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  •  gotcha there. in my case, it's "fed up" every 6mo (3+ / 0-)
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    or so, when I grab the hair and whack off a hand's length (length usually hovers a couple inches either side of my waist)

    "grabbing" is more complicated, actually: brush it out every which direction, then gather at the center back and try to slide the hand down to the ends, stopping before you slide clear off... at some point I'll be far enough down that I can carefully move the hank around to in front where I can see what's going on, then off it goes.

    this takes care of the central fall, and then I sweet-talk teh DH into checking things and smoothing out the sides etc, which he's very good at. we both prefer my hair long; what we were imprinted with in our teens, 8-)

    Also, my hair looks pretty good long-n-straight. It's kind of odd hair, thick but not coarse. I almost never wear it down, I never learned that hippie-girl trick of living behind a "curtain", 8-). I braid it at the center back and sometimes wind the braid around itself into a sort of bun. I've never figured out how to do my farm-grandma's old-country-style coronet thing with 2 side-braids -- my hair when clean is too slippery for any number of pins, and when I braid the stupid stuff the braids come out too short to do it right anyway (you can see, this is a major frustration!)

    well, that's frustrating... trying to google SIMPLE old-fashioned braids and apparently braids in hairstyles are all the rage at the moment! but wispy, frowsy, coming-apart braids! grandma's everyday was like this one, plain crossover, straight up from the ears! and tight! she was a working woman, didn't need or want "tendrils" getting in the way. ...aha! more searching gives the term "Heidi braids" or "milkmaid" for this style, and a really good tutorial here; and another here.

    The other thing she'd do, for fancier, I think, was to form an open circle on the top of her crown, with the braid ends, instead of crossing them past each other. haven't been able to find a pic of that style anywhere, 8-(  It's not the BIG (Princess Grace?) loop at the back of the head, just a little one right on top. I think she'd start with her regular braids and turn them 90 degrees when she got to the top, then around and around in an open-in-the-center ring. that's the best I can describe it.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 02:38:03 PM PDT

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