Post # 1
I’m a high school teacher, and I’m fairly young, so I make it a point to try to look as professional as I can to make myself seem authoritative.
I had shoulder length hair for over 10 years before I began growing my hair out for my wedding, and my new husband and I now both like it longer. It goes about to my bra strap in the back, a little shorter after a trim. I feel like just leaving it loose looks unprofessional and “young.” I’d like to figure out something to do with it so that I keep my long hair and still look professional.
BUT: I am incredibly lazy about styling my hair. I wash it every other day with fairly cheap shampoo (brands like Herbal Essences, Aussie, and Tresemme), and then air dry it. I am not really willing to change this. I am not skilled with hair and do not enjoy working with it. Also, I get up super early in the morning, so I have to shower in the evening.
My hair type is kind of problematic. It’s thick and sometimes wavy and has a lot of volume and frizz.
So, these are my questions:
1) Is long, loose (sort of frizzy) hair unprofessional?
2) Are there any small changes you think I should make to my routine to make my hair look better loose? Any products that are quick, cheap, easy to use and do not require blow-drying?
3) Do you know of an updo or any other professional-looking way to fix hair that is as easy to do as a ponytail?
4) Are my questions and conditions unreasonable? Am I silly to think I can look better than I do without working harder at it? Is blowdrying necessary to make frizzy hair look controlled?
Post # 3
@marjojo: My hair is the exact same way, and I’m just as lazy at styling. 🙂 It’s hard to really style hair too, when you’ve slept on it dry, and it won’t be wet again until the evening.
I like pulling mine up in a barrett. I think that can be professional looking, and it’s out of your face. I use a little bit of mousse our gel to keep it in control, and that generally is all I need. To smooth the top part, I’ll use the fructise pomade stuff… not sure what’ it’s called, but it comes in a jar, and is much thicker than regular gel. Love it.
If you’re looking to add a little bit of oil to your hair, try moroccan oil. It’s not “Cheap”, but it does a beautiful job of defrizzing on humid, disgusting days.
Post # 4
I think a sleek ponytail always looks professional.
Post # 5
Mousse! I use the Purple Bottle Brand…oh whats the name The Kangroo one…but theres one called “Beach Waves” or something mousse and when I am on the run I just run some of it through my damp/towel dried hair using my fingers and throw in a bun, drive to work. When I get to work its usually somewhat air dried, take it out of the bun and looks naturally wavy/curly! =)
John Frieda has a 24hr Frizz Control that seems to work for my “crazy curls” too.
Or pulling a low ponytail to one side of your face and fastening with a hair tie is always nice, with some sweeped over bangs! =)
Best of luck!!!
Post # 6
@marjojo: I have this same problem. My hair wont fit in any clip either so really a hair tie is my only option 🙁 If I want to look professional I usually pull it back ina low poney and try and wrap my hair around the tie to cover it. Or a half up with a clip looks nice.
Post # 7
I shower at night too, (although I blow dry it before going to bed–can’t stand the feeling of wet hair), but I run a flat iron through it in the morning (doesn’t take long, 10 minutes maybe) just to make it a little more straight and smooth. You could try that!
Post # 8
wash and air dry at night. set with large curlers in the front (or all around) in big sections. I use a curling set and if my hair is dry it takes less than 10 mins and looks great! And I can be walking around getting ready during that time.
My hair dresser also sometimes will put her hair in a ponytail and tuck the end under on top of her head with a bobby pin then sleeps in it so it dries nicer looking.
Post # 9
A low pony tail usually does the trick for me. You can play with adding volume up top or parting your hair on the side.
Post # 10
I would either do a low pony so it hangs down your back, or I get those octopus clips and wrap my hair into a bun and secure it with the clip. I am very low maintenance on my hair as well!
Post # 11
Have you ever tried braiding your hair at night when its still damp and sleeping on it that way? It might help control your waves and frizz a little bit because I think frizz in any style doesn’t look that professional. What I’ve done is divide my hair into roughly 3 sections and comb it UP so that the braid is starting at the top of my head and flopping down. It looks ridiculous but when you wake up you have kind of nice wavy hair. Its better if you know how to french braid (you can just do 1 normal french braid when its almost dry, sleep in it, and voila awesome waves)… but I don’t.
As for style I honestly think the frizz is more important than how you do it. I think hair that looks nice down looks professional. You can also pin your bangs (or the front part of your hair) back, like below… I always think that looks nice:
Just don’t pin them too poufy or you’ll look like snooki haha. You can also do a low pony or low bun. I think if you plan to wear your hair back a lot though you should get some sort of bangs or longer front pieces that can hang out because when all of your hair is pulled back it can look a little severe imo.
Post # 12
I agree low pony tail, but I also think something half up would look okay too because I think something that looks VERY unprofessional is hair in your face and this helps with that.
Post # 13
I just wanted to add, that I have the exact same hair type, and the octopus clips are the only things that work for me. They look like this