What A Difference A ‘Do Makes


This is my new friend. It’s a  hair fork. But you knew that. It lets me do this.

In case you are thinking, “Oh that looks complicated,” here’s what, it’s not. Behold the instructions. I pull my hair back with one hand,  as though for a high ponytail. Then I hold the ponytail and twist. Just before the twist starts to kink, I  wrap it around the place where a rubber band would be. If, of course, this were a ponytail, which it isn’t. Then I take the fork in my free hand, turn it upside down with the curve of the prongs facing away from me, dig it into the top of the formed bun, and then flip it so the tine are now pointing down and curved towards my head.. Then I gently wiggle it back down through my hair next to my scalp, until firmly imbedded. In my hair, not my scalp. You’d think I didn’t need to say that, but given my lack of small coordination, in fact, I do.

For the first time in my adult life I can put my hair up with relative ease. What’s more, I can put my hair back up, once I’ve inevitably disturbed Version 1.0. I like this ‘do without a collared shirt. Somehow it seems to go better with the slightly artsy vibe of an open neckline. What? To a Sturdy Gal, collarless is close to artsy.

My new friend makes me feel graceful. Even when I’m just going to stomp around in black pants, a loose sweater, and comfortable shoes.

I’d give you a link for purchase, were you so inclined, but I bought the dang thing from a woman at a street craft fair. Perhaps she was a magic hair witch, appearing only once every 100 years. The combination of wood’s lightness with metallic paint is kind of unbeatable.

I will confess one thing. The Nike-style swoosh atop my head? The sort of 1940′s wave? Wholly serendipitous. Couldn’t do it again on purpose. But one should never look the Hair Gods in the mouth. Onwards and literally upwards.

40 Comments

  • 01/19/12
    7:14 am

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    the gardeners cottage said...

    i wish my hair were long enough to do this. it looks totally awesome on you. love the photos too. you are looking totally beautiful!

  • 01/19/12
    7:21 am

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    Jan said...

    *le sigh of jealousy* My hair is far too thick for combs of any kind – they either pop right out, or the teeth break. Hair clips are a challenge, as well; one the size of Rhode Island is required to hold my stubborn locks in place.

  • 01/19/12
    7:27 am

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    Julia said...

    Hair up is a good look for you. I also like the gray v-neck. Maybe you are more artsy than you thought?

  • 01/19/12
    7:27 am

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    miss mindless said...

    I love the fork! A simple ‘do always makes me feel so much more sophisticated and put together. You look great.

  • 01/19/12
    7:30 am

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    materfamilias said...

    Ah, you look simply lovely here! Elegant yet casual, perfect.

  • 01/19/12
    7:39 am

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    Lord said...

    Oh! Those are lovely photos.

    Have you heard of the Spin-Pin? My friend discovered it through one of the lifestyle blogs. It’s a spiral shaped pin – that you spin into your bun. My friends love it. I found a video showing you what I’m talking about. You can also google – spin pin.

    It’s always out of stock in the local stores – so when she finally got stocks – she bought half a dozen ( in case she looses them ).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOm6cD4LGy4

  • 01/19/12
    7:47 am

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    Miranda said...

    Good morning Lisa,
    Your hair looks wonderful!
    If you want to add more hair forks to your collection, go to Etsy and type in “wooden hair fork”. I found several beauty’s and I am so inspired by your lovely do, I bought one. I so need hair help. Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

    01/25/12
    7:14 am
    Lisa said...

    Thank you!

  • 01/19/12
    7:56 am

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    MJ said...

    Ooh, I love it! Cool and classy! Alas, my hair is shorter and though fluffy/frizzy is basically thin, so an updo gives me the dreaded “bean head.”

  • 01/19/12
    8:02 am

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    Wow that’s elegant and it does sound easy.
    You look amazing BTW.

    I’d love to see a close up of your necklace and is that a cashmere sweater?
    Drooling….but in a nice way!

  • 01/19/12
    8:09 am

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    Paula said...

    Yes to the hair fork! The dark wood/golden paint-combination is so classic and elegant!

    Not long, and you will be able to do your hair-do with almost everything – a spoon, a stick, anything goes.

    What I love about that look is the effortless it signals.

    greetings from my grey knit to your grey knit! (mine is resting on my shoulders right now, it’s too warm inside)

  • 01/19/12
    8:20 am

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    Sheryl said...

    That looks so good!

    I sometimes do a similar thing with chopsticks … I’ve even been known to use pens back in university during exams. It’s a great, quick updo.

  • 01/19/12
    8:32 am

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    craftosaurus said...

    That looks so good! Absolutely lovely!

  • 01/19/12
    8:54 am

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    R. said...

    I agree with everyone else – the whole effect is lovely and sharp.

    I’ll have to admit though that I don’t quite understand the instructions :blush: I followed up through the “like a high ponytail and then twist until just before it kinks,” but I got lost after that.

    Since I’m still wearing ponytails with scünci-type holders, I’d love to have a more elegant variation

    01/19/12
    11:12 am
    Danielle said...

    I also tend to drift off when reading technical instructions. This might be good as an instructional video, Lisa! If you were ever to go in that direction.

    01/25/12
    7:14 am
    Lisa said...

    I am thinking about doing a video:).

  • 01/19/12
    8:56 am

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    metscan said...

    The golden top of the hair comb looks like antique gold : ).

  • 01/19/12
    9:13 am

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    valentine said...

    May I say that the new trick is VERY becoming! Better than any other you have tried. The comb is very classy.

  • 01/19/12
    9:22 am

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    The Preppy Princess said...

    You look beautiful with your hair that way Lisa, it’s a great look. Having said that, I am not sure my hair will stay up that way, but I am going to try!
    tp

  • 01/19/12
    9:25 am

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    Staircase Witch said...

