Post # 1
I have very long hair, and I’m trying to figure out how to style it for my wedding… When I say very long, its past my butt, though I’ll probably trim it to butt-length before to get rid of any straggly bits. Also, I’m doing my own hair because I haven’t let a stylist near my head in almost a decade (I’ve never had a good experience, and I want to do it 100% heat-free…)
I want to wear it down, loose, maybe pulled back a bit from my face, though not straight back cause I also have a giant forehead. But I’m stumped on what to do texture-wise.
It’s naturally mostly straight, with a bit of a wave/curl that gets pulled out by the length. It’s also quite fine, but I would say very healthy – no bleach or chemicals, gentle shampoos, regular oiling, no heat ever, and I mostly wear it up to prevent damage from rubbing/pulling/getting caught on stuff.
At first I was hoping to do loose curls with Flexi-rods, but I’ve tried twice and they just don’t seem to work. Maybe I’m using the wrong products or something? I get a few super-defined curls and then some that don’t take at all…
Do you think it’s worth trying to curl it? Is there a better option than rods that doesn’t involve heat? Any photos for inspiration would be great! Especially what you did if you have super long hair or did your own hair!
Edit to Add: this is the sort of look I was hoping for, but I’m 100% open to pretty alternatives! http://www.hairstylesmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Wedding-Hairstyles-Long-Hair-Down-Veil.jpg
Here’s a photo of my hair au natural(it’s about 3 years old, so it’s longer now), and then the results of my first and my latest attempt at Flexi-Rods…
Post # 2
Just coming to say your hair is beautiful!
Post # 3
valkyriejae : I love it, it’s going to be so perfect for your wedding. The second pic, your first effort, looks very goddess hair to me and I really like it.
I’m not a hairdresser, but I do have fine, long hair. Hair curls differently with fine hair, you have to be super careful to grab the same amount of hair in each curl and also to stagger it near crown and lower, again same size. Still, the curls will vary, sometimes they even out in a few hours.
If you hate that, and you can be open to any heat, I would use – only as a back up – a hot curling wand for the pieces that don’t match.
Otherwise, you can comb it out and sort of train the pieces after you take them out in the morning by wrapping them in curls the way you want them to fall and then using a clip to hold them and spraying that curl with a light hold spray. (I learned this trick on set from hairdressers experienced with getting fine hair to hold, it’s a good one )
use big clips so they don’t make a dent. Let the hair relax in the clips and then take them off at last minute and brush.
Post # 5
I actually really like your attempts at the curls!
Post # 7
slomotion : ohnoitslindsay : lifetimegoals : Thanks!
rosydelight : I guess it’s not as obvious in the photos, but some of the strands didn’t really curl, and I also have weird lumpy cowlick things near my scalp…
BalletParker : Okay – That sounds logical, but what do you mean by staggering near the crown? My normal hairdos consist of lazy-bun and english braid, so I’m not really up on the lingo, lol
Post # 8
valkyriejae : haha I meant to make sure your rolling the hair around the crown at top and then doing sections beneath it separately.
Like you section your hair, roll the top row crown. Untwist next section beneath top, roll that section. And on. Does that make sense?
Post # 9
Gorgeous hair. I have long hair too. Usually use heated rollers or wand for curls. And a lot of hair spray. Would you consider heat just for your wedding. If not then loads of foam rollers on dry hair for several hours with a good fixing product may do it.
This was my wedding hair (I also wore a veil)
Post # 10
Mine is to my butt and I love big ballet buns and elaborate updos for formal events
Post # 11
UK-bee : I’d prefer to avoid heat if possible. Can you recommend a good fixing product? (I don’t ever use hair sprays or leave ins or anything like that…) Your hair looks lovely in the photo!
danakxox : I have no intention of wearing it up.
Post # 12
UK-bee : a good old bottle of strong hold hair spray. Root to tip before rollering and to fix after. A good backcomb comb and texture powder to get root lift and volume.
Post # 13
I think your inspiration hair would work well on yours. Just practice a bit and you’ll get it down.
Post # 14
Wet your hair and then do two french braids. Let it dry overnight. When you undo the braids it will leave the waves. You can also try a setting lotion on wet hair before putting it in the rollers or braids. That’s what people use for those vintage pin curl styles.
Post # 15
Can you get the foam roller things and do it the night before – spray hairspray before and after rolling each strand. Wrap it all up into a big hairnet and sleep in them… next morning, let it all out and adjust to your liking – should last all the day! No heat required but you will need plenty hair spray.
Used to have long hair and this is what we did when I needed curly hair/ringlets for ballet.