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Amanita
member
Location: Halifax, NS
Member Since: 22nd Mar 2004
Total posts: 157
Posted:What do you do with your hair when you're spinning fire poi?
I've got long, almost waist length hair, and DO NOT want to chop it off in some short "trendy" do. I had my hair really short once and hated it.

So what's a long haired aspiring fire poi dancer to do?


"Do not meddle in the affairs of Tower Cranes, for you are soft and would look better when squashed by a full concrete bucket"

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fNi
fNi

master of disaster
Location: New York
Member Since: 8th Mar 2004
Total posts: 3354
Posted:my friend has loonng hair and when she spins she either puts it up in little buns or wraps it short and wears a bandana over it

kyrian: I've felt your finger connect with me many times
lou kitten: sneaky little meatball..
ezz: please corrupt me more

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MikeIcon
MikeIcon

Pooh-Bah
Location: Philadelphia, PA - USA
Member Since: 27th Mar 2003
Total posts: 2109
Posted:Braids, pig tails, buns, hats, bandanas, etc. Anything. But no matter what, its always best to wet your hair before a spin just in case.

Let's turn those old bridges we crossed into ashes.
We'll blaze a new trail,
and torch the rough patches.

-Me

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Mags The Jedi
Mags The Jedi

Fool
Location: Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 30th May 2004
Total posts: 2020
Posted:Hat.

"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988

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_Aime_
_Aime_

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hastings
Member Since: 2nd Jan 2004
Total posts: 4172
Posted:2 reeeelly tight french plaits. but i can never usually be bother to do it - hair grows dosnt it?! wink

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Beth
Beth

Miss Whippy
Location: Cornwall & Oxford
Member Since: 3rd Jun 2003
Total posts: 1262
Posted:i have waist length braids and i usually just put them in a pony tail and its fine. I look silly in hats and bandanas so i just tie it up.

Aim high and you'll know your limits, aim low and you'll never know how high you could have climbed.

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Mags The Jedi
Mags The Jedi

Fool
Location: Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 30th May 2004
Total posts: 2020
Posted:When i'm teaching people with long hair i generally get them to put it in a ponytail, tuck it down the back of their shirt and also wear a hat. Never had anyone lose any hair at all.

"I believe the cost of life is Death and we will all pay that in full. Everything else should be a gift. We paid the cover charge of life, we were born."

Bill Hicks, February 1988

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Katch
Katch

Beach bum

Member Since: 21st Jun 2004
Total posts: 162
Posted:I used to have braids upto my waist.... singed a little bit off the very first time I spun. Have worn a beanie since then... smile

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
-Franklin P. Jones

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Mele
Mele

A perth girl gone walkabout...
Location: Back home in Perth WA
Member Since: 30th Oct 2003
Total posts: 396
Posted:I usually also go for the beanie look, or tie it all back out of the way and hope for the best. I'll also, during summer at least when its not too cold, wash my hair before, or wet it down, it won't singe as much while its still wet.



But worst case, it gets burnt, it grows back, i'm not too fussed about it really anymore, its just another thing that you risk that you run while playing with fire.


I smile because i have no idea whats going on!! biggrin

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PoiGirl
PoiGirl

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Member Since: 4th Jun 2004
Total posts: 114
Posted:I found out how to make a turban, and it works really well! It covers all my hair, keeps it tight to my head and doesn't fall off if it's done right. People have liked it too.... wink

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Flame Boy
Flame Boy

veteran
Location: Out
Member Since: 13th Jul 2004
Total posts: 1508
Posted:With such long hair you should encorporate it into your show...like attach a poi on the end of one long plait and swing it around ubbtickled

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! My giant stick broke!!! In two!!! My stick broke in two!!! ubbcrying

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mattpoi
mattpoi

member
Location: davis, CA
Member Since: 9th Feb 2004
Total posts: 20
Posted:i'm a big fan of my "cool poi spinning beanie".. i've been wearing it ever since i singed a small clump on the side. Hair protection AND looking ULTRA COOL -- what more could you want?

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Medusa
Medusa

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Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...
Member Since: 25th Nov 2003
Total posts: 1433
Posted:I look really pathetic wearing a hat or beanie too (though that doesn't stop my boyfriend trying to force one on my head when I spin) so my remedy was to tuck it in my collar when it gets long enough or tie it in a pony tail (don't know if this will make sense but I fold the pony tail in half over and over in the hair band till it is really short and looks like a funny looking bun)

If my hair is shorter I just poi with my hair down I don't really care any more if it singes.


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Amanita
member
Location: Halifax, NS
Member Since: 22nd Mar 2004
Total posts: 157
Posted:I know what you mean with the hair- I was thinking maybe a funky topknot..Or I also have an old metal army helmet- WWI or WWII, not sure. It's not a priceless relic or anything, not worth any more than the $30 I paid for it. I was thinking of polishing it up, so the metal shines. It might work with the look I've got planned- I want to get a leather tunic,kind of a fantasy medieval type thing. I've heard leather's good for wearing when fire spinning. Maybe the helmet might be good for stuffing hair under.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of Tower Cranes, for you are soft and would look better when squashed by a full concrete bucket"

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native
native

sleeping with angels
Location: anaheim CA usa
Member Since: 16th Jun 2004
Total posts: 508
Posted:i wet my hair then put it down the back of my shirt this will keep your hair safe

SLEEP WITH ANGELS muckieha

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Rouge Dragon
Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction
Member Since: 21st Jul 2003
Total posts: 13215
Posted:i have long hair and i plait it and tuck it into my (famous tongue) rainbow hat!

