hair thursday makeover 39

Lauri’s hair:

Light brown – trying to kick the highlighting habit and get back to her natural color
Normal to dry
Stick straight, baby fine, but lots of it
Prefers length between chin and shoulder and no bangs
Product junkie – Frederic Fekkai, Aveda, Bain de Terre
No layers

From Lauri’s photos, she appears to have a heart-shaped face with a high forehead. In general, a heart-shaped face should steer clear of blunt bangs, super short hair and/or really choppy layers. Subtle layering is really the key for Lauri.

I find it a damn shame that Miss Lauri has no interest in subtle, sideswept bangs because they could really lessen the appearance of height and width in the forehead, plus add some dimension to her hair. Looking at her requests, she prefers the length between chin and shoulder, so I would recommend a chin-length bob for her shortest option, with just the slightest layering in the front like Option #1. That way, the cut won’t look too severe. I also like the idea of a side part.

Now, as much as I would like to stick to Lauri’s wishes, I am going to suggest an option to keep her length and add bangs. VERY SUBTLE ONES. Option #2 would totally complement Lauri’s face shape and hell, I’VE BEEN DEEMED THE HAIR EXPERT, RIGHT? Listen to me!

Plus, look! It’s Babs!

People, people who need…people…

You can barely see those bangs! Notice how the forehead appears minimized, and how Lauri’s perfectly shiny hair would look so lovely in general. Of course, #1 is cute too. Decisions, decisions.

Alright, that is all for now.

Please vote.

  • Jeanmarie

    June 19, 2008 at 11:05 am

    This Hair Thursday candidate is ridiculous! She wants her hair btw chin and shoulder and no bangs – GUESS WHAT – IT IS!! What exactly is the “change” this women is looking for – does she want Whoorl to be her sponsor as she attempts to kick the highlighting habit? Whoorl – there MUST be a more “Hair Thursday WORTHY” candidate out there :-(

  • Manda

    June 19, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Ouch! That last comment was harsh!

    I could TOTALLY see some Reese Whitherspoon-style bangs on Lauri! How hot would THAT look?

  • admin

    June 19, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Well, I do see where Jeanmarie is coming from. Moving forward, people with very detailed requests (not much different from their original style) won’t be featured.

    That being said, I do think bangs would make all of the difference for Lauri.

  • Jeanmarie

    June 19, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Eek – I WAS a little harsh, wasn’t I? I just know that Whoorl has candidates up the wazoo, not much time to do this, and great advice to give to people who are interested in it. I look forward to New Hair every Thursday, and today I felt cheated :-(

    Whoorl you ROCK (my distaste was for the candidate, not the blogger), and I look forward to seeing someone with tushy length hair who wants to cut it to their ears and dye it purple next week!

  • kate

    June 19, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Yes, this is a ridiculous request with so little room for change. And yes, bangs are the way to go; it would be much more flattering. Come on, Lauri, step outside your comfort zone!

    Whoorl, please don’t ever post a picture of Barbara Streisand again. I beg you. :)

  • martymankins

    June 19, 2008 at 11:56 am

    The Babs look is not bad, but I went with Option #1 because I think the shorter cut will look better on Lauri.

  • Mel

    June 19, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Well, I have to agree with some of the above posters. It doesn’t sound like she wants much of a change. Come on! Let loose! Try something new! It might look great!
    I voted for 2 because I do agree subtle bangs would do her good. The current hair is just too severe and I can see the first option leaning the same way if she doesn’t style it like the picture.

  • kat

    June 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    snap jeanmarie! snap.

    laurie, i do think bangs would be a good way to do something to your hair while keeping the length.

    plus, you know what? bangs grow out!

    and i continue to say it, but look at your cheekbones in the second photo! bangs can help highlight those! and that great face shape! you know who has the same face shape? reese! witherspoon! what hair style does she have? BANGS!

  • Jamie

    June 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, I never thought Babsy would make the Hair Thursday image gallery. Well played, Whoorl…well played.

  • slynnro

    June 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm


    I can see where these comments are coming from, but I can sort of sympathize with the candidate. She’s just afraid of change, but also wants something different. Haven’t we all been there?

  • sallysitwell

    June 19, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Do it! Cut the bangs! Please? They’re barely bangs, seriously, just think of it as another layer in your layered haircut. I dare you! I double-dare you! I TRIPLE-DOG DARE YOU. It would look really nice, I promise.

