Hello all. I just joined and am planning on walking the Camino Frances in September.
Can anyone tell me...are there hair dryers in the alburges?? If not, what do you ladies do about hair? Shall I cut it real short before leavling home?
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Hair dryers in albergues?-reminds me of the albergue in Rabanal: being shown my bed by the hospitalero I asked where the jacuzi was. The answer was a snappy 'there isn't one!'
I suggest you adopt my strategy:
step 1: have a number one haircut
step 2: when hair becomes long enough to need a hairdryer....repeat step 1
If you take one you will be very popular, for I remember in Pamplona people used one to dry their socks since everything was so humid after days of rain. But is it worth the weight?
Don't cut your hair..... shower when you get to the albergue and you will see how quickly your hair dries. My hair was long and thick and dried much quicker than it does here in Florida. The air is drier there....even the clothes on the line dried very quickly.
Now what about shampoo, conditioner, brush, hair ties.....
I actually did the opposite. I let my hair grow a little longer so I could pull it up in a cap or a ponytail and keep it out of the way. But it dries so quickly in the dry air of Spain that a hair dryer is not necessary.
While there are no hair dryers in the albergues, lots of female pilgrims have long hair, so there's no need to cut it short. it's simply a matter of washing the hair and letting it dry naturally - every woman will be doing the same thing. When walking wear it however you prefer, in a pony tail, hanging loose, it doesn't matter. The Camino is not a fashion parade, and no-one will judge you by the way you look.
However, I have to admit to the occasional night in an hotel to take advantage of a shower and room to myself, plus a hairdryer!
Haha! Sorry this post had me giggling! I don't think you need to worry too much! I've done 2 camino trips with long hair and I've never even thought about a hair dryer. If you're lucky it'll be sunny and you can let the sun dry your hair. If you're unlucky and its raining then it won't matter as you and your hair will be soaking wet anyway!
Lots of people cut their hair short before they go. I had it in 2 plaits when it was very long (the first year) to avoid tassles. My friend put hers entirely in braids last year so that she wouldn't have to worry about it too much. I would go with whatever's easiest for you to manage and assume that by the end of your camino you probably won't care what your hair is doing
Now there's an idea!! How would a granny look with a head full of braids HaHa!!!
I would love to do the braid thing, but unfortunately I have very fine thin hair so that won't do. But it makes sense for those who are younger and have nice long hair.
I would go with whatever's easiest for you to manage and assume that by the end of your camino you probably won't care what your hair is doing [/
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There were a couple of hairdryers at the Albergue Casa Mari in Torres del Rio, but that's the only place that I came accross them. Take advantage of the sun whenever possible and dry your hair in the open. As Trudi mentioned, we are not on a fashion parade!