How do I keep my hair out of my face without hurting my scalp?
June 16, 2004 11:42 AM Subscribe
Hairfilter. I've been growing out my hair for a few years but have generally lived with it quite short. Now I have trouble keeping it out of my face, food, etc., comfortably. [more inside]
The hair in question is about shoulder length in front and maybe 6 inches longer in back. It's on the fine side, and can range from mostly straight with a flip at the ends to some big curls to fluffy and somewhat wavy. Having spent so much time with shaved or short hair, I'm extremely lazy and basically don't do anything to it beyond washing and towel/air drying, partly because it keeps itself in order most of the time.
My real problem is that I often want to put the hair up or back - to keep it out of my way, to feel less hot, and so on - but most things I've tried are painful, pull out hair, are awkward, too hot, or all of the above. I usually use a thick soft elasticy hairband with no metal parts to make a ponytail or something similar, but after even a few minutes this can start hurting my head, and sometimes will eventually cause a headache. I also use bobby pins to make a bun or various twisty hair designs, but they are often unstable and can have the same scalp-hurting aspect.
Hats and bandannas are sometimes employed, but they tend to increase the heat factor. I occasionally try other stuff like hair sticks (chopsticks, really), cloth headbands, braiding. Nothing has really been satisfactory for longer term use. Do I just have a really sensitive scalp? I'd like to keep growing the hair but be able to tame it sometimes. I'm also opposed to scrunchies on principle but if that's the way to go, maybe I'll have to embrace my inner prep. Snoods are not an option. Any thoughts?