    (Just be glad I didn’t triple-dog dare you to lick a metal pole in the winter.)

  • Lindsay

    June 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Well, I’m glad someone else said it first (I was having a VERY RARE for me too-polite-to-mention-something moment).

    But yeah, she already has the haircut she asked for, plus nice shiny looking pretty hair.

    But BANGS. Yes, bangs. Her pretty face is practically BEGGING for them. Otherwise she’s just wasting our perfectly good hair thursday reading.

    Well what do you know, my polite thing is done – apologies for that. But SERIOUSLY.

  • Shiva

    June 19, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I too was wondering what hairstyle would be an option for her, with her requirements? It seems just a choice between length in inches, with the same cut she has now — no layers, no bangs. How else can you change it? Leave it, cut it mid length, or chin length. Whoorl, what was your reaction to this candidate?

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 4:57 am


    I am all up for bangs and layers…. those were my requirements seven months ago when I applied to whoorl and people can change their minds.. right?

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 5:01 am

    I basically said… this is how I wear it now, I am open to change.. what do you think would look good on me? is this not the whole point of Hair Thursday?

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Bangs it is… I hear you loud & clear

    Thanks for the input everyone and for the record… I was wide open to any change.. never had any certain requirements, but stated when I applied that this is how I was wearing it.

  • admin

    June 20, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Lauri, I’m confused from your above comments. Are you saying you changed you mind since your initial email or that you never had any certain requirements? Your questionnaire stated:

    “4. Do you have a preference for length? If so, what? I adore bangs on other people, but am over them about 20 min after the fact, I like it between my chin & shoulder length….. just long enough to pull in a pony tail or in a clip, but I am willing to go shorter for the right cut.”

    I must have misunderstood because that didn’t seem wide open to me, and a super short haircut wouldn’t have been a good option for your face shape. Regardless, I think bangs will look great on you! Good luck!

  • jeneflower

    June 20, 2008 at 7:50 am

    I am so jealous of your stick straight hair! I like long, layered hair with bangs, but do whatever you like!

  • Maggie

    June 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Lauri, You’ll look beautiful no matter what. Maybe a cut within your current length won’t be drastic, but subtle changes can make a big difference, too. I think the subtle bangs would look great.

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Hey Sarah,

    Thanks for your email and advice .. I appreciate it

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 8:19 am

    “Lauri, I’m confused from your above comments. Are you saying you changed you mind since your initial email or that you never had any certain requirements”


    Just to clear this up for voters- I have changed my hair a little since six months ago when I applied with those photos- mostly adding layers to the bottom so it is less blunt.

    I said that I adore bangs, but it’s a short lived love affair and by preference, I assumed you meant how I typically wear it but not what I was limiting my choices too.

    I have normally had blunt bangs, so I am anxious to try out a side swept version.. thanks for the feedback

  • kat

    June 20, 2008 at 11:37 am

    could we see an updated picture of lauri’s hair? i feel bad now for the harsh comments and lauri, i think everyone just wants you to have the most prettiest hair possible.

    i recently just got new side-ish bangs and i admit, they require a bit more maintenence and since my hair grows like a weed, i have to have them trimmed a lot.

    but i do think they add definition to your hair, face shape and lauri, i think they would look really great on you.

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I have a hair appointment tomorrow ladies..

    Thanks for those who left nice comments, the rest of you are just mean girls… really, really mean girls

  • Sonja

    June 20, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    THE DRAMA!! Lauri, you’ve got to send us a picture with your new haircut as soon as you get home! We’re salivating! And BTW, I think Whoorl, Lauri and Kat did an awesome job of “teasing out” this sticky hair situation!! Good job girls!

  • Lauri

    June 20, 2008 at 3:48 pm


    I will email Whoorl a before & after pic tomorrow

  • kate

    June 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Ouch! I don’t want to be a mean girl! I meant to be a supportive, encouraging girl! Except for my “ridiculous request” comment; I think we all misunderstood your requirements.

    You are a beautiful woman with lovely bone-structure and great hair. Can’t wait to see the updates.

  • Lauri

    June 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Got it cut today… updated pics are on my blog.

    This cut was my inspiration – thanks for the Reese bangs input-


  • Jackie transplanted Okie

    June 24, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    I think we all need one big group hug !

    Lauri…I hear you on the love hate relationship with bangs. Bend over & bam they swing in the way.

    Sounds like the questionaire needs to be tweeked or made more clear.