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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Bit of a weird question for you all today - just wondering if anyone here (the girls, especially) ever decided to shave off all their locks?

I'm probably never going to do this, because I'm a big chicken really, but my hair is driving me up the wall recently. I have quite long hair and even after getting it cut quite recently, it's really dry and brittle and unmanageable.

I'd love to just chop it all off and let it grow from scratch, so that it would be really healthy again. Going travelling seems like the opportune time to do this, seeing as I wont be working for a while, etc...ie wont have to maintain much of an "appearance".

But I have more than a few reservations.....

I dont want my hair to grow back darker than its original colour.

I'm not too fired up about looking like a hedgehog and having ppl rubbing my head for 5 or 6 months while it grows to some sort of decent length again.

I dont want to look like a boy

I dont want to be cold

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On the other hand, i suppose there are some advanatages:

At the moment, it takes me anything up to an hour to wash, condition, dry and style my hair. *pain in the ass*. Not having any would elimnate all of the above hassles.

MASSIVE savings on hair products, etc...

Convenience while travelling

And I suppose i could just cover up the porcupine look with bandanas and hats until it grows again....

So, has anyone else done this? Would you recommend it?

How about the lads? Would you run a mile from an Irish girl on the road with a big shaved head?

2. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

I chopped my hair off short a few years ago, however found it a bit annoying when it got to the mid-length stage again ie too short to tie back but to long to stay out of eyes and in your face generally.
Last year whilst spending time in the Costa Rican jungle and then surfing I had my hair braided, which was fantastic.
Advantages: Looks good, very easy to manage and out of the way.
Disadvantage: Have to take them out about once a month to give the hair a proper airing and wash (I used leave-on conditioner the rest of the time, as recommended by the hairdresser). Takes about two to three hours to have them braided.

But I really liked it and would definitely braid it again when travelling for a longer period of time.

3. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Well your asking a slaphead here hahaha and i have to shave mine every 4 days to keep it the length i want.Its bloody expensive on razor blades but i guess you wont be going that short.i do loooove women with long flowing hair but thats just my opinion.
Having said that some women do look ok with short hair but then you may get the typical stereotype people who will either class women with short hair as being a tomboy lesbian etc etc and all the other usual crap.
Why not cut it before you travel say to shoulder length and then get it cut now and again when you travel.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I've (seriously) thought about shaving my head hundreds of times - and I'd be thinking the same as you if I were to go off for a long period of time. I HATE having hair in my face - especially when it's being blown all over the place by the wind (nothing like not being able to see through your hair or having a runaway strand end up in your mouth - or up your nose).

The closest I've ever come was to cut my hair really, really short - shaved in the back and about an inch on top. I don't think I looked like a boy, and it took absolutely no time to wash and dry. Plus I could swim without having to tie everything up in an elastic.

The big downside was the horrible fop of a mess that my hair became as it grew back out. Ack! Tufts of longer pieces poking out from the sides and lovely bangs down the middle of my forrehead. Plus you're stuck with one hairstyle for months on end: short. It may not be so bad if you're travelling, though, as you can get away with a hat or a headscarf or a big hairband for awhile.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I lost all my hair (no choice) And I hate it! I always had long hair...and I think it became part of who I was. Yes, people will say it is only hair....but it was part of my personality. I miss it terribly....just my opinion....but it is killing me how long it is taking to grow back...(and it is WAY darker than it was before :( )

6. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I had really short hair at one stage and I hated it, i don't think i looked like a boy but i hated all the stupid assumptions that went with it.

Having said that with travelling it might make it easier, one of my friends was in India when she cut off all her hair, she said the hassle just became to much and it was either get rid of the hair or go home and she hates to quit, she got a lot less hassle when it was gone (this could also have been because her attitude changed). Her hair was a similar colour to yours, it started to grow back darker but before it grew too much she had already travelled on and now its lighter then ever (she's in melbourne at the moment).

7. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

My hair used to be 3/4 of the way down my back (several times in my life...). I've never shaved it all the way down, just cut it to about 1 inch in length. Probably better...I doubt I have the most attractive skull.

I've never had to worry about it growing back darker...um, I just didn't care. Now it's getting grayer, and sometimes looks like someone spray-painted my head.

Yes, long hair requires lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots....sorry, of care. Unless you dreadlock it. But white guys don't look good in dreads. Particularly this white guy.

Think long and hard...it'll take a while to grow back...and it will indeed get annoying when it's too short to tie back but just long enough to get in your face.

Or.....cut it like Annie Lennox did when she was with the Eurythmics, throw in a little orange hair dye.....

Don't worry about looking like a boy.....speaking on behalf of many men here....you wouldn't. But we would rub your head for a while

As for the cold...um, Irish woolens?

For now, to get rid of the dry brittlies, I would just give it a good cut back to the healthier parts.

For what it's worth from a boy who's been there.

8. Posted by Blitz198 (Full Member 99 posts) 11y

Cornrows work really well. They keep your hair out of your face nicely. The only problems are, one, they get all frizzy after a while, two, when you take them out, a crapload of your hair falls out, and three, if you have beads on the ends, they smack you in the face. But other than that, they are really really easy to take care of and everything. And if the beads get annoying, you can tie back the braids. That is, if you have braids. Some just cover your whole head. I had half of my head cornrowed, and the rest braided.

9. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I lost all my hair (no choice) And I hate it! I always had long hair...and I think it became part of who I was. Yes, people will say it is only hair....but it was part of my personality. I miss it terribly....just my opinion....but it is killing me how long it is taking to grow back...(and it is WAY darker than it was before :( )

But you still look gorgeous CC and id still marry you ;)

10. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Know where your coming from Ev, I have always cut my hair really short & spiky to travel, its just so much easier & cooler in the humid climates, sometimes its not that easy to shampoo & condition on the road.. however since I have been back in the real world for a few years, I have grown my hair & are now faced with what to do with it to go to Sth America realistically I think it will be coming off again