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Should I or shouldn't I?
Jan 23rd, 2006 at 1:09am
 
Anyone get to the stage where they think they should stop growing their hair, or even get a bit cut off? ??? 

Mine is now a couple of inches below BSL but at the point where when I tie it up in high ponytail at the gym it gets caught under my arm, and at work it gets between back of desk chair and me (I don't tie it up during the day).

My hair is really fine and has taken a long time to grow so reluctant to chop too much off but it is getting in the way a bit.
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Re: Should I or shouldn't I?
Reply #1 - Jan 23rd, 2006 at 2:34pm
 
Many people find there is a particular length that they are most comfortable with.  You may have found your favorite length is BSL.

Another option might be to try some new hairstyles that would eliminate your feeling it is getting in the way.  At BSL, many start to wear their hair in buns and french braids.  You might try these styles as well and see if you like them!
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Reply #2 - Jan 23rd, 2006 at 5:33pm
 
It sounds like you're a bit attached to your length, and the hard work & care you've put into it...I know the feeling!  Before I got my last major cut, my hair just reached long enough that it was doing exactly as you described.  The tail ends would get caught under my arm and between my back and chair, it was at that point I had 4" cut off and I was sorry.  I now miss my hair being long enough to get "caught" in different places, although I did need a trim, just not that much.  I would suggest to you just a small trim to keep it healthy, and find a few different up-do variations that are practical to wear when you're in situations where your hair could get snagged, and then save the sexy down-do's for night time or when you go out.  I wear my hair up so much that when I finally do wear it down, people are surprised at how long it is, they have no idea, it's kind of neat.  It's like I save it and use it as a weapon!  8)
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Reply #3 - Jan 23rd, 2006 at 8:40pm
 
Thanks for advice.  I might just get maybe an inch taken off the bottom.  Got a big holiday (to US) next month so that will tidy it up.  I'm really bad at doing anything other than basic ponytail (and do you think I can get a hair stick to stay in...) so I would have to get out of bed hours earlier to even attempt something like french braid and even then would probably still end up with disaster so leave it down.
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Reply #4 - Jan 24th, 2006 at 5:44am
 
BSL was an annoying length to be at, so I can relate to how you feel. When I was there, my hair kept getting caught in my arm pits or behind my chair, etc. Now that I'm at waist length, however, that doesn't seem to happen as much. But if you want to trim an inch, that's totally up to you.

As for hair styles, it takes practice, but I think you could learn to use hairsticks and do braids. In the past the only thing I could do was make a ponytail and a bun using lots of bobby pins, but after a lot of practice I can use hairsticks and do a decent Dutch classic in 15 minutes. French braiding is still blech; for some reason I can't do one on myself.

At any rate, good luck!
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Reply #5 - Jan 24th, 2006 at 11:15am
 
Braiding and especially french braiding requires practice.  Learning to braid before you hair gets much longer than BSL will be a huge time saver later.  As your hair gets longer, it will become more necessary to contain/protect your hair and braids are a great way to show off your length, but protect your hair as well. 

Braiding gets more difficult as your hair gets longer, so learning to be comfortable with it at "shorter" lengths is best.  Practice, practice, practice.
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Reply #6 - Jan 24th, 2006 at 4:08pm
 
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I'm really bad at doing anything other than basic ponytail (and do you think I can get a hair stick to stay in...) .


Ok, I completely know where you're coming from with that.  That's how & why I found these boards, because I was so disgusted that I couldn't do anything to my hair but pull it into a bun or ponytail.  Now I've become quite swift at using my hair sticks and picked up a few other styles to.  These are the instructions that finally made me understand how to make my hair stay up w/ sticks, see if they work for you too:

* Comb your hair back to about mid-way up the back of your head - as if you're about to put your hair into a pony tail.  Do not use a hair tie.

*  Twist the hair around as you would for a regular bun, not too too tight, but not overly loose, either.  You'll get the perfect tension with practice.

*  Once all twisted into a bun, take a stick and push through near the center of the bun - directionally you'll be going from the bottom underneath of the bun, through to the top side of the bun.

*  After you've pushed the stick thru, the pointed end of the stick will be aimed at the ceiling.  You will now bring the bottom end of the stick up while pushing the pointed end back down and through the hair against your head, so when finished the pointed end will then be facing down, and the fat end at the top.  If it's the other way around it will slip right out.  So, in essence, what you've done is flipped the bun upside down so the the underside will be facing out when finshed.

*  The second stick is usually just decorative (for me, anyway), place it in wherever you like.  I usually either make my sticks form a broad "X", or a very skinny "X" tilted off to the side.  It's totally up to you.