    I love it! Very Katharine Hepburn.

  • 01/19/12
    10:08 am

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    Patsy said...

    so chic! so effortless! the judges give it a 10 for execution and an 11 for overall beauty!

  • 01/19/12
    10:10 am

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    déjà pseu said...

    You look smashing and elegant! Love the swoosh.

    (My hair is so fine that even when long, it wouldn’t hold combs, or even barrettes other than the little plastic kiddie ones.)

  • 01/19/12
    10:22 am

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    Susan Tiner said...

    It is a beautiful look for you Lisa and I love it that it’s easy.

  • 01/19/12
    10:30 am

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    Tabitha said...

    Oh you are so super sleek, I wish I had your metabolism.
    The hair comb is beautiful, I was certain that it was going to be an heirloom handed down from your great great grandmother. What a find.

  • 01/19/12
    10:57 am

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    Mardel said...

    Love that look on you, and especially the serendipitous swoop. Perfection.

  • 01/19/12
    11:30 am

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    R. said...

    I’m not sure if this is the same, but here is a video I found showing someone using a hair fork to make a bun (in slightly less than sleek hair, as well).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRqaKwONgsY

    Where I got lost on the instructions here was in this part “Then I take the fork in my free hand, turn it upside down with the curve of the prongs facing away from me, dig it into the top of the formed bun, and then flip it so the tine are now pointing down and curved towards my head.. ”

    I see, too, that here the fork decoration ends up on top, which does look a bit more elegant than the “ends up on the side” of the video I linked.

    The spin pins look interesting – thanks for that link. I do sort of like the fork-tip protruding and giving a chance for a wee bit of decoration though.

  • 01/19/12
    2:31 pm

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    Jane said...

    You appear to weigh about the same as the hair thingy.

    Are you wasting away in front of us?

    V. jealous if you are.

    xo Jane

  • 01/19/12
    3:20 pm

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    Laura said...

    Can’t replicate the “flip it” part of the isntructions without standing on my head…grrr. Go with the video!

  • 01/19/12
    4:07 pm

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    wilhelmina said...

    Agree with everyone else….looks great.

  • 01/19/12
    4:12 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    So graceful- and would like to see the back. Also looks loose enough to not pull hard on hair, which is another plus.

  • 01/19/12
    5:41 pm

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    rahree said...

    just beautiful! you’ve made me rethink my pixie…brava!

  • 01/19/12
    7:34 pm

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    Terri said...

    Oh, it looks very elegant! You have a beautiful long neck. You know, though, that I shall go in search of one of these forks…and it will take me years to find it. And then I will buy one after my hair is short again.

  • 01/19/12
    8:14 pm

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    Christine said...

    For over 20 years Nancy “Morgan” Reed has been making exotic and beautifully figured wood hair sticks, selling them at art shows and festivals throughout California and can probably be found on the interwebs. Though my own hair (very like the fluff of my infancy) is kept too short to twist, several friends have used these for years as an elegant daily long-hair solution. Antique and vintage combs and “forks” of faux or real tortoise can still be found at antique shows, though they are less sturdy than wood.

  • 01/20/12
    4:26 am

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    Catherine said...

    hmmm… I searched wood hair fork on etsy and it produced several things that looked oddly like wooden molars that has just been pulled. but I will find my own hair fork witch- the magic this has done for your hair looks worth a quest.

  • 01/20/12
    6:26 am

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    penny said...

    Yes, it is lovely. And the sweater, whole ensemble is also.

  • 01/20/12
    10:40 am

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    Beau said...

    Dearest Lisa,
    Nice people will say whatever it is they think you want to hear in the sweetest way possible. Kind people tell the truth. You are a stunning Lady but your hairstyle and color is neither current nor flattering. Please consider a change.
    With Love,
    Your very loyal reader

    01/25/12
    7:15 am
    Lisa said...

    I appreciate your comment. I guess I just don’t mind looking older. Thanks.

  • 01/20/12
    6:23 pm

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    Loretta said...

    I am instantly jealous at your updo. I adore the Audrey Hepburn chignon, or the Grace Kelly upsweep. So classic, feminine, chic! Alas, my hair is so think that it would require a fork of the size of the one I use on Thanksgiving to serve the turkey to keep mine up in the air. Along with 37 bobby pins. Your make it look so graceful and effortless, brava!

  • 01/21/12
    3:49 am

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    Northmoon said...

    What everyone else said.

    Makes me want to grow my hair long again. And find a street vendor selling magic hair forks. And get a grey cashmere v-neck sweater. (Imitation being sincere flattery.)

  • 01/21/12
    7:38 am

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    wool&misc said...

    love the swoosh! i looks great :)

  • 01/21/12
    10:28 am

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    RoseAG said...

    I like the hair thingy but would proceed with caution.

    I have a friend whose mother is a Philadephia Quaker and she’s had a gray bun for a long time, so when I see gray buns I think about that friend’s mother.

    Please – no wire-rimmed glasses or braids with this do. The swooshy looseness at the front is good, and maybe a bolder yet still natural shaded lipstick.

  • 01/22/12
    3:09 pm

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    Maryn said...

    This is almost exactly what I do, except that my favorite hair fork is brass, so I am as smugly pleased as if I had instructed you personally. Brava!

    01/25/12
    7:14 am
    Lisa said...

    Great minds align:).

  • 01/23/12
    5:47 pm

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    Mouse said...

    That looks great on you! xo

  • 09/08/12
    9:33 am

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    jane said...

    GORGEOUS! The same elegance that Meryl Streep had in Devil Wears Prada, but less severe, and more competent-elegant v. fashion-elegant.
    I am half your age but 80% of your sensibilities, and cannot wait until the day when I can pull this off and look just this way.

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