A Very, Very Special Hair Thursday

This week, every single one of your votes count. SERIOUSLY.

Meet Rebecca, whose future hairstyle is completely in your hands.

Rebecca’s hair:

Dark blonde with lighter blonde highlights
Normal condition, thick and straight
Likes her hair somewhat long, but is open to a shorter bob style
Wears ponytails quite often
Spends about 10 minutes on hair – mostly blowdrying, but uses a flat iron if needed
Is very knowledgeable about products

Rebecca recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and is looking to freshen up her style. Not being interested in super short styles, I wanted to offer some options that could really change her overall look without chopping it all off.

Take a look.


Option #1 would be a new, sleek and modern look for Rebecca. This one-length, texturized bob with an extremely slight angle would be perfect for Rebecca’s straight hair type and face shape. Add some lighter blond highlights and Va Va Voom!

Option #2 would hit just above the collarbone, with sideswept bangs and layering around the face. This too would look fantastic on Rebecca, plus giving her more versatility with the addition of sideswept bangs. (And we all love ponytail bangs, am I right?)

Here’s where it gets interesting. Normally, I post the new styles, you vote and the participant has the option of going forward with the cut. No one is actually dragging the participant to his or her stylist.

Well, this time, your votes will determine the winning style and Miss Rebecca WILL be receiving that exact style in the very near future. WHICH WILL THEN BE REVEALED ON NATIONAL TELEVISION.


You heard me right. When I close Rebecca’s poll on Saturday at midnight, her new style will be all your doing. (Well, actually, a very experienced stylist’s doing, but you catch my drift.)

So, get to it, my friends. Make me proud!

  • Jen Tepe

    April 24, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I go with Jen McCarthy’s, so #1…
    And national TV!!!
    You go girl!!!

  • Jen Tepe

    April 24, 2008 at 6:28 am

    And also, I cannot even believe I was the 1st to comment…
    I live for Hair Thursdays!!!
    They make me WANT to get up!!!

  • Emily

    April 24, 2008 at 6:31 am


  • RA

    April 24, 2008 at 6:36 am

    How exciting! I went for no bangs because I can’t stand them personally. Can’t wait to see the outcome!

  • Becky

    April 24, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Aaaah! The pressure!

    I went with #2 because with that beautiful baby around, there are ponytail days ahead.

  • Nic

    April 24, 2008 at 7:53 am

    I went for the bangs on Sarah Chalke because I think it allows a little more leeway with styling. With Jenny’s, in order to look right, it has to be perfectly straight. With Sarah’s, it can be a little wispy here and there.

  • natalie 42

    April 24, 2008 at 8:08 am

    wha?! Why on tv?! whats going on?! where am i?! whats going on?! (I voted for #1)

  • sunny

    April 24, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I think Rebecca would look great with bangs! Add some super blonde highlights and a little berry lip gloss … voila .. hot mama!

  • Jamie

    April 24, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Okay, seriously – what is going on with the Whoorl-splosion?! I’m so excited, and I don’t even know what the hell is going on!

    That being said, I picked option #1 because I can’t imagine that a new mother has time to futz around with bangs (as cute as they might look). Plus Rebecca has awesome bone structure, and can carry off a more severe cut. Just my $0.02.

    Very good points, Jamie. (Not that I am surprised, my curly hair diva consultant!) Rebecca’s bone structure is PERFECT for Option #1.

  • janet

    April 24, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I went with bangs only because I think that cut would look cuter in a ponytail.

    And seriously, did Rebecca just give birth in that photo?! I have never seen such a pretty picture of a brand new (and I mean BRAND NEW) mom. Wow.

  • barbettu

    April 24, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I voted for numero uno. I think it suits her face shape better.

  • Miguelina

    April 24, 2008 at 9:13 am

    exciting…and yes, I voted!

  • Danielle

    April 24, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Love the bangs and voted for #2, but they may not be super fun with lots of ponytails.

    But isn’t “switching up the do” the idea- cute style with bangs = no more ponytails……?

  • annie

    April 24, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I don’t usually comment after placing my vote. But I think the bangs will be a nice addition for her. Especially on those days when her hair is just going to end up getting pulled back (which, if she’s like every other new mom in the world, will be frequent). The bangs might add a bit of spunk. Or finish. Or detail. And, you know, when you’re walking around with throwup on your shirt most of the time, all of those things just make life a little bit better.

  • kat

    April 24, 2008 at 10:06 am

    i voted for option 2 because i actually think it’ll be less maintence – the bob seems like it’ll require so much more attention to it. plus the grow out would be easier with option 2. right? maybe that’s just me since my hair grows ridiculously fast.

    also rebecca? you look amazing in that photo.

