Styling Ideas for Mid Back Length Hair

Styling Ideas for Mid Back Length Hair

Joined: March 23rd, 2017, 5:00 pm

March 17th, 2018, 3:17 am #1

Hi! I'm between BSL and Waist and I'm stuck in a rut as far as styling goes. I end up throwing it up in either a messy top-knot bun or a cinnamon bun. I've been trying to wear my hair up more often to protect it, but I am so bored of those two styles. I occasionally do a simple French braid, but with my curls it gets tangled easily as I'm braiding it, plus I have layers so they like to fall out of a braid. I am just needing some inspiration. I live looking at all the different buns on YouTube but when I go to do them my hair is WAY too short still.

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Starting length- Pixie
Current length- Mid Back Length
1st Goal- Waist
Long term Goal- Classic

Recently quit the Curly Girl Method, as it helped my curls for a few months before causing major hair loss and my curl pattern dissolved.

I'm trying to wear my hair up 4/7 days, as it's getting to a length where it's starting to get caught in things and I'm worried about breakage.
Deep condition and wash my hair once a week with one scalp wash thrown in depending on the week and my hair's oily-ness.

Recently started eating Paleo to try to help my thyroid and adrenal fatigue issues.

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Morrocco Method Mixed BBB
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Joined: March 23rd, 2017, 5:00 pm

March 17th, 2018, 3:22 am #2

This was taken a few months ago, and was when I has brushed my curls into "retro waves" but I'm about 3in longer right now if that gives any help as to suggestions

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Starting length- Pixie
Current length- Mid Back Length
1st Goal- Waist
Long term Goal- Classic

Recently quit the Curly Girl Method, as it helped my curls for a few months before causing major hair loss and my curl pattern dissolved.

I'm trying to wear my hair up 4/7 days, as it's getting to a length where it's starting to get caught in things and I'm worried about breakage.
Deep condition and wash my hair once a week with one scalp wash thrown in depending on the week and my hair's oily-ness.

Recently started eating Paleo to try to help my thyroid and adrenal fatigue issues.

Wooden Comb from Ric the Combmaker
Morrocco Method Mixed BBB
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Joined: November 11th, 2009, 8:52 pm

March 17th, 2018, 3:28 pm #3

TiffPhares, your hair looks amazing :) I really like that wavy look. Your length is lovely and very versatile. I suppose that because of your length/thickness ratio, some of the usual buns are not currently accessible to you, but don't forget the old adage - divide and conquer :) If you like a certain bun, yet you cannot pull it off with your entire length, just divide your hair in two and do a double bun. That way you achieve a different look and get a better distribution of mass on your head.

That said, I personally like the Lazy wrap bun:
- Habioku's version
- Haartraum's version

And the Knot bun:
- Emi's version

Center-held buns are also a good option, because you can use a smaller hair toy to secure the base, and then wrap the remainder of your hair around that base:
- Emi's version

The equilibrium bun might also be a good idea:
- Hypnotica's version

Finally, I have two suggestions that are not technically updos, but are good to have in the hairstyle arsenal :) The first one capitalizes on the French braid you've mentioned in your post, but instead of letting the braid loose, you fold the braid up and secure it with a hairtoy of choice:
- https://rapunzelsresource.wordpress.com ... variation/

The second idea is based on one of those hair barrettes with a snood attached to it. I like them because I can simply clip the barrette low on my head and stuff a plain braid inside the snood, thus achieving the look of a low bun minus all the pins and effort:
- http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765/m ... %26quot%3B

I hope some of these suggestions will be useful for you :) Also, you can check out other videos of the ladies posted above - all of them are longhairs with hair friendly styles, so you're bound to find something there. Other channels which are worth checking out are TorrinPaige, Loepsie, LaDollyVita333 and Silvousplaits, to name a few :)
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic+
Current goal: knee

Current routine:
~ alternating a NW/SO (no water/sebum only) routine with occasional washes. I use the techniques of NW/SO (brushing, scritching and preening) almost daily, but I do a shampoo wash every month or two.

Products and tools:
~ Alverde Birke-Salbei shampoo
~ occasionally oiling the ends with either coconut or almond oil; currently experimenting with argan oil
~ an assortment of BBBs
~ Tangle Teezer/Tangle Angel & wide-tooth comb
~ hair friendly hair toys, for putting up hair and forgetting about it

Hair journal (rarely updated nowadays):
http://www.network54.com/Forum/663765
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Joined: March 23rd, 2017, 5:00 pm

March 17th, 2018, 3:45 pm #4

Thanks. I will have to try some of these out. I do follow Loepsi but will have to check out the others you suggested. I totally forgot about doing two buns instead of one. I'm really hoping that helps.

