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June 9th, 2011, 10:23 PM
I'm trying to figure out ways to keep my hair under control. I have super-thick hair (pony circumference is about 5.5, possibly a bit more) and I'm at 2" past BSL.

I can't bun it; even a lazy bun, I can't get a full turn around so it can't be secured. About the only things I can do are a peacock and, if I want to put a TON of work in, a french twist. I need my hair pulled up because otherwise the heat may make me faint. (I have a medical condition that makes me prone to fainting.)

Anyhow, I'm open to ideas on how to get my hair tamed. I've never been able to get updos to hold with sticks and I don't have forks yet. I have a ficcare and ponytail holders and small clips and pins.


June 9th, 2011, 10:35 PM
BIG claw clips saved me in the heat when my hair was your length since I'm HORRIBLE at updos other than standard braids.

June 9th, 2011, 10:42 PM
You could section your hair and and make buns that way. Heck, you could do just two buns or braids so that way you're not dealing with a whole bunch of hair at once. :flower:

June 9th, 2011, 10:45 PM
I'm not as thick as you, but even I can barely do a lazy wrap bun at 27", so don't feel bad. What you should try though, is sectioning. My go to updo for work right now is two braids, one from the top half of my hair, and one from the bottom half, wound round each other to make a bun, vortex style, and held with 3" Amish pins. Amish pins are amazing things for my hair, mainly because they have the length to get through the thickness. Another idea is a folded braid, if you can hold it up with pins/your ficcare.

June 9th, 2011, 10:56 PM
I don't know what kind of hairtoys you have, but here's a list of some different styles you should be able to do with your length and thickness:

Angel Bun (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=131) (calls for a hair fork)
Manderly Bun (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=89) (calls for hairstick, but pencils work!)
Braid-over-braid Updo (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=63) (calls for two sticks, but I LOVE this style! And it only calls for nice, simple, regular English braids!)
Gibson Tuck (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=49)

Failing that, there's TONS of youtube videos and a LOT more styling articles here on LHC! Good luck and post pics! LOL

June 9th, 2011, 11:17 PM
Ooh, Joribear, those are pretty! I knew about the Gibson Tuck, but the others are all new to me. I did poke around here some, but it felt like all of the styles I came across demanded either more length or less thickness than I have.


June 9th, 2011, 11:27 PM
The way to handle thick hair is to section it. Better for your head, too!

June 10th, 2011, 06:39 AM
I agree with Madora, sectioning it is a good way to handle heavy, thick hair. My hair is not as thick as yours but I really like making double buns to help with the weight of my hair. By double buns I mean make one bun with half of your hair and then make another one with the remaining hair below the first bun. I use one hair stick per bun and it holds all day. If you don't have a hair stick a chopstick or pencil will work.


June 10th, 2011, 07:21 AM
I'd try a bunch of spin pins or similar in a basic twist bun (cinnamon bun style, though you might not be able to twist your hair all the way around itself). Goody says you only need 2 but I need at least 5 to keep a really secure bun. I have thick hair and these are by far the most secure option for me.

I'm at BSL and I can only do two styles of updo: cinnamon bun, and pencil bun. Lazy wraps will not stay. :( When I was at APL I did a twisty cinnamon bun thing held with spin pins or two quattro forks inserted from either side of the bun.