Clips 'n scrunchies n' summer updos, anyone?

Hot, sticky air, biting insects, you get the idea. At some point the hair is going off the neck and forehead!
Anybody want to share their clever ways of putting hair up for summer?

Doesn't have to be fancy - just practical.

Here's me, late last night and looking pretty rough (hauling water for my thirsty shrubs). I have a little FSG stuff in my hair, which helps keep it from slipping out...
Behold the low-damage, 90s flashback scrunchie and the little clip which works 100x better than a bobby pin for holding back the face-framing layers. A little twist helps them be held in the clip and keeps the wavy look going. And it kept my hair from driving me crazy.

Anyone else want to share? The more ideas, the merrier.
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I'll play. I HATE having sticky hair on my neck or around my face, so my hair is up practically all summer. Plus, most of my work involves running around in hot costumes (opera = not a good summer sport!), so I'm always a mess during rehearsals.

I gave up trying to get it to look good most days, so I just do a pony or a pineapple. My ponies are usually high and tight, but I like my pineapples low and off-center, like right behind my right ear. I added bangs this spring, so both of these work and allow my bangs to still frame my face.

Of course, my bangs are hot and sticky most days, but I like them too much to get rid of them!
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Sometimes I do my double braids. Usually on wet hair that I haven't got time time style curly. I've done a high messy bun, on days old hair, when I am at home. But out, down seems best. I don't really look that great with my hair all pulled back generally. And people can see the waves and curls better down.

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Here is is not as high as it has been, where you can see the bun above my head, but you see how I have almost nothing around my face and how relatively flat it is. And how big my forehead is. A few times I have managed to get a little volume in there, and that is usually from not smoothing my hair down too much and placing it higher like pineapple territory high. It is just a simple brown elastic hair tie without the metal thing.

I'm pretty awful at styling my hair in general anyway.


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You ladies are rockin' some awesome updos! You both look great with them! Plunky, I really think you look awesome with your hair up! And I love the twist you got going on there, IAgirl -- they look awesome on everybody, and they are fun, quick, and easy to do. The tiny jaw clips are awesome tools, too! I am sad to say that, as disgustingly hot and grimy and sweaty as I get in the summer, I HATE putting my hair up because it is lump city -- and there is literally almost no way to get the lumps out! It's all bumpy and weird as if I have super curly hair that doesn't want to lie together! Even brushing doesn't work. Darn weird hair! Anyway, back to your topic. My now absolute FAVORITE updo is a bun, thanks to my new favorite tool -- my spin pins! They are the coolest thing ever, they make buns super fun and cute, and I could do it in 30 seconds if you asked me to! They are AWESOME!! I never thought I would love them this much. It's like an addiction now, LOL! It's great when you just want all your hair off your neck and face. I am also loving a curly braid. It actually looks kinda cool! I "stumbled" upon it by accident when I was braiding my hair before the pool to keep it from getting tangly. And they look awesome, especially to the side! It also looks cool when my hair is extra curly, so you can see a definite curl pattern before the braid starts and at it's tail.

Well, I had fun playing, even though I didn't have much to offer! Summer is great for rocking the updos. Guess I should've started CG in the summer months so that if things turned out horrific, I could just pull it up. Not that I can't do it in winter -- it is just more "accepted" in summer. Glad I thought of the NOW, ha ha!
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Last edited by wavynwild16; 08-02-2011 at 06:15 PM.
Plunky, you look great with your hair all up. No big forehead at all, I'm very self-conscious about that too, but you just have a "high forehead." It looks nice.
Double braids is really cool because it divides the hair. I like to do double French braids, sometimes I wrap/tuck the ends around my head, especially when my hair was quite long.

WavySInger, I like the "behind the ear pineapple," it sounds very 50s/60s chic. With a brief revival in the 80s.

WavyNW: Wow, you can do a bun in 30 seconds with spin pins... All right, START NOW (I'm timing you)
You do a side bun? That sounds neat too.

Whee, new things to try!
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I am horrible at styling my hair any way except down. The only updos I really do are buns with my spin pins (love love them) or sometimes I take a clip and clip it all up. I go through moods where I want to try something new and cute and wind up getting frustrated b/c it just looks dumb lol. I also am self conscious of a high forehead!
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Oh and I forgot to add that I do think your hair looks nice up too Plunky!
2b , waves and some spirals
Med/Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Low Elasticity

Sulfate/Silicone Free Since Jan 2011

Low Poo- CJ Curl Assurance, SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
RO - Y2C, CJ Beauticurls, GVPCB, SM Restorative Conditioner,
Stylers- Homemade FSG, KCC, BRHG
HG Techniques- Spritz and Condish, Icequeen method, plopping
Yup, 30 seconds...if you asked me to! That is, if I didn't take time trying to get all the lumps out! Oops, guess I missed the deadline -- I think I was sleeping when you wrote that! What's a few hours off, though, right?

