August 30th, 2010

Glow-in-the-dark dreads




Hello world! I thought I'd take this fine Monday afternoon to get some mental support from you lovely, adventurous dread pros about keeping environmental funk out of your hair.

(First, slapping up a quick pic from the other day. My un-dreaded roots are getting so frizzy and long... like 4 inches in places!)

In a few weeks I'm going to be trekking across the globe to Chernobyl. For those of you who remember what happened there in the 1980s, it's a fascinating place, arguably one of the most fascinating ghost towns in the world.

I also will be doing a little more than just walking up and down the street, and the largest danger is the radioactive dust: getting it on you, breathing it in you, bringing it home with you. They don't usually permit people to run around on the dirt, in the grass, or in the woods. For those who are "special" enough to (want to) do so, a couple of showers are probably good enough... when they don't have a pile of knots on their head.

While nothing fun comes without a price, I'd like to get some advice on keeping dreads as covered as possible. What do you do when you want to keep your babies out of the elements? I figured I'd wrap 'em up in a long jersey scarf, turban-style and then throw a hat over it.

And barring that, I'm thinking a couple of deep cleans later couldn't hurt.

I'm sure those of you who are Burning Man regulars have personal stories, but you're probably out there right now and not on LJ. ;)

I know I won't come home pristine, but I'd like to know that I tried my best.

Sorry if this was a rather useless post!