Low Rolled Updo

0 Posted by - February 20, 2013 - Hair & Beauty

Newsflash: My hair still isn’t really that long. But I try, guys. I sing to it and wait long days in between shampoos and I’ve even considered trying some of those scary-looking hair masks from Pinterest. ButΒ it’s still not much past shoulder length. Still, I am forever tempted by things like this.

I learned two important things during the testing of this pin:

1. My hair still isn’t long enough.

2. I never spent enough time on MySpace to get really good at the art of the selfie.




(In case any of you really were going to ask me about Princess Ida, as instructed on my shirt, it was a Durham Savoyards show I was in a couple of years ago. This year, the show is The Pirates of Penzance… but I don’t have my t-shirt yet.)



Well, you can take the crappy phone camera away from the girl, but apparently you can’t take away the crappy photo-taking skills…


And, in conclusion, I suck. On the heels of the fudge win, though, I probably needed to fail hard at something. Keeps me good and humble.


… if “humble” in this case means “looking like a frumpy-ass WFH blogger.” Yup.



  • rfoust February 20, 2013 - 9:57 pm Reply

    well at least the camera is nice πŸ™‚ oops now i’m wondering if i should have said something supportive here instead? eek *slinks away slowly*

  • jayhawklady February 20, 2013 - 9:57 pm Reply

    It is still kinda cute! My hair is just a little longer and sometimes I do just the first flip to make me feel a little better about a lazy ponytail.

  • LKGirlHPFan February 20, 2013 - 10:03 pm Reply

    The last picture looks like the camera is confusing you.

  • Heidi Osborne February 20, 2013 - 10:16 pm Reply

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. You worked with the ingredients you had. Not enough long hair. Try it again in six months. Providing you let your hair GROW. OUT!

  • Sarah Kruse February 20, 2013 - 10:17 pm Reply

    I can never even get the flip to work. I need one of those flippy tools they sold on infomercials in the 90s.

  • whitney king February 20, 2013 - 10:39 pm Reply

    Hey! Could you tell me about Princess IDA?

    • Pintester February 20, 2013 - 10:54 pm Reply

      While I appreciate that you read the text on the t-shirt… Did you read the blog post? πŸ˜‰

      • Mama_Abbie February 21, 2013 - 9:49 am Reply

        Hey, I was in the chorus of Princess Ida many many years ago when I was in High School. Probably the least known of the G+S Operettas. Hooray for the idea of a women’s college back in the Victorian Era. Gilbert and Sullivan forever – wish there was a troop that did them in my current neck of the woods

  • lizmk February 20, 2013 - 10:39 pm Reply

    Tell me more about Princess Ida.

  • Terrilynn Emberly February 20, 2013 - 11:32 pm Reply

    You should totally invest in a tripod for your camera. Just a little one πŸ™‚ Works wonders!! I like the gorilla pod that I recently bought, it bends every which way πŸ™‚

    • Icy February 21, 2013 - 3:14 am Reply

      I second getting a tripod, and if you want to take good photos of yourself, get a remote so you can trip the shutter without touching the camera (or just use the time setting).

  • Liz Dulacki February 20, 2013 - 11:37 pm Reply

    I’m pretty sure you need much longer hair for this to work well. My hair is longer than yours and I couldn’t get it to work either. πŸ™

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  • EmmaBeEmma February 21, 2013 - 12:11 am Reply

    Your final result is way cuter than that ready-for-Colorado-City updo pin (all due respect to those in Colorado City with style of course!).

  • LadyRita February 21, 2013 - 12:49 am Reply

    Your hair is simply too short. Give it another 6 months and try again. Not a fail, more of a premature ‘do. A little poo humor for you, no charge.

  • Von February 21, 2013 - 1:32 am Reply

    I call bullshit on their instructions. My hair is a bit longer than the model’s; I defy anyone to create that look with only two hands.

  • Crystal Kelly Yzaguirre February 21, 2013 - 6:24 am Reply

    I had hair that length and was able to do that style, sort of. Instead of doing the pony first and flipping it through, roll the hair on the sides and then do the pony tail. Fold it over, bobby pin like hell and cover up with some sort of cute bow. I used the fabric flowers. =]

  • Nicole Meacham February 21, 2013 - 7:34 am Reply

    My hair is the same length as hers and I still failed miserably… she wins πŸ™

  • pins&needles February 21, 2013 - 10:11 am Reply

    I’m so confused. If you took the picture of yourself in the mirror, shouldn’t the writing on your shirt be backwards? I’m getting dizzy thinking about this.

    • Pintester February 21, 2013 - 10:33 am Reply

      This is why I own a copy of Photoshop. I can’t do anything cool with it, but I can reverse images horizontally. πŸ˜‰

      • pins&needles February 21, 2013 - 10:43 am Reply

        My dizzy brain thanks you for your Photoshop explanation.

