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If you have long hair do you use things to put it up?

(46 Posts)
TheHappinessTrap Wed 10-Jun-15 07:00:32

That doesn't make sense, I know! I have long hair. I keep a clip in my bag and put it up at times, also sometimes I do a pony tail, but it doesn't suit me to have my hair scraped back. Are there any alternatives?

fieldfare Wed 10-Jun-15 07:08:30

I was in the habit of having mine in a loose French plait that came around to one side, over my left shoulder. Until bloody frozen!

quirkychick Wed 10-Jun-15 07:14:15

Marking my place for more ideas.

My hair is very thick and curly, so needs heavy duty clips etc. to stay up. I often keep an "emergency hair bobble" round my wrist if I wear it down, so I can put it up if rain/wind/humidity does its stuff on my curls. I have a butterfly (?) clip which means I can twist it up, but really it's getting too long for that.

Orangedandelion Wed 10-Jun-15 07:25:21

I cut my hair after years because it seemed pointless to me to keep tying it back so I now have shoulder length hair which I never tie back unless I'm washing my face or putting make up on.

prepperpig Wed 10-Jun-15 07:28:37

I have very long thick hair but rarely do anything with it other than use a head band and a hair clip when its in the way.

Sometimes I do the half up half down thing but not often anymore.

EhricLovesTheBhrothers Wed 10-Jun-15 07:31:41

No, I usually have it loose. Unless it's really windy or raining.

PacificDogwood Wed 10-Jun-15 07:36:11

I always have mine up too - what a 'waste' hmm
I use beak clips mainly.

I am at the verge of having a long pixie cut though grin

ScienceRocks Wed 10-Jun-15 08:55:52

I have below shoulder length curly hair, and think curly hair is much easier to put up than straight! I sometimes ponytail with a bobble, but if I want to look smarter I tip my head upside down, and use a big hair slide to put it up, then go right way up and do the same with a smaller slide. Looks quite smart but a bit eighties! I also use scroopins to hold it if I twist it from the neck upwards in a chignoney type affair, as two scroopins do the job of about 20 normal hair pins!

momtothree Wed 10-Jun-15 08:58:27

Second the hair screws... holds securely. In boots.

thecatsm0ther Wed 10-Jun-15 08:59:00

What are scroopins?

I have below shoulder length curly hair and don't know how to put it up shock If you use the slide, where do you put the smaller slide?

DialMforMummy Wed 10-Jun-15 09:02:48

I use a pencil, a chopstick or a biro.
I grab my hair as I I was going to do a ponytail, roll into some sort of bun and plant my pencil it.
It's great, quick to do and looks quite good I think.

Heyheyheygoodbye Wed 10-Jun-15 09:05:01

I use: Spin Pins (same as scroos), claw clips of all sizes, hair sticks (make sure they're nice and smooth and not too blunt at the end), hair forks (I love JeterForks on Etsy) but my every-day go to are these:

Super light, easy to use, waterproof, comfortable...I love them!

momtothree Wed 10-Jun-15 09:17:05

These. I also like ... not sure what they are called .,, they are two snapon bracelets linked together with cloth. You have them straight at tje bottom of your hair... roll up and release they snap together to form a bun. Poundland do them.

momtothree Wed 10-Jun-15 09:19:19


TheHappinessTrap Wed 10-Jun-15 10:19:32

I'll check out some of these ideas. I keep my hair down if I'm at work or out or socialising. I love my long hair and how it looks, but if it's windy, rainy, or I'm doing chores or whatnot then I pull it up. Sometimes at work if I'm at the computer a lot and it's a hot day I put it up too. It's a habit. And that's when recently I saw myself in a mirror at work and I didn't like the look. My hair is full looking when it's down, but it's thin and when I put it into a grip or pony tail it ages me. I used to know how to do a chignon when I was young but somehow got out of the habit. I had wondered if I just needed to wean myself off the feeling that I need to put it up on these occasions but I feel silly walking around in on a windy day with it flying in my face!

thecatsm0ther Wed 10-Jun-15 15:12:12

Wow, I can't imagine how some of these items are used! grin

NoIsNotACompleteSentence Wed 10-Jun-15 15:29:59

I used to have waist length thick hair and always had it in a messy bun (usually with a pen or two in it grin

Then I lost a Lot of it through illness and now it's growing back I am determined to make the most of it, so will watch this with interest.

