Long-haired MeFites, please tell me what I can do with my hair besides put it up in a ponytail or tear it out.
I have had long, thick hair for many years, but for some reason, I have recently grown annoyed by wearing it down all the time. I don't want to cut it short, because I do like having long hair, I just need everyday styles to keep it off of my neck and out of my face.
Typically, I either tie it up in a ponytail (which eventually droops and looks sloppy because my hair's weight drags it down - I am constantly redoing it) or twist it up in a claw clip. Recently, I've been experimenting with twisting it into a bun and sticking chopsticks/paintbrushes/whatever's handy into it. It's okay, but it also tends to fall apart easily.
This is my hair from the back
and from the side.
You can see its length and the layering. Texture-wise, it's naturally somewhere between straight and wavy, and it's very thick. I think the layering is throwing me off, because styles that involve twisting (buns, chignons) always lets little pieces spring out and dozens of bobby pins need to be deployed.
Help me not tear out my hair, please!