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backpack
12-30-2008, 09:10 PM
I have very fine long hair and the only thing that keeps it together are barrettes.

However, I always need to remove the barrette at security resulting in a big
fluff of hair that is impossible to really fix while running to the gate and carrying
my Large Cafe / Brain Bag combo.

If I lucky, I' ll have time to grab a drink and a snack for the flight. :rolleyes:


Any suggestion for a sturdy plastic barrette or a way to twist a cloth holder so that very fine hair doesn't wiggle out of it.

reina
12-30-2008, 10:49 PM
Have you ever tried a beaded hair barrette? some have a felt or skinned backing that might grip your hair. :) here's one on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/BEADED-HAIR-PIECE-more-to-see-in-our-store_W0QQitemZ400020100066QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item400020100066&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

sorry for the long link :(

backpack
12-31-2008, 06:26 AM
Have you ever tried a beaded hair barrette? some have a felt or skinned backing that might grip your hair. :) here's one on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/BEADED-HAIR-PIECE-more-to-see-in-our-store_W0QQitemZ400020100066QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_D efaultDomain_0?hash=item400020100066&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C 240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

sorry for the long link :(

Thanks for the link and the suggestion. :)

The barrette is a beautiful piece of art but my hair would slide right out.

Jenne
12-31-2008, 10:59 AM
Have you tried wooden hairsticks? I have really long hair and that's what I use. If I don't use hairsticks, I use Goody's ponytail holders, which have no metal.

There's a forum called the Long Hair Community where you might be able to find tips for controlling your hair.

backpack
12-31-2008, 01:26 PM
Have you tried wooden hairsticks? I have really long hair and that's what I use. If I don't use hairsticks, I use Goody's ponytail holders, which have no metal.

There's a forum called the Long Hair Community where you might be able to find tips for controlling your hair.

Thanks for the info about the hair forum Jenne! :) I went there already and I am reading the posts in between doing other stuff.


The wooden hairsticks are terrific to play with, while doing Japanese inspired hairstyles.
However, they only last if I stand still or move slowly not when I dash in and out of airports, train, metro or bus stations.


I also have plenty of Goody ponytail holders in many size but they slide out.

Do you know of any plastic bodied barrettes available? (decoration is usually plastic anyhow)

cancoi
01-01-2009, 05:34 AM
I have two, actually, and I believe I purchased them at Target or Walgreens. I don't remember if they were Goody brand or Scunchi (sp?) The barrettes are hinged on one end and teeth on the barrette section. I've seen the colored plastic ones for kids, but these were for adults.

I wonder if a mostly plastic one with a thin wire fastener might work? I've seen those at department stores (Marshall Fields prior to Macy's and Nordstrom).

backpack
01-05-2009, 01:18 PM
I have two, actually, and I believe I purchased them at Target or Walgreens. I don't remember if they were Goody brand or Scunchi (sp?) The barrettes are hinged on one end and teeth on the barrette section. I've seen the colored plastic ones for kids, but these were for adults.

I wonder if a mostly plastic one with a thin wire fastener might work? I've seen those at department stores (Marshall Fields prior to Macy's and Nordstrom).


I went to Goody's website and they have a rubber barrette called the Updo Barrette, they also have flexible but secure headband.

Both are available in black, so I think I found my airport-proof hair accessories and I will be able to go in and out of security in style. :)

Thanks cancoi, your help has been invaluable :)


Next time I'll go to the grocery store, I'll check if they have it, if not there is one big chain drug stores right across the street on Goddy's retailer's list.

puddin
01-09-2009, 05:44 PM
However, I always need to remove the barrette at security resulting in a big
fluff of hair that is impossible to really fix while running to the gate






have you tried setting your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier?

backpack
01-09-2009, 06:11 PM
have you tried setting your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier?

That's not the issue. No matter how early I arrive at the airport, I need to remove my metal barrette at security.

Even if I can take my time walking to the gate area, have the time for freshening up then pick up a snack for the flight.
The problem is still the same, I want to find a way to tame my long hair so that it doesn't get pulled when I take the Brain Bag in and out of my shoulders before and after security.

cancoi
01-22-2009, 06:17 PM
I went to Goody's website and they have a rubber barrette called the Updo Barrette, they also have flexible but secure headband.

Both are available in black, so I think I found my airport-proof hair accessories and I will be able to go in and out of security in style. :)

Thanks cancoi, your help has been invaluable :)


Next time I'll go to the grocery store, I'll check if they have it, if not there is one big chain drug stores right across the street on Goddy's retailer's list.

