How to Wash Your Hair in Space


NASA astronaut and Gen Xer, Karen Nyberg. Image Source: Wiki.

This story comes from the excellent blog, Spaceports, whose blogger discovered a Youtube video showing Expedition 36/37 (Soyuz TMA-09M) Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg demonstrating how she washes her hair aboard the International Space Station. Walgreens advertises the no-rinse shampoo that Nyberg uses for $7.99 here. The shampoo's features:
  • Soft, clean, manageable hair without water.
  • Ready to use.
  • Absolutely no water necessary.
  • Just apply, lather and towel dry.
  • Hospital tested and approved.
  • Leaves hair fresh, clean and odor free.
  • The choice of healthcare professionals throughout the world.
  • Effective, efficient personal hygiene since 1948.
  • No Rinse Shampoo is the comfortable, convenient and safe alternative to traditional shampoos.
  • pH Balanced to be mild and non-irritating to the scalp, hair is left sparkling clean, odor free, soft and manageable.
  • Used by NASA.
  • Made in USA.
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Apply generously until hair is completely wet. Massage to a rich lather. Immediately towel dry with an absorbent towel. Repeat for heavily soiled hair. No Rinse Shampoo can be used as often as necessary.
The shampoo is made by No Rinse Laboratories in Springboro, Ohio. Their products are also used by the US Military Special Forces, for disaster and survival prep, and for convalescent and senior care.

The Soyuz TMA-09M mission patch. Image Source: Wiki.

ISS mission 36 mission patch. Image Source: Wiki.

ISS mission 37 mission patch. Image Source: Wiki. 

The Soyuz TMA-09M mission members, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen L. Nyberg, and Luca Parmitano in Red Square before their mission, 8 May 2013. Image Source: Wiki.

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