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Hair help in the time of Coronavirus, please.

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Jaichangecentfoisdenom Mon 06-Apr-20 10:38:37

Hi, I am neither stylish nor beautiful so don't normally frequent these threads. However, I'd be very grateful to you beautiful stylists for advice on how to keep my hair out of my face without a hairband, elastic bands or hairpins, as there are none in the house. I usually have a short haircut, with a layered fringe that sweeps out over my ears, and I was due to go the hairdressers for a trim (my hair grows very fast) about 6 weeks ago, but decided not to as I was already thinking of the risks of not socially/physically distancing myself (I'm in a vulnerable category or two). My fringe is now almost permanently in my eyes and I'm trying to find a video which will show me how to tie a tie or a belt to make a hairband to keep my hair out of my eyes so I don't have to keep pushing it back and touching my face. I am useless at doing my hair, can't even blow-dry it into shape, so need something basic and simple. Thank you so much in advance for any pointers you might give me! All the best to everyone, stay safe and well!

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Sameold2020 Mon 06-Apr-20 10:43:40

I'd just order a headband from Amazon. Hopefully it will be long enough to tuck behind your ears soon. Without hair bands or clips, I can only think of gelling it back. Or ripping up an old pillowcase, bin bag or something random like that!

Jaichangecentfoisdenom Mon 06-Apr-20 10:48:39

Thanks for the swift answer, @Sameold2020 - I don't live in the UK so ordering from Amazon is not an option. Though that's a good point, I'll check online to see if there's anything I could get delivered. But in the meantime, whilst waiting, I still need to find a demonstration of how to tie a tie round my head without my husband laughing at me hysterically!

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puds11 Mon 06-Apr-20 10:50:48

Can you tie it with string or ribbon? Or wear glasses on your head grin

puds11 Mon 06-Apr-20 10:53:07

Or do you have any scarves? hair wrap?

Jaichangecentfoisdenom Mon 06-Apr-20 10:59:54

I need my glasses to see, @puds11 grin Not a scarf person, either, I am too cackhanded to manage anything like that, but thank you for the link!
I've checked the online store I was hoping to be able to buy a hairband from, but whaddaya know, other women brighter than me got there first and they're sold out!

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puds11 Mon 06-Apr-20 11:07:03

Two pairs of glasses grin Cut a waist band off a pair of knickers and use as a headband?

Raffathebear Mon 06-Apr-20 11:10:50

I would just pin or plat it til it grows out.

Jaichangecentfoisdenom Mon 06-Apr-20 11:14:26

No hair equipment of any kind at all here, @Raffathebear. Belts or ties are the only things available to keep my fringe off my face.
Oh well, looks as if I'm just going to keep having the husband laughing wildly at me whilst I'm cooking! I think I might wear my shower cap, actually, that might be the most practical!

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littlewoollypervert Mon 06-Apr-20 11:16:53

Have you an old t-shirt you can cut up? Strips 2-3 inches wide, measure round your head + cut to that length plus 1-2 inches, tie the ends together

NiteFlights Mon 06-Apr-20 11:22:11

Tea towel? I sometimes fold a j-cloth in diagonally to make a long strip and tie it round my head when DIYing.

Jaichangecentfoisdenom Mon 06-Apr-20 11:22:15

Thanks, everyone, am resorting to my shower cap for cooking and will see if I can fix one of my belts properly as I can't manage to tie the tie at all!

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notangelinajolie Mon 06-Apr-20 11:24:43

Would it not be simpler to cut it?

chickenninja Mon 06-Apr-20 11:29:56

Yeah just cut it yourself?

TheShoesa Mon 06-Apr-20 11:35:15

Cut a wide strip from a leg of an old pair of thickish tights to use as a hairband (across the leg, obviously, so it is a ready made ring)

When your hair gets longer you can use thinner strips instead of a hair elastic for a pony tail.

PickAChew Mon 06-Apr-20 11:56:41

I use one of these. You could make something similar from an old t-shirt if you're at all handy wit a needle and thread

Jaichangecentfoisdenom Mon 06-Apr-20 12:36:34

Those suggesting I cut it myself - you don't know me, but even before I had arthritic joints, it would still not have been an option! Imagine the clumsiest, most cack-handed, useless idiot who can barely tie their own shoelaces and can hardly hold a pen, let alone a pair of scissors, and you have me grin
No thick old tights here, live in a warm climate.
Can just about manage tacking stitch if I can see to thread the needle.
No, the shower cap will just have to do withe the double glasses as next-best option!
Thank you for trying!

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Chochito Mon 06-Apr-20 12:50:20

You know when you were a kid and you took off a T-shirt and left it around your head like a sort of Pocahontas headdress? You could do that as a last resort.

Or use a scarf in the way that you would wrap a towel around your head after a shower? Might need a safety pin somewhere as scarves are more slippery than towels.

MaryLennoxsScowl Mon 06-Apr-20 12:50:59

I was going to suggest tights too - leggings/a sleeve from a stretchy top you don’t want might do?

MaryLennoxsScowl Mon 06-Apr-20 12:51:49

Or cut up an old skirt for a scarf?

VaggieMight Mon 06-Apr-20 12:55:57

Do you have any knee length pop socks? Either loop it and double knot it for a headband or cut off the top to make a hair band. You could also make a headband from any tights or stockings.

MutteringDarkly Mon 06-Apr-20 13:01:23

Is it a spare shower cap? If so, cut off the cap part and just use the elasticated part.

Jillyhilly Mon 06-Apr-20 13:04:46

Yeah you need something with a bit of stretch to it. I’m in exactly the same position and I’ve tied it up in a of tights knotted on top. Works really well. I actually quite like the way it looks and it’s so comfortable - I might continue with this after lockdown!

winterisstillcoming Mon 06-Apr-20 13:10:47

Depending on how long it is 1 or 2 French plaits lose and tight to the head will work in tidying up short straying hair.

NotMeNoNo Mon 06-Apr-20 13:19:20

Any square/triangle of fabric can be tied as, for want of a better word, Amish type head scarf. If you comb a bit of hair product through it should reduce wisps falling out.

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