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    Default Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    I could really use some help here. I don't have a lot of experience styling my hair into updos, but I am getting to the point where I need to do something for work, and I'd like to learn how to do something nice.

    My hair is somewhere between shoulder length and BSL, and as you can see, I have a few layers:



    So if you could provide me with ideas, links, etc for ways I could style my hair up at this point, I'd greatly appreciate it!

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    With those layers, what I'd do is clip the top layer (like a pollyanna) and then twirl the rest into a low chignon.

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    what is a 'polyanna'?
    (pre-LHC)

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    I am just realizing I don't fully understand human anatomy, or what APL actually means Could someone post a pic of what APL hair looks like?

    Anyway, I also found these 2 threads, in case they are helpful to anyone else:

    Buns for Layered, APL Hair:
    http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...ad.php?t=30154

    Easy updos for shoulder-length hair
    http://archive.longhaircommunity.com...ad.php?t=72187

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    linda g - APL means Arm-Pit Length, so it's hair that reaches down to the armpit.

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    Quote Originally Posted by Konstifik View Post
    linda g - APL means Arm-Pit Length, so it's hair that reaches down to the armpit.
    Thank you! It never occurred to me to associate hair length with arm pits!

    Anyway, I did manage a somewhat messy French braid today. Not quite ready for prime time, but I'll keep practicing. I'm hoping I will develop some coordination!

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    At APL with layers I think you could do a french twist, with the end tucked down or sticking out.

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    Is there a way to search the articles on this site? I found a video showing how to do a French Twist elsewhere online, but it involved backcombing and hairspray, both of which I have an aversion to!

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    My hair is shorter than yours and I wear it TONS of ways, some requiring heat, some not.

    If you want to wear it down you can:
    Braid waves
    Flip out your layers
    Curl under your layers
    Get waves with rollers
    Using gel, twist it into ringlets when wet for natural curls

    For part up part down you can:
    Twist little sections back from your face
    Part it, then slick either side back
    Put the front section in a little pouf
    Braid back your bangs

    To wear it up you can:
    Do a low side ponytail
    Make a smooth, shiny french twist
    Braid it diagonally across your head
    Do two buns
    Create a messy updo but balance it with a thick headband

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    Default Re: Styles for Shoulder Length Hair

    I have hair a similar length to yours, with lots of layers, so I like French braids a lot. I do a style that I call the "Laurel crown braid" (it's the cover of my updo album) where I make two French braids and then cross and tuck the ends under one another and clip (or pin, or use a Flexi) them in place. I came up with it when I was on vacation and only had 2 hair elastics and a handful of mini-claws with me for updos. I did a variation this weekend where I kinda wadded the braided ends into a bun of sorts and put it in a Raven's Lair bun shelot.

    My albums should be public, if you want to look at my hair length, and updo albums for ideas.

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