Put Your (Long) Hair Up Without Damaging It
First, this is not a post about sock buns or topknots. Can the term “sock bun” just die already? I am so not putting a bloody sock in my hair! And topknots, as chic as they can be, are kind of played out right now, don’t you agree?
I don’t wear my hair up much. Obvi, not in a sock bun, only in a topknot at home, and rarely in a ponytail. But why no pony? Any hairdresser will tell you that if you repeatedly use elastics in the same spot on your hair, you will experience breakage at that point. And when you have very long hair, you can’t afford to have it breaking halfway up.
So what’s a long-haired girl to do when it’s 90,000 degrees outside, and the last thing you need is a fur coat on your back? Here are some options…
Rock a Side Braid
Side braids are comfortable, and can be incredibly sexy. I loved that for Valentino’s fall 2013 show, models wore side braids with a simple black headband. The look was youthful, but Renaissance-chic, if you will. And how easy?! Anyone can do this at home.
Of course, the end of that braid has to be secured with something, so…
Use Metal-Free Elastics
Recently, while stalking my favorite new blog, The Sparkle, I happened upon an older post by Erin that featured these Emi-Jay hair ties. I know they’ve been around forever, but I’m just now giving them a whirl. With no metal or glued seams, they are gentle on your hair and super cute (but not too cute, which is important especially if you’re not in the gym).
Oh, and if The Sparkle hasn’t been on your radar, prior, get on it. You will love Erin’s class, beauty insights, and sweet personality. Um, can you say girl crush?
Get Your Geisha on With a Chopstick Bun
A bun is my go-to style when I need my hair completely off my neck and out of the way. Usually, I just twist it up and kind of tuck it into itself; I don’t actually need any elastics, etc., for it to stay that way. But if your hair is not quite as long, you might need a fastener of some sort. Enter hair sticks.
Christina of Hair Romance shows how it’s done, for this style and hundreds of others (if you ever need hair inspiration, her blog is the place to go). Just twist, twist, twist, and secure by weaving hair sticks through your bun. No elastic, and therefore no elastic to tangle in your hair.
Tip: I’ve found that shellacked, wooden hair sticks stay in place better than plastic. My favorites have always been Mei Fa Hairstyx; the length and design help them to stay put.
What’s your favorite up-do?