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Old 06-26-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
 
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Default Headache from updos?

I used to love to wear my hair up in a messy bun using lots of bobby pins. It started to give me headaches so I tried using clips (mini jaw clips, that is) or putting my hair in a pony tail first and then securing it up. I've played with the height of the bun as well. I think I'm just screwed (in the sense that I hate having hair on my neck in the summer and were curly girls, we have bad hair days in the crazy humidity!), but thought someone out there may have experienced this and figured out a trick. If so, please do tell!!
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
 
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Have you tried Goody Spin pins? They're supposed to be a really easy way to put your hair in a bun!


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Old 06-26-2013, 09:05 PM   #3
 
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Aha! I was trying to think of the name when I was writing my post. Unfortunately, they didn't work either
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
 
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Have you tried hair sticks? They're like chopsticks for your hair lol! You can get them at sallybeauty.com or several etsy stores if you run a search. I love them! They can be tricky at first but there are plenty of tutorials online!


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Old 06-26-2013, 09:26 PM   #5
 
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Make more than one ponytail or more than one bun so the load is spread around your scalp. I saw one style a couple of years ago that looked like a messy bun but was actually multiple messy buns, it might have been on the Longhaircommunity tho and I can't find the tutorials there at all. Check out YouTube.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:35 PM   #6
 
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I like wearing top buns (like buns on the top of my head... I don't know if that's the name) because the weight falls down on the top of my head. My hair is slippery and heavy so buns that are slightly lower don't stay as well, but with the top bun the weight is distributed more. Have you tried this? Other than spin pins, that's all I got.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:26 AM   #7
 
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I've been thinking about this topic a lot!

I have fine, thin hair that doesn't even hit my shoulders, and yet when I wear it up in any sort of pony/bun/braid/updo I get headaches. It can't be the weight of my hair, really, because my hair weighs almost nothing!

So I asked my biomechanical specialist (chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage technician, naturopath, and voodoo witch doctor all rolled into one very wise guy). He suggested that I start learning about the muscles in my scalp and in my face! Nerves can get entrapped in dysfunctional, unhappy muscles, which will cause huge headaches when the muscles are put under any stress. Having the hair follicle change direction is, apparently, enough to put the muscles underneath it into stress. I started exploring, and massaging, any tight parts in the muscles of my scalp.

WELL. He was right! I found a few nerve bundles and knots in those teeny tiny muscles! Massaged them out, and no more headaches! (And... great hair growth, I presume from the scalp stimulation). So maybe this is something that will help you ... or at least support you in the headache arena. Check for dysfunctional muscles in the scalp, and also in the neck, throat, and collarbone area -- basically, everything that holds up your head needs to be strong! Is it, or are there a few knots in there that could be worked out?
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:39 AM   #8
 
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I was also going to suggest make sure that the hair isn't pulled tightly and pulling on your scalp. That can definitely cause headaches (and damage too!) And anyway I love looser, curly updos! They're my fav!
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #9
 
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I only wear loose updos. I'll wear a tight updo for ballet, for a few hours, but any type of updo that pulls my hair all day will give me migraines.

I think it shows off curls too. I loosely gather my hair and then pin the tendril pieces.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:49 PM   #10
 
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I'm loving the idea of hair sticks! More than one bun could definitely work, too! Excited to try both!
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:02 PM   #11
 
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I remember I used to get headaches when I first started wearing my hair half up with a small clip, eventually they stopped. I can't say I did anything differently. My hair has gotten so long and thick that I now twist it up and hold it in place with a large octopus claw without problems. Dunno?
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Depending on how long your hair is, there are lots of youtube videos on various hairstick buns. When my hair was long enough to bun, I wore it in a pencil bun most days, and that was very comfortable all day with just one stick (I have thick, heavy hair and at the time it was past hip). Nautilus bun, lazy wrap, and braided buns are also good for distributing weight. A braided Chinese bun (it's a wrap bun; you braid into two braids and wrap around a hairstick) is another good one.

This is just general information, but if you don't wear buns often, it can take your scalp a little while to get used to them. If you get headaches or scalp pain, try wearing the bun for just a short time each day, and gradually extend the time. The other thing that can affect head/scalp comfort is if you change the direction in which the hair is going (same as if you change your part); if the hair follicles have to change their normal direction, it can be a bit uncomfortable for a day or two. This always happens to me when I change my part.
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