Thursday, February 25, 2010

How to not ruin your haircut

You come out of a hair salon with a fancy new hairdo, following a cut, a blow dry, and some elaborate styling with shaping foams and gels. It started snowing (two hours ahead of the forecast) and you parked far away. Should you walk or run to your car to preserve your hairdo as dry and styled as possible? This is a hard question. Any good ideas are accepted as correct solutions.

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2 comments:

W said...

This seems like a question similar to the problem of whether walking or running in the rain will leave you drier (running means less time spent in the rain but it may also mean more rain since you're traveling faster - think how much rain splatters on your car when you're driving faster compared to when you're driving slower and walking may mean more time spent but less rain)

I believe there was a myth buster on this and I think that they showed that running will mean slightly less rain so on that same line, I think running will preserve your hairdo more than walking will. Since you have your hair styled and gelled, the wind probably won't affect it as much as snow melting so as little snow as possible would be best.

Maria said...

Now, when Vancouver Olympics are over, we can finally get back to the puzzles. W. - you must be excited and tired up there in Canada. I feel exhausted like I have been participating except that I didn't. We just stayed late every night on the East Coast waiting for short (and mostly physically painful) Olympic clips to be randomly squeezed in-between the commercials.

I like W.'s rain/snow logic.
Myth Busters is a Discovery Channel show that tests practicality of various urban legends and rumors. They tested whether you get wetter by running or walking in the rain, and not once but twice! In the Episode 1 they concluded that the faster you run the wetter you get. They used artificial rain. But then they revisited this with a real rain in the Episode 38 and found that running test subjects got significantly dryer than walking subjects.

Another point for W.
Any other thoughts on this from other snowy or rainy parts of the globe?

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