May 1, 2012 at 12:26 am #168652
Alrighty MUGS, I have a bit of a dilemma. I was accepted to my university’s archaeology field school this summer, which is fantastic news! However, this means that I will be camping in a tent for six weeks with only two showers per week, no electricity, and only a limited amount of personal items (whatever I can stuff into a hiker’s pack). I’m going to be outside for several hours a day doing physical labor (digging, excavation, surveying), and though it will only be in the low sixties while I am there I will undoubtedly be dirty and sweaty. During this six weeks we will also be listening to presentations from guest lecturers, meeting professionals in various fields and *hopefully* creating a bit of a network that will help us get jobs in the future.
How on earth am I supposed to style my hair so that it won’t be a nasty oily greasy mess?? The impressions we make with the professional archaeologists and the lecturers (professors and such) can be instrumental on helping us get a job. I don’t want to look like I just got dredged up from the swamp.
Thanks for any help!!May 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm #169863
I hate to be the person who does this to their own thread but I really need help so *bump*.May 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm #169867
Bring a dry shampoo or a little travel size bottle of baby powder. Bobby pins. When I have time later, I saw some tutorials, on how to make your hair look good when you haven’t washed it. As for the dirt goes, while you are working just throw a bandana over your hair to try and keep it clean that way.
I’m going to school (Environmental Science) to be an Ecologist, and will probably at some point will have to spend some time in a tent out in the woods for field study. So I’m with you! I’ll try and find those vids for you a little later.May 8, 2012 at 9:53 am #169940
Maybe the same principles as wearing makeup on the beach would apply here. Obviously there’ll be more dirt and less water than the beach, lol, but I’m thinking you don’t want to be wearing loads of full-face makeup while out working, so summer/beach makeup like tinted moisturisers, waterproof eyeliner and mascara would work too.
What kind of hair do you have? I have long curly hair, and for that, I’m a big believer in plaits and ponytails. Even if your hair is straight, try plaiting it back rather than leaving it loose, as that will keep most of the dirt out, and also stops it tangling so you don’t need to fuss with it so much. You can plait your hair straight after you wash it; comb it and towel dry the excess water out, then plait it and it’ll stay tidy for the rest of the day. Plait it at night, and it won’t be knotted in the morning. Keeping it in plaits while you’re working is practical and looks good, and you can change it around with straight plaits, side plaits, two plaits, three plaits. ^_^
For meeting people, a ponytail is always good, as you can easily make it look elegant–try it high up on the back of your head, or low to the side, or side and flipped, or side with a plait round the holder. A hairband can dress it up, and help hide greasiness.May 13, 2012 at 2:06 am #170640
Thank you so much ladies! I have straight hair and I am learning how to braid my own hair, so hopefully I will be able to do that when I am out in the field! Does anyone have any recommendations for dry shampoo? I had the Tresemme (sp?) one and it turned my hair grey, so I wasn’t so keen on that.
I tried looking for videos about styling unwashed hair, but most of them involved using curling irons or flat irons or other electronic appliances, which I won’t have… Even our “showers” aren’t actual showers. I’m kind of scared of looking like a she-squatch out there!May 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm #170677
Every review of the Tresemme dry shampoos I’ve read has been negative.
The Batiste ones seem to be the most highly rated (I’ve never tried them, though).
As for styling, just stick with simple styles — braids/plaits, ponytails. You could even put it up in a bun. Or you can always take some bandanas or scarves and wrap your hair in one of those once in a while.
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