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Old 03 September 2012, 01:15 AM
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Taking the liberty of starting a new girl talk thread, because I can't find the old one (apologies if it is still out there and I'm just being incompetent) and I need advice. So, it's a ways ahead, but I'm planning on dressing up as Merida (from Brave) for Halloween. The dress is fine, no problems, but I need help with the hair. I'm not wearing a wig--I have hip-length red hair, so I should be able to make this work. The thing, though, is that while it's naturally wavy, it's not very curly. And I'm a complete idiot when it comes to doing stuff with my hair. Really, I wash it and condition it, let it dry overnight, and then brush it the next morning and put it in a bun or braid it, and I really don't know about more stuff to do with it. A while ago a friend showed me how to do pin curls (you get your hair wet, then roll it up and pin them up and then let them dry) and I tried them today. Not only was my hair still damp after 9 hours, but while it was definitely more curly, it wasn't anything near Merida (picture of the results).

I'd like to get more of an effect, if possible, but I'm not sure how to. Part of the problem, I think, is that my hair is just so long that the weight pulls the curls out. I'm pretty sure there must be styling products that would help with that, but I honestly have no idea what they would be (really, I'm an idiot about these things). And do you think I would have more luck with a curling iron or something else? I like the pin curls because I don't need anything other than bobby pins and there's no heat to worry about damage, but I'm willing to try something else if it'll work better. Obviously I'm not going to have hair exactly like an animated figure's, but something closer would be great, if anyone has any suggestions for how I might do that.
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Old 03 September 2012, 01:38 AM
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I think what you want are spiral curls. I found some how-tos and videos on getting spiral curls, some of them specifically aimed at long hair.

BTW, your hair is gorgeous! ETA: And a lot like my daughter's. . . she got the hair I always wanted.

I just splurged and bought this bag. Starting in December I expect to be commuting by bus, so I wanted something sturdy and easily cleaned for carrying my work laptop plus lunch & miscellany. That one seems to be good quality, the design is funky enough not to bore me but simple/classic enough that I won't get tired of it, and I think I got a good deal on it.

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Old 03 September 2012, 01:58 AM
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Oooh, spiral curls. That was the key word I was missing. Thanks!

My hair is generally less curly and more frizzy than that shot. It's a bit of the same thing in our family--Mom has perfectly straight blond hair and always wanted hair with more body. Although since I moved to more humid climes than Colorado, I've often enough wished that my hair had less.

Nice bag! I may have to send that to my mom too. She's commuting by bus these days, and her inexpensive boring bag died recently, so she was looking for a replacement. That's way more interesting than my plain black leather laptop bag (which I don't use regularly, but it's still nice to have).
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Old 03 September 2012, 02:00 AM
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Back when I had very, very long hair and wanted it to be very, very curly, I'd set it on pipe cleaners.

You want it to be not terribly wet--just damp--or else it won't properly dry. But otherwise use them like rollers. Set your hair in the evening, a few hours before bed, then sleep on them.

If you want curly hair but not quite so tight, use foam rollers. This is what I do now, when I want to curl my hair (although it's now about shoulder length).
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Old 03 September 2012, 02:36 AM
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Using very small sections will yield more, tighter curls, and help it dry faster. Styling gel applied to the hair before curling might help the curls hold.

And once it's curled, don't brush it.

ETA: I believe there are hair products designed specifically to help wavy/frizzy hair form more defined curls, but I'm not personally familiar with them.
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Old 03 September 2012, 03:53 AM
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These might help with the curls and styling products:

http://www.ehow.com/video_8098300_sp...long-hair.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG__omOLaKM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8FcE557EsA

You can probably find more videos if you look at the suggested ones from those.
If you want more of the volume, I think a small amount of backcombing might help? Not enough to make it frizzy but enough to give volume, especially near the roots maybe...
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Old 03 September 2012, 07:47 AM
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What if, after curling it, you hold the top layer out of the way, and brush out/backcomb the underneath (still maybe not to the ends) so that it goes dandelion, lay the neat top section of spirals over the pouffy bit, and spray lacquer over the whole thing?