I didn't realize how many of us were self-conscious about high foreheads! I am paranoid about that, too. It doesn't help that I grew out my non-straightenable bangs. I think it's all a self-judgment thing, though, because when I look at someone else with a "higher" forehead, they look good to me.

WB -- YAY, another spin pin-lover!!! Aren't they the best?!

Oh, and IAgirl -- before I forget, I've been reading your blog and LOVING it! I'm so into all that hair chemistry stuff and making your own products! My goal in life is to make my own natural line of products -- skin, hair, etc. LOL!
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Favorite...
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RO/LI: TN, GFTN, YTC
Stylers: EcoStylers, GF Curl Shaping Gel, Aussie Aussome Volume Mousse & Instant Freeze Gel, GFPC, LALNC, La Bella Lots of Curls, Apricot Oil, KMFUM, AO B5DG
Extras: sugar scrubs, AVG washes, pre-poos with EVCO, oiling scalp before washes, plopping, gelatin PT.
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Favorite super quick up-do, bun w my spin pins. They are the best invention ever.
I also have a french twist hair pin (not the goody one, I mean I have that one, but I don't use it often) and can actually do a decent twist in less than a minute. The french twist is my go-to updo besides the bun.
However, I did discover a cute way to put my hair back this summer. I will try to explain it the best I can.
I smooth my hair back into a low pony. But instead of securing it with a pony tail holder, I take a band of hair from underneath and wrap that around and tuck it behind itself. Then I take the length and bring it up underneath to where the pony tail starts. I hold it there and twist in the spin pins into the sides of the pony/lazy bun thing and secure the ends underneath with another bobby pin or two if I need to. Then if my bangs are really bugging me, I take them all the way over to the side and twist them and secure them with little hair combs. It stays in place amazingly well, and when I do this after already styling it wavy, it looks so cute. I really like it because it gets my hair back and out of way while still showing off the waves.
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Swtndspcy, that sounds really pretty. I have some Spin pins, I'll have to give it a try some time. Maybe when my hair is longer.
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Swtndspcy, that sounds really pretty. I have some Spin pins, I'll have to give it a try some time. Maybe when my hair is longer.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
I really like it. I am not that great at up-dos in general, really a pony, a braid, a bun, and a french twist is about all I can do. But I was just playing around with the spin pins one night and came up with this. I got the idea from an article on up-dos here at NC.com. The girl had long hair but it was flipped under in a "faux bob" style.
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I'll have to try that spin pin. I've never seen them before.

I've had a Flexi 8 barrette for going on ten years now and I love it! They're pretty and they don't pinch or pull your hair. Stays all day too. I am never without it. Even if I leave the house with my hair down the Flexi 8 is in my backpack ready to be called up for action.
They have them under the product review section here under Tools & Appliances. But they also have their own website flexi8.com
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Love getting new ideas for summer up-do's! Pix are really appreciated, & both of you, IAg & PB look great! Hey, those high foreheads are symbolic of intelligence, among other good things!

Ok, absolutely must buy some spin pins now. My summer do's are usually basic ponys or half-ups. Sometimes I'll do an upside-down French Braid. This takes a little bit longer than 30 sec, but is fun! Seriously, I hang my head upside down and start braiding from my neck. When I get to the top of my head, I twist the braid in a loop & pin it w/ 2 pins. (Spin pins would prob be great here!)
Also, a really simple one is a double half-up, which leaves less hair on your neck. I put a second pony under the top one. It's 100* & super hi humidity today so my hair is a frizz bomb in these pics, but hope you get the idea!

IAgirl, I also love your blog!
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Glad you gals are liking the blog!
I haven't even thought about the upside-down braid in a long while. I'll be doing that one soon. It looks really pretty, swaves! Actually, they're both pretty. Thanks for the pictures, it helps a lot (and we all love pics, right?)
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Aww, thanks guys! I tried the spin pins before and my hair is just too fine for them, but I see they've come out with mini spin pins that I want to try.

Today, despite the heat (well, what Victorians call heat) I still had my hair down. My hair is pretty decent today, so I wanted to show it off.

I took these during and after my visit to Value Village, which is why I have 2 different tops on and why I am not wearing my glasses in both. I was trying on lots of tops, so my hair did get a little mussed. Sorry for low quality iphone 2 pics. Might go try to take pics with my real camera if I can smooth some of the frizz out a bit.





Lady Caiside, Noble Lushetarian and Wavy Wayfarer of Mugglswick, in the Order of the Curly Crusaders

2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

Just look at those big ringlets! Worth showing off.
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Just look at those big ringlets! Worth showing off.
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Yeah, totally. And it isn't that frizzy, but I did try on a lot of tops. So my hair kept getting tousled. Oh well. It ought to be ok tonight and I'll smooth something over it in the morning. And it is hard to see with the lighting too, but my hair is uber shiny thanks to my lovely SS stuff. I need more CEJ and FHG like yesterday. :P


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2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

Hair bio: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...5&postcount=59

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