Let’s get these Hair Thursdays cranking! I’m getting carpal tunnel over here!
Please direct your attention to Dani.
Naturally dark brown with lots of gray
Thick and curly
Prefers longer styles due to “gigantic face and a five-head- ala Tyra Banks” (Did I mention how much I love all of your hilarious HT emails? HahhaaHAHAAAAA.)
Doesn’t spend much time styling, wears ponytails every day
Wants to keep bangs, but maybe change the shape
First off, I want to address the styling issue. When responding to my question about her techniques, Dani wrote, “Post-shower, I comb out tangles, air-dry my bangs and then use a curling iron to pull the curl out. But I feel that style looks too young and dated, so I’m looking for an alternative bang style.”
I wear my hair in a ponytail often, and I don’t think expecting Dani to stop wearing ponytails is realistic. However, I do think changing the style of Dani’s bangs will help with the “young and dated” look.
Take a look at her photo. Do you notice how Dani’s bangs are cut straight across? Also, how you can see a definitive part between the bangs and the rest of hair? Essentially, she has bangs and long hair – not much of a transition there. How about having her bangs cut at an angle, so the bangs become longer and layer into her hair? That way, the look becomes more updated and easier to style.
I have to admit, the part about using the curling iron to straighten the bangs made me cringe a teensy bit. I think purchasing a flat iron would be a sound investment for Dani to help achieve the sideswept look.
This would be a decent photo to show your stylist, Dani.
(Oh, hi! It’s me! Talk about personalized service.)
This is how my bangs looked while I was sporting the sideswept look and using a flat iron. Also notice how the bangs blend into the hair instead of having a half-moon part around the front of my head. Might I ALSO mention that sideswept, longer bangs are much easier to deal with, maintenance-wise. They grow out easily, and you don’t need to trim as often. (Trust me, as I now have blunt cut bangs, which I adore, but MY GOD, the maintenance of bi-weekly trims. GAH.)
Okay, enough about bangs. I also think Dani should take at least 5 inches off the length. With the updated layering in the front and the length off the back, Dani can rock a new style without sacrificing her long hair.
Oh! Also! I think a semi-permanent rinse (DIY) in an auburn or reddish-brown would be really complimentary to Dani’s skin tone for a subtle change. (And gray coverage!)
Here are a couple photos of the longer, sideswept look.
The look with Option #1 could be achieved with an allover flat iron, followed by the whoorlie curling iron. (Obviously, for a special event due to the loooooong styling time.) #2 is a more natural look, but on most days Dani could dry and style her bangs (3 minutes total) and let her natural curls air-dry. I also think the color of #2 (with a hint of auburn) is a nice shade.
So, hey! It’s basically the same hairstyle! Is voting irrelevant?
Well, do it anyway.