WASHINGTON, July 11 (RIA Novosti) – Personal hygiene in space can be a hair-raising experience, particularly when it comes to washing long tresses in zero gravity, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrated in a video from the International Space Station (ISS) this week (watch it, below).
“Sometimes the water gets away from you, and you try and catch as much as you can,” Nyberg, 43, says as she proceeds to scoop droplets floating away from a pouch of hot water with her free hand and run them through her blond hair.
In addition to the bag of water, Nyberg’s kit consists of a bottle of no-rinse shampoo, a comb and a towel used in place of a shower to clear excess dirt from her long hair, which when not worn in a ponytail stands on end like the world’s worst case of static hair
With limited supplies, astronauts stationed at the ISS reuse the same towel frequently, Nyberg, the only female aboard the ISS says. “We use them wisely.”
The water used in the process evaporates from her hair, and the resulting humidity is vacuumed up by the space station’s air conditioning system and turned into potable water by the water processing system onboard, Nyberg added.