Look, Ma, no hairpins!

Rudder’s gone and I was a bit bored, so fooling around with my hair. It’s barely to bra-strap length if I pull it straight, just a few inches below my shoulders with all the curls in this humidity, and it’s very fine; when I make a bun it’s a pathetic little thing. Anyhow, I don’t look good with it scraped severely back. This is what I ended up with, and at the moment it’s holding fine with no hairpins whatsoever. The curl helps with that; I would add pins at the bottom if I wanted to keep it like this all day or go outside.

It’s not the easiest thing to take a picture of the back of your own head, but I think the detail shows well here. What I did was to begin by French-braiding it back at either side, to give it some fullnes in the front. I let the braids come free somewhere behind my ears, then combined the two braids into one when they came together. At the nape pf my neck I added the rest of the hair into the braid and braided it to the end. Then I sort of pulled the hair apart at the nape and tucked in the braid.

(I got the idea from a style I’ve worn where I just put the hair in a loose ponytail, pull open a pouch above that and tuck the ponytail in. It makes sort of a 1940s-ish roll at the bottom hairline and holds well for me, though it probably wouldn’t for someone with thick slippery hair. I think this with the braid would work better on all sorts of hair.)

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2 Responses to Look, Ma, no hairpins!

  1. LA says:


    I never could french braid my own hair so I always did a dutch braid which is nearly the same process except the hair is brought up from beneath rather than drawn down over, thus the braid is 3-D on top of the partings. MUCH easier, at least for me. And yeah, this works with my thick straight slippery hair, which has been known to slide out of every hair contraption ever invented. ~LA

  2. Maria says:

    Wow! Looks great! Now I just need to learn how to french braid my own hair, as I have that thick slippery hair that’d never stay put in the ponytail hairdo you described 😉

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