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If you have long hair, how do you wear it?

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GenericDietCola Mon 10-Dec-12 10:53:55

My hair is quite thick, past my shoulders with long layers. I like it and when I can be bothered have time, I straighten it and it looks nice and neat. However, a lot of the time, I just put it half-up-half-down in a clip or bobble and it probably looks a bit messy and perhaps too young for me.

How can I look groomed and do more 'stuff' with my hair that isn't going to take ages?

What do you do with yours?

IWishIKnewHow Thu 13-Dec-12 14:22:33

Yes, do it before Christmas! Then you can get used to styling it before new baby madness hits. If you do get a fringe just invest in a wide stretchy headband for those early days when you don't have time/too tired to be bothered. Good luck and let us know how you get on! smile

GenericDietCola Wed 12-Dec-12 16:44:51

Thanks daimbar, Argan oil sounds really good and I am now seriously considering a fringe. So should I get it done before Christmas, or wait until Jan? DC2 is due in mid-Jan, so should I do something about my look now while I theoretically have a bit more time?

daimbardiva Wed 12-Dec-12 13:42:27

Yes! Argan oil is great - I have hair that sounds like yours and argan oil really helps calm it down. And yes to fringe too. I cut one in with much trepidation 5 years ago, and would not go back. It is a bit scary when you look at the wrikles that have appeared underneath though!

noddyholder Wed 12-Dec-12 09:40:34

Love fringes butntheybdon.t suit me so Botox it is

noddyholder Wed 12-Dec-12 09:38:54

I have long hair thick and a slight wave, I wear it loose or in a low chignon type bun every day. Sometimes I plait the front. I am 47 so no straightening think it is ageing on me at least. If its not newly washed I sometimes wear a thick plain black jersey headband.

greenandcabbagelooking Wed 12-Dec-12 09:35:05

I wear my thick, bra strap length hair in waves, straightened, French plaited, bun, plaited bun, curly ponytail, straight ponytail. Waves are achieved by plaiting it wet and leaving it in overnight.

SparkyTGD Wed 12-Dec-12 08:24:02

Thistle, mine is long and straight but has layers which does give a bit more movement.

For me, the benefit of having a 'style' cut (with layers etc) is I can blow or even blast dry it, or leave it to dry (if weather warm enough) and its fine.

Spookey80 Tue 11-Dec-12 21:05:32


Thistledew Tue 11-Dec-12 20:53:51

Does anyone have any tips for long, straight hair without much body? Mine is now about as long as it goes (roughly nipple length) and I almost always wear it down because that is the easiest thing to do. I wash it twice a week and blow dry it with a round brush so it has a little more movement than if I use straighteners, but I would really like to know how to put it in a quick 'up do' such as a bun.

Because it is so straight it doesn't really do artfully messy like thick hair does. It just looks bobbly and wrong. It also has a tendency to slide out of any clips or grips.

I envy my friend with thick, wavy hair, who can go from tousled flowing locks to a neat, work-smart bun in just a couple of twists and a few pins.

auldspinster Tue 11-Dec-12 14:57:15

Mine is thick and wavy - I wear it either twisted up and clipped in a chignon, in a high ponytail or if it's really messy I wear it in a bun. I've got a blunt fringe and just wash and straighten it if I'm pushed for time.

GenericDietCola Tue 11-Dec-12 14:25:00

Ooh here's the sock bun

She does hers a lot more easily than I do mine!

Zoonose Tue 11-Dec-12 14:18:11

Also quietly wondering about the sock bun ...

LittleAbruzzenBear Tue 11-Dec-12 14:15:45

I don't know what a sock bun is either. I have an image in my head of a sock puppet, which isn't helping.

NeedlesCuties Tue 11-Dec-12 14:11:28

What on God's green earth is a 'sock bun'? confused

LittleAbruzzenBear Tue 11-Dec-12 14:10:45

I go through phases, some weeks it's the same 'undone' low knot at the nape of my neck nearly every day and sometimes I change my hair every day to a side plait, a top knot, half up and half down...... I only wear my hair completely down when I have time to blow-dry properly and...err....if it isn't windy, which in the UK is rare.

GenericDietCola Tue 11-Dec-12 14:02:58

IWish, I love that pic (and we are both old ladies by the way). Is your hair naturally that wavy/curly?

Cote, I think you are right re cut. Perhaps I need to invest in a good cut.

Yule I wash every 4 days too - so much easier than when I had a bob and had to wash every other day and straighten it. I do think long hair is easier.

Well last night I sock bunned and it has gone very big, so I need to calm it down somehow, although I haven't had to leave the house yet. I've been wondering if some kind of oil (Argan oil or similar) would be good on it as it really is quite coarse. Any experience?

yuleheart Tue 11-Dec-12 10:46:05

I have thick curly hair, past my bra strap and a long straight fringe.
Hair is a spiral perm on bendy rollers.

I wash it and and style with John Frieda Curl products, first two days after washing I have it down and going a bit wild (DH likes this) third day I have it part back or all back in a messy twisty do but straighten my fringe and it looks OK.
I wash it on the fourth day but have been known to just tie it back for a few more more days

I find long hair far easier to cope with than short hair. I have lots of barettes, claw clips, scrunchies etc

CoteDAzur Tue 11-Dec-12 10:33:12

I don't have a fringe, by the way - can't stand a block of hair on my forehead and it would never work with wavy/curly hair dried naturally.

CoteDAzur Tue 11-Dec-12 10:32:09

Generic - I have thick & wavy long hair (at breasts) and I find that the most important thing to wearing such hair as ours is the cut. Yes, it is best layered, but a good cut also makes long hair lighter by cutting some strands and leaving others (failing miserably at explaining what I mean here grin).

I generally leave mine to dry on its own after (1) towel-drying (by squeezing & twisting), (2) putting on a good dose of this all over, and (3) scrunching my hair into curls.

Once in a while, I also straighten it and that's also nice. Again, because the cut is good smile

IWishIKnewHow Tue 11-Dec-12 10:28:45

This was the pic I showed the hairdresser when I had my fringe cut in.

My funky 19-year-old hairdresser probably thought I was a poor deluded old lady (I'm 36), but I was happy with the result anyway!

I think a fringe is definitely OK past 40 mosaica - it hides forehead wrinkles, which can only be a good thing!

GenericDietCola Tue 11-Dec-12 10:11:16

Sparky I like your hairstyle.

SparkyTGD Tue 11-Dec-12 09:08:10

I have long layered hair with a fringe. Its medium weight & my fringe is light-ish, bit like this cut-wise.

I used to always tie it up/low ponytail or clip but lately try to wear it down, because thats how I like it.

Fringe definitely helps to give it more 'style', IMO.

Northumberlandlass Tue 11-Dec-12 07:41:37

Have uploaded the only decent one of me with a fringe, I was still growing my hair at this point, so only just touching my shoulders.

Like Sleepless I have long layers around my face.

sleeplessinsuburbia Tue 11-Dec-12 07:19:58

I have long layers around my face, if I don't have time to straighten I use a cloud nine curling wand. I take chunks and just wrap around the wand. Sometimes I use a light spray of hairspray but usually don't need to.

Northumberlandlass Tue 11-Dec-12 06:15:24

I've just grown out my fringe. When I get to work I'll put a pic on my profile with & without!
I did love my fringe, but got a bit bored of it. I still had to do all the styles above as my hair was still 'meh' with it

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