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Mrs. D
August 1st, 2011, 09:05 AM
Good morning all,

This weekend I got a bunch of very unflattering pictures. A could of reality checks:
1. Horizontal stripes are not flattering, even if it is the nautical look.
2. I really have gained that much weight.
3. And no matter how cute my messy bun is, my hair when pulled back makes me look bald.
Ok, that was more than a couple. Luckily I am not struggling with hair loss like so many are ~hugs~ but I am beginning to look bald from the front with my hair pulled back.

So, the last few days I have been teasing my hair, which is bad. I have no bangs and have liked that so far, but would bangs give me a less severe look or would it make me look bald with bangs?

Any suggestions that would help me put away the teasing comb are welcome,

Shannon

chahuahuas
August 1st, 2011, 09:15 AM
In this thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=74035&page=2), people had some good ideas on how to create volume in your updos without harmful backcombing. Some of the ideas included:

twisting the top half of the hair to create a little volume on top, then combining that with the bottom half. This was my favorite suggestion, and it's explained much better by ghilliegirl an (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?p=1682836#post1682836).
you can use a bump-it. the mini-bumpits might be helpful in making a less extreme poof.
you can pinch hair out of your ponytail or other updo.
clipping in extensions, and backcombing them instead of your real hair.

Hope that helps :)

pepperminttea
August 1st, 2011, 09:15 AM
Do you keep your parting when you have your hair up? I find that helps, compared to combing all the hair straight back. :)

MissEarlGrey
August 1st, 2011, 09:20 AM
Do you keep your parting when you have your hair up? I find that helps, compared to combing all the hair straight back. :)

This x1000. I always hated the way I looked with my hair pulled back until I started making a deep side part. Now it just looks classy.

chahuahuas
August 1st, 2011, 09:21 AM
Do you keep your parting when you have your hair up? I find that helps, compared to combing all the hair straight back. :)

I like that suggestion, but only for a side part, preferably a deep side part. I'm not a fan of pulled back center parted hair... I think makes the face look rounder.



I have no bangs and have liked that so far, but would bangs give me a less severe look or would it make me look bald with bangs?

I thought your bangs looked nice in the christmas picture in your album. You didn't have any pictures without bangs in your album for me to compare it to though, so maybe you look even better without bangs? I wouldn't be able to tell you until you post something for comparison, haha.

ETA:
This x1000. I always hated the way I looked with my hair pulled back until I started making a deep side part. Now it just looks classy. haha! I didn't see this until after i typed up this post. It's a consensus, deep side parts are the way to go :p

spidermom
August 1st, 2011, 09:24 AM
I found some videos on YouTube showing how to make pin-curl rolls and pin them in attractive, face-framing ways. Go there and look up 1940s and rockabilly. When I don't have time to do my whole head, I do maybe 3 or 4 near my face to avoid the skinned-back look and bun the rest.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/2.jpg

chahuahuas
August 1st, 2011, 09:29 AM
I found some videos on YouTube showing how to make pin-curl rolls and pin them in attractive, face-framing ways. Go there and look up 1940s and rockabilly. When I don't have time to do my whole head, I do maybe 3 or 4 near my face to avoid the skinned-back look and bun the rest.


Yes, sometimes they're called "victory rolls." I like them, but I think they work best when you really go all out and pair them with a vintage outfit to match. They can look a little off when worn with a modern outfit.

catiebloo
August 1st, 2011, 09:30 AM
Spidermom - That's so pretty!! I love Victory roll type styles :)

spidermom
August 1st, 2011, 09:32 AM
Yes, sometimes they're called "victory rolls." I like them, but I think they work best when you really go all out and pair them with a vintage outfit to match. I think they look a little off when worn with a modern outfit.

Well, pinned and draped in a certain way they're called victory rolls.

As for looking off, well - I can't make myself care.

Hairizona
August 1st, 2011, 09:41 AM
I cannot go without bangs. Period. I have a long face, which although small, I have a high and narrow forehead. Along with being 56 years old, I look tired, and well, older, without bangs. I have tried so many times to grow bangs out and end up cutting them back in for these reasons.
To me, you have nothing to worry about eitherway.

cindy58
August 1st, 2011, 09:52 AM
Well, pinned and draped in a certain way they're called victory rolls.

As for looking off, well - I can't make myself care.

Me either. Let's hear it for the 50's!

irishlady
August 1st, 2011, 10:05 AM
I'd go for very wispy bangs to frame your face, but they won't take away any thickness :)

angleofdeth
August 1st, 2011, 10:13 AM
lol I went with 'narcissist' : ) I'd rather that than teasing or cutting in bangs.