What I do now:

-Sometimes DH puts it in two French plaits for me
-I use a retro style bun cover with a pin through it (I like late 50s/60s style so this fits in with my clothes although it's old fashioned)
-I sort of pile it on my head neatly and secure with two long beak pins
-If I can't wash it, I tie a hair scarf around the top of my head as though I'm in a 50s convertible car smile
- I still like "ballet" buns but large and worn at the top of the back of my head
- I divide it into two low bunches below my ears, twist the ends of them while pulling upwards towards top of my head and pin them on top (hard to describe)
-old favourite of messy bun

Useful items for me are hair coloured kirby grips, the clips that "snap" close, beak clips at least 13cm long, hair coloured elastic hair bands and hair sticks.

If you have lots of hair, the "Ebuni" range are good.

Oh and I also dyed it violet when it grew back - I LOVE it.

Annarose2014 Wed 10-Jun-15 15:58:23

I use all sorts, hair fork things, claws.....but I love Invisibobbles. If you get the clear ones they don't even show and they don't seem to scraaaaaaape the hair back as tightly. They really keep it up though. And don't leave a horrible kink when you take it down.

bialystockandbloom Wed 10-Jun-15 15:58:40

Either loose or just spend about five seconds putting into some sort of vague loose messy bun/ponytail type affair, with lots of bits falling out. Use just basic non-scratch hairbands. Very low-maintenance grin I don't like the totally scraped-back smooth look much.

TheHappinessTrap Wed 10-Jun-15 18:43:13

I've now done some practice buns, I don't seem to suit the loose bun (falls out) with loose bits falling about (which get caught in the wind and just create an overall dishevelled in an not-cool way look). And although it looks like I have a lot of hair, it's fine so can't hold a pencil type thing, which I would love. It could be that I need to get used to the different look so I may try a bun as an actual all day do tomorrow. The gadgets could be good though and I'd hoped to get to a shop on the way home and buy some of these but I didn't have time so hopefully it will be a lunchtime trip tomorrow!

AlpacaPicnic Wed 10-Jun-15 20:49:20

I do the messy bun. Today I had two slightly tidier buns atop my head, like Mickey Mouse ears! I use those screw pins, they are fab.

As an aside, do you ever find that if you just screw you hair up really quick to get it out of the way. It can look almost perfect... But then when you try to recreate the look a bit tidier and with more time it somehow never looks quite as good...

CakeNinja Wed 10-Jun-15 21:08:22

Bloody hell, I have bra strap length hair that is thick and wavy and it stays all screwed up in a bun scraped off my face at ALL times!
I have never heard of any of these implements, nor would I know what to do with any of them.
I have no natural skills for doing anything with it, have had very short hair (total disaster, too thick and wavy) and couldn't wait for it to grow again so I could just shove it up.
I wish i could learn some new styles but even after watching some YouTube videos I'm at a complete loss as I don't have octopus arms and I can't seem to work with my hands above AND behind my head sad

CakeNinja Wed 10-Jun-15 21:09:32

Oops apologies for my piteous rant blush
Don't feel obliged to get out your tiny violins grin

Chchchchangeabout Wed 10-Jun-15 21:21:25

Heyheyhey - what is that weird thing in the pic with the hairpin? It looks like regurgitated sushi rice?!?

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 10-Jun-15 21:34:49

Mine is bra strap length, wavy layers. I use the screwpins for both messy and neat buns at the nape of my neck, with a long sideswept fringe loose. Although it looks as though I have masses of hair, it is fine and with the layers it only makes a small bun, so I sonetimes use a small donut, but make sure it is well disguised. I don't suit scraped back hair, but if I really want my fringe off my face I twist it up and clip it with one of those flat springy clips into a small quiff, which covers my parting, gives a bit of height and doesn't look scraped back. I do that a lot when the rest is down too. I am rarely eithout an emergency bunch band on my wrist and use them for messy buns, often as a pp said, they look better than ones where I've tried hard.

Heyhey, I've got something similar to your link but can't do anything with it for the life of me, how do you use it?

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