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TashaW78
August 14th, 2018, 07:33 PM
I've been trying to grow out my hair for around 3 years now, but every time I seem to get to MBL but end up having to cut it back up to BSL due to mechanical damage :( Just recently I'm around 2 inches from MBL my hair is 29" long measured TLHC style. (I'm 5'11)

I've found that braids just make my hair frizzy and they aren't the nicest for my ends, as I'm SUPER prone to mechanical damage and the braid just exposes them. Anyone have any protective updo ideas or suggestions for straight, fine hair? :confused:

lithostoic
August 14th, 2018, 07:44 PM
Have you tried buns?

TashaW78
August 14th, 2018, 07:47 PM
That's what I've been doing at the moment, but I feel like I'll get sick of them by the time winter comes around.

daisy rei
August 14th, 2018, 08:31 PM
We have similar heights, hair types, and lengths! :p I'm about 3" away from WL right now and I'm 6'.

I've just recently started wearing my hair in buns all the time, since breakage is a major issue for me. Yes, buns can get boring and tiresome at this length, but my mentality right now is to just throw my hair up as quickly as possible and not think about it for the rest of the day. It's reached a point now where I hate having my hair down because it's always in the way, getting caught in backpack straps and whatnot. Maybe when it gets a little longer will I dedicate the time to learning more elaborate up-dos.

Reyn127
August 14th, 2018, 08:33 PM
Buns are going to be one of the best ways to protect fine hair, especially buns where the ends of your hair are kept tucked underneath. You could also maybe try pinning braids up onto your head, if you think you'll get too bored of buns. But you're right about braids being rough on the ends - I've noticed a lot more damage after wearing more braids for a bit.

TwilightMermaid
August 15th, 2018, 06:09 AM
Maybe you could try a braid with a silk scarf? I believe you have to secure a the top of the braid and then braid it in all the way down.

MusicalSpoons
August 15th, 2018, 08:36 AM
Braids are not protective for my hair - they expose the ends of hair throughout the lengths to damage, and are hard on the very ends too. I bun my hair every day, except for the very rarest of rare occasions! You could do all sorts of different braided buns if you want more variety and still have the protection of buns :flower:

lapushka
August 15th, 2018, 09:57 AM
I wear buns year round. It's the only way to keep F hair from getting into things, I'm afraid. Braids are nice but buns are far more protective. And there are *so* many variations on the "simple" bun to try.

TashaW78
August 15th, 2018, 12:26 PM
We have similar heights, hair types, and lengths! :p I'm about 3" away from WL right now and I'm 6'.

I've just recently started wearing my hair in buns all the time, since breakage is a major issue for me. Yes, buns can get boring and tiresome at this length, but my mentality right now is to just throw my hair up as quickly as possible and not think about it for the rest of the day. It's reached a point now where I hate having my hair down because it's always in the way, getting caught in backpack straps and whatnot. Maybe when it gets a little longer will I dedicate the time to learning more elaborate up-dos.

I agree, I feel like I tend to focus too much on my hair at this length because I want it to grow to TBL right this second. I might just try buns and benign neglect for a few months

TheCurlyMermaid
August 15th, 2018, 12:39 PM
I do braided buns. Normal buns cause my curls to tangle for some reason. The key with my hair and braided buns is that I wear a silk scarf to sleep and I sleep on a satin pillowcase. So my hair touches nothing during the day, and wearing the silk scarf keeps the dutch braids that lead up to my bun from fraying/moving at all really. It keeps them so nicely, that I've recently found that I can dutch braids leading to a braided bun and it will look fresh for a week. So my hair is protected from wash day to wash day, and all I have to do is spray in some leave-in conditioner every couple of days, and I condition the ends of the braid in the middle of the week, and then braid it back up and tuck it back into the bun.

It may not be the same case for you, but what I thought was mechanical damage due to braids was really my hair/ends rubbing up against things while in braids, not the braiding act itself. Since I've clipped the braids in a bun (I use little claw clips, like the butterfly size, my hair is too fine for hair forks & sticks to be comfortable...) I haven't experienced that damage anymore.

tangocurl
August 15th, 2018, 02:55 PM
Ditto to everyone who said braids are difficult for fine hair. A hairstick bun seems to be the least damaging style for my fine hair lately. I am doing a pencil bun with an extra twist. And I keep buying hairsticks to keep it from being boring. :rolleyes:

lemonlollies
August 15th, 2018, 05:46 PM
Although I lack a little in the height department (5’4) I also have fine hair (but lots of it), that is hard to manage and gets very tangly when left down. I seem to have been stuck between bsl and mbl for years (currently bsl again as I’ve just had the stringy ends chopped) but the condition of my ends has improved from doing buns which I hold in place with a stick. My favourite is a nautilus bun, it’s so easy to put up but looks smart and keeps my hair out of the way. At night I tend to wear it in a loose braid, as I don’t like anything too tight while I’m sleeping!