  • libraryofbird February 21, 2013 - 10:29 am Reply

    My secret for growing long hair is to have a mother that thinks you should cut it and spend a year in Japan.

  • Ethne @ Wom Mom February 21, 2013 - 11:11 am Reply

    This lady has more than one hairstyle pin like this; my hair is longer than yours; none of them work. She’s got a stylist doing this behind the scenes, same as the modern bun – it’s the only conclusion there is. What I really want to see you do is that real-life-looking rose petal updo I’ve seen pinned for wedding hair. If I see it again, I’ll submit it – you could TOTALLY do that.

  • ChickieD February 21, 2013 - 11:38 am Reply

    For us Pintestes, you could get extensions.

  • Janelle February 21, 2013 - 3:46 pm Reply

    Try this version: http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/2011/09/chic-updo.html Her hair is actually the same length as yours. And her tutorial is a video…which I find much easier to replicate than a series of pictures. FWIW, my hair is quite a bit longer, and this style worked out nicely for me as well!

  • Rachael Sonnenberg February 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm Reply

    I am a hairstylist and I am currently sitting at work behind a desk pretending to do book work but as usual I am reading the pintester instead. Thank you for making me snort into my cup of coffee and choke with laughter when I am supposed to look serious and busy. The mental image of you singing to your hair to make it grow is just too much. I freakin love you.

  • Melissa February 22, 2013 - 10:14 am Reply

    You look really really pretty in this post. Especially that second picture.

  • teamawesome February 22, 2013 - 12:47 pm Reply

    that bitch looks snarky as fuck anyway. embrace the short hair!

  • LoriB February 22, 2013 - 4:19 pm Reply

    Try flipping the pony the opposite way (up), then tighten the pony. Then take small sections of the ends and pin them in a circular/ random way to make a messy bun. It will take several pins. Also, the best blog for hairstyles is thesmallthings blog. I don’t know her, but I do love her ideas and her hair is just a bit longer than yours. πŸ™‚

  • dave15 February 22, 2013 - 4:53 pm Reply

    you look great and think even better than the other woman, regardless of the hairstyle. I’m sure you can use a similar style that looks better on you.

  • DigitalChick February 22, 2013 - 9:55 pm Reply

    Do you remember the dorky infomercial for the Topsy Tail? Well, I still have mine and I love it. It helps. A lot. ‘Cause I can’t do my hair up fancy, either!

    • Jessica Jackson February 25, 2013 - 1:52 pm Reply

      When that came out, my mom made one out of a pipe cleaner. It totally worked just as well, lol.

      • DigitalChick February 25, 2013 - 4:06 pm Reply

        I’ve had several people tell me that. But when I tried making my own, it either fell apart or caught in my hair.

      • LVcash February 25, 2013 - 9:18 pm Reply

        I made my own ghetto version at home, too! Made it with wire, and soldered it – that f*%#er didn’t come apart!

  • Pintater February 23, 2013 - 1:57 am Reply

    I have never been able to accomplish any hairstyle on Pinterest. Sigh. Ce la vie.

  • Beth February 23, 2013 - 9:02 am Reply

    If you can get past the $30 price tag, Phyto makes a scalp oil designed to manage dandruff that really helps my hair grow out.

  • mamaD February 23, 2013 - 5:07 pm Reply

    It also has a lot to do with the thickness of hair. And texture. Mine looks quite a bit like yours but with bangs to the side. That blonde chic probably has thin stringy hair.

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  • Megan DeWitt February 23, 2013 - 10:15 pm Reply

    You crack me up! I randomly found your blog on Pinterest awhile ago and have read ever since. Just so you know, after my third glass of wine, I tried this and it didn’t look great either!

  • Gigi February 24, 2013 - 1:00 am Reply

    You might not be able to wear it to somebody’s wedding, but for everyday hair I think it looks pretty cute!

  • Nonny February 24, 2013 - 10:11 am Reply

    It doesn’t look *that* bad.

  • LVcash February 25, 2013 - 9:22 pm Reply

    Since you’re so skilled with Photoshop, just get someone with longer hair to do this, and put your face on it!

  • Crystal Puckett March 4, 2013 - 9:24 pm Reply

    I stupid myself to death any time I try to use two mirrors to do anything.

  • Destinie Looney Schirle March 5, 2013 - 6:49 pm Reply

    I have done this style a lot, but I have thinner hair. My hair is shoulder length. I have to pin the ends by pulling the pony up and kind of tucking it in. And then you spray the crap out of it.

  • JustSayin March 8, 2013 - 3:24 pm Reply

    You could have used bobby pins…

    • Pintester March 8, 2013 - 4:03 pm Reply

      … I did.

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