Then again 'severe' helps keep the scary grocery cart guy away...lol

Eire
August 1st, 2011, 10:23 AM
I just wanted to point out that pictures will sometimes distort things. In real life you don't look bald at all. I am the same way in pics - I just make sure and wear my hair down when I know pictures will be taken. :)

QueenJoey
August 1st, 2011, 10:31 AM
I sometimes make a poof with the hair at the very front. I measure it by getting a chunk of hair from between my eyebrow arches. More looks kinda funny, in my opinion.

Rosetta
August 1st, 2011, 11:12 AM
Well, I'd have to choose the "cheese" option this time, taking it to mean "none of the above" - I'd suggest pulling out just a few face-framing strands, if the updo looks too severe :) No scissors needed, like for bangs, nothing permanent required.

And this + ;)

I just make sure and wear my hair down when I know pictures will be taken. :)

swetiepeti
August 1st, 2011, 11:17 AM
if whomever cuts my bangs would stop working their way backwards I'd keep bangs. I've even had it done when I've gone to the trouble of pinning everything else back except the bangs I wanted cut. I've only had one hairstylist not do it, but she's the one who when I asked for a half an inch off the length took four.

spidermom
August 1st, 2011, 11:21 AM
if whomever cuts my bangs would stop working their way backwards I'd keep bangs. I've even had it done when I've gone to the trouble of pinning everything else back except the bangs I wanted cut.

How did that happen exactly?

ravenreed
August 1st, 2011, 11:24 AM
I have face framing layers because I have a round face and having all my hair pulled back just makes it look rounder. Mine are a bit longer than chin so I can also easily tuck them into a bun should I so desire. I haven't had much success with parting my hair and wearing a bun. It always comes out looking wonky for some reason.

spidermom
August 1st, 2011, 11:28 AM
Oh, and wanted to add that my determination to find a new way to pin up my hair was inspired by how I looked at my daughter's college graduation. I'd done a french braid down the back, and from the front I looked like I may as well be bald. It was SO unflattering.

Lilli
August 1st, 2011, 12:18 PM
I sometimes make a poof with the hair at the very front. I measure it by getting a chunk of hair from between my eyebrow arches. More looks kinda funny, in my opinion.

This is a good idea. Take a triangular chunk of hair and sort of twist it while pushing it forward a bit. Pin it into place and then proceed with updo.

If you do bangs, you have to commit to them. Wispy bangs look dated. A nice sideswept bang that can be pinned back would really help. Make sure you do a side parting if you do an updo like this.

QMacrocarpa
August 1st, 2011, 12:29 PM
Another vote for keeping a part, and I don't even insist on a side part. If you do go with a side part, the Faux French Braid and the Rapunzel's Resource French braid variation (http://rapunzelsresource.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/french-braid-variation/) can be useful.

I'm not against bangs in principle, but mine would be quite frizzy and fluffy (right up until they got greasy and stringy), and would likely make my forehead break out, so it's not an option I personally would pursue.

I think in another thread about sprucing up the front view, someone suggested decorative combs on the sides, maybe each holding a twist in place for a bit of volume?

elbow chic
August 1st, 2011, 12:52 PM
I wouldn't worry about it-- if you don't want to deal with bangs everyday, then don't. My bangs are currently nose-length, and I like to pin them up softly for a little volume but I'm not really thinking I'll miss them when they're gone.

Family pictures almost never make the individuals in them look "good," but that's not really the point of having them made. In our last family photo, I couldn't get over how old and tired and FAT DH and I both looked, but you know what? We might *feel* 19 and limitless but we aren't anymore. :laugh:

Reality is that we're the lower-middle-class parents of four small children, getting our annual picture made at the Wal-Mart portrait center. Considering that, we don't look too bad a'tall.

Anyway, usually I go for a half-up to soften my appearance, because my hair and skin are not that far apart color-wise, which makes the "bald look" that much worse.

eresh
August 1st, 2011, 01:30 PM
I love what you've done with the rolls Spidermom!
What do you use to pin them securely for the wholeday?
I wonder if it will work for me with my slippery hair.

Usually I pull out some small strands to make it a bit playful instead of all combed back, those strands I keep at a certain length.
Rolling the sides of my hair to the back also works, gives a more wider look.

spidermom
August 1st, 2011, 01:36 PM
I used long bobby pins mostly, also a few short ones to reinforce as needed.

