hair thursday makeover 64


Meet Lauren, our April inductee into The Fishing Club.

Lauren’s hair:


Listen, Lauren. I feel for you and your hair issues. REALLY. It looks like life must be incredibly challenging on the follicular front…here let me get you a tissue. WAHHHHHHHHHHH.

Oh, I kid. Lauren does have a very relevant issue when it comes to styling her hair. It’s super duper DRY.

In Lauren’s own words, “So, I guess basically, my problem is that I have to work hard to get my hair to look presentable, so by the time I’m done, it feels like straw. If I could have soft hair, that’d be awesome.”

Oh, do I have the product line for you, Lauren. Redken recently introduced Real Control – the line that reclaims control of dense, dry, sensitized hair. It totally repairs and transforms the texture of high-maintenance hair, leaving it SOFT and shiny. There are several products in this line, but I would recommend trying out the shampoo and conditioner, as well as the Overnight Treat Night Recovery Treatment.

As for styling products, considering Lauren uses her flat iron religiously, two of my personal favorites are Redken’s Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion and Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist. In fact, I used both of those products in this video.

(p.s. – Redken, you have really been impressing me lately.)

Now, Lauren also mentioned wanting a great product to bring out her waves, and sorry Redken, but my two all-time favorites for enhancing waves are Aveda Be Curly and Pureology Real Curl. (I accidentally packed my brand new Be Curly in my carry-on bag and it had to be confiscated. Talk about WAHHHHHH.)

So! Product recommendations galore on this lovely Thursday.

Because I love you all endlessly, I am giving away a full-sized Redken Real Control shampoo, conditioner and an Overnight Treat recovery treatment. Leave a comment on this post before Monday, April 20th at 5pm PST and you will be entered to win. Now, get to it!



  1. Oooh, I’m in! Might I recommend Redken All Soft Shampoo/Conditioner as well? It works amazingly well on my thick and somewhat dry hair.

  2. Bellamomma says:

    I have some sort of post-pregnancy-hormone-driven hair kicking here lately. It’s no longer soft, smooth & bouncy (as pre-pregnancy) it’s become frizzy, limp and corse … I’m stumped as to how to fix this. I didn’t get this with Kid#1! Kid#2 must be out to destroy me!

    Will have to check it out & see if Redken can make me ME again!

  3. That is the hair that I want!

  4. So, I’m totally rocking The Hills Hair today. And, it seems I might be the first commenter on here today, so that’s something. However, I feel it lowers my chances of winning said spectacular prize… We shall see!

  5. Lauren’s hair is so cute! Also, I LOVE Redken products!

  6. I have super duper dry hair would love to win.

  7. I love Be Curly, but not nearly as much as I love Bumble & Bumble Curl Conscious.

    Oh, how I wanted to LOVE B&B Curl Conscious! Alas, no dice.

  8. I’d love to try some new products!

  9. pick me pick me pick me!!! Please. Love me some Redken!

  10. Oh… So, it’s “The City” Hair that I’m rockin’… not The Hills. Sorry. :-)

  11. I’d love it. I’m always curious to try new products!

  12. I am jealous of Lauren’s lovely shade of red!

  13. I would love to try something different on my hair – Redken sounds amazing!

  14. heathercoo says:

    I also love the Redken All Soft line. I might have to go and try to find these new ones you speak of if I don’t win this contest.

  15. Haha! Totally fishing. She’s beautiful.

  16. I too suffer from dry hair. I wish mine looked half as good as Lauren’s!

  17. New products?? I’d love to try ’em out!

  18. I like the Aveda curly conditioner. However, I use the Redken shampoo. It seems to work for me. Now I just need a new gel to replace the Sabastian product I used to use, but they decided to discontinue.

  19. oooh i love her hair! i have very similar problems and the redken products you mention sound divine!!

  20. I have the driest hair EVER. I totally understand her hair feeling like straw, because mine always does too.

  21. These sound like just what I need and if I don’t win there is actually places around my small town to buy them!

  22. I pretty much want Lauren’s hair. and her glasses. and some free products.

  23. I also have super dry hair, so would love to win! I’m in Canada though, not sure if you will ship here :(

  24. Lauren’s hair cut is great! I might have to take this picture in to my stylist.

  25. Does Lauren color her hair and if so, what does she use…brand and shade!? Love it!

  26. oh I love trying new hair stuff! Enter me!

