Making plans to go full-time Rving was an exciting time but it wasn’t without a few major concerns – like how on earth was I going to maintain my hair color? Men, you can tune out right now but I guarantee you that a good majority of future full-timing ladies are wondering the same thing. So if you’re dreaming of the lifestyle and wondering if good hair on the open road is possible, pay attention to my advice about hair coloring tips for full-time RVing women.
Tip #1: Getting consistent color you love will be a challenge.
I’ve been fighting the white stuff since I was 20 years young and now that I’m, uh, older, I’m not about to give in now. When we hit the road I knew that I would have a difficult time finding affordable (note the key word is affordable) hair stylists that would give me consistent color. However, I had no idea how hard that would be until after several months on the road, I looked in the mirror and realized that the hair color I was paying for every month was making me look like a vampire. Since I ditched that look when I graduated from high school, I knew it was time for drastic measures.
Tip #2: Learn how to do your own hair.
From California to Maine, there wasn’t a single stylist that could match the hues and highlights created by my regular hair colorist in my previous life. When a colorist gave me two-toned hair with light roots and dark ends, I finally surrendered and decided to teach myself how to dye my own hair. A quick Internet search on “DIY hair coloring tips” revealed tons of great resources for home hair coloring tips, and it was only a matter of time before I knew the differences between 10 and 20 volume peroxide.
Tip #3: Get to know your hand mirror.
If you’re a mom, you probably already have eyes in the back of your head but for child-free women like me, they were an acquired talent that came along when I purchased a good two-sided hand mirror. Pretty soon I was able to stand in the bathroom while holding the mirror at an angle that would allow me to paint the back of my head without help from my husband – who can practically top his pancakes with WD-40, but can’t stand the smell of hair color.
Tip #4: Go slow and be neat
Doing your own hair in a tiny RV bathroom is a challenge. For a while I tried doing my hair in RV park restrooms, but that just wasn’t as comfortable as doing it in my own home. Eventually I learned how to apply hair dye without painting the walls but I can’t say I haven’t left a few Rorschach blots on the counter top. The biggest lesson I learned is that the slower you go, the more you’ll have dye end up on your head and not in the shower stall. A small bit of bleach will usually pull out any dye that gets splattered on the walls.
Preparing to go full-timing is full of so many considerations you probably don’t think about until the last minute – like how to keep your hair maintained from Eureka to the Everglades. But if you’re crafty and ready to think outside the bottle, there’s nothing to fear but bad hair dressers!Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.