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Need to take hairdryer ?

Camino(s) past & future
April 2018
#1
Hi all...I am getting ready to go in a couple of weeks and my sack isn't too heavy!! However, do I need to take a small hair dryer or would the municipal albergues provide it?

Thsvjs

Bee
 

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CdnDreamer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2015 & 2018) San Salvador (2018)
#3
My hair was shoulder length on my first camino, and shorter on my second camino. I never used a hair dryer. A hair dryer may have come in handy once or twice when clothes didn't dry overnight, but I wouldn't have carried a hair dryer 850 km to use once or twice. I showered as soon as I arrived, in the early afternoon, so my hair dried on its own in the afternoon. Most days were warm and sunny (and I expect that the sun will shine on the camino again soon)
 
Camino(s) past & future
French, North, Original and from Andorra through the Pyrenees.
All With mi Burro
#5
Hmm.. Maybe consider drying naturally, it is sunny Spain after all. I wash my hair in the morning before breakfast, start walking and is all dry by 10am. Not to mention the damage you do to your your hair blasting it with a hair dryer. Just a friendly opinion.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#6
My wife reckons she 'needs' a hairdryer. I'm packing a very small one. 282 gms.
I don't recall many places having them, only bigger Hotels.
 

Anamiri

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
#7
My wife reckons she 'needs' a hairdryer. I'm packing a very small one. 282 gms.
I don't recall many places having them, only bigger Hotels.
You are a saint! My husband would fall over laughing if I ever suggested such a thing. (even though he laughed at me for weighing all my gear on kitchen scales). I cut my hair for the second Camino, so much easier and didn't get caught in my pack. Hardly ever washed it with shampoo, just kind of rinsed it more or less when I showered. The summer heat dried it in no time.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
#8
You are a saint! My husband would fall over laughing if I ever suggested such a thing. (even though he laughed at me for weighing all my gear on kitchen scales). I cut my hair for the second Camino, so much easier and didn't get caught in my pack. Hardly ever washed it with shampoo, just kind of rinsed it more or less when I showered. The summer heat dried it in no time.
We have all our gear spread out on the Dining table with some letter scales!
Everything is weighed to the gram!

It's surprising how weights vary and how light or heavy some things are.....
I found some great power adapters that weigh about 10 gms!

Pat wandered in with shampoo and lotion to add to the pile, and when I said 'you're carrying it then' she found smaller bottles :cool:
 

Kanga

Moderator
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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata.
#12
@BeeHodge no, municipal albergues will not provide hair dryers. Or soap, or towels, or sheets, or blankets - well some provide those flimsy paper sheets and some provide blankets. But don't count on it.

Private albergues may provide a few more amenities but I don't think I've ever seen a hair dryer. And they still won't provide soap or towels or proper sheets.

We are talking a basic place to sleep in a dormitory with bunks, nothing more. For those who cannot afford more expensive accommodation. If you are able to pay more then there are plenty of alternatives.
 
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DebR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances:
2013; 2014; 2015; 2017; 2018 (October)
#13
@BeeHodge no, municipal albergues will not provide hair dryers. Or soap, or towels, or sheets, or blankets - well some provide those flimsy paper sheets and some provide blankets. But don't count on it.

Private albergues may provide a few more amenities but I don't think I've ever seen a hair dryer. And they still won't provide soap or towels or proper sheets.

We are talking a basic place to sleep in a dormitory with banks, nothing more. For those who cannot afford more expensive accommodation. If you are able to pay more then there are plenty of alternatives.
I saw (and used) a hairdryer in the Albergue at Villatuerta (Casa Magica), and at Via Trajana in Calzadilla de Los Hermanillos, the owner brought me hers one afternoon and insisted I borrow it. They’re rare, but occasionally el Camino provides...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, fall of 2015
#15
Haha!! Only if you use it in the washroom and not in the common rooms where people are still sleeping. :) Still, I do think it would come in handy to finish drying those socks that may not have dried overnight....
One of the beauties of the Camino, is that you don't have to do things like you do at home. At home, I blow my hair dry and straight-iron it, etc.... On the Camino, however, I would wash my hair in the afternoon and throw a hairband or a buff on it, and voila, au naturel hair, kinky/curly as it was!! Sounds silly, but giving up the act of having to groom my hair was very freeing!! Or, a friend of mine would get a weekly blowout as a treat to herself, so that's something you could consider, instead of taking a blow dryer.

Having said all of that, some folks elect to bring along a luxury item, so I would consider this one. A lady I know actually took a tea-set on her Camino, so whatever floats your boat.

