My Texas move is officially in motion! Please bear with me over the next few weeks as I freak out about everything in life (i.e. I’ll be posting less frequently)…I promise as soon as the dust settles I’ll be back to it.
So, what happens when you are interviewing for work out of state? A lot of air travel. With security checks and walk-thru thingies that inevitably will beep and point everyone to a flashing, neon sign that reads, “Fake hair, fake hair!”…right?
That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but to be honest, I wasn’t quite so sure what would happen. I had a feeling that my metal topper clips might just betray me.
You may recall I posted awhile back about wearing microlink extensions on my super-thin hair, back before I started wearing toppers. These I wore through airport security and since my head was covered in 40 metal beads, I did get flagged when I walked through on one of my legs of my trip.
It was one of those machines where you enter and you put your arms up and you get scanned. It showed the person of an outline and where the “problem” was, which was all around my head.
Honestly, it was not a big deal. A TSA agent (who was wearing hair herself), came over and patted my head, and I told her, “I have hair extensions in” and she said, “Girl, I know that’s right” and I went on my merry way.
But those were extensions. ANYone can wear extensions. What I wear now is a solution to women’s hair loss. My cure for it. Slightly more…taboo. Or, maybe “taboo” isn’t the best word for it, but a topper is something so few people know about.
I thought about ways I could avoid having the metal topper clips set off the detector. For example, I considered wearing a wig on the plane – no clips, no metal, nothing to raise attention. But, I’m not 100% comfortable in wigs right now.
I could wear a big, stretchy headband and my hair in a ponytail. Eh, my ponytail is pathetic, so that option was out.
Concealers were a God-send at one point in time, but that ship has sailed.
I finally just said “screw it”, decided to wear my topper, metal clips and all, and hope for the best.
Would you believe not one alarm went off?!
I had to go through both a regular, walk-thru scanner as well and the full-on circular body-thing (does it have a name?? I’m struggling with that, here) and no so much as a blip occurred.
Now if it HAD, I already had my story in place: I would’ve just said I had extensions in, just like last time. They would have patted my head (maybe) and that would’ve been it.
But, that’s me.
If you are super-nervous about this and it comes down to an inspection, you could ask for a private screening, but in my opinion, that’s making a mountain out of a molehill.
There is one thing to note–on this trip, I was just traveling with my husband, who obviously knows there’s a chance the sensor might go off. And he’ll know why (no other random passengers will, though).
My next trip might be more interesting. I’m traveling with my parents to settle into our Texas life…they’ve been gracious enough to offer their services in watching my boys while my husband and I unpack and get the house ready. Two weeks from today, I’ll be at the airport with them.
And they don’t know I wear hair.
So, if that alarm goes off, I’ll sweetly tell the TSA that I have hair extensions in, and hope and pray that my parents are so busy tending to the boys (or putting their shoes back on, or zippering laptops back into carryons) that they don’t notice.
I can’t imagine they will…but, I guess you never know.
Actually, what I *might* do is wear my hair in a style that I’ve been meaning to show you guys for awhile now. I have a cute way to pin my hair back so it looks like a half-up, half-down style. It only takes a few minutes to do, but it uses a few metal bobby pins–so those might be my little cover-up story.
See how cute it is?
Wish me luck on my move! There’s SO much going on right now and I’m on the brink of a panic attack almost every day. In a few weeks I’ll be back with my goal of twice-a-week updates, but I might be a little hit or miss until then. Do feel free to reach out via email, though!