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Teacher in space
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posted 09-15-2013 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Teacher in space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does someone here have any information of astronaut hairstyles?

Most male astronauts seem to shave their hair during long space missions. Has there been any female astronauts doing that? Has there been some rules that female astronaut should keep their long hair for better pictures?

Long hair looks very unpractical and it has to feel horrible when proper washing is not possible. I cant imagine (If I would get to spacestation) keeping my long hair.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-15-2013 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not all female astronauts have long hair, and among those that do, some do choose to cut it.

For example, Astronaut cuts her hair in space for charity.

Here are photos of Peggy Whitson and Suni Williams getting haircuts in space.

Tykeanaut
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posted 09-15-2013 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure there is no cynical reason why female astronauts have long hair other than a personal desire.

onesmallstep
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posted 09-16-2013 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It does make for some amusing in-flight 'bad hair day' photos, though.

SkyMan1958
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posted 09-16-2013 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a description in Mike Mullane's, "Riding Rockets", about an accident that occurred with Judy Resnik's hair on STS-41D. It got caught in an IMAX camera, causing the camera to jam.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-19-2013 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure long hair can jam, but who is to say that it's more "unpractical" than anything else? Slightly tongue-in-cheek, but legs aren't really used in space, and there's a size limit to Soyuz capsules anyway...

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posted 10-17-2013 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Teacher in space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I accidentally found an answer to my question from this video:

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