hair thursday makeover 3

Polls are back up. If you didn’t get a chance to vote, please scroll down and add your vote in the boxes. (Like hell if I’m going to sort through your comments.)

I have a feeling y’all might know today’s participants. Let’s just call this one Attack of the Pretty Brunettes.

First off, we have the lovely Emily of Not That You Asked fame. (Now in TWO FLAVORS!)


Emily’s hair:

Natural color
Healthy – no split ends or damage
Uses a ceramic flat iron every day
Wants to go shorter

Emily and I have been email pals for quite some time, and recently had the chance to touch each other’s luscious locks in person at Blogher. (And maybe consume lots of sangria, wine, beer, cape cods, and martinis.) What I’m trying to say is, I CAN’T SCREW THIS ONE UP.

Emily had a general idea of her new cut – short, choppy bob with long sideswept bangs and a color change, and I agree wholeheartedly. (Except for the color change…it’s so warm and perfect for her skin tone! Like hot chocolate!) One of the best cuts for a heart-shaped face like Emily’s is a chin-length bob. For instance, Katie Holmes’ new bob, which is razored and choppy and super fun. However, since Emily is already proficient in using a flat iron every day (would you ever have guessed that? It’s so shiny and NON-damaged!), she could also pull off a chin-length, one-length bob. Let’s take a look.


First off, I have to apologize. I try my hardest to find hairstyles of the same color to help visualize the cut, but Jenny McCarthy’s bob was exactly what I was looking for in a one-length bob. So, just imagine it’s brunette.

(Oh, that reminds me. I really appreciate your tips regarding those online “hairstylers”, where you can try styles on your own photo, but I always find the final look in those programs to be unnatural and well, a tad hokey. I think I will stick with this for the time being, but thank you all the same!)

I equally love these two styles for Emily, and in essence, they are very similar. The only main difference is that Option #1 has the long sideswept bangs and some razored layers throughout. Here’s another photo showing her layers more clearly. This option could be great for Emily because she could use the flat iron, but also let a little of her curl come through on other days. And this look is definitely “choppier” than Option #2.

Option #2 is probably less versatile than Option #1 due to the same length all around, but this would look gorgeous on Emily. You have to rock some seriously shiny hair to pull this off. Think about it, if there are no layers to allow more of a messy look, you really have keep it straight and healthy. Obviously, Emily has the perfect hair for this and since she already uses the flat iron regularly, it wouldn’t be difficult for her to style. However, I would definitely recommend a thermal protectant before drying!

What do you all think?

The next participant is the lovely Miguelina (of the blog formerly known as Diary of a Reluctant Housewife).


Miguelina’s Hair:

Natural color
Straight and fine
Wants to keep it long (for ponytails)
Doesn’t do more than brush it twice a day (Uses a Mason Pearson! YAY!)
Loves products, but most make her hair feel heavy

Miguelina, just pipe down and brush your gorgeous hair. Sheesh.

Okay, okay. I know where you’re coming from. Although your hair is gorgeous (and your baby!), it does lack a “style”. Well, that’s easy to remedy! Feast your eyes on this!


Long layers! Long bangs! Big round brushes! CERAMIC CURLING IRONS!

Both of these options exhibit a similar style – Option #1 is just longer than Option #2. So, the question is should Miguelina add long layers only or should she add long layers and cut off 3 inches? Once she has the layers, she can blow-dry with a big round brush for Option #2’s look or use a certain person’s curling iron technique to duplicate Option #1.

(By the way, Miguelina confesses to being lazy in the hair department. I totally understand, but if you want a style, you need to STYLE it! See Hair Rule #2.)

As for the long face-framing layers, I would suggest blow-drying the top front section of the hair downwards into the face. That way, it will sweep downwards and to the side, instead of up and over, like it wants to do naturally. Just doing that will change the overall look dramatically. I think it could be exactly what Miguelina’s looking for in a style. Also, look into purchasing a light mousse for a little lift. Several hair brands have recently introduced new, lightweight mousses for natural-looking volume. They ain’t your momma’s old mousse, that’s for sure.

What do you all think?


Voting is closed.

