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May 6th, 2011, 11:33 AM
I have metalless hair ties and bobby pins. What updos can I do?

May 6th, 2011, 11:45 AM
French braid, Dutch braid, rope braid, ponytail, Gibson tuck, possibly French twist if you open the bobby pins wide but it will be better if you can get some Amish pins. Braided buns will probably work too. You can check out member Madora's pictures for braiding inspirations and I believe she uses 3.5" pins, those are comparatively more hair-friendly for updos than bobby pins.

At your length and thickness, you can think about getting a hairstick or hair fork for more styling options

May 6th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Bobby pins are meant for small amounts of hair.

You need hairpins (Amish or Goodays or crimped 2 or 3 inch metal pins from Sally's) to secure your updo.

With BSL hair, half ups would be the simplest. A Flexi-8 half up always looks attractive and neat.

You could put all the hair above your crown in a clip and then braid what is clipped and leave the rest free

You could try a Gibson Tuck, which should look very nice

Braiding is also a great way to manage your tresses. A French "lace" braid in either the "English" or "Dutch" style.

A very small bun -- i. e. the sock bun.

It would be a good idea for you to learn how to braid your hair now, while it is short, rather than wait and try and learn later. You can also teach yourself braiding motions by using scarves, or thick skeins of yarn, tied at the top.

If you're really ambitious, the folks who make the Barbie doll have a Barbie "headform" that has long hair to play with. Alas, the texture is the pits (maybe it could use an EVOO application)? But it is something to consider..if you want to go that route.

May 6th, 2011, 01:25 PM
I have BSL hair, and I can do a cinnamon bun, an infinity bun, a chinese bun (with goody spin pins, but I guess you could make it work with bobby pins. My curly hair eats them though), a rope-braided cinnabun (but not english braided.Weird), and a slightly deformed nautilus. I can also do the cheater's hairstick bun, which is in the articles section, but I prefer not to use elastics unless I *love* the style.

May 6th, 2011, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! If I was to go out and buy different types of hair pins, what kind would you suggest, and is there somewhere where I could learn how to properly use them? Also, are the affordable becasue I rreally can't spend a fortune.

Jean Stuart
May 6th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Good hair days are my favorite. They are plastic and have great hold. they also only cost about $3.00.

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May 6th, 2011, 01:52 PM
You should also be able to do a rose bun, which is very pretty. ^_^

May 6th, 2011, 04:54 PM
If you're going to buy new pins anyway, I'd get Goody spin pins. I need 3-4 of them, but they have such great hold that I can sleep with them in.

May 6th, 2011, 05:03 PM
I have a ton of bobby pins and I hardly ever use them. They seem so tricky to me and they can hurt my head, or make it feel like the hair is snagged on something. I'm sure I'm doing it wrong...

It's good to read all these other suggestions, it means I still have hope!

May 6th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Oh how I wish it was this simple for me as it seems for most. None of the above methods works for me - everything tugs and pulls and frustrates:justy: I had to resort to making a band that sits from ear to ear over the top of my head, then I form an updo, and use a large bobby pin or two to 'clip' the bun to a small 'flap' near the top of my head, and I cover that with a band, or scarf. Although spin pins and hair pins work for a lot of people, they don't work for everyone and it isn't always a matter of 'learning how to do it right'. I do hope though, that a variety of methods will work for you, because it sure makes doing your hair a lot easier. I think bobby pins are fine if used properly for your type of hair, taken out carefully, and not used if the end thingy has come off. There are quality bobby pins and uckky bobby pins.

May 7th, 2011, 02:26 AM
ooh Victory Rolls! I've been practicing them and have gotten the hang of it now. Bobby pins are great for keeping the rolls from falling out. Also I can do a French twist with just bobby pins.