Roseate
August 1st, 2011, 02:21 PM
I have bangs now, but when I didn't I'd often add interest to the front of a bun by doing a lace rope braid along my hairline, or pulling back the front bits in two twists before bunning, or a number of other things involving pinning up the front in one way or another.

There's a picture of a bun with rope in front in my album here. (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=3858&pictureid=65884)

ETA: I voted hairy cheese! Either bangs or braid/pin/poof work, depends on what you'd rather do.

intothemist1999
August 1st, 2011, 05:27 PM
I found some videos on YouTube showing how to make pin-curl rolls and pin them in attractive, face-framing ways. Go there and look up 1940s and rockabilly. When I don't have time to do my whole head, I do maybe 3 or 4 near my face to avoid the skinned-back look and bun the rest.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/2.jpg

Holy moly, woman!! That is GORGEOUS!!!

RitaCeleste
August 1st, 2011, 05:42 PM
Well, I cut me some very thin, see threw bangs. I cut the tiniest bit I can and still have little fluffy bangs obscuring my my forehead and it's forehead wrinkles. They go nice with the halo of shorter hairs that always pull loose and seem to float around my head when I wear it up. I'm new to the whole updo thing. I just want to get it pulled up and smoothed down and not looking too sloppy. It tries to poof a little on its on, but its still pretty flat. I couldn't not have bangs up or down, my face is too long.

Oh, yeah. I don't really care if wispy bangs look dated. I'm not a fan of the side swept thing. I'm old, if my hair looks old, I'm good with that.

MsBubbles
August 1st, 2011, 05:47 PM
Mrs. D: I notice we have similar hair types...probably a big factor in my being drawn to this thread, knowing exactly what you meant by that title!

It's helpful to watch for what others do to overcome this problem who have the same or very similar hair type to you. For example, face-framing layers or 'tendrils' never work for me. Tendrils = ratty little greasy strings on me. Face framing layers = ratty little greasy strings on me. :rolleyes: You may have more body in your hair than I do, since you're 1b and not 1a. So you may have better luck trying some of these suggestions. But unfortunately the only thing I have found that gives me any illusion of height around my forehead or crown is leaning my head over to one side while I frantically anchor the bun, so those strands on top are sort of suspended. They are fixed into the bun in such a way that they stand up a little bit.

Clear as mud?!

I haven't tried bumpits.

I'd get bangs but I think they are rather limiting and make my nose look even bigger. :)

ETA: Agreed! I just looked at your photos and like somebody already said...those Christmas bangs look great on you! Your hair is a tad thicker than mine so it might be the way for you to go.

Mesmerise
August 1st, 2011, 05:52 PM
At the moment I have weird bang-like regrowth, so I don't have that problem! But what I used to do when pulling my hair back was to sort of grab the top big and push it forward to make it puff up a bit (if that makes sense) and then I'd pin it like that before pulling the rest of my hair up.

I also used to blow dry my hair at the front to give it more body (I'd blow it up so it didn't sit flat on my head, but sort of stood up a bit... not right up but errm...so it didn't sit completely flat, as my hair is more flattering having a bit of height at the top front). This also helped me avoid that "bald look". Of course, I don't blow fry any more :D. I usually wait until my hair is dry now.

intothemist1999
August 1st, 2011, 08:59 PM
I found some videos on YouTube showing how to make pin-curl rolls and pin them in attractive, face-framing ways. Go there and look up 1940s and rockabilly. When I don't have time to do my whole head, I do maybe 3 or 4 near my face to avoid the skinned-back look and bun the rest.
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c79/spidermom/2.jpg


Ok, I give up ! I've been looking and looking and haven't one found as nice as your hair, nor quite the same end result.

I think you need to a vid for us. :D

Rustella
August 1st, 2011, 09:56 PM
Yes, sometimes they're called "victory rolls." I like them, but I think they work best when you really go all out and pair them with a vintage outfit to match. They can look a little off when worn with a modern outfit.




Well, pinned and draped in a certain way they're called victory rolls.

As for looking off, well - I can't make myself care.



LOL! Too funny. spidermom there's no way you could look off with such beautiful swirls.

Actually chahuahuas it would look more dated with a vitage outfit. What is in fashion now, and is really more modern and flattering, is to mix it up. Mix the rolls (victory or not) with a modern outfit. Mix vintage jewelry with a modern outfit, or modern jewelry with a retro dress. Updos, even "old fashioned" ones, look great and modern by mixing them up with current pieces.

chahuahuas
August 2nd, 2011, 09:35 AM
Well, pinned and draped in a certain way they're called victory rolls.

