Hair Cover Ups – Hair Romance Reader Question

by Hair Romance on December 7, 2011 · 15 comments

in Hair Style Advice,Reader Question

How would you style your hair if you didn’t have an ear?

This was the question posed to me by a lovely reader, Rachel, who has microtia. Microtia is a condition characterised by an incomplete or underdeveloped ear. It literally comes from the words “micro” (small) and “otia” (ear). Rachel wanted to try some new styles that didn’t show off her left ear.

The first style that came to mind are side ponytails. These are great as you can sweep your hair to one side, covering your ear. This style is perfect if you have layers, as you can leave them loose over your ear too.

What a difference an accessory makes – try adding a big flower or bow to your side ponytail. It’s a great way to dress up a simple hairstyle.

Another variation is to do a low loose braid around the side. Pull out sections to really loosen it up and create this shape. Finish is a side ponytail or bun.

I asked Rachel how she felt about her right ear, and she said it was normal and she didn’t mind showing it. I had an idea that creating detail on the right side would distract from her left ear. These three pretty plaits are simply pinned at the back of your head and the ends are covered with a flower. Leave your hair out on the left, leaving all the focus on the right side.

I hope these ear hiding hairstyles help you Rachel, and anyone else who has microtia, or is concerned about showing your ears.

What features do you try and cover up?

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Taylor December 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

I think these are great options!


Hair Romance December 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

Thanks Taylor!


Katrina from The Block December 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Lovely styles as usual :)


gio December 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

These are all lovely ideas!


Susanna December 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I love these ideas!
As for me, I try to hide a wide forehead. Oh the joys of old age…


Hair Romance December 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Side parts & sweeping fringe? That say a fringe is an instant facelift!


Leanne Pell December 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm

spot on.


Asiya December 8, 2011 at 2:50 am

wow….i actually have microtia as well, and I am constantly trying to figure out ways to cover it up. Mostly I just end up straightening my hair and wearing it open cause it just falls over it and covers the ear, but sometimes I need a change, or I have a formal event to attend, and I can’t look the same as always. These are nice ideas, thank you!


Hair Romance December 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Asiya! Side buns are also a great updo for events


christa December 15, 2011 at 8:14 am

I just had a melanoma removed on my ear, and didn’t expect to find any ideas of how to hide it. Thank you!


Paige August 13, 2014 at 12:53 am

even i have microtia.But i have really long hair(below my waist) which i cannot bear to be this short(like in the pictures) and I have a strict school uniform code so all that i am able to do is a braid and loosen my hair from the left side.could You suggest me some hairstyle that i could have when in college?


Hair Romance August 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

Hi Paige, any of these styles will work with long hair too. A side braid or side fishtail braid would also be an easy style for every day :)


Paige August 15, 2014 at 12:53 am

Can you provide more haircut options as well?


Hair Romance August 15, 2014 at 9:31 am

Hi Paige, I would go with long layers, and long hairstyles work well too. For shorter cuts, try an asymmetrical bob that’s slightly longer in the front x


Paige August 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

thnx a lot


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