Tame the NestPosted: January 4, 2013
Growing up I never really cared what my hair looked like and I rarely wore make-up. My hair typically cycles through periods of growing out until it is unmanageable at which time I chop it off above the shoulders. Well, my hair has gotten pretty long as evidenced here and I usually prefer a “less fuss” method of doing things so naturally I mentioned to my husband that I was thinking about chopping off my hair. I expected him to immediately yell “no!” as so many of my male friends in college would have done, but he was kind of indifferent about it. That meant I had to make a decision about what I wanted for my hair. Yikes!
I have decided to keep it long (and least for the time being), but I have a few challenges to address.
1.) I work in a laboratory and it is generally considered a safety hazard to leave long hair unrestrained during work. Plus, do I really want my hair to accidentally brush a tabletop where someone has spilled blood or urine? Gross.
2.) Even being a low fuss kind of girl, I still find myself getting tired of a plain braid or basic ponytail. An old co-worker told me once that I look like a farm girl when I come in wearing scrubs, no make-up, and my hair in a braid. Not really the image I want for myself.
3.) Within an hour of my hair drying the bottom half ties itself in knots. Seriously- I can sit on my couch and and be completely still and I will still end up with a large nest of hair sitting on my scalp, though usually just the rear middle section for some reason. It gets worse when I’m moving or outside with a breeze. If there is full on wind it ends up looking something like this.
I’ve decided to learn some quick up-dos and new braids. I’m going to keep it simple, but if I’m going to have long hair this is the only solution I can see working. Yesterday I sort of made up my own, and I got lots of compliments so I thought I would post it for my fellow long-haired friends who need a little inspiration. It took me less than ten minutes and only two tries to get this together.
Please forgive me for the first and last pictures…I was being stubborn and wouldn’t ask DH to take them for me.
I did a simple french braid down one side of my head, braiding down until there was only about an inch of hair left un-braided.
I ran the portion of the braid not attached to my head along the back of my head and tucked the non-braided end underneath the braid. I then proceeded to pin it all in place with bobby pins. I only have bobby pins because my sister used them to do my hair when I got married, but they are magical! I’m not sure why I never learned how to use them before now.
These photos were taken after a long day at work, but I think the style held up well and I like the less-than-perfect look.
Are there any other no fuss hairstyles I should know about? I have pinned a few over here that I’m excited to try out.
I’m including a poll to see what you guys think about my hair color. It is a hotly debated topic among those who know me, and I’m curious to know what the masses think. So vote and tell me what you think.