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September 8, 2009 at 3:53 am | Posted in fashion, Life | 10 Comments
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Starting out: long hair

Starting out: long hair

I’ve been seeing a handful of hair questi0ns recently floating around the lolita sub-interwebz. Whether it be full posts or passing comments on outfit photos, it seems like out beloved long-haired lolis are hunting for more creative ways to twist their tresses. As I’ve been putting myself through a bit of a physical transformation myself, I figured I’d use this opportunity to showcase some of my favorites – a last hurrah for my long hair before I savagely chop it off.

Note that these aren’t your standards  – this is assuming you’ve worn out the  ponytail, pigtails, two braids, etc &are looking for more interesting looks to make their own.

First: the Sidebraid

First: the Sidebraid

Very simple! Pull all of your hair to one side of your head, &braid. Adorn with flowers or a multitude of bows. Tada! Note that this will be harder if you have any type of layering in your hair, especially in the front, but I like it with the stray pieces personally!

Second: the crown braid

Second: the crown braid

To do this style, you can either french braid your hair across the crown of your head  or, if you’re like me, you can employ the cheater method & start with a sidebraid (above), pull it across the crown of your head, &affix with bobby pins, concentrating on the end. I’ve decorated mine with twist-in stars here, but you could also use flowers (a rose corsage, or even a crown of flowers fixed behind or in front of the braid) or a clip-in bow over the end where the bobby pins are.

Third: Loop braids

Third: Loop braids

Clearly I have a thing for braids. This is the last braided style, promise. This is pretty classic &rather well known, but I decided to include it anyway. For this style, make two low, braided pig tails. Loop up &affix the ends with a hair tie or pins. Tada! I think it would be really pretty with ribbons wrapped loosely around the braids, or flowers stuck into them, but decorating the tops with bows (as seen) or a rose corsage can also be very beautiful.

Fourth: Side bun

Fourth: Side bun

The side bun is one of my absolute favorites – buns in general I have a lot of fun with (stop it, I know what you’re thinking!) This is a simple chignon, but instead of in the back-center of the head, it’s jauntily on the side. It’s simple – pull your hair tightly against your scalp into a ponytail where you want the bun, then twist the hair loosely. Twist the twist of hair around the base of the ponytail &use a hair tie to fix it in place. I like this style a lot, as well a side ponytail and the above-mentioned sidebraid because it adds interesting geometry & messes with the symmetry one usually sees in lolita coordinates.

Fifth, sloppy buns

Fifth, sloppy buns

Fifth, another very simple but super-cute look is two sloppy buns. No longer for working out &track suits, the sloppy bun adds a bit of frivolity &childishness to a coordinate when doubled &worn low near the ears – wow, do I sound like a retro infomercial, or what (Ooh, swish!)? To do this, just put your hair into two low ponytails. Pull the hair all the way through the first time, but the second time around, leave half your hair suspended in the elastics. They can then be decorated with bows or flowers or… I don’t know, fake fruit? I don’t know, I’m running out of ideas. Anything you’d normally put in your pigtails. Could be cute for a country look with plastic strawberries or cherries pinned above them!

Sixth, the faux bob

Sixth, the faux bob

Sixth and finally, the faux bob. I have absolutely no idea how to do this as Victoria Suzanne did it for me, however she has instructions on her blog here.

The final style I wore on this day was a single long braid down my back, tied with a hair elastic at both the top and the bottom. Well, technically, the last style would have been the bob I had after taking scissors above the top elastic &chopping the entire braid off.

Hair, post-chopping

Hair, post-chopping

This photomanip brought to you by: hanakolovely brushes &Candyfuture gradients. Sorry, I got a little carried away. Hope you like it! It’s started curling up already, so the ends now do a little 60’s style mini-flip. Tres mignonne!



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  1. Aww, why did you cut your beautiful long hair?

    • A lot of reasons – I was bored of it, it wasn’t healthy, it was too much trouble… mostly I just wanted something new 🙂

  2. Thank you very much for the nice hair inspirations, I really want to try out the crow braid at the first oportunity I’ll get to!
    Your new haircut looks pretty good on you, it’s different from the lolita standards (nothing bad in that), anyway, it is very cute.

    What was it? “A new haircut will always give us ladies brand new energy and power!”, so

    Congratulations! ^^

    • thank you so much! 🙂

  3. Goodness, you’re pretty! 0_0!

    Anyways! I love all of these hairstyles, and I hope that I can get my friends to let me try them out on their hair (there’s no way my hair can do anything- it’s totally layered and asymmetrical and barely reaches my ears in some places)!

    Just wondering, did you donate the hair that you cut off?

    • Thank you so much! <333

      Yes, I'm planning on donating it as soon as I have the proper envelopes, etc… right now the braid is just sitting in a bag in my desk drawer o.O probably bad feng shui or something, I've no doubt, but as soon as I have the stuff I'll be sending it to Locks for Love 🙂

  4. XD, my friend still has a bag with her braid in it from five years ago! She just never sent it out or got rid of it. If it’s bad feng shui, then something else in her room must counter it, cause she has great luck.

  5. LOVE the new do! 😀

  6. My daughter and I love Lolita fashion, other old fashioned styles, and everything frilly or sparkly. She happened upon your blog via youtube. We love it. Keep up the good work.

    There are some fantastic hairstyles here… http://intimelyfashion.com/main/?cat=10
    The pincurls are especially versatile and lovely both pinned and let down later.

    Our philosophy in life is extremely compatible with Lolita. Glad to have found kindred spirits here.

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you both liked it!

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