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#1 Leggy

Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

I've been thinking of chopping all my hair off into a pixie cut, much like another poster - but I can't do it till August, as I'm being a bridesmaid and I promised I'd keep my hair long till then. Also, I know a short cut takes more maintenance.

The thing is...I'm so bored with my long hair, but I've never learned to do much with it. An added trouble is that most styling products - anything that has a scent, for example - give me terrible hayfever.

I think it looks nice when it's out, because of the layers, but I need to have it tied up every day for work, and also during summer in Qld having loose hair on my neck is just too uncomfortable.

So, what websites/youtube vids/etc can you recommend to me to teach myself how to do my hair?

#2 mollybot

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

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#3 BeccaBoo88

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

I am going through the same thing right now. Bored and extra time on my hands thanks to maternity leave.
Just google - hairstyle tutorials. Some are fantastic step by step ones but others just show you roughly how to do it.
Add in some extra search words like romantic or easy or up-do.

I am trying out styles on latest-hairstyles.com

If you find anything good please let me know!! original.gif

#4 mandala

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

I found heaps of videos on youtube. Search for 'braid' for example and there are lots of videos to look through. You can then have a look at the suggestions on the right hand side to see all sorts of hair dos.

I started braiding my own hair about two years ago. It is so much easier than you would think to do it yourself. My biggest tip would be not to use a mirror - I would always get confused. Braiding is great if you can't be bothered blow drying or straightening your hair.  It even kind of tames the frizzies, or at least they're less noticeable. Or I think they are.

#5 mindy05

Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

My DD had her formal last week and when we were looking for hairstyles, I just googled it- messy updos, etc.
Got heaps of ideas. Lots of people upload tutorials to youtube, too.

#6 mrs.meatball

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:35 AM

I've got long hair and work with horses regularly so it's kind of essential for me to keep it out of my face.
I started out with simple ponytails and regular braids but I soon got bored by it so I thought I'd up my game a bit by doing french braids and tucking them under. After a while I'd google and youtube "braided updo" or something along that line for inspiration and try to mimick that hairstyle.

It doesn't have to be exactly the same as in the picture but it is a great source of inspiration. It won't be long and you'll easily braid your own hair in all kinds of ways (think french, dutch, fishtail, four-strand, five-strand). I think it's a great approach to braid back your hair and secure it in a bun or something like that with bobby pins. This works especially well if you have bangs that you want out of your face.

My current favorite is a french four-strand braid along the hairline to secure my bangs which I then braid into a big four-strand braid with my whole hair and curl up to a bun, if that makes any sense at all.

The trick to the trade is called practicing ;-) In the beginning, don't be surprised if it looks awful. Look at yourself in the mirror and try to find out what went wrong, then do it over trying to avoid the mistake. With time you'll be able to braid your hair easily and even if a slip-up happens, there's always the magic of bobby-pins to fix it...

I also recommend experimenting a little bit when you have time to kill. Nevermind how it actually turns out, try getting a feel for your hair. You'll figure out what works best for you in no time. Whenever you have your hands free, practice braiding all kinds of braids even without a mirror.

To make it easier on yourself, always THOROUGHLY comb your hair before braiding and maybe even spray it with a bit of water to make it easier to handle. Also, stock up on bobby pins, they're your best friends!

I think it would be great if you'd take pictures of your 'dos and post them so people could critique them and maybe give you tips on how to improve (of course without showing your face if privacy is a concern to you!)

Last but not least, enjoy it and stop when you get frustrated. Good luck :-)

Edited by mrs.meatball, 28 February 2013 - 08:38 AM.

#7 Feral timtam

Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:45 AM

I find these youtube tutorials really easy to follow, the French Twist she does is exactly the same as the method I use and is the style my hair usually is in as it takes less than a minute to do!

#8 Etcetera

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

I'm sick of my hair too. It's very long, down to my bum and curly. It hasn't been cut in over 2 years, but every time I cut it I like it for a bout a week and then wish it was long again!

Thank you to the PPs for mentioning braids. I haven't braided my hair in ages so just braided the front and en tied it in a bun and it looks nice and I don't have any flyaways getting in my face original.gif

#9 Leggy

Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:20 AM

Thanks ladies original.gif Here are a couple of good blogs I've been referred to since posting:



I think I'll choose just one braid or twist style to practice on till I can do it easily, and build up my repertoire slowly. Should help the frustration problem!

#10 TinaE

Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:13 PM

have a look at Pinterest, and do a search for hair styles, lots of inspiration and tutorials.

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