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06-09-2011 10:14 PM
zeehag what ABOUT lon ghair, anyway--is fine and dandy to keep it--isnt a rule to have to cut hair if ye has a boat--LOL..... tooo much peer pressure makes folks bland and uninteresting......long hair is not difficult to wash--i use sea water and rinse in sea water and let it dry a minuet then rinse with a cup or 2 of fresh water and dry a lil then add some leave in conditioner--- what is so difficult about that??? tie it up whenye feel it is in yer way--is all common sense.
06-09-2011 05:15 AM
BLOD Still not sure now. Too short and my fine hair looks awful if not clean. Too long and a pain to wash. Thinking just long enough to tie up and if in doubt wear a nice tight fitting hat.
04-06-2011 03:09 PM
wingNwing Interesting thought, though on balance I think really short is easier than really long, (it may, however, be less fun). When we left our wonderful stylist taught me to cut Dan's hair, and him to cut mine - one solution to your 'frequent cuts' dilemma.
03-24-2011 05:08 PM
stefrrr Plus, on more extended cruising, there's the disadvantage of requiring frequent cuts. I'm considering growing out my less-than shoulder length hair so I can keep it out of my face & not need to get it cut so often.
02-08-2011 01:36 PM
PsychedChicken I also have long hair and have spent many a day on boats. Not necessarily sail boats but i feel your pain. I am notorious for tying my hair up as tight as possible so that it is highly unlikely to come undone. And then once or twice a day i take it down, brush it out, and put it right back up. You'll be absolutely disgusted with yourself at first. But its better then going crewcut. Done that too. Then just wash it when you can...
12-04-2010 07:22 PM
eryka Thanx multi! I love the smell of Kemi Oil but at about a dollar an ounce I haven't bought any recently; think I'll try leaving a bit in next time. (Going to experiment over the winter here where we're dockside.) Will also check out your link. Yeah, what I need, another web forum to spend time in ...

And laughing at your comment about being a brunette, you can see my hair color in my pic. Everything affects it; if I spend too long in a swimming pool, the chlorine turns it Crayola-crayon green.
12-04-2010 11:26 AM
Multihullgirl Hi Eryka

Your application of oil will vary, so I'd just say try a little at a time and see what works for you.

I don't find that a light application (to the ends when wet) attracts dirt per se, but if I'm doing the slather thing, it'll be, well, oily.

But then again, I'm applying a heavy coat (slathering) for protection and in that case certainly braiding it up so who cares? If anything a thick application of oil will slick back the short hairs and keep that stuff out of my face. If I'm racing I will grease my head ;-) and braid it back tight.

I don't find that it takes more soap to get out, not the food oils, anyway. I love shampoo bars, and I get mine from Chagrin Valley. Not cheap but easily transportable, go a long way, I like them for boat purposes especially

BTW olive oil is also highly recommended although I'm not that all about the scent. You can, though, add a few drops of essential oil to your hair oil and get a more pleasant scent.

I can't imagine that oil would colour your hair in any way, but I'm a brunette and I expect I wouldn't know if it did.

I don't know if y'all are familiar with the Long Hair fora, but they're a wealth of info on care and also on ***hair toys!!!***

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12-03-2010 04:16 PM
eryka I've never tried oil, maybe I don't understand? I would think it would attract dirt??? How do you do this, just the hair especially toward the ends, and not the scalp? How does it extend the time between washing? Normally I'm good for about 4 days between washing unless its particularly sweaty weather. Does it take even more soap than normal to get out? Does it make your hair yellowish? (Sorry, I'm a mass of questions here!)

And yes, I shed too, we're constantly finding long, pale hairs on our boat. Unless I've had it braided - then I don't shed until the day I take the braids out, at which time I get the entire 2 weeks worth of shedding in one huge inundation.
12-03-2010 09:16 AM
Multihullgirl Hello all

I've not spent any extended time offshore (week or two at a time) but my boat is rather... well... lean on accommodation. All I have is a solar shower.

My wash technique is to focus on the scalp and not wash the ends too much. I like shampoo bars which are easily portable and also are good for this technique of, shall we say, 'focused washing?'

I also use oils. And I'm rather particular about them. I have found that mineral oils will cause my hair to break, as also do things like Skin so Soft (which has mineral oil), other bug sprays and spray-on sunscreens.

I rather like almond oil and coconut oil. Almond doesn't firm up when the temps drop so it's a bit handier. And for cost's sake I buy food-grade oils which can be found relatively inexpensively in Asian markets in the US. Packaged-for-hair oils, I find, tend to be mixed with mineral oils and are far more expensive.

As for technique: if I'm going to wear it down I just take a tiny bit (fingernail's worth) and apply to the ends. Usually when under sail I'll slather my hair and braid it up. When we charter I find someone who's doing braiding and get 'rows done. Then I can dive to my heart's content and all I have to do is rinse and oil.

I am so glad to hear that other people have hairy boats... I was beginning to think I was having some sort of alopecia, I think it's called
11-27-2010 02:42 PM
zeehag cute head, dude-- havent had that problem as yet-- been sailing since age 7....am old now----still have all mine... but i am a gurlee....
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