  27. Lauren’s hair is gorgeous. And if it’s dry, I’d like to know which products SHE’s using because she’s obviously doing something right.

  28. I wish I could pull off that color red… :(

  29. lovin her bang’s

    Hope I win the products

  30. LOVE LOVE LOVE Lauren’s hair color!

  31. I need me some soft and shiny.
    I also want her hair color.

  32. After a long, dry winter — I think we could all use a little anti-dry product!

  33. AmandaKay says:

    Today is my birthday and I need me some hair products! Keepin’ my fingers crossed that the birthday gods pick me!

  34. Also, I might be addicted to the Real Control Crema Care. I use it as a detangler every day (being careful not to slather it on my roots so my hair doesn’t look greasy). And it makes my hair so soft I have to remind myself to stop petting it when it dries. I can’t imagine living without it now.

  35. I love Redken’s products! You (and Slynnro) will be amazed that their shampoo and conditioner are the only non-drug store beauty items I buy!

  36. christina says:

    i love your blog! and so ill go ahead and enter this contest. thanks for the great advice!

  37. All I have to say is this: I live in the Californian desert year round, am blonde with fairly corse, wavy hair, and love to be in the water.

    HAVE MERCY and send me the rescue remedies!!!

  38. ikate/kakaty says:

    I too am rocking the super-dry, flat-ironed hair so this Real Control might be great for me!

  39. Oh no! More hair product suggestions…my poor bank account.

  40. My hair has been feeling totally like straw lately, I would LOVE to win!

  41. FISHING – she has great hair.

  42. Lauren does have very beautiful hair. Although, I guess straightening it every day would leave it rather dry. I especially love the color of her hair.

  43. Ooooh! Redken is looovely. *crossing fingers and toes that the random integer generator picks me!*

  44. Stephanie says:

    I wish I had such lovely hair! I’m looking into the Redken products right away…

  45. I would love to try some new product. I just know that my perfect hair is just one magical potion away…

  46. i would die for her hair!

  47. I have the same issue. Not so pretty. I could definitely use some refreshing hair products.

  48. I haven’t used Redkin in forever. I’d love to try it again!

  49. Redken newness? I can totally test that stuff out when I go to Vegas in the DRY DRY craptastic air.

  50. I love trying new hair products!

  51. I’d love to try out new Redken products!

  52. Lauren you look great, but I totally understand not wanting to take all morning and 53 products to get that way! I am a fellow dry hair gal, which really does not mix well with the unbearable humidity of Louisiana. Dry+wethotmoisture=FRIZZZZ. I would love to put some new Redken to the test!

    Thanks for the giveaway Whoorl!

  53. Elizabeth says:

    Yes! I have been extolling the virtues of the Redken AllSoft line for months. Months, I tell you. But I could use some new products to love. Lauren’s hair is gorgeous!

  54. lauren is ADORABLE. as is her hair.

    i just recommended someone to my stylist and as a result, i got a deep conditioner treatment which was awesome. and my hair was CRAZY soft despite all the styling and drying … it was still crazy soft and not dry at all. so maybe that’s one route.

    um, i’d love to win too, hair gods out there.

  55. My hair is full of Redken product right now as I just got back from getting my roots touched up and I love the smell. I’d love some Redken products at home.

  56. looooove looooove looooooooove redken so much. love. and would looooove to try their new line!

  57. Ooooh, yes please! I can never justify splurging on an unknown product.

  58. The only thing better than new hair products to try is FREE new hair products to try…

  59. I wish my hair looked like this! If I don’t win the giveaway I think I will have to go shopping anyway…

  60. Am in the midst of trying to grow out my hair. Would love to at least have soft in-between length hair!

  61. Her hair is definitley adorable! No need for a change…but I hear ya on the dry hair issue.

  62. Count me in for Redken!

    (See how it kind of rhymes?)

  63. Please add me to the giveaway mix.

  64. Fatima Audrey says:

    Ughhhh, I love Lauren’s hair! I AM JEALOUS MUCHO.

    And I’m really wanting to buy that Realcurl stuff…like, right now.

  65. Oh how I’d love my hair to look like that… Sigh….

  66. Meredith says:

    Wow, do I love her hair cut and color!! Thanks for all the product recommendations!

  67. monkeygirl says:

    Love her hair AND her glasses!

