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I wear my long hair in a ponytail (high and low), or a bun (sometimes with chopsticks), or a plain pleat, or a French pleat, or French twist, or Saturday-style (half-ponytail), or with a headband, or just down.
Look on youtube. There are loads of tutorials for different hairstyles. It is dangerously addictive, though, and you will put your back out trying them all!
hmmm, you all have too much time! Mine lives in a ponytail, day in, day out at the moment (but then DS is still 21mo and likes to pull it given half a chance)
Sometimes if it's hot I'll tie it round in a bun, or do this thing (I have no idea what it's called, if anything) where I only pull the hair halfway through the ponytail band on the last twist, to create a hair loop, and then tuck the stray ends in so it looks much neater (and shorter of course)
my hair is very fine though - plaits and french plaits look a bit ratty on me
I don't do anything scraped back/high forehead kind of styles as I look better with a bit of forehead covering, at my age
so generally I will wash my hair, leave it to dry naturally, then hope nobody notices how unbrushed it is. Second day I will brush it, usually keep it loose or possibly a ponytail if I feel 'smart'.
I am growing out a fringe too so keep it to one side using a pin. Looks a bit untidy but not much I can do until it grows! I have a natural side parting and have gone back to this as it suits me better.
My hair only looks Ok when it's long. I keep cutting it after every baby, luckily it grew back quick this time and is already midway between shoulder and boob. However i have a very long neck so it would be longer otherwise
It also looks nice up in a kind of random swirled bun thing low down at the back - secured with several hundred pins, with odds and ends falling off at the sides.
Thumbwitch, mine is also quite thin - but has wave if not too oily, so that helps me out. I think you are right that slightly less formal ideas work better on thin hair. It gives it a bit of body to have loose ends and drifting bits at the sides...
I do the same with the loop thing, but don't bother tucking anything in as it is usually when I am sat at the computer or out. It probably looks awful!
I love the plait as headband idea, and have wanted to do this for literally years but it just doesn't suit me. You need a fairly low forehead for that.
I am also growing out a fringe!I plait the front sometimes too very effective with hair up or down.Otherwise a loose bun with a side fringe clipped with something nice.When I wear it down it generally falls into a side parting and I don't do much with it.If I am looking my best ie not knackered I sometimes wear it in a high bun or ponytail.I love the versatility and hated the fringe
Mine is long, thick, and layered with a layered fringe. (centre parting) I have it long for work, tied in a loose nape bun for when it is blowy or I am cooking, sometimes a pony tail. It is layered so french pleats don't work. Sometimes I do a wide, funky headband.
down almost always - but if i have poncey meeting i might put it up into a ponytail with a high front thing - iykwim - on the top.
love chopsticks - piece of piss to put up
what i love to do is gather hair at base of neck, twist upwards so you have that elegant 'tucked-in' look, then clip at the top ( or chop stick it) then with the left over ends, back comb or curl or whatever
i have much dificulty in finding a clip to hold my hair up with.