We all know someone who has a tender scalp or, as my mother always said it, was
'tender-headed'. It's that client or friend who, no matter how gently you try to work
with the comb or brush, flinches and cringes with every stroke. The tender-headed
person hates wearing braids (they hurt because they're too tight), won't sit still for a
roller set (again, the rollers and curl clips hurt), and think most up-styles are just an
attempt at torture. It's ironic that so many tender-headed people prefer long hair,
which requires so much more work to care for it properly.
I decided to demonstrate an up-style that is more comfortable for those women
with tender scalps. With liberal use of detangling spray and smoothing serums, this
hairstyle can be created with ease, and will be comfortable enough for most
tender-headed people to wear without complaint. The main reason for the increase in the
comfort level of this style is that instead of creating a base from the wearer's own
hair and anchoring the rest of the style from it, it uses a styling tool to form the baseof the style.
This style works especially well with hair that is past the shoulder in length.
Tools You Will Need:
Brushes: Wide-toothed, and Natural Bristle (for finishing and smoothing)
An assortment of large and small bob pins
An expandable hair comb (2nd pictured above)
A snag-safe elastic band
Creating the Style:
We begin this style with dry, unwashed hair that has been brushed smooth to be
free of tangles. Lightly mist the hair with leave-in conditioner or detangling spray and
gather the hair up into a ponytail at the upper crown of the head. Be sure to comb the
hair smooth and secure it with the snag-safe elastic.
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Once the hair is secured, insert the expandable hair comb around the base of
the ponytail and clip it closed, sliding the teeth into the hair. The comb should be
positioned so that the circle formed is approximately six inches across. Anchor the
comb, using large bob pins, by inserting them ridged-side down, perpendicular to the
direction the hair is combed in. Once the comb is in place, remove the elastic band to let the hair fill the expandable comb.
At this point, we begin separating ½-to-1 inch strands of hair from the inner
perimeter of the expandable comb using our tail comb, combing them smooth with the
comb and our fingers and shaping them into large soft coils of hair. These coils are
pinned into place to cover the expandable comb using bob pins, arranging them as
desired. Continue separating and arranging the strands of hair until the upper half of
the expandable comb is concealed. Be sure that you always insert your bob pins with
the ridged-side toward the scalp, as this provides more secure traction for the pin and anchoring for the curl.
Next we begin working with the remainder of the hair, separating it and arranging
it as desired into the previously described nested coils. It isn't necessary to follow any
pattern of arrangement for these curls. In fact, random arrangements usually look
better, because they are more organic in design and appear more natural. If you find
that your curls are looking "frayed" because of fly-away hairs, apply a light misting of
hairspray and smooth the curls with your fingers while you are arranging them.
Continue the arrangement of the hair into curls, making sure to cover the lower
half of the expandable comb. You must also be careful not to leave any gaps in the
curl placement, but rather make certain that your curls are evenly spaced.
To finish off the style, we lightly sprayed the curls again with hairspray and gently
patted them smooth down strays and add definition to the curls. We then used small
bands of pearls that we twisted to form four-loop accents. These were positioned
around and among the nested curls as evenly as possible to add some visual interest
and a little festive flair to the style. The finished effect was a very lovely-looking
up-style that would be perfect for wear at holiday parties, or other evening special occasions.