  68. Oooh! pick me!!!

  69. I love redken!

  70. Count me in!! I love some good hair products!

  71. I have the same problem as Lauren – I have dry hair. I hope I win!

    Also, Lauren – I LOVE the color of your hair!

  72. Emily and her dry hair says:

    Enter me! I have the exact same problem… Straight, shiny, but dry as anything!

  73. kristy mathes says:

    I want to try these products!

  74. I love Lauren’s hair and how smooth it is! My hair, on the other hand, is a growing-it-out-fly-away-mess. Pick me. I need help!

  75. Diane A. says:

    Is this what my dry dry dry hair needs? Oh how I hope. If I don’t win, I am SO trying it anyway. That and the curl recommendations.

  76. I too have dry hair from too much heat styling and just recently switched to Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner. These products have changed my hair.

    I also wouldn’t mind trying some additional products from Redken.

  77. Help! My hair is super dry, too! I’d love to win this product.

  78. Katherine says:

    Count me in as well!

  79. I think I’m going to have to try the Satinwear Lotion, assuming it’s available in Canada. I’m STILL bitter that Amazon won’t ship the Cutler products you recommended to Canada.

  80. Ooh, ooh! Pick me! My hair is crying for moisture.

  81. I would pretty much kill for Lauren’s hair. The cut, the color…it’s just adorable. In fact, when I go get my hair cut next, I’m taking her picture.

  82. Oh man, I’d kill for that color. Also, I desperately need that Redken stuff.

  83. Lauren’s cut is really cute! (And I have nearly-identical glasses!)

  84. Am going to have to try out Redken no matter what, given that you just described my hair to a T (dense, dry, high maintenance). I am still looking for a product that properly brings out the wave without going for super curls or frizz extremes.

  85. Dry hair!

  86. I have a problem with dry hair. Styling dry hair is extremely hard :(

  87. I would love to try out these products as my hair can be quite dry from bleaching/straightening.

  88. E's Mommy says:

    My hair wasn’t dry until I started dyeing it and now it’s awful. Pick me random number generator, pick me!

  89. I have ALWAYS had horribly dry hair and I’d love to try the product. Thanks for having a giveaway!

  90. I’m pregnant, and some freak hormone thing has caused my hair to go from mediocre-if-given-a-ton-of-attention to might-as-well-shave-it-off-ala-Britny-or-at-least-wear-a-scarf. I’m willing to try ANYTHING at this point!

  91. Ooooh, me likey free things to make my hair pretty.

  92. Oh, how I need these products!!! I’ll wait to Monday to see if I win.. and then purchase them as my budget allows!!!

  93. Jennifer says:

    I too would love soft hair! Pick me!

  94. Awesome advice. I’ve never tried Redken but i might have to start. I took your advice once on using Infusium and it’s now my fav shampoo!

  95. Dense, dry hair? That’s me, that’s me! I, too, <3 the Redken but it’s not in the budget usually. 8(

  96. Great giveaway! I could really use these :)

  97. I love Redken products!

  98. Shannon MItchell says:

    Lauren’s hair is lovely. I also heat style my hair, and have to battle dryness. I’m going to try out the Redken line.

  99. ooh, ooh, a prize, a prize!

  100. Wow, her hair is super beautiful! I love the color!
    Yay for contests!

  101. Would LOVE this product! I need something new for my curly locks!

  102. I’m always in the market for new hair products! :)

  103. Love to try those. And love that hair color!

  104. Jennifer says:

    Her hair really is cute.

  105. Sweet! I love Redken products & really need the help with my dry hair.

  106. I really like her hair color. & I would love the product.

  107. Sunshine says:

    I love Redken products. I also love the color of Lauren’s hair.

  108. Me, me, me! Do you ship to Canada? I live in Calgary, Alberta and suffer in a really high altitude with virtually no humidity. My hair needs help! It would cry but it’s so dry!

  109. Great hair and free stuff? Doesn’t get any better than that! Love all that you do whoorl!

  110. Ooh, I agree with the fishing comment! I love that color. I don’t know if it’s her natural color or not (guessing yes) but I have to dye mine to get it to that color, and then it turns ridiculously orange within a month. *sigh* So I’ve gone more or less back to my natural boring color. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway! Pick me, O Great Random Number Generator!