I hope these instructions can help to learn to use sticks, it opens up a whole new world of hairdo's that you won't have to wake up an extra hour earlier to do!  Grin

cheers!  maggie
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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 11:18am
 
A good way to learn to braid is to start braiding your hair for night. Sleeping with braided hair is beneficial for the hair, and for that purpose, less than perfect braids work just fine. If you eg. French braid your hair every night for a month, you've practiced that style 30 times. Effective!

As others have said, most styles take a bit of practice, but when learned, are very easy and quick to do.  Smiley

I see no reason why hairsticks wouldn't work for your hair. Just don't waste your money to cheap plastic hairsticks- they're very difficult to use. If your hair is very slippery, spiral hairsticks might work best- I mean hairsticks like Ketylo, mamacat (sells on Ebay) and Longlocks SpiralStix.
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Re: Should I or shouldn't I?
Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 3:08pm
 
My hair is extremely fine, thin and slippery, but I don't doubt that I would be able to use hairsticks.

I started experimenting at work using pencils, and much to my surprise, it worked! It's like all the other ladies here have said: practice makes perfect.

I usually just twist my hair into a bun and secure it with a velour scrunchie to keep it out of the way during the day. Not only does this prevent it from getting caught on things, but it keeps me from playing with it too much or having to brush it so often, as fine hair is most prone to tangles & breakage.

But to answer your question, I have never reached a stage where I think that I should just stop growing. Personally, I'd like to see just how long it can get!
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Reply #9 - Jan 27th, 2006 at 1:15am
 
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*  Once all twisted into a bun, take a stick and push through near the center of the bun - directionally you'll be going from the bottom underneath of the bun, through to the top side of the bun.

*  After you've pushed the stick thru, the pointed end of the stick will be aimed at the ceiling.  You will now bring the bottom end of the stick up while pushing the pointed end back down and through the hair against your head, so when finished the pointed end will then be facing down, and the fat end at the top.  


OK here's where I think I need a bit more clarification: when you put stick in near centre of bun do you put stick into middle of bun then up between head and hair, and then when you bring the bottom end up do you twist stick 180 degrees (like going from 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock, pivot point in middle of stick) or do you bring it up so fat end of stick is near bottom of head, moves away from head then back near top of head (and if you do it this way how do you keep bun tight enough without sticking stick in head???

I've tried with a stick and got the basic idea how to do it but no would it stay in without pins, I just can't seem to get bun tight enough to hold stick.

Don't usually wear hair in bun as it is so fine/thin it just looks like a very sad little 'bump' on my head, at least with a stick my bun might look a bit bigger.

I do a simple plait when doing truck driving job as don't fancy getting hair caught and it gets really knotty again back of seat if I leave it out.

Maybe at this stage I will just cut maybe an inch off the bottom to neaten it up...
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Reply #10 - Jan 27th, 2006 at 4:12pm
 
Sorry if I was confusing, I'll try to explain it a little better...I wish I could post pics for you but don't have a digi cam right now. 

So, after you've made your bun, keep holding it with your left hand (if you are right-handed, that is) and use your right hand for the stick.  Use the pointy end and push it up through the underside of the bun, the inside part that is against your head.  So, you are stick is moving through the hair from the bottom to the top, you don't need to push it all the way through, just enough so that there is and inch or two of the pointed end sticking through.

Then, you are going to invert the bun by swinging the bottom fat end of the stick up to where the pointy end just was.  As the fat ends coming up, the pointy end goes down, but push it back through the inverted bun and catch the hair between your scalp and the bun to keep it in place, this is key to holding it securely.  This doesn't have to be an exact up & down, north & south motion, actually I do mine more side to side so that the sticks go from top left to bottom right of my head.

I really hope I didn't confuse you any more than I already have!  Good luck!
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Reply #11 - Jan 27th, 2006 at 5:18pm
 
That's a cool trick, Magz.  Smiley

I do the "knitting" action as mentioned somewhere else on this site & it holds really well, but also tightens the style & creates more tension, which I'm not into.  Roll Eyes
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Reply #12 - Jan 31st, 2006 at 8:22pm
 
I know where you're coming from- superfiney here and now at this length BS I've been getting major tangles and problems and hard to comb- and it gets caught under my purse strap and even in the car door when it's windy( a milestone)!! Plus I keep thinking how much thicker it  would look if I cut it shorter- but - I plan to keep growing as I have put a lot of effort and $$ into products and Hair toys ect, plus my goal has always been to see what it woould look like waist length. I keep hoping that I will actually like the longer length better than BSL- many people say they do!!
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