless compassion: red streakaroraborealis on August 11th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well, I always have a chunk of dyed hair in the front, so that's part of "nothing special" for me! To get really noticeable color in my hair requires bleaching, too, but I could do a color rinse just for general effect. Thanks for the thoughts!
Chancemiss_chance on August 11th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Or, you know, you could, if you wanted to, bleach your whole head and do (a) color(s) all over. When you want your hair back to normal you just re-dye to your natural (or preferred) color. I'm amazed at what a barrier I *thought* all-over dying would be compared to what little-deal it really is.
catcatya on August 12th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
this is a very good point :)
emily: fierceshut_it_already on August 11th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
The twists look *very* cool! Did you take them out before you came back home last year?
ruthless compassionaroraborealis on August 12th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I came home with them but then took them out in my first days back!
sabriel_sabriel_ on August 11th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
man I loved those twists.....at least all the pix I've seen!!
I feel bad voting purely on aesthetics, not on comfort, but there you go.
ruthless compassionaroraborealis on August 12th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
Aesthetics matter!!
Deloresdebsquared on August 11th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'd love to do dreads someday, so I'm recommending this to live vicariously through you. :n)
jordanwillow: linus and his blanketjordanwillow on August 11th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
i voted for "nothing special" as a vote against pain :)
David Policardpolicar on August 12th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Shave it!
lazyzlazyz on August 12th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Dan's godmother shaved her head for ease during her climb of Denali.
I vote for gel. It's cheap and does anything.
PS, her X lost his primary bid for Congress, yay.
born from jets!!!catness on August 12th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I <3 the braids. But you need to do what works best for you, not what I think is hot. :)
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on August 14th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't found braids painful, which is why I vote for them over twists, but obviously YMMV. I would cry sad tears on the playa without *some* hair-management strategy, though.