  • lulu

    April 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I agree on the no time for bangs as a new mama. That’s why I voted for #1 too. I also feel like that still allows her to pull back in a ponytail when she needs to, or just tuck it behind her ears to get it out of her face, while still looking stylish and sassy.

    Congrats to Rebecca on the adorable baby girl, and to Whoorl on NATIONAL TV-ness!

  • Michelle

    April 24, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Number 1 for Rebecca – It would look so pretty on her gorgeous face! When and where can we catch Rebecca on TV? This is exciting, Whoorl!

  • Jackie

    April 24, 2008 at 10:52 am

    From cyberspace to NYT to TV….where will whoorl go next ?

    Voted for #1, but looks like 2 is ahead.

  • chellebird

    April 24, 2008 at 11:17 am

    OK, so yes, I love the idea of ponytail bangs. But I can’t for the life of me get them to look that cute. HOW does one do cute ponytail bangs? How, Whoorl? Please do a tutorial…I need help.
    Oh, and because of my bang-angst, I voted #1. No bang futzing with a new baby.

  • rebecca

    April 24, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I just had to weigh in here… I’m so excited to be reading all these comments and seeing people’s opinions. I am obviously in very good hands with my fellow Whoorl readers! I heart the internet.

  • Sarah

    April 24, 2008 at 11:52 am

    For the love of god, Rebecca…a tinge of gloss, great hair and thin, shapely arms on DAY OF BIRTH? No wonder Whoorl has you chosen for the t.v. debut….
    My vote is for Jenny’s blunt cut…I feel like it will be more dramatic and a big change. The other one just feels too close to the current cut and I think it will morph back to the old ‘do over time.

  • AmandaL

    April 24, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I voted for Option #1, also… mostly because, like Jamie, I can’t imagine that Rebecca will have time to deal with the bangs. I mistakenly got bangs a few weeks ago, and while I do agree that they add a level of versatility, I am not loving them, and therefore cannot vote for a look with bangs!

  • sunny

    April 24, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I’m getting passionate about this participant!
    Thing is, Rebecca doesnt have the kind of face that will look scrunched or super tired with bangs. Not everyone can pull bangs off – for this reason. Rebecca has a beautifully shaped, open face that bangs will compliment! The jenny bob is a little snoozeville.

  • ali

    April 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    #2! #2! it’s awesome on-the-go hair…also, so sexy!!

  • Spandrel Studios

    April 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Jenny McCarthy’s ‘do is very chic, and it would look awesome on Rebecca. Although… I’ve seen Jenny do the talk-show circuit and sometimes she looks like she’s always fussing with it, looping a strand behind her ear, like it’s getting in her face or something.

    Rebecca, you will look gorgeous no matter what style wins! Good luck, and can’t wait to see the show!!

  • Danielle

    April 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    I voted for number 2 solely because I think she’s more likely to get that length hair back into a ponytail, and as far as I’m concerned, the ability to get the hair in a ponytail is a vital part of new-motherhood.

  • kat

    April 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    sorry it’s me again! i’m definitely on the bangs wagon.

    if you don’t have the time to deal with them, couldn’t you just pin them back? (very cute) have a cute sporty headband (very cute).

    plus! think of the TV. the rhianna/katie holmes/jenny mccarthy look is passe! it’s been done! team bangs.

  • Stephanie

    April 24, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    How do I vote? I would vote for #1. I like the bangs look on Sarah Chalke, but Jenny’s look looks like less of a hassle and great for Rebecca’s pretty and thin face.

  • alison

    April 25, 2008 at 3:26 am

    I went with number two because as a somewhat new convert to bangs, I actually can spend less time on my hair now and end up looking more put together. Before bangs my ponytails just looked messy and like I had no time to do my hair that day. With bangs, it takes me less than five minutes to style them and then toss the rest of my hair in a ponytail and look like I actually spent time on my hair. That being said, I don’t think she can go wrong with either option.
    And this IS all so exciting!

  • Christina

    April 25, 2008 at 3:58 am

    I went with #1 I had bangs for a period of time after having a baby and maybe it was just me but they were more annoying than helpful. Plus they had to be styled every day. I didn’t have time for that. But like others have said she will FAB with either one!

    TV! are you kidding, Your almost a Rock Star Whoorl, heck with the guitar playing you have been doing you might already be one!

