31164Re: Putting up Very Long Hair
- Apr 2, 2003Actually, when I put my hair up in fancier styles (granted, it's no
longer "very long," just a bit longer than "short"), I use quilting
thread and a blunt needle (the kind designed for canvaswork,
I use a running stitch to attach braids to the hair close to my scalp,
or to manage the folded-up braids (the 14th century chin-length style
where the braids start near the temples).
I also use the same needle and thread to attach stud-style medievallish
buttons or other ornaments onto my braids as well.
I generally also make sure to use only colors that will stand out from
my normal hair color, so that at the end of the day, I can be sure that
I am only snipping the threads and not my hair (though I generally use
the small thread-cutters that wouldn't go through much hair anyway).
I don't often put my hair up in that sort of fancy array, though.
Usually, I just do a working woman's turban/wrap style -- heck, I dress
in working women's clothing anyway (I'm not yet the sort of Grand Old
Peer that has a loyal retinue that will do all my fetching and carrying
for me -- but I am turning 29 years old this June! -- so I generally
dress in the sort of costume that allows me to do the work that I plan
to do that day, rather than going all grand and fancy-dress which will
only get mucked up at the end of the day) ;)
For my turban/wrap style, I part my hair down the middle (putting each
section over the nearest shoulder), and put a long white linen cloth (a
little more than twice the length of my hair, and maybe around 18" wide
or so) centered at the top of my head, kind of like the way one starts
arranging a headrail. Then, I start wrapping the cloth around my hair
("back to front" is the best way I can describe the direction that the
twists go), and once the wrapping is done, I take the twisty bits and
tie them under themselves. And hey presto -- no more bad hair day.
It's all covered up, no pins, no sewing, and I can fix it quickly if I
need to. It keeps my hair out of the way on a hot day, and keeps the
icky bugs out too (works even better if you braid your hair after it's
parted and before it's wrapped in the linen). Works well for 15th
century dress and earlier; someone showed me a picture of an ancient
Roman housewife in the same sort of hairdo. :)