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Hair Apparent

I’ve never been much of what you’d call a “girlie girl.” I don’t paint my fingernails, I rarely wear eye shadow, I like heels only if they’re sturdy and sensible, prefer cotton undergarments, and like a purse that’s as utilitarian as it is attractive. This attitude to appearances definitely gets extended to my hair.

It’s funny. For someone that grew up with a mother completely enamored with hot rollers and hair spray, aside from a period of attachment to my curling iron in middle school (those photos never need surface, thank you kindly), I’ve never been one to do much with my hair. Mom, on the other hand, is always seeing her stylist, showing up with red highlights or spikes on top and fringe in the front (she’s fashionably adventurous, this mother of mine!). Meanwhile, my take is to either part it on the side, put it in a ponytail, plop it in a hair clip, or pile it on top with a hair tie.

Until my sisters come to visit, that is. Then I get to look presentable. I get to get girlie. I get my Katniss on, you see. Big thanks to my younger sister ,Devan, for doing my ‘do and to my littlest sister, Theo, for capturing it for posterity.

I got my hair did, ya’ll. And I liked it.

What about you? Do you do cool things with your hair? Any easy go-to tips you’d like to share? I’d love to have a few styles I could turn to, without having to wait until my sisters visit every few months before I’m able to look nice and proper.

18 Responses to Hair Apparent

  • Nicole says:

    Ooo…I love it! The braided styles are so adorable, but I’ve never been able to french braid. I go for tiny side braids bobby pinned back :) Love the pics from your weekend, too!

  • Beth Revels says:

    My hair is a little over three feet long, so I keep it simple. Most days I twirl it into a tight figure eight and stick a heavy duty hair pin in it. If I want classy I do a single side braid. If I want fun I do a braid on each side. I would love someone to braid it up all fancy like.
    Maybe a special occasion will arise and I can find someone in town (I have all brothers).

    Very pretty work your sis did.

  • Chris & Skip says:

    Love the tight and neat look it creates. Classic profile is Frida Kahloesque.

    I do a few cool things to my hair, it’s just no longer on TOP of my head, which is the thing that I have in common with Frida ;-)

  • My hair was long for soooo long. I cut ‘er off and haven’t regret it once. Whenever I have long hair, the first thing I do is pull it back -didn’t make a lot of sense for me, so I cut it, donated it, and found that my hair has SO much bounce to it – plus I literally get up, run my HAND through it (my hairbrush is now more of a scalp massager!), and head out. My gal at the salon gave a cut that I can style OR can ignore, totally fun :)

  • jen says:

    I’m with you, Ashley. I prefer very low-maintenance hairstyles, though I admire the intricate braids and twists I see on others. I’ve been growing my hair out for about 18 months now, it’s finally long enough to have some real fun with it…but I most often wear it straight down or pulled up into a ponytail or topknot. If I had more patience and style, I’d try learning to braid.
    It’s nice that you have the opportunity to get fancy every now and then. Sisters are good for that! :)

  • lindsey says:

    I always make two braids and wrap them around my head. My husband calls it my “just got off the boat” hairstyle. Which is close to true, since I was born right after my parents arrived in the U.S. I love wearing a style that is both tidy and reminds me of my beloved grandmother, who wore her hair that way until the day she died.

  • Catherine says:

    Your hair is lovely braided! What a perfect style they gave you. I have no sisters, just brothers. However, your mother sounds like my mother. My mom was a hairdresser and also worked for Revlon and Max Factor, she was a fashion statement, always dressed up. I, on the other hand was Miss Au Naturel. Long, flowing, thick hair, hardly any make-up. I am sure it frustrated my mom to no end. All she wanted to do when she visited me was go shopping, I wanted to go hiking. ha ha

  • Katie says:

    I love the ‘do! Did it stay in place without trying to come undone? I have long hair and either wear it down, twisted and clipped or braided. I wish I had someone to braid my hair. There are some really beautiful braids that I’d love to wear.

  • Krystal says:

    I do the same style pretty often. I also do something similar, where I sort of twist it along the sides of my head rather than braid but it’s a similar and very easy way to go. And of course there’s the higher pony tail with a 1/2 inch piece of hair grabbed from underneath and wrapped around where the hair tie is. You just bobby pin it in place.

  • Melissa says:

    Love the ‘do…….how long did it last? My thick hair doesn’t want to stay in any style for long without massive amount of styling products. Of which I’m not a big fan.

  • Spring says:

    I find the easiest fake-out fancy style for long hair is to twist it up and use hair sticks/fancy chop sticks to hold it in place. It is functionally the same as any old bun/topknot/ponytail, but just looks more interesting. The easiest way for me is to pull it back and twist it into a figure eight, then jab a stick in to the top of the 8, under the middle, and out through the bottom. Holds like a charm. Love your braid crown . .. I do those for my daughter, but can’t manage it on my own head!

  • Melanie J. says:

    How pretty! Thanks for that link too, because this rather frizzy mop of mine needs some different styling and I haven’t learned yet to french braid either…and I get so tired of ponytails…and of being the only person besides Olympic gymnasts to keep scrunchies in style ;)

  • Lois says:

    Your hair looks wonderful like that. I have no secret tips any more I have become a wash and go person since I hit 30.

  • Oh my! You could have been describing me (and my momma!) in this post. Just this week I was thinking that there must be something I could be doing with my hair. Love this look, and I *think* I can do it!

  • Jenn says:

    How pretty! Love those braids, well done sisters. I have discovered the glorious ease of loose pincurls for my long, wavy/curly hair. I get a little product in semi-dry hair to help keep some curl, divide out 3-4 sections. Twist into loops one by one, and pin with a couple bobbi pins, pull out a curl here and there to soften. great for a pretty ‘do when I’m biking and need a low ‘do to accommodate the helmet plus still look presentable at the after-biking lunch; equally pretty pinned from crown to nape – I’ve received many compliments!

  • S says:

    oh, I cannot believe I am going to say this but where do you get cotton undergarments? I can’t seem to find any anywhere that aren’t full of spandex or granny panties!

    • ha! i’m a black undies kind of gal, and mine from are mark & spencer, from when i was in london a few years ago and my luggage from the states never arrived (it was lost for over 45 days, believe it or not!), as well as from aerie (all cotton, got 5 for under $25 last year).