Dragon's Tale

Just another female BJJ enthusiast

What to do with all that hair?!

So…what to do with all that hair?! I have seen various posts that address this question. Some have posted about cutting it all off (sad day :(), such as Stephanie and Julia. I found another by Meg that talks about hair tie products recommended by Lana Hunter. Thus, as a BJJ practitioner with long hair myself, I’ve decided to put in my own $.02. My hair is not only long but also silky, soft, slips out of most anything, and there is a lot of it!

Since I first started training in January 2010 my hair has only gotten consistently longer. I first wore my hair in a simple ponytail. This did not work for me very long as it was constantly getting in my eyes, mouth and getting caught on everything. I was terrified of getting my hair ripped out at some point. I gradually moved onto using an elastic headband with my ponytail. This did little to help with my hair getting caught but did help for a short time keeping my hair out of my eyes and mouth. It brought only short relief, however, since the damn thing kept slipping out during drilling or my first roll. I quickly gave up on that. Now what was I going to do?

I started thinking about braids after these two failed attempts to manage my mane. I tried out a single french braid but eventually moved on to a double french braid. I don’t braid my hair all the way down but rather only braid it to the crown of my head then pull it all into a ponytail that I then sweep into a tight bun. I noticed that my hair tends to hold this better when I rough it up a bit with some product. The bun does come loose from time to time but it’s not too bad. I like it better than the idea of (eek!) chopping off my long locks. 🙂 Thought I’d put out an idea for what to do with long hair aside from simply cutting it all off…


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9 thoughts on “What to do with all that hair?!

  1. Wow, you have really long hair! Does that big bun bother you when you’re on your back at all? I used to do the double french braid at some point, but it would still all come out. Now I pull it back in a ponytail and braid it, Hillary Williams’ style.

    • The bun’s not too bad…it is a little bigger in that picture than I think it often is when I do it for class. But I don’t seem to really notice it until it starts slipping out. Do you like the just pony with braid? Doesn’t it ever get caught or pulled? Oh, and for everyone out there…I am lucky enough that I have time to do this. It takes me about 10 minutes and I usually do it while my husband drives us to class. Thanks, hubby! 🙂

      • It usually works pretty well as long as all the little hairs in front don’t go too crazy. Plus that’s really convenient, having someone to drive to class while you fix your hair!

      • Definitely a plus having the perk of hubby driving to class! 🙂 I tried out your way with my double french braid…I like it! Thanks for the idea!

  2. I LOVE my short hair! Look how awesome it is!!!


    I used to wear my hair in a pony tail nearly every day, which didn’t look awesome:

    So…BJJ gave me better hair.

    • I like your short hair, too. I love that picture of you with your hair all over that guy’s face. That’s how I felt when I wore it in a ponytail, too. Not sure why the pictures aren’t working…they’re working for me. 😦

  3. Awww booo… why didn’t the pics work? Can you make them work? 😦

  4. Chelsea on said:

    I just recently cut my hair into an a-line that just barely and perfectly fits into a tiny tiny pony tail and works well enough, but when my hair was longer, I flat out sucked at even attemping to french braid, I love how well it looks like it works on you!

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