  • Mediocre Housewife

    September 20, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Anyone else having a hard time seeing past the faces of the people in the example pics? ie: Katie Holmes = SO much cuter than Jenny McCarthy, therefore the hair automatically looks better. I am trying hard to see past it!! My vote still went to Katie’s hair though, love that cut! :)

    Add me to the legions of readers who can’t wait to see more after shots!

  • Mere

    September 20, 2007 at 8:04 am

    I tried to send you an email before you posted…but I suck.

    Just wanted you to know that Beauty.com (partner of drugstore.com) has free samples of the Frederick Fekkai glossing cream you love so much. I am using it for the first time today and my hair is sooooo soft and silky! I will certainly buy some when this little package runs out, but loved that I got to try it before buying!

  • Andrea

    September 20, 2007 at 8:08 am

    I love Hair Thursday. I can’t wait for more of your participants to send in their “after” shots. I am dying to see who followed your advice.

  • Sadie

    September 20, 2007 at 8:25 am

    God, Emily’s hair is shiny as glass. Hate.

  • sunny

    September 20, 2007 at 8:41 am

    I chose option 2 for emily because the simple sleek line of the bob will really enhance her classic beauty.

    Miguelina – I chose 2 because it looks bouncy and fresh. the shorter layers will really bring attention to your eyes!

  • sizzle

    September 20, 2007 at 9:10 am

    rock on with your bad ass brunette selves!

  • Danielle

    September 20, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Dear Lord Thursdays come around quickly. I bet this is becoming a full-time job, yes? It’s really fun.

  • Dani

    September 20, 2007 at 9:40 am

    I want shiny hair like Emily’s! When it’s straightened (by a professional, because I am unskilled), it’s shiny and silky, but when it’s curly, it looks lackluster.

    As “Mediocre Housewife” above said, I have trouble looking at the hair and not she-who’s-wearing it in the celebrity photos, but I do like the Katie Holmes cut better for its bounciness, and not just because I think she’s cuter than Jenny McCarthy.

  • Miguelina (Reluctant Housewife)

    September 20, 2007 at 10:57 am

    My day has come!

    You’ve done an amazing job figuring out something to do with my hair based on just a couple of photos…HOW DO YOU DO THAT? I’ve had this hair for 30 years and it’s just been hanging there for most of that time.

    I love both styles and can’t wait to see what your readers choose. I won’t be a hippie mama for long!

    Thanks for the blow drying instructions and your famous CERAMIC curling iron technique. No one has ever taught me how to blow dry my hair. They should teach this in high school or something, don’t you think?

    (Also, Emily? Your hair is so shiny and pretty I want to pet it. In a non-internet-stalkerish kind of way, I swear.)

  • Kimberly

    September 20, 2007 at 10:02 am

    My votes go for option #1 for both.

  • comfortablycrazy

    September 20, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Option #1 for both. I really like the layers in both and they are more versatile, too.

  • Kristin

    September 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Option # 1 for both, because then they could wear it straight if they wanted it, right?

    How long is the waiting list? I would love to play…

  • Sharri

    September 20, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Where is the Handy Dandy Voting Machine? I’m too lazy to actually have to type!

    Option #1 for the first lovely lady.

    Option #2 for the second lovely lady.

    And can I have some of that shine? What is your secret?

  • The Mom

    September 20, 2007 at 11:31 am

    For Emily, I can say from experience that I like both styles. Jenny’s is actually tapered in the back and then longer towards the front, so kind of fun and edgy. I had that cut when I lopped off 10 inches for Locks of Love last winter and loved it. Now it’s more like Katie’s, except that I cut the bangs last week. It was definitely more stylish with the longer, side-swept bangs. With shorter bangs it’s more of a “mom” do, so Emily, keep that in mind if you itch to go for shorter bangs!

    I like option 2 for Miguelina’s hair, only because it’s a more drastic change and I think the shorter length looks fresher.

    Whoorl, you should make “after” photos mandatory! I want to see how everyone’s hair turns out!

  • Emily, Participant #1

    September 20, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Damn, you are GOOD! I love them BOTH. But I think I am leaning towards Brainwashed Katie because I love the idea of the bangs. Otherwise, I feel like my hair might just look like it does right now – except shorter. Also, doesn’t the second picture require a nice part? Now look at MY PICTURE and tell me I know how to part my hair. I DON’T.

    Am I allowed to vote? If so I vote #1.

    P.S. Two pitchers of sangria sounds mighty good right about now, huh?

