I've always seen Paul's stuff in the same light as fanfic. As in; if the gospels are canon, Acts is the spin-off series and the Letters are fan fiction.
Incidentally, I have succumbed to practicality and am now wearing my hair in a pony-tail. I used to keep it open, or use hairgrips/bobby pins which I tried to keep fairly unobtrusive, but it kept falling in my face, and this keeps it out.
Also Stella says she thinks it looks better in a pony-tail than open.
I used to think it was a pretty unimaginative hairstyle since nearly all men with long hair seem to wear it in a pony-tail, while women have a much larger variety of hair styles. But eh.
Hmm... *glances at userpic* I wonder whether I should change that avatar then since the long hair isn't hanging down the sides any more.