Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

A Comfortable Up-Style

A Style Perfect for Women with a Tender Scalp

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)
Tail Combs
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 1/2-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.
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