Looking for suggestions for tutorials on modern, easy, and soft-looking updo hairstyles. I've found plenty online but they are tailored for women with very thick hair-- but I have long straight hair that's very fine, and wouldn't work for most of those styles. Alternately (and it surprises even me that I'm asking this), are there clip-in or elastic-style hair extensions that you could recommend to help add some thickness to pull off a pretty updo?
My hair is currently long (down to my shoulder blades) and layered, though I'm growing those out to see what it looks like and if it increases the overall density of it from top to bottom. I've always had super-fine hair; it's not thinning, it's just thin. When I style it down straight it looks thicker and like it has lots of volume, but when gathered together it is clear how little there really is.
I'm bored with wearing it down (straight or curled) or just in a ponytail (which I really only do at home). I find getting ready in the morning to be boring and tedious, and so I like to play around a lot with makeup because it makes mornings more interesting; I'd like to be able to do the same with my hair.
I'm looking for ways to occasionally style it up off of my neck (especially as spring and summer are coming), but I can't seem to find pics or tutorials that look good with finer hair. If I curl it, it has quite a bit more volume, so that's an option, but the thing where you braid parts of it first and then build those smaller braids into the overall style to increase the volume doesn't work for me, because I don't have enough
hair to pull it off.
I like most of these
, but they just won't work with my hair as it is. It's not the part around the crown that is the problem (I know the tricks to boost volume there), it's that there just isn't enough hair through the middle and ends to do anything pretty with. For reference, if I gather my hair up tightly at the nape of my neck, the resulting "circle" around the hair at its thickest point is the size of a quarter; because of the layers, it thins out from there down. Even when those are grown out, though, I'm looking at a quarter's worth of hair overall.
So-- any recommendations for tutorials on styles that might work? Alternately, can you recommend a sort of non-permanent hair extension that looks natural and isn't super-expensive that could boost the volume so I could pull off one or more of the looks similar to the ones in the link? I'm not a hair-extensions kind of girl at all
, but adding them for updo volume wouldn't be too awful, I think.