The Whoorl Hair Academy

Sometimes, I dream of moderating a hair blog. (Okay, maybe “dream” is a little much. How about, the thought occasionally pops into my head as I stare vapidly at Wito feasting on my Mac power cord.)

Yesterday was a perfect example – after all of the bang comments and votes, the stunning Holly emailed about her own hair dilemma. This email was like the highlight of my week – someone (not just someone! Beautiful Holly! With the lovely British accent!) was requesting my input on a hairstyle. I was on a mission to find photos of the perfect cut, based on her request. I found myself wanting to ask tons of questions, what’s your hair type, what kind of climate do you live in, do you like to use product, how much styling time will you allow?

People, is this normal?

I think it’s time to make an admission. I am obsessed with hair. Like really obsessed. And I wish I could say I was equally obsessed about the current state of the economy or politics, but no. Hair, it is.

Is there such thing as an online Hair Consulting Business? If so, I’m all over it. And what would I call it, pray tell?

Speaking of hair, my Gallery of Good Hair has been a little neglected and is quietly whimpering in the corner. Do you have any photos to add? If so, send a photo (and your URL, if you have one) to hairATwhoorlDOTcom.

Have a great weekend!

  • Pam

    August 24, 2007 at 9:48 am

    I don’t know what you would call it, but I’d be all over that kind of consulting service. Can I pay you in olive pie? No? Ok then, how about just a picture of me with new and improved hair for your gallery?

  • Jen

    August 24, 2007 at 9:23 am

    Ooh, fun. I missed this the first time around. I’d like to add my hair to your gallery, as I am pleased as punch about my latest cut. And I feel your gallery is lacking in the shorter ‘dos, so here you go:


    Thanks for letting me play!

  • andrea

    August 24, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Sign me up for a consult once you get things up and running. I am in a hair rut and can’t seem to get out of it.

  • Miguelina. (reluctant housewife)

    August 24, 2007 at 10:33 am

    You already have a name – Whoorl sounds subliminally like “curl”!

    I think you’d be an amazing internet hair consultant – you could deconstruct celebrity hairstyles, do product reviews and advice the huddled internet masses in dire need of a haircut. You know, people like me.

  • Heather B.

    August 24, 2007 at 9:36 am

    If you can think of something to do with my hair short of my shaving it off, please do tell.

  • sizzle

    August 24, 2007 at 9:55 am

    that could be a really fun job. it’s really important to use your passion in your work. :)

  • Susan

    August 24, 2007 at 10:20 am

    Oh my god, do it! Please.

    Besides, politics and the economy are way over rated.

    And where would YOUR hair photo be? Don’t make me steal from your Flickr account, Miss Perfect Short Hair.

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    August 24, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Um, I will be in ALL of your infomercials for the Whoorl Hair Academy, talking about how great your services are. There will be some text beneath me that says Real Live Actual (Very Satisfied) Client.

  • One Smart Cookie

    August 24, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Yes, you should have an online Hair Consulting Business, and it should be called Whoorl’s World of Hair. It would be fantabulous.

  • Alice

    August 24, 2007 at 10:44 am

    i totally need a hair consultant! i keep going to salons and desperately asking what they think would look good on me, but no one will take charge and give me what THEY think would work on me. so i keep just getting the same blah haircut. this totally sounds like a career to me.

  • kylei

    August 24, 2007 at 11:33 am

    I fully believe that is PERFECTLY normal because if it makes you strange then the fact that I cut and style each and every co –worker / friend in my life hair and spend hours in beauty stores looking at products for other people would make me VERY abnormal which I am not. However if I am abnormal I feel better that you are abnormal with me. Also if you ever need a co – creator just let a sista know.

  • Schnozz

    August 24, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Oh. my. God. Are there hair blogs?? Why didn’t I think to look for hair blogs earlier? I would love to read hair blogs!

    Also, as previously mentioned, I need a punky cut for derby. Think angled bangs, unusual highlights (dark on top and blond or red underneath? I haven’t decided), and an inverted messy bob. All on thick, wavy hair that needs a lot of product to behave at that length. (But which products? I don’t even know. See?)

    My family is loaded with very capable hair professionals who are drawing up, like, BLUEPRINTS of my hair, so if you’re too busy, no problem. If not, consider me your next infomercial testimonial. I’d love to see a picture that even gave me an IDEA of what I’m getting myself into.

    The pros don’t deal in pictures. They deal in discussing triangle parts and other terms that I’ve never heard of. It’s a little intimidating.

  • Kami

    August 24, 2007 at 11:51 am

    That sounds like a great idea! And I think you should totally do commentary on celebrity hair styles…with your humour, we’d be rolling in the ailses :-)

  • OMSH

    August 24, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Well, in the case with me (and my deep desire to cut my tresses off and go for the spike again), I’d call it Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.

  • Annika

    August 24, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    My hair is so bad that I am thinking of not going to Brenda’s show tomorrow because I am ASHAMED TO FACE YOU.

  • chirky

    August 24, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Can I fly you to Dallas to consult me? To hold my hand and tell me what to do? BECAUSE MY HAIR IS UNRULY, AND HAS SPENT THE LAST TWO WEEKS EXCLUSIVELY IN A BUN OR PONYTAIL.

    I cannot stand it, I tell you.