As for looking off, well - I can't make myself care.

Yes, I think the victory rolls style specifically is the one that can look "off" with a very modern style. Like in these "rockabilly"/"victory rolls" curl styles:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3342/3179391512_3ce562b8ce.jpghttp://aubreylondonpinup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/08.jpg
I can't imagine those styles, with the volume of the "roll" towards the front and sides (with the rest of the hair half up, or in a bun or scarf like in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeo4S5R8Mts)), paired with a very sleek, modern outfit.


I do like your hairstyle, spidermom, and it looks like a very nice wedding 'do, one I would even consider for myself. However, I think your specific pin curls style is very modern take on them, a bit like aliceinmadness's curl/puffs in this post (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?p=1703085#post1703085). The volume of your 'do is around the crown of the head & the back, not just the sides & front like in the rockabilly styles I noted earlier. This "volume-all-over-the-head" look (around the crown & back, not just sides & front) very (http://circle.stylemepretty.com/carriebecker/files/2010/06/hayden_panettiere_curly_prom1-294x300.jpg) popular (http://weddingunderway.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/beauty-hairstyles-celebrity-updo-wedding.jpg) right (http://www.hairstyles.ws/hair-styles/Celebrity-Womens-Hairstyles/Elizabeth-Banks/Elizabeth-Banks-038971.jpg) now (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8Ep3-JjmCS0/Tb2UCKs6EJI/AAAAAAAABCA/mCvq7D5DXw0/s1600/Updo+Hairstyles+Pictures.jpg). In fact, I love that your take on pin curls would allow me to emulate those super-voluminous 'dos of the celebrities without teasing the crap out of my hair. :) (you'll notice that all those celebs have very poofy backcombed/teased/tortured hair... :uhh:)


I still contend that a true retro (http://media.photobucket.com/image/rockabilly%20rolls/quiregrrl/rockabilly-bridal-updo.jpg) rockabilly (http://img.ehowcdn.com/article-page-main/ehow/images/a05/48/kd/womens-rockabilly-hairstyles-800x800.jpg) style (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zUAf5qbC7PQ/S8NlItyu46I/AAAAAAAAAHI/CQvjG753Dl4/s320/PinUp+Hair.jpg) with pin curls (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hg-IOKPUrlY/S36tbubgMOI/AAAAAAAAAKk/TbVHRrO3uFo/s320/rockabilly-couple.jpg), where the volume is focused on the front of the face, would look a little "off" with a sleek, modern outfit. For example, I can't imagine wearing them with this dress I wore to a wedding (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=8220&pictureid=107277), but I would totally wear that style with a retro-inspired outfit! I love wearing my mom's old high waisted skirts, and I also enjoy when my grandmother makes me high-waisted (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=8220&pictureid=107273), full-skirted (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=8220&pictureid=107274) dresses from old patterns she has lying around. (Here's a pic with my sis & I in high waisted dresses, and my very caring g-ma too! (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/36797_452874746095_778251095_6181238_7937400_n.jpg ) :heartbeat she's an awesome lady.) This thread has inspired me to play with these "rolls" next time I wear those outfits. :)

ETA: Spidermom, you 'do would even make a very fancy bridal 'do. It looks alot like this sleek updo (http://weddinghairstylegallery.com/v/asian-wedding-hairstyles/wedding+updo+for+Asian+with+star+hair+clips.jpg), and a bit like this one (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NO2UOMMYKZ0/SYq31olnPII/AAAAAAAAE6E/xDUhyD3EFM4/s1600/Bridal%252525252BHair.jpg) (minus the braid, of course).

spidermom
August 2nd, 2011, 09:46 AM
I get pretty curls after having my hair pinned up, too, especially around the face where it's shorter. So that's a bonus!

I don't think I could do the styles pictured without hair spray, chahuahuas. For the pin-curl style, I used a dab of aloe vera gel on each one.

chahuahuas
August 2nd, 2011, 10:56 AM
I have bangs now, but when I didn't I'd often add interest to the front of a bun by doing a lace rope braid along my hairline


Yes, yes, yes! I totally forgot about accent braids. Very (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9eBZq26zw50/SmtnNWfNQrI/AAAAAAAABkw/5mJZEiZde7Y/s400/jenannitson+braid.jpg) trendy (http://amplifiedsoul.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/jessica-alba-braided-updo.jpg) right now (http://www.cupcakestastenice.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/laurenconrad.jpg), and so easy. I love that they stay in without any pins.