Taliesin
August 15th, 2018, 05:55 PM
I think I might be swearing off braids for a while. I've been braiding for sleep over the past year or so (most nights) but have found the bottom 3" of my hair is starting to struggle and I suspect the braid tassle to be the culprit. Over the last 3 months I've been using a sleep cap with my hair wrapped in an unsecure bun (and still braiding occassionally) over night and it's not the most comfortable but keeps my hair out of the way (I'm a tosser-and-turner). During the day my go-to style is a cinnabun held with 4 spin pins and I don't feel/suspect any damage whatsoever from that - very secure as well! Trying to use a hair stick once in a while for some variety. We'll see what happens going braidless until the end of the year!

TashaW78
August 15th, 2018, 09:43 PM
I think I might be swearing off braids for a while. I've been braiding for sleep over the past year or so (most nights) but have found the bottom 3" of my hair is starting to struggle and I suspect the braid tassle to be the culprit. Over the last 3 months I've been using a sleep cap with my hair wrapped in an unsecure bun (and still braiding occassionally) over night and it's not the most comfortable but keeps my hair out of the way (I'm a tosser-and-turner). During the day my go-to style is a cinnabun held with 4 spin pins and I don't feel/suspect any damage whatsoever from that - very secure as well! Trying to use a hair stick once in a while for some variety. We'll see what happens going braidless until the end of the year!

I totally feel you on the stringy ends. I had an undershave when I was younger thats still growing fairly quickly, around APL right now, but seeing as my hair is already fine once it gets long it just looks stringy, So I might be trying the spiral pins out for a bit. I've wanted to experiment with different pins, forks, sticks, etc but I can never figure them out

LittleHealthy
August 15th, 2018, 09:55 PM
Iíve struggled with this, getting bored with basic buns. I recently ventured into the lwb and nautilus bun. But one which I really love doing is a French braid starting in one side of my head and coiled around at the back. Oh wait, itís in my signature photo!! Thatís a favourite of mine. I pull bits out to soften the way it looks around my face. I feel like itís gentle and keeps the ends tucked in safe.

Catnappen
August 15th, 2018, 11:07 PM
Have you heard of sleeping in a buff (not "in the buff", but a buff on your head)? It's like a long headband that you wear like a hat and it stretches out to cover your hair. I found out about them from curly girl websites and they use them to preserve their curls overnight. I just ordered some from Amazon, it seems like it would be more comfortable than a cap (which I tried exactly 1 time and then threw away because it was SO UNCOMFORTABLE).

Lady Stardust
August 15th, 2018, 11:45 PM
Have you heard of sleeping in a buff (not "in the buff", but a buff on your head)? It's like a long headband that you wear like a hat and it stretches out to cover your hair. I found out about them from curly girl websites and they use them to preserve their curls overnight. I just ordered some from Amazon, it seems like it would be more comfortable than a cap (which I tried exactly 1 time and then threw away because it was SO UNCOMFORTABLE).

I haven’t tried wearing a Buff at night but I wear one during the day if it’s windy or for UV protection. I have a summer version with Coolmax, it stops your head from getting sweaty and I find it really comfortable and easy to carry around since it folds up so small. I love it - my hair gets damaged easily so it’s made a huge difference to me.

It’s funny though, I was just wondering if a Buff would work at night and then I saw your post :)

Soulina
August 16th, 2018, 03:59 AM
I have extremely fine hair and it hates braids (braided buns are a different thing) . I love buns, I wear nautilus almost everyday, it keeps my hairs safe and out of my way, it also looks nice. I just bun my hair and forget it for the day. At night I always use satin sleeping cap, it has had huge impact on the health of my hair.

TashaW78
August 16th, 2018, 11:48 AM
I have extremely fine hair and it hates braids (braided buns are a different thing) . I love buns, I wear nautilus almost everyday, it keeps my hairs safe and out of my way, it also looks nice. I just bun my hair and forget it for the day. At night I always use satin sleeping cap, it has had huge impact on the health of my hair.

For me, I've just ended up sleeping on a satin pillowcase, the sleep caps fall off my head and I have a free roam bunny that hops on my bed at night... she sometimes decides she wants the sleeping cap and takes it off my head at night :rolleyes:

TashaW78
August 16th, 2018, 11:51 AM
Have you heard of sleeping in a buff (not "in the buff", but a buff on your head)? It's like a long headband that you wear like a hat and it stretches out to cover your hair. I found out about them from curly girl websites and they use them to preserve their curls overnight. I just ordered some from Amazon, it seems like it would be more comfortable than a cap (which I tried exactly 1 time and then threw away because it was SO UNCOMFORTABLE).

Are you able to share a link for that? Everytime I try to look them up I end up with dreadlock cuffs..