  111. I’m in Canada, too, and oh, how we have had us a dry winter. Please save me from my fly-aways…

  112. L.A.=desert=dry hair. I’d love to try the Redken products!

  113. I want to go to there.

  114. I love LOVE Redken. I’m a devotee of the Clear Moisture line – it’s perfect for someone like me with borderline normal/oily hair at the scalp and long ends that need a little bit more TLC. But I’d be way into trying out the new Real Control for those weeks when I need a bit more moisture.

  115. If my hair can look anything like yours and Lauren’s, I’m all about the Redken. I’ll be at the store…

  116. Oh….so envious of her red. Love it.

  117. I want some Real Control! :)

  118. Oh that totally sounds like my hair! I can’t stand for it to be frizz-tastic but who has 45 minutes for just hair every morning?!

  119. New products are my passion!

  120. Lauren, soft or not you have great hair! Now, as a hot, humid, Southern summer approaches, God knows I need Real Control. STAT!

  121. I love Redken–they don’t test on animals! And they always smell so yummy! Oh, and they work too, of course. I’m a huge fan and would love to try the new line. Thanks for the giveaway!

    samanthajocampen at gmail dot com

  122. I am taking Lauren’s pic to my stylist – perfect hair! Jealous!!!

  123. I think I’m finally considering giving Redkin a chance again, when I have an empty coming up, and have the cash on hand. I used to use it all the time, but then felt kind of meh about it, and stopped.

    Off to search for some sample sizes or good deals.

  124. The only thing more fabulous than Lauren’s hair is this giveaway! =]

  125. Lauren has killer hair. I do not have killer hair. I don’t even have dry hair, mine is more like an oil slick from the Exxon Valdez. But daughter has a head of hair that would make forty-seven really nice wigs with hair left over. It’s dark, THICK, coarse, dry, and curly. (Mine is blonde, fine, thin, and oily. Yes she really is my daughter.)

    So this stuff sounds great for her. Especially considering that she is only 14 and every morning I get to hear her wailing about MY AWFUL HAIR MOM!! I HATE MY HAIR!!! LIFE IS OVER!!!! I’d really like to get her off to 9th grade every morning without a hair-freak out.


  126. I hope you don’t have anything against international participants…:-)
    Love your website – spreading the word all the way to Brazil!

  127. My hair is Static City, every day. This little prize package just might help me get back to hair that doesn’t stick to every article of clothing i wear…

    love you Hair Thursday!

  128. Love the hair. Love free stuff. Go Redken!

  129. Me!!! Dry bleached dry dry dry me!!! Pretty Please!

  130. Hi,
    Stumbled on your blog thanks to good ol’ Amanda Kicky Boots. Love your hair tips!

  131. Definitely fishing. I love her hair and glasses!

  132. Kaitie Tee says:

    I’m definitely going to have to try the Redken overnight treatment. My hair has been very strawlike lately.

  133. considering that I checked out your site today specifically to read your suggestions for coping with dry hair, this is the perfect giveaway for me. Thanks for the tips!

  134. oooh i would love some new product!
    i need to write down these suggestions…….

  135. Oh Lord, beautiful Lauren is singing my song. I haven’t tried any Redken products in awhile, so I would love be able to treat my super-dry hair to some.


  136. Yes, please!! I would LOVE to have the Redken Products…would it help if I mentioned it is my Birthday on Tuesday?

  137. Cute cut & great color. Lucky (fishing) girl! I’d love some Redken! xoxo

  138. Lauren does have great hair!! I’m excited to go try this new line to Redken products – I also have this issue with dry hair and am always looking for new products to try (especially that overnight treatment – that sounds like it could be just what I’m looking for). Thanks whoorl!

  139. Oh, pick me, pick me pretty please. I love trying out new hair products and this sounds like the perfect stuff for my dry hair!

  140. Ooooh, me me me!

  141. I am loving Redken products lately.

  142. My hair desperately needs a spring pick-me-up!

  143. I’m loving this haircut. I’m going to print it out and bring it to mys stylist. I too have dry hair and am struggling with my current style.

  144. Aimee Claton says:

    Woo hoo, I love these contests!

  145. I just discovered your website today, and I LOVE it!! And I’d love to try the Redken products. My hair has been leaning to the dry side lately, and I’d love to correct that! Thanks.

  146. Since you recommended the products for me, I would love to win them. Thanks for all the wonderful comments! And thanks for featuring me and for the great advice, Sarah :)

  147. Yes, please! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. I LOVE new products. I’m always looking for the holy grail of hair products and someday I WILL find it!