ETA: I seem to have spammed this thread a bit! Volume in updos is something I struggle with myself, haha. My curls just don't seem to be very "strong"... they can't stand up to pulling of a pony tail or a bun without the assistance of backcombing or hairspray :( I need these little tricks to convince my hair it isn't flat :p

MsBubbles
August 2nd, 2011, 11:43 AM
I still contend that a true ... where the volume is focused on the front of the face, would look a little "off" with a sleek, modern outfit. For example, I can't imagine wearing them with this dress I wore to a wedding
.

Man I am so style-challenged. The only thing I ever think about when dressing myself and doing my hair is whether it all makes my body look like an iceberg and my head look like a pea. :rolleyes:

HintOfMint
August 3rd, 2011, 01:56 AM
Some styles, like Gibson Tucks, allow for a looser finish in the front.

HintOfMint
August 3rd, 2011, 02:00 AM
Yes, I think the victory rolls style specifically is the one that can look "off" with a very modern style. Like in these "rockabilly"/"victory rolls" curl styles:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3342/3179391512_3ce562b8ce.jpghttp://aubreylondonpinup.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/08.jpg
I can't imagine those styles, with the volume of the "roll" towards the front and sides (with the rest of the hair half up, or in a bun or scarf like in this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeo4S5R8Mts)), paired with a very sleek, modern outfit.


I do like your hairstyle, spidermom, and it looks like a very nice wedding 'do, one I would even consider for myself. However, I think your specific pin curls style is very modern take on them, a bit like aliceinmadness's curl/puffs in this post (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?p=1703085#post1703085). The volume of your 'do is around the crown of the head & the back, not just the sides & front like in the rockabilly styles I noted earlier. This "volume-all-over-the-head" look (around the crown & back, not just sides & front) very (http://circle.stylemepretty.com/carriebecker/files/2010/06/hayden_panettiere_curly_prom1-294x300.jpg) popular (http://weddingunderway.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/beauty-hairstyles-celebrity-updo-wedding.jpg) right (http://www.hairstyles.ws/hair-styles/Celebrity-Womens-Hairstyles/Elizabeth-Banks/Elizabeth-Banks-038971.jpg) now (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8Ep3-JjmCS0/Tb2UCKs6EJI/AAAAAAAABCA/mCvq7D5DXw0/s1600/Updo+Hairstyles+Pictures.jpg). In fact, I love that your take on pin curls would allow me to emulate those super-voluminous 'dos of the celebrities without teasing the crap out of my hair. :) (you'll notice that all those celebs have very poofy backcombed/teased/tortured hair... :uhh:)


I still contend that a true retro (http://media.photobucket.com/image/rockabilly%20rolls/quiregrrl/rockabilly-bridal-updo.jpg) rockabilly (http://img.ehowcdn.com/article-page-main/ehow/images/a05/48/kd/womens-rockabilly-hairstyles-800x800.jpg) style (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zUAf5qbC7PQ/S8NlItyu46I/AAAAAAAAAHI/CQvjG753Dl4/s320/PinUp+Hair.jpg) with pin curls (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_hg-IOKPUrlY/S36tbubgMOI/AAAAAAAAAKk/TbVHRrO3uFo/s320/rockabilly-couple.jpg), where the volume is focused on the front of the face, would look a little "off" with a sleek, modern outfit. For example, I can't imagine wearing them with this dress I wore to a wedding (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=8220&pictureid=107277), but I would totally wear that style with a retro-inspired outfit! I love wearing my mom's old high waisted skirts, and I also enjoy when my grandmother makes me high-waisted (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/album.php?albumid=8220&pictureid=107273), full-skirted (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/picture.php?albumid=8220&pictureid=107274) dresses from old patterns she has lying around. (Here's a pic with my sis & I in high waisted dresses, and my very caring g-ma too! (http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/36797_452874746095_778251095_6181238_7937400_n.jpg ) :heartbeat she's an awesome lady.) This thread has inspired me to play with these "rolls" next time I wear those outfits. :)

ETA: Spidermom, you 'do would even make a very fancy bridal 'do. It looks alot like this sleek updo (http://weddinghairstylegallery.com/v/asian-wedding-hairstyles/wedding+updo+for+Asian+with+star+hair+clips.jpg), and a bit like this one (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_NO2UOMMYKZ0/SYq31olnPII/AAAAAAAAE6E/xDUhyD3EFM4/s1600/Bridal%252525252BHair.jpg) (minus the braid, of course).