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Starting length- Pixie
Current length- Mid Back Length
1st Goal- Waist
Long term Goal- Classic

Recently quit the Curly Girl Method, as it helped my curls for a few months before causing major hair loss and my curl pattern dissolved.

I'm trying to wear my hair up 4/7 days, as it's getting to a length where it's starting to get caught in things and I'm worried about breakage.
Deep condition and wash my hair once a week with one scalp wash thrown in depending on the week and my hair's oily-ness.

Recently started eating Paleo to try to help my thyroid and adrenal fatigue issues.

Wooden Comb from Ric the Combmaker
Morrocco Method Mixed BBB
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Joined: January 13th, 2003, 7:14 am

March 18th, 2018, 3:17 am #5

Your hair is lovely! I am also at mid back length now, so I will have to work on getting some styles together for the board. Your hair is much thicker than mine, but hopefully I can come up with some things to give you new options.
-Fox
Starting my growing journey all over again after health issues took a major toll on my hair.
17/25.5/35+ - Type 2C-3bMii Somewhat fine, wavy (with corkscrew curls on the underneath layer), natural color is light brown with gold and red highlights. Previously used henna for years, but had it highlighted out over a couple of years. Currently trying to decide what to do as far as continuing with that to keep up the roots or doing something different.

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Aubrey Organics S&C - my most favorite, but currently using Neways Second Chance Shampoo, SheaMoisture's High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque,
Sally Beauty Generic Value Product's version of Matrix Biolage conditioner (as a leave in, not rinsed out)
Aubrey Organics Chia Gel
Vinegar/herbal rinses
Oils: Jojoba, Castor, Coconut & essential oils
MP Popular Mix Brush
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Joined: May 1st, 2006, 4:31 am

March 18th, 2018, 4:04 am #6

And if all else fails, what about the peacock bun? It's a style that works better at a shorter length, so you may only be able to do it for a few months, but with your curls, it would be super cute. [Sorry I don't have a link but it's basically twist it up as for a French twist, leave the ends free, and secure.]

Another style I used to do at that length was to start with a cinnabun but then leave the last bit of length free. It gave me a bit of a pony on the side but was still an updo. I'm not sure if I'm describing it well but it was a fun style.


Hair Journey Began in June 2006 ...

Hair Type: 2a/M/ii
Hair Colour: Dark brown with natural red and silver highlights (more silver than red nowadays)
Starting length: 25"/62.5cm (BSL)
Initial Goal length: 36" (Tailbone)
Setback: Major shed in 2010 when at 38"
New Goal: Healthy hair that I'm happy with! (Preferably tailbone with thick hemline.

Current Routine
CWCA: C = condition the length with conditioner or shea butter; W = wash the scalp using diluted organic shampoo; Condition = small amount of conditioner on ends; A = acidic rinse, either ACV or citric acid; Frequency = once a week. In-between times, scalp washes as required.
Tips for super soft hair = Wash with Miracle Water. Finish up with LOC (Liquid = water; Oil = almond/olive/avocado oils; Cream = aloe vera gel)
Other: Regular micro-trims; light oiling on dry hair a few times a week; BBB; wooden comb; Mason Pearson comb; hair sticks, Flexi-8's, Ficcare, and other hair friendly toys.


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Joined: November 19th, 2014, 9:21 pm

April 1st, 2018, 3:10 am #7

TiffPhares wrote: Hi! I'm between BSL and Waist and I'm stuck in a rut as far as styling goes. I end up throwing it up in either a messy top-knot bun or a cinnamon bun. I've been trying to wear my hair up more often to protect it, but I am so bored of those two styles.  I occasionally do a simple French braid, but with my curls it gets tangled easily as I'm braiding it, plus I have layers so they like to fall out of a braid.   I am just needing some inspiration.  I live looking at all the different buns on YouTube but when I go to do them my hair is WAY too short still.

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I know the feeling when you have hair that long you don't know what styles to wear it in. Or, what to do with it. My hair is about waist length, and I wear my hair in all sorts of styles. Especially, protective styles. But I do wear my hair down most of the time but at night I braid it in 2 braids or plats. Or, I would wear it in a half-bun or a ponytail.
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Joined: June 11th, 2008, 1:35 am

April 5th, 2018, 10:16 pm #8

For me, not too exciting.  My hair is thinner than yours so even at BSL I'm having trouble with Peacock twists, it was easier at shoulder length. It's really too long for those now.
I usually wear half-ups, high or low ponies(only with soft scrunchies) top-knots, cinnebuns, French Twist, usually a single English plait.
I wish I could French Braid but I just can't   That is a great style for mid-back length hair.
I do a lot of "sock" buns (I have a dark brown sock with toes cut out for this purpose) Or Donut buns.
Beautiful hair, BTW!
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