Apologies that this post is late! I'm afraid I got rather distracted looking for great hairstyle videos to go with this post.......heeheee....
A woman's hair is called "her glory" by St. Paul. For centuries, women have had long hair, often beautifully styled. In fact, it's a hallmark of traditional femininity to have hair that cascades down the back.
I have really really long hair - it actually is close to hip length now. While it looks good flowing down and loose, with it being sooooo long, it gets in the way of everything! It's really frustrating when you're trying to wash dishes and your hair falls into your work space. Not to mention....it tends to drop into stuff, like.....food. Gross!
Clearly, the beast must be tamed....but how?
1. Put it in a Bun
This style has been the standard hairstyle for married women for centuries, and for good reason. By far, this is the most common way to get hair out of the face. And who needs hair in the face when you're trying to deal with food or laundry....or ever for that matter?
But buns are boring, they are a style for old women - so naysayers may say.
Who says it has to be a plain bun though? Bun styles include chignons, French Twists, and messy top knots. The latter is still really popular. I personally don't advocate for this look because it honestly looks like someone went to sleep in it. I mean, it looks great on some people, but for most.....no. Give me a neat bun wrapped in a crocheted hair net any day of the week.
Ever since the first bun I had in my hair during dance class, I've loved this style of hair. I personally prefer braided buns because it's prettier and it's much easier to pin up with bobby pins....though I really miss my hairpins. I really would love to try this style:
I also Loepsie's channel - she has all sorts of vintage hair tutorials and hair history. Definitely worth checking out!
2. Braid it!
This is probably one of the most versatile styles that exists in the world of feminine world of hair dressing. Braids can be implemented in a half-up or an up-do style, depending on what the occasion is. Braids can also be the foundation of a bun too.
And no, it's not just limited to the three strand "English" braid that we all know how to do.
French Braids, Dutch Braids, rope braids, fishtail braids, 4 or 5 strand braids, and lace braids are just a few of the variations that could be experimented with.
My personal favorite is the French braid, because of the fact that it could easy be casual or fancy. And it keeps some of the side hair out of my face better than a regular three strand braid does. Luxy Hair has a great tutorial on how to do this style here:
3. Throw it in a Ponytail
As simple as this style is, it never really was popular until the late 20th century. Instead, it was probably (and, it still is) a first step towards further styling.
I wore this style a lot when I was younger. If I wear a ponytail now, I usually wear it high because how long my hair is....and frankly, it looks better. Only trouble is that I look like I'm in my late teens again.
Ponytails are so simple, to me they are boring. Why not jazz it up a bit....:
The second style in this video is my favorite, though I would probably do just one twist on each side instead of two on the same side. What is yours?
4. Use Combs
This is not a very well-known hair accessory in America, though it's often used in Europe and Asia. I find that a pity, because combs can be really really pretty!
Combs can be used as an accessory or accent piece, or to hold back stray parts of hair. But really, they're meant to hold hair in place. Two combs combined with stretchy cord can act as a hair scrunchie. A single comb, depending on the size and the weight of the hair, can even hold up a French Twist. See the video to check out more ideas:
I personally like styles 2 and 3. What about you girls?
5. Wear a headband or scarf
Headscarves and headbands have been around for centuries - I believe it's a remnant of the tradition of veiling. I can definitely see the origins of the headband in the medieval fillet. Keeping the hair covered not only keeps it cleaner, it protects the head against the elements, such as cold and the sun (scalp can actually sunburn - learned this the hard way!)
I love headbands and scarves, but don't have that many good ones. I have quite a few bandanas, including one that I tie-dyed. I've also recently started wearing a headband to work at the dairy because it keeps part of my hair cleaner and keeps the fly-aways from getting in my face as I'm trying to work. I have some small scarves from my grandmother, and am hoping to get some more....because I'm dying to try some of these styles in this video:
I already wear my bandanas in the Chic Pirate style, but I love the Bun, Gypsy, Chiquita Banana and Criss Cross styles. What about you girls?
And there you have it! 5 ways to tame the beastly long hair that we women have been blessed with. And now, I'd love to hear from you! What is your go-to style for an ordinary day? Which of these tricks was your favorite? Is there any style of hair that you girls like that I forgot to list?
In Corde Mariae,