Braids at burning man: more than just a pretty party


Festival season is FINALLY upon us and there is really no better way to care for your hair than to braid it up. MISHI and BRENDA THE BRAIDER are now booking braid appointments for any festival you have lined up. Prices start at $55.

For those getting braids for Burning Man, we wanted to dig a little deeper. We want to respect the non-commercial aspect of the event, while also taking this chance to educate our clients about the way that #BRAIDS (whether done here, by your sister, or anywhere else) actually help you be a better citizen of Black Rock City.

Burning Man is not only a fun party in the desert. It's a social experiment at the edge of imagination. In case you don't know, there are Ten Principles at the heart of the festival's culture. (Read them here.) It may seem like a small thing, but braids engage three of these principles -

Radical self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on their inner resources. The Black Rock Desert is a harsh and unforgiving climate for hair and skin. By braiding your hair before you go, you are taking care of yourself by giving it the healthiest and most protective style possible. It prevents breakage, locks in moisture, minimizes frizz and is overall incredibly low-maintenance.

Leave No Trace

We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them. When you brush your hair at Burning Man, little feathery strands take flight. The average person loses 100-125 of them every single day. Did you know that even those strands of hair must be cleaned up in order for the Org to get its permit next year? Save DPW a lot of hassle, and do your part by never having to brush your hair on playa.

Radical self-expression

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. We’ve long believed that hair is more than just a part of your body. Whether you find your power in tradition, or in standing out from the crowd, hair is one of our best expressions of power and personality. Braiding your hair is an opportunity to express your Radical Self. Check out our braid gallery or our Instagram for inspiration.

So there you go! Be a good citizen, participate, engage, and help create a new culture. If you decide to do your braids here, book soon as the appointments will fill up fast. BOOK HERE.