When I posted 10 tutorials for easy, sexy, summer hair updos last month, it made me feel kind of depressed, but it wasn’t because I couldn’t master the techniques in the tutorials or anything like that.
The reason was quite simple: I don’t like wearing my hair up because I don’t want my ears to show.
Because I wear hearing aids.
I didn’t always wear hearing aids though. Instead, I used to spend half of my day saying things like, “Pardon?”, “I’m sorry?”, “Excuse me?”, “WHAT??!” over and over and over again. But then my daughter was referred to a specialist after failing her first hearing test less than 12 hours after she was born (spoiler alert: she’s totally fine), and while I was speaking to her audiologist, I discovered there are now hearing aids for the kind of high-frequency hearing loss I’ve had since before I can remember.
So I got my hearing tested and I was fitted for open-fit hearing aids, and the world is suddenly louder and more enjoyable for me.
Which is fantastic.
But I’ve always been really self-conscious about my hearing and, even though I would tell my daughter to embrace a little flaw such as this, I prefer to keep the whole hearing aid thing on the down-low.
Which brings me to the point of this post.
After feeling so down in the dumps about the fact that my vanity won’t let me sport sexy updos outside of our home, I decided to get back on YouTube to find some hair updo tutorials that hide your ears.
And since I know there are other people out there who want to hide their ears as well, whether it’s because their ears are too big, they regret having their ears pierced a thousand times in each ear when they were a teenager, or they sport hearing aids like I do, I’m sharing 8 of my faves.
Of course, working with medium-length hair isn’t always easy, especially if it’s layered like mine, but using dry shampoo for texture (of all the ones I’ve tried, my fave is Batiste Dry Shampoo), lots of bobby pins (I find the Goody Bobby Pins stay in place the best) and liberal amounts of hairspray (I swear by Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray because it holds my hair well without making it look wet) can do wonders in helping you pull off these looks…and keep your hair in place just overtop of your ears!
1. Easy, Half-Up, Half-Down Updo by MakeupWearables Hairstyles
This works best for long hair, but is definitely doable for medium-length hair as well.
2. Retro Bouffant Updo by Kayley Melissa
I was a bit skeptical, but she REALLY pulls this one together, and it’s an amazing look for a fancy occasion!
3. Sideways French Twist by The Small Things Blog
This wouldn’t completely hide my hearing aids, but it would definitely cover big ears!
4. Casual Half Up Updo by The Small Things Blog
I love this one – it’s quick, easy, and hides my ears perfectly, and it’s not too dressy for preschool drop-off and pick-up.
5. Twisted Updo by The Small Things Blog
This is a really fun updo, and I find I can adjust how long my hair sits over my ears to give me maximum coverage!
6. Romantic Chic Updo by atKristaBradford
Perfect for weddings and office Christmas parties (but probably a bit much for the park or the zoo)!
7. Two Strand Braid Hairstyle by Luxy Hair
I love how fun and relaxed and messy this look is, and you can easily hide your ear by simply pulling the hair overtop of your ears to make sure they are covered!
8. Soft romantic ponytail by Luxy Hair
This ponytail sits so low, it’s easy to pull your hair over your ears for maximum coverage, and it’s a classy style that can be dressed up or dressed down.
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