It'd be a pig to untangle at the end of the day, but that should get you the big Disney hair?
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Old 04 September 2012, 06:56 PM
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I just splurged and bought this bag. Starting in December I expect to be commuting by bus, so I wanted something sturdy and easily cleaned for carrying my work laptop plus lunch & miscellany. That one seems to be good quality, the design is funky enough not to bore me but simple/classic enough that I won't get tired of it, and I think I got a good deal on it.
Love the bag Lainie! Wonder if I could find one similar but smaller for an iPad.

In my experience, I cannot carry a laptop over my shoulder for any considerable length of time as it makes my shoulder hurt and throws my back out of whack. The backpack I use makes me look like a student, but my back is much happier.
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Old 04 September 2012, 07:35 PM
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I stopped by my favorite resale place Sunday and snagged two very cute sweaters and a nice long, warm but wool-free scarf in shades of purple (can't wear wool near my face).

LB, here's the brand's selection of iPAD/laptop sleeves. They don't have the black damask, but they have the other two prints my bag comes in, plus some other cute prints. If the prices look steep, you might try googling the design you like -- I paid about 30% less for my bag than the Kailo site lists it at.

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Old 04 September 2012, 08:06 PM
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I've got an iPad case I like, but wanted an appropriate-sized purse to put it in. My normal purse is too small, and the messenger bag I have is too big and informal for a business-type application.
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Old 04 September 2012, 08:08 PM
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Gotcha. I recommend ebags, they have a great selection and good prices.
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I bought a few sundresses to wear this summer, and I'd like to buy more but some have spaghetti straps (like this) and I'm having trouble figuring out what to do so my bra doesn't show? I can't go braless and I find strapless bras really uncomfortable, plus if I wear one I'm always adjusting it and I feel like it's going to fall down... I tried a tank top under some but it looked bad, and it would also be hot to wear layers in 85-90 degree weather.
I also have a few strapless tops/dresses that I'm trying to figure out if I can somehow add straps or something, to cover my bra straps and so I don't feel like the top's going to fall down. I have this one and I think two similar to this style/shape: http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Royal-Bones-L...8fg~~60_35.JPG

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Old 24 June 2013, 03:09 AM
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would it not be easier to get a strapless bra? or an underbust corset?
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Old 24 June 2013, 03:46 AM
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Sometimes I solve the bra strap problem by buying one that matches or coordinates with the dress, so it's not too obvious. I've even taken a fabric marker to bra straps to match a particular dress. However, a lot of sundresses seem to hang down too low in the back and they expose my bra band. What I try to look for are empire waists (for breast support), wide straps, and padding.
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Old 24 June 2013, 04:24 AM
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I find strapless bras really uncomfortable, the longest I've worn one was for a dance and it was bad enough, I'd hate to have to wear it all day. A corset would be even worse and hotter/more uncomfortable in the middle of summer.
I already bought the one striped sundress I linked to in my first post with the spaghetti straps, I saw a few others I liked also, and it seems like a lot of them have straps like that. If it's cooler outside I can wear a sweater or shrug over it to hide the bra straps but it's already been really hot this summer so it's probably only going to get hotter.
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Old 24 June 2013, 04:45 AM
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I find strapless bras really uncomfortable, the longest I've worn one was for a dance and it was bad enough, I'd hate to have to wear it all day. A corset would be even worse and hotter/more uncomfortable in the middle of summer.
I already bought the one striped sundress I linked to in my first post with the spaghetti straps, I saw a few others I liked also, and it seems like a lot of them have straps like that. If it's cooler outside I can wear a sweater or shrug over it to hide the bra straps but it's already been really hot this summer so it's probably only going to get hotter.
The best dress I've ever worn was an orange one that I got four years ago when I was fifteen. I had to wear it to a school dinner.
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