  • Teej

    August 24, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    I read Holly’s post this morning and I’m glad I did because I was feeling like her, ready to just shave it off. So now I’m taking a step back a big deep breath and I’ll be looking at celebrity hair online all weekend. I have an appointment next Wednesday with my stylist so if I’m happy with it I’ll send you a photo for your Gallery of Good Hair.

  • musing

    August 24, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    I have a hair cut appointment tomorrow morning. Help me.

  • Miguelina. (reluctant housewife)

    August 24, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Hey — I’m back!

    I’ve been thinking about your hair consultancy and I think your readers (who are pretty and also know about hair – just look at your good hair day gallery) would be a great resource.

    Like, I could send a picture of my current hairstyle and see if your readers think that I should go for the katie holmes cut or keep my hair long. I could easily become addicted to a site like that.

    You know, that’s a great idea. Hmm, let me get my thinking cap on.

  • supa

    August 24, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    god, yes. hair consultancy. you’d be great and i’d hire you in a new york minute.

  • Misty

    August 24, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I hate thinking about hair. I have what some would refer to as “bush woman” hair. I straighten it with the harshest chemicals, and it’s still curly, banana curls curly, but with a small amount of frizz. I have never been able to do bangs, chunky layers, razor cut, or any of the other awesome hairstyles you see in magazines/TV/everyday life. I hate you people with straight, wavy, pefectly closed cuticles, hair that actually reflects light! I curse you!

    Sfhlepmmmmm, sorry about that. I have been inspired by your Princess Leia look, until my 7 yr old son asked, “did [my 8 yr old sister] do your hair today?” Hmmph.

  • kerrianne

    August 24, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    OK, because you are clearly the Queen of Hairstyling, can I put my name in the hat for wedding style tips? Oh, pretty please with copious amounts of gel on top?

    I’m getting married! (mock-eloping, actually) on the Oregon Coast next month and I have NO idea what to do with my hair, except I know it has to be mostly back, because THE WIND, dear lord the wind. But I don’t want a prommy-looking updo and I don’t want it plastered to my head. I also don’t want a french twist. So I know what I don’t! want, but I have no idea what I DO want. I will be forever in your debt, and will of course send a beachy bridal picture to be added to your “good hair day” pool. Love and bobby pins.

  • Carroll

    August 24, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Ho! Here from Holly’s place along with the rest of the multitude, and a quick skim backward through your archives has me convinced — bookmarked you be! It was the ellipses and dashes that hooked me :-) I can’t vote in your poll because clearly you’d be gorgeous even if you were bald! And besides, I haven’t changed my own hairstyle in over 20 years, so what do I know??! Have fun deciding, though :-)

  • amy

    August 25, 2007 at 9:55 am

    oh whoorl…i could use some hair consult…from the pro herself. i am in big dilemnas at the moment. basically i was blessed with the finest and thinnest hair known to man. and so were my sisters. and i soley blame my father. so i just removed my hair extensions after a year and a half. and they were not for length…VOLUME. who ever knew?…hair extensions for more hair. so i am currently going through major withdrawls. and i can’t decide if i want to just go ahead and front the millions of dollars i spend yearly on this addiction…which i like to call a neccessity really. see…its these issues you would get to advise.
    p.s. no hair product fixes this thin hair issue. i promise. not even my kerastase volume spray.

  • Karen

    August 25, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    I think it perfectly natural that you’re so obsessed with hair seeing as your is absolutely gorj. Go for the bangs – they always grow back.
    I went the bang route myself this year after a very long hiatus, and I’m not looking back. I also went a bit nuts with hair colour, with red, blondish highlights that lightened in the summer – I’m not sure it was necessarily a good thing (I’m Asian) or I would put my pix in your gallery. I need to get it cut again first. Reminds me, I need to get another cut…

  • Suburban Turmoil

    August 25, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Hair consulting! That is such a good idea. Because you could even do it from home and just have your consultee Paypal you your fee. It would be like phone sex, just a little, or life coaching!

  • Landon

    August 26, 2007 at 10:00 am

    I’m so excited to read all of your new hair blogs!!

    Now I’ve just got to get mine off the ground!

    And yeah, do the hair consulting!

    Heck, why don’t you just go ahead and get your hairstyling license?

    It’s not like a degree or anything,

    it’s pretty simple.

    See ya.

  • cagey

    August 26, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I wish I could sneak a pic of my husband’s whoorl to add to your gallery – he has a DOUBLE whoorl. I kid you not. In India, that is considered lucky, so of course I had to marry him. In hopes I can ride on his coat tails of Luck. So far, so good.

  • Airing Dirty Laundry

    August 26, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    JUST SAY NO to the bangs! Although you’re beautiful either way, I just can’t vote yes to the bang situation.

  • Photo Lori

    August 26, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    It was so nice meeting you and your family at the art show! So weird, but really cool. And you do have awesome hair!

    I am obessed with my hair! LOL I color it all the time, cut it all different ways… I get bored so easily…I’m getting itchy to change the color again…I was thinking a lovely shade of Whoorl. :)


  • Allison

    August 28, 2007 at 2:39 pm


    To prove my point, look here: http://butidigress-allison.blogspot.com/2007/05/bane-of-my-existence.html

    You could do this world an amazing service with such a thing! You are amazing!

    Consult away!

    p.s. If you couldn’t tell, I’m really excited about this idea! Hence all the exclamation points! Wow! I’m a dork!