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Old 06-01-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
 
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Talking Camp Hair!?

Here's the deal, I've recently accepted a position as a Camp Nurse for the summer at a lakeside camp, and it's going to be a 9 week stay!
I hadn't thought of it at the time, but what tips can you give me about taking care of my shoulder length 2C hair while I'm in the camp setting?
My lodging has electricity (staffer, score!) and a bathroom, but I don't want to haul along my normally curly-care kit. My roommate has short and straight hair, and I don't really want to come across as too high maintenance, but I don't want to turn into a frizz ball for 9 weeks either.
Any low maintenance care and styling routines you girls can suggest to me?
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:08 AM   #2
 
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Um, sock buns? Hah-just kidding. Hopefully someone else will have more helpful advice.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
 
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do you mean low maintenance as in fewer products or simpler techniques?
You could look into more all-in-one type products (like a curl creme) or even make one yourself. As far as simpler techniques you could try experimenting with doing your hair at night/sleeping with it wet (like a wet pineapple).

Or you know, ponytails work great for "low-maintenance." When I think "camp" I definitely don't think "styled hair." Then again I'd always go to camp in the middle of the freaking woods in ancient cabins....
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:32 PM   #4
 
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Or you know, ponytails work great for "low-maintenance." When I think "camp" I definitely don't think "styled hair." Then again I'd always go to camp in the middle of the freaking woods in ancient cabins....
Those are the exact type I used to go to, and I have the same image of camp not equalling styled hair. I think it depends on whether you want it to be low maintenance in terms of time you spend, number of products, or both. SaraNoH had some great suggestions, in terms of doing your hair at night and pineappling and such.
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
 
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When I want a 'neat' pony tail i load up on leave in brush it out and put my hair up wet. I find that the hair pulled straight on my head dries relatively frizz free and the rest of the tail is wavey/bushy. It's not my favorite look but it the lowest maintenance one I feel still leaves me looking presentable. You could try adding a little gel too before you pull it back to try and combat the humidity.

All the camps I went to as a child didn't have air conditioning. No one looked great. The kids and the staff sweat a lot and most women wore ponytails. Count on having less than perfect hair but it's camp so who cares!
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Old 06-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #6
 
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If this is a camp in the woods somewhere like I'm imaging...

As camp nurse you're going to be: dealing with puking dehydrated kids, poison ivy, chiggers, pulling ticks and so on. You'll probably want your hair pulled back and out of the way.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:20 PM   #7
 
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As far as sleeping with wet hair- I'll lay my hair out on the pillow around my head with gel in it. It's mostly dry by morning and at least wavy.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone!
I was thinking low maintenance in that I don't need a ton of product, but still look presentable/ have my hair not get in my face when I'm working. I'm all for the ponytail/braids look in a camp setting too, so that's a plus.
Thanks again for all of your suggestions, I'm sure they'll be helpful once I finally get to camp!
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:47 AM   #9
 
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You could just make a bottle of everything you use in the proportions you use and just mix that together and use that! Or you can do different braids (or sleep in them) which uses little to no products! That's what I had to do during camp when your roommate is out you could wash your hair then too if you still want to go curly!
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