Hope this helped, backpack. Happy travels!

backpack
01-25-2009, 10:18 AM
I checked local retailers listed on Goody's website and no luck yet.

I also checked online beauty website and they do not have the updo barrette.

I don't get that, it is the perfect airport proof barrette, I don't know why they
are not widely distributed.

Seesul
02-06-2009, 01:38 PM
I have the same problem and same type of hair, in fact only the French metal barrettes will stay in, all the other metal ones slip out. When I travel, though, I just use Goody or scünci clear poly bands. They are synthetic, but act like rubber bands. I put that on tightly and then wrap a scrunchy-type fabric holder around that. It's easier on the plane, anyway, as the metal ones jab me if I try to fall asleep. I have a mini-hairbrush and I carry extra bands around the handle of that.

backpack
02-07-2009, 03:12 PM
I have the same problem and same type of hair, in fact only the French metal barrettes will stay in, all the other metal ones slip out. When I travel, though, I just use Goody or scünci clear poly bands. They are synthetic, but act like rubber bands. I put that on tightly and then wrap a scrunchy-type fabric holder around that. It's easier on the plane, anyway, as the metal ones jab me if I try to fall asleep. I have a mini-hairbrush and I carry extra bands around the handle of that.

Thanks Seesul :)

I saw the clear poly bands at a store but was afraid of buying one more stuff that would not work.

Did you happen to see the new Goody Updo Barrette (from their Ouchless line) in a store in your neck of the woods?

Seesul
02-07-2009, 03:19 PM
I haven't had a chance to check out the updo barrette since reading this post, but I will look around for it, and if I find it, will let you know. The poly bands come in different sizes. i have found the opaque ones break easily. I go for the clear or glittered ones. I always carry a full pack when traveling because they work for other things as well, like sealing plastic bags.

bagchick
02-09-2009, 01:40 PM
Backpack: I think both Scunci and Goody make non-slip elastics these days. Think of a fabric elastic with a grippy ribbon in it. They make them in different sizes and colors. You may need a child's size which may only come in pink and purple...but it's worth a look.

I usually french braid my hair and use a poly band at the bottom. I finally (!) learned to braid at the age of 33 from a book I found at the Long Hair Community. If you don't know how to braid I can highly recommend it: um, well after a short google I can't recommend it because I can't find it.

Anyhow, I'll dig farther if you're interested and want to know.

A braid will prevent friction tangles from your clothes or the seat back combined with dry/staticy air. The poly band is totally security friendly.

backpack
02-09-2009, 09:15 PM
Backpack: I think both Scunci and Goody make non-slip elastics these days. Think of a fabric elastic with a grippy ribbon in it. They make them in different sizes and colors. You may need a child's size which may only come in pink and purple...but it's worth a look.

I usually french braid my hair and use a poly band at the bottom. I finally (!) learned to braid at the age of 33 from a book I found at the Long Hair Community. If you don't know how to braid I can highly recommend it: um, well after a short google I can't recommend it because I can't find it.

Anyhow, I'll dig farther if you're interested and want to know.

A braid will prevent friction tangles from your clothes or the seat back combined with dry/staticy air. The poly band is totally security friendly.


While reading this forum, a couple of days ago, I found myself braiding my hair without thinking.
I said to myself: "That's one way to remedy the problem".

A question do you keep you braid down? And if you do does it become uneven on one side of the head etc...

I will try the purple or pink (favorite colors by the way) fabric elastic with grippy ribbon. Thank you for the tip :)


By the way: I loove the Long Hair Community Forum, fellow TB forum member Jenne mentioned it in that thread. It is a great resource :)

Darcy
02-10-2009, 12:54 PM
I'd be really interested in the braiding book! I've never been able to braid my hair. Too thick. :(

timarelay
02-10-2009, 04:24 PM
I'd be really interested in the braiding book! I've never been able to braid my hair. Too thick. :(

No such thing as hair too thick to braid! I'm of mostly african descent and I braid my (unstraightened) hair all the time. Your hair does need to be fairly long to braid in a single braid if it's thick, though, and I can only do it while my hair is still wet. My hair is somewhere around bottom of shoulder blade length, but I was able to do a single braid when it was a few inches shorter.