I agree on the vintage hair with vintage outfit take, but I don't think the outfit has to be explicitly or stereotypically 50s/vintage. Slim, high waisted jeans were in style and could go with a vintage hairdo. It's not Dior New Look, but it could still work.

Also, the wedding pic with the little boy is so funny! The look on his face is hysterical. "EW, GIRLS!"

Girltron
August 17th, 2011, 11:53 AM
I can SO relate, OP. I cringe whenever I see my driver's license photo (wearing my standard issue Ficcare low bun) because my head looks just like a big red tomato.

Definitely face framing layers help, though when I asked for them i got ones that actually began at shoulder-length so they don't do much good as of yet. I'm going back tomorrow and asking that they start closer to my chin and fade back seamlessly. For us rounder-faced ladies, a little wispiness around the cheeks really helps.

Don't be worried about taking away from your thickness, either. I actually have found a tiny bit less volume makes for more movement, so it has "shape" when it's down. It just means taking care of that hemline.

I think chin length for the shortest pieces has an advantage in that you can still get it all up if you want. It's also long enough not to point directly into the eyes, nose or lip gloss!

Spidermom, what a beautiful soft updo. If only I could spend that kind of time, of a morning!

mariazelie
August 20th, 2011, 08:35 AM
I tried the side part and it was a vast improvement. Why didn't I think of that?!? That's why I love this forum.:cheese:

Tabitha
August 20th, 2011, 10:05 AM
I'm growing out my fringe (bangs) and I don't like adding height at the crown because I have a high forehead and I think extra height accentuates this (UKers, remember the Tefal Bods?).

I don't find the scraped back look flattering either though, so what I do is to part my hair at the side instead. In fact my hair has such a strong natural parting that it reverts to that even if I were to try and comb it straight back off my forehead.

At the moment my growing out fringe makes for chin length layers, I alternate between thinking this looks pretty and soft, and thinking it looks messy (specially when the wind is blowing it all around and in my face).

Freitzeit
August 20th, 2011, 03:58 PM
I just wanted to say thank you to the OP. This thread has given me lots of ideas to combat my own "mean lady bun" look!

~Jenny^-^~
August 20th, 2011, 04:20 PM
I like adding some braids up front either like this: http://www.stencil-workshop.com/cutezangels/Pictures/Tips%20Image/Jessica-Alba-Braided-Updo.jpg
(they could just be english braided as well).
Or personally i like sectioning off the front portion of my hair, sectioning that into about 5-6 pieces. Then english braiding each section, and them just pull the mini-braids back in your 'do. :) Hope this helped!

ETA: I just realized Chahuahuas already posted that Jessica Alba pic...Sorry!

spidermom
August 20th, 2011, 05:03 PM
Spidermom, what a beautiful soft updo. If only I could spend that kind of time, of a morning!

Right? I've only done it three times so far, thinking I'd surely get faster the more I did it, but I can't get inside of the one-hour mark. But I can do 3-4 face-framing swirls in about 15 minutes; that will have to do for an average day.

HeatherJenae
August 20th, 2011, 05:09 PM
I saw a very smart tip from Hannah Cho on Youtube. She would take the underneath part of her hair and take a crimping iron and crimp right next to her roots. Then she would gently lay her top layer of hair over it and it created volume.

perkidanman
August 20th, 2011, 10:19 PM
I have this problem when I wear my hair up in a silk scarf (turban style). I part my hair on the side and make sure my "bangs" are showing, that way no one thinks I'm going through Chemo...

Mrs. D
September 19th, 2011, 10:24 AM
The side part has been a lifesaver. Cannot bring myself to cut my bangs as I know the regrowth is a pain. Thank you all for your suggestions.
:cheer:Shannon

florenonite
September 19th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Right? I've only done it three times so far, thinking I'd surely get faster the more I did it, but I can't get inside of the one-hour mark. But I can do 3-4 face-framing swirls in about 15 minutes; that will have to do for an average day.

I know this is an old post, but I did a similar, if less intricate, style for a wedding recently and it only took me about 10-15 minutes. I made a parting about two inches behind my hairline and pulled the hair in front of it over my shoulders. The rest of my hair I pulled into a ponytail and made a flower bun (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/vbjournal.php?do=article&articleid=143). Then I took the hair at the front, divided it into three sections, and rolled them back off my face.

Juicematic
September 19th, 2011, 10:48 AM
Side bangs would help a lot, also try putting your buns, etc higher up on your head. I wouldn't keep up with the teasing.

Honestly, a lot of this is in your head. :)