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11. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 9y

i took mine away travelling the first time (to oz) and didn't use it once! so the next time i went away (to Asia) i didn't take one and didn't miss it. I have got short hair though, so if you really need to take it a travel sized one should be fine to fit in your bag - it shouldn't take up much space or be too heavy.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 9, 2007, at 5:31 AM by bex76 ]

12. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

i don`t know about you but in the heat my hair goes frizzy no matter what hairdryer or straightners i had so i didn`t bring anything with me, i just stick it in a plait and leave it to dry, also if you`re travelling you don`t need the extra weight on your back, and if you feel that you can`t do without it you can probably pick it up cheap over there...... the extra space space can be for shopping

13. Posted by natz33 (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

I had to log into this new site i found (this one) just to tell you DO TAKE your drier and straighteners if thats what you want to do. realistically they dont weigh that much, and if you don't have them, and you need them you'll be really p*****d off. I travelled around Australia and New Zealand for a year and my husband spent so long trying to get me to leave them behind. In the end i won and he had a much prettier, happier within herself travelling partner to go away with. And although we camped the whole year i still got a lot of use out of them, everywhere has sockets you can use!!! :)

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15. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

After a few trips leaving the hairdryer behind, I've now opted for a small travel-sized one and insist on taking it everywhere. You can only spend so many days with damp, pony-tailed hair (or limp, stuck-to-your-face hair) before you start to feel like a stray cat. I also decided to buy 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner this trip, only to have my hair looking like I'd spent the day rubbing baloons upside my head. So as much as I don't get overly fancy, I do splurge on the hair stuff.

16. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

Am the type of girl who spend an hour in the bathroom between the shower and my hair (with the drying bit). I wear make up everyday and wont go out without it. However when i go travelling I transform myself from the girly chick to a tomb boy. A quick wash, my hair do whatever they want and NO make up.

I will vote for not bringing the hair dryer. The day I cant stand my hair anymore I just wear a baseball cap and that do the trick. I wont dare to imagine carrying extra weight for months on my back just to have a nice look.

I travel for myself and dont really care how i look in the eyes of others. If they have a problem about it BAD LUCK.

So No hair dryer and feel the freedom invading your body.
FLO

17. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 9y

ok, i'm sorry, i have to admit it, i laughed! but i applaud you for your question. my vote is for no hairdryer. you just won't want the extra weight and you'll end up ditching it along the way. believe me, when your pack starts to drag you down with all the goodies you find along the way, you just shed stuff, and i'm betting the hair dryer will be the first to go! i cut my hair really short when i went on the road for over 6 months, but now that its long, i tend to just let it air dry or braid it back to get it out of the way. you'll be fine without and i bet you'll look just as beautiful!

18. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Any girl that needs a hairdryer to go travelling is the same type to spend a ridiculous time in front of the mirror prissing and preening. A waste of time, too much hard work.

19. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting james

Any girl that needs a hairdryer to go travelling is the same type to spend a ridiculous time in front of the mirror prissing and preening. A waste of time, too much hard work.

I must disagree! It takes me about 2 minutes to dry my hair (the same song is usually still playing on the radio by the time I shut the thing off), and then I'm pretty much done with it. It just feels so awful after a few days to have damp hair up in a ponytail or flat hair stuck to your face (I end up with strands in my mouth - blech). Perhaps the best solution is cutting your hair short - then all you need is a drop of shampoo!

20. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Quoting james

Any girl that needs a hairdryer to go travelling is the same type to spend a ridiculous time in front of the mirror prissing and preening. A waste of time, too much hard work.

I must disagree! It takes me about 2 minutes to dry my hair (the same song is usually still playing on the radio by the time I shut the thing off), and then I'm pretty much done with it. It just feels so awful after a few days to have damp hair up in a ponytail or flat hair stuck to your face (I end up with strands in my mouth - blech). Perhaps the best solution is cutting your hair short - then all you need is a drop of shampoo!

I gotta blow dry my hair and l totally agree with Tina.

James theres no harm in taking care of yourself - just taking yourself too seriously thats where the problem lies!

I have to take a hair dryer - my hair is too short for a pony tale yet not short enough to style without a hairdryer! A small compact travel one does the job usually!