i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Flame Boy
Flame Boy

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Location: Out
Member Since: 13th Jul 2004
Total posts: 1508
Posted:You could paint flames onto your helmet - that would be fitting...but I still stand by my fist suggestion devil ubbrollsmile devil

AAARRRGGGHHH!!! My giant stick broke!!! In two!!! My stick broke in two!!! ubbcrying

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Bzrael
Bzrael

newbie
Location: Istanbul
Member Since: 24th Jul 2004
Total posts: 45
Posted:good ideas:
- wet all of your hair (less fire danger and its heavier)
- wear turban/bandana. could wet that too
- wear swimming cap (major loss in style points though)
- wear rasta hat
- gelling hair down onto body > sexy mermaid look and no worry for t-shirt

bad ideas
- afros
- wearing viking helmets
- wetting hair with kerosene


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Dr_Molly
Dr_Molly

Pooh-Bah
Location: Away from home
Member Since: 4th May 2004
Total posts: 2354
Posted:hair up in buns is a good way forward, but not when the poi try to do bun-wraps eek

happily only so far a problem with sock poi but as such, quite untrainable rolleyes

buns seem to be a necessity for contact staff though. much tangleage otherwise.


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Amanita
member
Location: Halifax, NS
Member Since: 22nd Mar 2004
Total posts: 157
Posted:I don't think my hair will stay down the back of my shirt, that's the thing..I move around alot when poi dancing, and with my luck, they hair would all fall out..and my helmet won't have any horns or other poi-catchers...nice and smooth. I was thinking wetting it would be a good idea..with water of course:)

"Do not meddle in the affairs of Tower Cranes, for you are soft and would look better when squashed by a full concrete bucket"

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polythene
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Location: London/ Surrey
Member Since: 15th May 2003
Total posts: 1359
Posted:I have long hair and look stupid in hats too... but I wear one anyway, rather than set fire to my head smile I only have to look silly for the short time the things are lit, anyway.



If you put it in a ponytail or plait, you can tuck it up into the hat (more comfy than down t-shirt... and stops that small area of hair being exposed)... clip it to the top of your head if it doesn't like staying there.

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The pessimist fears this is true.

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Eera
old hand
Location: In a test pit, Mackay
Member Since: 29th May 2003
Total posts: 1107
Posted:I pretty much look stupid all the time so wearing a hat doesn't make much difference.

A word of warning; if you do go the headgear route make sure it's not likely to catch and melt to your head. Wool is great, viscose-based chiffon and fleecy stuff not so.


There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

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Mele
Mele

A perth girl gone walkabout...
Location: Back home in Perth WA
Member Since: 30th Oct 2003
Total posts: 396
Posted:Another bad idea is filling your hair with flamable products such as hairsprays and such before hand eek

I smile because i have no idea whats going on!! biggrin

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Eera
old hand
Location: In a test pit, Mackay
Member Since: 29th May 2003
Total posts: 1107
Posted:Ho hoo, been there, done that, not pretty (actually it was moderately spectacular just not from my viewpoint)

There is a slight possibility that I am not actually right all of the time.

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Gidg
Gidg

Super Gidg!!!!
Location: Portland Oregon USA
Member Since: 11th Apr 2003
Total posts: 8506
Posted:I have a black and red flamed skull cap that I use. Wet the hair down, put it in a high pony tail and stuff it all under the skull cap. I think I look weird in it, but it has saved my hair a couple of times.

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is NOT.
Proud member of the HoP DPS.
Sanity is a highly overrated state of mind.
I'm normal ... it's everyone else that's crazy.

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Flapjacks
part of the lonely trio
Location: Hastings, England
Member Since: 23rd Mar 2004
Total posts: 137
Posted:I usually have my hair back in a bun which I'll usually wet before hand.

"I thought koo was going to do poi for us?"
"Me too, but she's got her head in the sink..."

I used to wear a hat every time I did poi to keep the rents at ease, but know I don't.
I've singed my hair a few times but it doesn't particularly bother me... the smell only lasts a few days..bleh...


smells like burning teenagers..

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shen shui
shen shui

no excuses. no apologies.
Location: aotearoa
Member Since: 4th Jan 2005
Total posts: 1799
Posted:Written by: Bzrael


bad ideas
- wetting hair with kerosene





i agree.
<nods sagely>

i wet it (with water <nods sagely>) and tie it back in a bun-type thing and wear a bandana.

and thats just to go to town!

<gasp>


those that know, dont say. those that say, dont know.

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_pOp_
Playing OldSchool Poi
Location: amsterdam
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2003
Total posts: 593
Posted:and while being on the subject of bad ideas....

don't wrap your hair in wet cloth!!!!:fire and water make steam, steam is baaaaad...

please read this post by Pele telling about some fire spinner wetting his clothes... auch!!!!!


meditate eRic.

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman!

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Nucleopoi
Nucleopoi

chemical attraction
Location: Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England
Member Since: 6th Nov 2004
Total posts: 1097
Posted:tie your hair up and wear a trendy hat....

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cainebaby
cainebaby

member
Location: nottingham, uk
Member Since: 1st Oct 2004
Total posts: 32
Posted:i have longish hair, i occasionally singe it. when it's summer you can douse your hair in water, it reduces singyness.

has anyone seen my shark mafia? i left it somewhere over here and now they've gone, it's only a mini mafia! but it's mine! they don't have hair problems...there all sharks


what kind of victory is it when someone is left defeted?

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Mr Majestik
Mr Majestik

coming to a country near you
Location: home of the tiney toothy bear
Member Since: 9th Mar 2004
Total posts: 4693
Posted:safety? pff! just spin and dont hit yourself, then you will have no problems!

"but have you considered there is more to life than your eyelids?"

jointly owned by Fire_Spinning_Angel and Blu_Valley

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