My Hair “tricks and pics” 2017

Last October I posted My Hair “tricks and pics” 2016. I’d let my hair grow most of the year and during the summer had gone back to doing hairstyles I’d done years prior when my hair was long, plus created new ones. I’ve continued to let my hair grow this year – if it looks good I figure why not? It has to be in decent condition and flatter me; simply being long isn’t enough. These pictures help keep me honest since we often forget how other people see our hair which is from all sides; not just what we see when we face a mirror.

I kept doing the styles pictured last year but here’s a few new ones from this year too. Forgive the photo quality; these were taken in the mirror. And — the hair color(s) you see are all mine (I get asked this regularly). The lighting makes it look different from one shot to the next – my hair is very light on top (crown) and a lot darker beneath. If you remember (or look at) last year’s post, it is decidedly longer now. I’ve been having a lot of fun doing my hair this year.

As I am writing this post I’m at the library and realized I failed to take a picture of my hair as it is this moment, which is one of the ways I wear it most often, so I managed to get a picture now, by turning my head for a selfie.


There’s a barrette under this


French twist. Metal comb.


Side view French twist.


Bun on top, ponytail on bottom. Metal pin.


Two braids, top one twisted into bun.


Single braid twisted into bun.


This starts with a simple ponytail. I pulled the ends of my hair back up through the elastic band & fanned it out.


High ponytail. This requires long, one-length hair or it won’t all stay in the elastic band.


High ponytail seen from side.




Two braids, one atop the other. Metal pin.




This was an experiment with chopsticks; I merely guessed how they’re supposed to be used in hair (must remember to google).






Side view of previous shot



Side view of previous shot with hair clip.


A very recent “invention” I did which is not as tricky as it looks (but would be tricky to explain in words!) As with the others pictured, that’s a regular pin, the kind you’d use on clothing.

Bonus picture(s): The following is not my hair. I bought this “hair” years ago. To be clear, I’m not sure what it is as it doesn’t have clips. Perhaps it’s an extension meant to be “sewn” in? (I have no experience with hair pieces or extensions having only seen them being used on TV.) Why did I buy it? It was inexpensive (a couple dollars) and color-wise it was a perfect match! I wore it only once many years ago at a public event where I was a vendor. Not one person I knew said a word about it. Funny that. I enjoyed my “hair” and it felt swingy but since it has no clips and I’d kind of jerry-rigged it, I did worry about it falling out. (It didn’t but I bet people would’ve noticed that.) I put it in at home to show you now.



NOTE:  Likely delays in responding to your comments but I will!

21 thoughts on “My Hair “tricks and pics” 2017

  1. Anne Mehrling

    The number of ways you have fixed your hair is astounding. I had a neighbor long ago who had long hair and could flip it up in various ways. I let my hair grow, assuming I could learn to fix it. I never learned, and I never let it get long again. Kudos to you for managing your hair in so many beautiful ways.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thank you so much!! When I was younger I got library books (pre internet) that showed how to do hair styles like braids. I got more confident and started making up my own ideas and still do. Had I been around I would have helped you do your long hair!


  2. C.E.Robinson

    Wow…beautiful hair styles! they all look perfect! You need a lot of hair like yours to do such incredible styles. My hair is fine and I keep it a medium length curled under. Same hair style for years. Christine

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thanks! When my hair was shorter I missed having “options” – I like to mix things up. If you have short hair you can still do things like scarves, pretty pins and barrettes or just several decorative bobby pins together (if you have trouble keeping things from sliding out).

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  3. edgar62

    I liked them all – although I have to be honest and say that some I liked better than others. If I had to pick a favourite, I think it would be the High Ponytail – although the Chopsticks were interesting.


    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Google it! All is online. (I just looked now; not only are there websites but there are videos.) Sometimes I create a “messy” style by accident… and when I try to fix it realize I probably should have left it alone in the first place.

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  4. vanbytheriver

    Very creative. I don’t do braids much. I really should think about that. My favorite is the French twist, but I need an industrial clasp to keep it in place ! By the way, love your varied hair color, very natural.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Thanks V. The hair color is definitely natural – no color in it. Sometimes I use a big barrette smack in the middle of a French twist to hold it – it’s not “how it’s done” but at least it won’t all fall out. You can also do a whole bunch of bobby pins.

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  5. Ji

    Wow Colette! Such abundant variety! A plethora of adjectives leaps to my tongue – elegant, , playful, creative, surprising, sexy, soft, alluring, practical, exciting………….I’ll stop now.


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