Buen Camino!!
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
St Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
#19
@BeeHodge no, municipal albergues will not provide hair dryers. Or soap, or towels, or sheets, or blankets - well some provide those flimsy paper sheets and some provide blankets. But don't count on it.

Private albergues may provide a few more amenities but I don't think I've ever seen a hair dryer. And they still won't provide soap or towels or proper sheets.

We are talking a basic place to sleep in a dormitory with banks, nothing more. For those who cannot afford more expensive accommodation. If you are able to pay more then there are plenty of alternatives.
Yes - good point, @Kanga .
It may be good to be scruffy sometimes and be natural!!
Absolutely, @BeeHodge . It is! And it may be one of your camino revelations that natural and scruffy are not necessarily synonymous. Some of us have been brainwashed to believe that women need to be 'turned out' in a certain way to be presentable and it's absolutely not true. Needing to have styled hair (and to wear make-up, for that matter) are burdens you won't have to carry on the camino...freedom!
 
Camino(s) past & future
March 2018
#20
So funny: my bangs are cut long because I get a littkevpoof from the hair dryer at home. On the Camino my bangs are flat so I can barely see! I’m cutting them tomorrow. No hairdryers anywhere and I didn’t have the weight. My hair is long and I’m just in braids every day. My suggestion is practice surviving without a hair dryer for a week and see if your hair dresser can help you with a cut that will work with that.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Aug-Sept(2016) SJPDP-Finisterre, July-Aug(2017) SJPDP-Muxia-Finisterre, July-Aug(2018) El Norte
#21
So funny: my bangs are cut long because I get a littkevpoof from the hair dryer at home. On the Camino my bangs are flat so I can barely see! I’m cutting them tomorrow. No hairdryers anywhere and I didn’t have the weight. My hair is long and I’m just in braids every day. My suggestion is practice surviving without a hair dryer for a week and see if your hair dresser can help you with a cut that will work with that.
I just grew my bangs out before the Camino so that I could just pull them back with the rest of my hair. And I've found that I like my hair bangless. It makes it so much easier on the Camino and at home.
 

kdespot

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés SJPP-SdC Sept-Oct 2016
#23
Great to hear different views... hair dryer stays home!! It may be good to be scruffy sometimes and be natural!!
One of the many glorious aspects about walking the Camino is learning how to let go of stuff like caring how you look. The whole beautification process becomes SO unimportant! I permanently let go of a bunch of it, even after returning, and wow! what a delight to have figured that out!
 
#24
On the subject of long vs short hair on the Camino. My first Camino I had long hair and it was very easy to deal with - wash it, let it dry, tie it back (or braid). I normally wash my hair every few days - on the Camino I let an extra day or 2 go between washings. Easy. Second Camino my hair was shortish - not boy-cut short, but pretty short - and it was a serious hassle. Too short to tie back, too long to just "be", so I pretty much always had a hat on or a buff - otherwise it was a serious fright-wig. So my recommendation is to keep it long unless you are ready to go all in with really short hair.
 

alaskadiver

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-Camino Primitivo
2019- Invierno
#25
I cut my hair so it was brushing the top of my shoulders. I towel dried and let it air dry. With the hot weather it dried pretty quickly. I would never even dream of taking a hair dryer. Just not needed.
 
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Santiago May 2017
May 2018 Porto to Santiago
#27
I took a hair dryer with me on the Camino Frances but even with a transformer it burned out. My plan is to buy one in Porto the day before I begin walking. Granted a hair dryer is somewhat of a luxury but I’ll just feel more comfortable when I wash my hair. It’s worth the extra weight -for me anyway.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#30
Imagine you're at home.
You've just taken a long, luxurious, hot shower and your hair is soaking wet.
Suddenly there's a power cut - what would you do?
 
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Santiago May 2017
May 2018 Porto to Santiago
#32
Don’t worry about replies that suggest you are only thinking about how you look. It’s what makes you feel comfortable. There is no correct response here. If you have space and you’ll feel more comfortable then take one. Just consider the need for a dryer that is purchased in Europe.
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
#33
Hi all...I am getting ready to go in a couple of weeks and my sack isn't too heavy!! However, do I need to take a small hair dryer or would the municipal albergues provide it?

Thsvjs

Bee
Carry a hairdryer? - crikey - I barely even used a comb..... but then I am male and had my hair cut a tad shorter than usual before i left home.

Seriously - do you really need a hairdryer?
 

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