February 9, 2012
Taking a break from my usual Mom Stuff to talk about something new and fun: HAIR!
I have long-ish hair, and it’s very thick and heavy. Every time I have it cut by someone new, they’re all WHOA, LADY WITH THE LOTS OF HAIR. Thankfully, even though there’s so darn much of it, it’s easy to manage. I can get away with washing and blow drying (which takes a WHILE) and it’s pretty much… done.
(I love that picture. Thanks to Irene for making my hair look so SHINY!)
But that’s just it- I’ve never been able to do much with fun hairstyles or up-dos or anything because it’s so heavy. Curls don’t stay curly, and up-dos don’t… stay up. It’s flat and droopy and falling out within hours. So for a long time- years!- it’s either been down/styled naturally or up in a ponytail.
Because I spend most of my days at home, either working in my pajamas (w00t!) or hanging out with the girls, I don’t have a need for anything crazy fancy with my hair. But I’ve long been trying to find an easy way to do something a little nicer with my hair without it being a huge pain in the butt. Ponytails are fine, but a bun would be better! Looks like I put more effort in than a ponytail, you know? But of course… my hair is way too heavy for that. No amount of bobby pins or ponytail holders or fancy hair do-dads ever did the trick. Plus I’m super clumsy with fixing my hair and a couple of times I actually got my FINGERS stuck in whatever I was trying to do and… well, that’s just embarrassing. I was convinced I was doomed to a life of boring ponytails, looking unkempt and at best, BORING.
THEN I FOUND THIS ON PINTEREST. The Sock Bun.
(Sorry for the blur. Do you know how hard it is to take a picture of the back of your head with a cell phone?)
It’s so amazing, you guys. You take a sock, cut off the toes, then roll it like a donut. Put that around your ponytail against your head, then wrap your hair around. Stick in some bobby pins- even with my heavy hair, it only takes 4 or 5!- and you’re DONE. Awesome. (Mama Kat has a video tutorial that will explain it better!)
I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and I love it! It’s perfect for errand-running-day with the girls when I don’t have time to blow-dry my ridiculously thick hair. And I even did it for work one day and had THREE people compliment me on my hairdo!
I’m especially excited about finding this trick before our cruise next week because now I have a nice way of doing my hair for the formal dinners. And maybe I’ll add some sparkly pins and barrettes to fancy it up. And- AND!- the same hairdo for laying by the pool. I LIKE THIS. A LOT.
Socks, man. WHO KNEW, right?
Now I just need to figure out how to make a mini-sock bun for Audrey. Because girlfriend has some crazy-ass hair.