>> Thursday, 16 December 2010
A few posts back I wrote about a visit to the banya. I loved it, not sure why, but I did, and I'll be going back.
And when I do, I'll be wearing my fetching felt lilac flower-pot hat. Nothing else - except perhaps a decorously-draped towel - just the hat. It's not (only) a fashion statement - although the regular banya visitors all seemed to have much more interesting ones than mine, with pretty appliqued flowers etc - there is good reason for it; apparently it protects your hair from overheating which is a) bad for it and b) bad for the scalp beneath it.
So I don't know why I was surprised when Husband confirmed that men also wear these hats in the banya, but I was. The thought of a group of men sitting around naked in extreme heat, no doubt not bothering with anything as girlie and modest as towels, letting it all hang out, and wearing big felt hats (although probably without the flowers), for some reason seems even more ridiculous to me than a group of women doing the same thing.
And here, for those of you asking to see my hat, is a picture of what I'm talking about. Don't worry Iota: head-shot only...
Lovely, isn't it?
*Please note; I was wearing a towel when this photo was taken...