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  1. Hair help: Setting curls while flying

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Hi gang, I'm in need of some guidance and advice this morning.
    This weekend I'm flying to San Francisco to head to Santa Rosa, California with my boyfriend Ian* to his friend's wedding. Besides the fact that this is awesome and very exciting, I do need some help.

    What on earth am I going to do with my hair? Or, rather, how am I going to do it?

    I have to leave my Edmonton apartment at 4 a.m. Saturday to catch the airport shuttle for my 7:30 a.m. flight, which means I arrive in San Fran at 9:44 a.m. (my wonderful mother gave me some aeroplan points, and I was able to fly direct in business class. Faaaancy!). Ian is already en route to California, and will pick me up before heading to Santa Rosa for the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

    My dilemma is this: When/how will I curl my hair? I don't want to set it overnight Friday and style it at 3 a.m. Saturday as it's sure to fall flat by the time it's the ceremony 13 hours later. I am nervous about setting it in the morning before I leave because I don't want to cause a kerfuffle at the airport. Not too many women (especially 22 year olds) wear their hair up in pin curl clips on the plane. Also, I don't really want my head to get wanded. It's a tad embarressing.

    So, pin curls are out of the question unless I have enough time after getting through security and homeland security (sigh) to pin curl while I'm waiting for my flight. My other option is sponge rollers - but again, I don't want to get asked to take them out in line at security.

    Has anyone else flown (domestic or otherwise) with a set in? What did you do and how did security personnel react? I'm awaiting your tips and advice!

    XO Laurie

    *Remember that spiel about how I was going to be all awesome and single for a while? It lasted a month (which y'all didn't know about) and a day. The day after I posted my bachelorette post was when Ian and I went on our first date. Oops.

  2. 3 comments:

    1. Cee said...

      Hmm. Do you set with pin curl clips or bobbie pins? Bobbie pins wouldn't be too bad with security I wouldn't think. I take it you don't have a portable bonnet dryer? If you can find one before you go, that might work on the other end. Or have you ever set it with heat? Get some hot sticks or experiment with curling iron before hand? Probably all things you've thought of..

    2. Thanks for the comment! I do have a portable bonnet dryer, but my hair just doesn't react well to hot sets at all! I've tried it all in the past but without any success. I haven't been able to find any hot sticks in Edmonton and don't have a curling iron either.
      I use double-prong pin curl clips (from Sally Beauty).

    3. This is a bit of a head scratcher (no pun intended) for sure. Though I realize that wouldn't work with all hair types, what I'd do is to make a series (3 or 4) of small, very tightly coiled buns at the back of my head (sort of like big pin curls), held in place with hair elastics, and take them out once I was ready to style my hair (perhaps in conjunction with a faux bang). I've kept my hair like this for 48+ hours before taking it down on occasion, and it always produces soft curls that can be brushed or finger combed into a few different 40s and 50s styles.

      Hope you and your beau have a marvelous time at the wedding!

      ♥ Jessica

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