Of hair and eyebrows

Just about to head to Janakpur with our assembled group…indeed a colourful lot.

Words from the journey….

imageEvery time I come over,  I tell the ladies I could return with a short salt and pepper boy cut. Oh how they laugh. But the truth is, I could. I am sick of colouring my hair. One thing that stops me is that my dear MM, who rarely comments on these issues, once said We’ve had many changes in our life recently. Let’s leave the hair a constant for the time being. And long hair really is so much more easy for me here.

There are just a few things that make me a tiny bit anxious when I stay in Nepal. One is avoiding mosquitoes, another is over spending on administration by large INGOs. And possibly the worst is colouring my own hair. I am very happy to pay a professional for this and in Australia, I do. Here, although Sita down the road offered, I am kind of used to doing it myself. It is like a little Overcome the Fear and Do it anyway challenge.

Here are some lessons learnt from doing my own hair colour in Nepal.

  • Sita, in the shop next to Ratan’s Handsome Parlour, sells little colour application brushes for 15/- (15c) should you discover you left everything but the colour itself at home.
  • Xandu Balm, a liniment, is a reasonably effective barrier cream to apply to the hairline but does leave the hairline a bit red and tingly.
  • Any left over hair colour will be used happily by other family members, male and female, happy to have a crack at home colouring and obviously less anxious about the whole process than me.
  • It is much, much, much more fun using warm water for the process. I imagine. We only have the cold kind here.
  • People often have henna all over their hands so if you have forgotten your plastic gloves (Sita didn’t stock them) your hands don’t look so terrible really.
  • Hair mascara lasts pretty well between colourings but attempting to cover more than several cms of skunk stripe is probably a bit ambitious. Go down to Sita and buy the bloody brush.

No photos of the colour but here is eyebrow threading close up! Sita is my eyebrow organisation queen!
And now, get over to this Colourful Journey post to learn about our Raising the Roofcampaign!

8 thoughts on “Of hair and eyebrows

  1. Pamela Parr

    No no no don’t cut your lovely long hair ,just think how a boy cut would look with your saris it just would not look right ! ! ! Have a wonderful trip let me know how the Orchid hotel is at Birtomode I might need to use it myself

    1. Wendy Moore

      Well the long hair has survived so far. And as for Hotel Orchid at the bus past….I will definitely let you know Pam. Fingers crossed it was not too noisy at 4.00am! Will find out in a couple of hours. Hugs from here. Wendy

    1. wendy Post author

      Thanks Deb, I hope it works now! Can’t even blame crappy Internet for that! Hope you are managing your itinerant life and I am very excited about seeing you in a couple of weeks before you finally head east. My hands, and everyone else’s, will be hennaed on Saturday when we make our journey to Kumari’s house. Looking forward to that too! Love from here, Wendy

  2. Anne Farrah

    Hi Wendy, as one of your past hairdressers,I am impressed that you have continued and maintained colouring your hair. I do think you would look gorgeous with a salt/pepper spiky number, but I do know the commitment to short hair can be just as great. To be honest, it wouldn’t matter what you did with your hair as it is your beautiful self that always brings the joy. take care….love Anne.

    1. Wendy Moore

      Well…..on the advice of a very beloved and too far away friend and hairdresser I will continue to colour!!! I think of you so much when I am here Anne. Lovely to have you visit! Much love to you all there, Wendy

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