I usually do my hair in pigtails though, as in, two braids with the part down the middle of my head. Makes me look sixteen but I don't care (yet? I'm 22 right now). Keeps my hair out of trouble! I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't know how to braid. I learned when I was five from my best friend at the time. =)

Darcy
02-11-2009, 06:29 PM
No such thing as hair too thick to braid! I'm of mostly african descent and I braid my (unstraightened) hair all the time.

Ok, maybe it's just my lack of braiding skills then, hehe! I can type well over 100mph with two fingers but I can't braid my hair. Oh well. :(

MaggieScratch
02-12-2009, 09:21 AM
It takes practice. :) I used to be great at doing a French braid on my hair when it was long. (It's short now!) But it took some practice to learn to do it quickly and look nice.

bagchick
02-12-2009, 10:54 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Braid-Your-Hair-Karen-Ribble/dp/0972517006

It's showing as unavailable at amazon. I bought it directly from the author:
http://www.braidedimage.com/Site/Learn_To_Braid.html

I can't recommend it enough. I was a total klutz and incapable of braiding before I got the book. I also got the DVD. It wasn't helpful beyond the book. Just get "Braid your own hair" the book and you'll learn.

Darcy
02-12-2009, 06:23 PM
Thanks, bagchick!!

rodrigues
02-13-2009, 07:11 AM
Thanks bagchick! I checked out the site you linked to and bought the Braid Your Own Hair book as a 30th birthday present for myself. I can't wait until it arrives.

Typically I use titanium hairsticks, but I've been dying to learn how to french braid my own hair.

backpack
03-12-2009, 09:08 PM
I finally found an updo barrette at a big chain store.

I bought the last of the rack, by chance, it is silver. The barrette is made of hard and soft plastic. It is very comfortable and I have used it almost all the time since I bought it, no pulling at the hair.

It is quite wide and people with fine hair, like myself, have to use it to hold a bun, people with medium thick hair can use it as a ponytail holder and people with very thick and/or wavy hair can only do a half ponytail with it.

I hope Goody is going to make a kid sized one, half the size.

I also bought clear poly bands after Seesul shared her experience and grippy elastics (and headbands) upon Bagchick advice.


I made a bun with the barrette and went on doing laundry, computer, putting away stuff... It was fine and held.
Then used it for my dance workout when... it slid after the second music piece.

Which means it has a very good chance of sliding going through the trip to the airport, going through security, getting to the food counter, ordering something to go and walking to the gate or run to the gate at a mad pace because security was slow.

I will use a combo of barrette, poly and grippy bands to hold a braid and try the workout again.

backpack
09-09-2009, 03:48 PM
Update on the previous post :)

After using the gray Updo Barette for a while, I discovered that the color faded rather quickly.
By that time, my local grocery store chain was carrying that same plastic barette in black, I bought one and still experimented with the gray one.

After a while, I bought a second black Updo Barette and a few days before my recent trip, removed them from their packages and started to experiment with 2 Updo Barettes.


While my hair is still wet, I use one which clips the hair on the top of my head and close to the temple, I use the other to clip all the hair.

When my hair is dry, I clip all the hair with one, make a bun and use the second barette to secure the bun. A knit hairband open at both end is used to wrap the whole bundle securely.


Both methods allow me to put my Brain Bag on, outside the service shuttle, walk to security, get my shoes, Brain Bag and Large Cafe Bag off at the security checkpoint, get them back on after the checkpoint, get to the gate (remove my Brain Bag and leave it with my husband) then stand in line at the food court, give his snack bag to my husband and relax until it is time to put my Brain Bag back on, to stand in line for boarding.

I board, find my seat, remove my Brain Bag and put it in the overhead bin, remove my Cafe Bag.
Then I sit down, turn off the phone, remove my Updo Barettes and headband bun holder, place them inside the Cafe Bag which get stowed under my seat.

backpack
03-11-2010, 07:47 PM
I know use an Updo Barette in all my trips, it has even replaced my trusty
French barettes most of the time.

Unlike French barettes they do not pull on the hair, so I can keep some volume on top and get a lovely wave when I remove my updo bun.

Small Updo Barette in cute girly colors are now also available.

As you can see, I am really happy and it has made my airport trips much more enjoyable.

While hunting for them, I did find grippy elastic hairbands, headbands in fabric or knitted in all my favorite colors. They were bought along the groceries.

I now have hair accessories matching the colors of my Tom Bihn Bags.

Very handy for stretching a travel wardrobe. :)