  • sarah

    April 25, 2008 at 5:43 am

    i chose number 2 because of the cute bangs+ponytail combo. maybe a little more maintenance…but honestly this may be the last time she’ll have a spare sec to do the bangs…as in, NOW when the baby will sit still for longer than ten minutes vs when she starts crawling or (gulp) walking. just my opinion!


  • amanda

    April 25, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I’m a new-ish mom with a version of 1 and it’s killing me- I spent much more time on it now than when it was longer- it’s just not very forgiving. I voted for 2.

  • Janssen

    April 25, 2008 at 6:56 am

    I love Hair Thursdays :)

  • K

    April 25, 2008 at 7:06 am

    I voted for #2. Her hair looks like it could handle bangs with little to no styling involved.

    On a side note: I have curly hair and I got some of the John Frieda dream curls spray that Whoorl suggested for Marya last time and I LOVE it. It gives me soft curls without that stiff heavy feeling that a lot of sprays give. Thanks Whoorl!

  • sizzle

    April 25, 2008 at 7:13 am

    National TV!?

    The fame train continues! :)

  • Amanda

    April 25, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Hey, here’s the thing with style #1. (Which I have had, mom of 2) With hair that is angled–even slightly–from front to back, when you pull it back in a pony tail, there is going to be the little ponytail, and some longer messy bits (the longer ends in front) sprouting OUT of the ponytail. Looks a mess. I think angled styles don’t look all that good tucked behind your ears, either. With a new baby? Lots of tucking and pulling back… I think style #1 will be too much work! Bangs = easy like Sunday morning.

  • Jackie

    April 25, 2008 at 9:45 am

    My fav bang style is Heidi Klum’s.

  • Miss Virginia

    April 25, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Seriously, it’s like Matt Lauer…where in the world is WHOORL? PLEASE explain….what tv? when? how? WHHEEEENNNN, WHHAAATT???? you have earned every right to be called a true BLOGLEBRITY!!!

  • abbersnail

    April 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Wow, this is the closest vote I’ve ever seen on Hair Thursday!

  • Allison

    April 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    TV? SERIOUSLY!?!???!?!???!! I am SOOOO excited and I’m not even you! What’s going on? I MUST KNOW ABOUT THE TV!!!! You are so MEAN with the suspense… OH MY GOD. Seriously.

    p.s. – embrace the bangs. LOVE the bangs!

  • Wendy Prater

    April 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I definitely vote for #2. I’ve always been a bangs person. At that length it is always easy to sidesweep them if you are in a hurry. I’m getting my hair cut and highlighted Monday and am tempted to take that #2 picture in for myself! haha

  • slynnro

    April 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    You are so famous!

  • Jill - GlossyVeneer

    April 25, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    TV now? Wow… and the NYT blew my chance of supah-stardom when they didn’t use my transformation. J/K

    I voted for option #1, it’s so similar to what I have now and Rebecca’s hair kind of reminds me of my own. (Granted, a much healthier version of what mine was.)

  • Heather B.

    April 25, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I love my Whoorlie. The end. I also voted for Ms. McCarthy’s cut. But that isn’t as important as my Whoorlie and her fame. You deserve it, my dear.

  • Walking With Scissors

    April 25, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I’m still trying to get over the fact that girlfriend looks like THAT immediately following childbirth. She doesn’t need a new ‘do, she needs a really big trophy. Wowee!!

    Anyway, I voted for #1, just because it looks fairly easy to maintain, what with the new babe and all. I’m partial to bangs, personally, but in this case, I made an exception. ;)

  • Emily

    April 26, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Ooooh, T.V.! This is exciting!


    Congrats on all the media coverage!

  • Miss Britt

    April 26, 2008 at 5:55 am

    That is awesome!

    (And number 1, all the way)

  • Crabmommy

    April 26, 2008 at 10:42 am

    When a gal looks that good after giving birth, who gives a rip about the hair? Seriously gorgeous lassie. Number 1 if she wants a change. Maybe.

  • Crabmommy

    April 26, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Number 2 actually.

  • rach

    April 26, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Number 2! I love fringes (Australian for bangs), and I think 2 will be youthful and gorgeous on her. I agree, Rebecca has a beautiful face shape, and if she has naturally straight hair without cowlicks bangs shouldn’t be too much trouble at all, and they’ll add some interest to a ponytail.

  • holli

    April 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I think number one would be easier to style.. and would allow for longer time between cuts (which is a huge problem for me lately) and would be super cute in various banded styles (piggies, ponytail).

    I totally need people to decide my hair like this – it looks awful right now and I’m absolutely indecisive!

    one, one, one!!