  • Lucy

    September 20, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Option #1 for Emily. I actually have this hairstyle. Is it terrible that I brought pictures of Katie Holmes to the hairstylist and said I want this? It is a very easy hairstyle, I wash my hair and brush it. That’s it, just my style.

    Option #2 for Miguelina. I just like the shorter length better than the longer.

  • janet

    September 20, 2007 at 11:39 am

    #1 and then #2

  • Mandy

    September 20, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Emily would look awesome with option #1. Plus, if she ever wants to give into the wave a bit, it could be really cute with the choppy layers. And I also vote no color only because it’s such a gorgeous natural color. But you know, it’s her hair.

    I would option #1 for Miguelina. Seems softer to me.

    Have fun!

  • Kate

    September 20, 2007 at 11:53 am

    I recently went from hair about Emily’s length to a shorter (chin length) inverted bob. When I went to see my stylist, I mentioned that I loved Katie Holmes hair, but also really liked the inverted bob or a shorter bob. She said to start with the inverted bob, and then, if I wanted to, the next time she cut my hair, she would do the choppier bob, ala Katie Holmes. What she said, and I didn’t think about this, was that it is very easy to go from a short or inverted bob to Katie Holmes. The opposite is not true. Since Emily is used to styling her hair with a flat iron, but not necessarily heavily layered hair (from what I can see) she may want to start with the short bob, and then if she is feeling super adventurous the next time she gets her hair cut, she can go for the layers. I should mention that my hair is naturally wavy, and I also used a straight iron nearly every day, and my hair has actually become easier to style with this shorter cut. I mention this only because I was really surprised, since shorter hair usually means more unruly hair, at least in my case. And, if Emily really wants bangs, she can always have bangs with the bob, too!

  • One Smart Cookie

    September 20, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    I love option 1 for Emily. Option 2 is great, but it seems like one of those cuts where your only option on a bad hair day is to put on a hat. Option 1 seems like it would be a little more forgiving on those days. Of course, Emily doesn’t look like she HAS bad hair days so many I should have taken that into consideration. (So shiny… so jealous…)

    I’m a big fan of option 2 for Miguelina.

  • Michelle

    September 20, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    I’m going with Katie Holmes and Jamie-Lynn Sigler – those styles are both adorable and doable with a good cut.

  • Sheila

    September 20, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    #1 and #1. And a question for the Expert about the Curling Iron Technique, since it was mentioned in this post: With hair about Emily’s length, should there be any change in how you curl it? I can’t seem to get a variety of waves, they all bend and curl in the same place, and it looks funny. Maybe I need a smaller barrel?

  • Isabel

    September 20, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    I LOVE Katie’s new hair. If being married to Tom Cruise would make me look that good, I might just do it.

    So, I’m going with Option #1 for Emily and #2 for Miguelina.

    (I think Miguelina will love having some layers. It will make such a difference.)

    Can’t wait to hear and see what they both do.

  • Mrs. Chicky

    September 20, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    Miguelina’s hair is even prettier in person (if that were possible). It kills me that she wants to cut it. What is it with you ladies who have perfectly gorgeous hair and always want to mess with it?? Gah!

    Okay, I’m done now.

  • Catherine

    September 20, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I read Emily’s blog (and yours) religiously, and I LOVE her hair. I like both cuts, but may I make a recommendation? I think Katie’s hair is just a little bit too layered. What about the bob with just a few layers and the bangs?? I’m no hair pro, but I thought I’d throw in my two cents.

  • Kim

    September 20, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    I voted for two for Emily, but I have to say, WHY IS SHE ON HAIR THURSDAY? Her hair is perfect. I envy her hair. Seriously.

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    September 20, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Emily! (I’m assuming Emily is going to be reading the comments too.) Option One is lovely, but I do feel that you’ve had it before. Option 2 would certainly be more of a change and Whoorl is right that you have EXACTLY the right sort of hair for this. The Jenny McCarthy bob is something I was considering for myself at one time, but my hair is just not shiny and glassy enough. Yours is. It would look totally, totally cute, and it would certainly be different. That said, you can rock ANYTHING. So you really can’t go wrong.

  • metalia

    September 20, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    I can attest to the fact that Emily’s hair is just as shiny and sleek in person as you’d all imagine. I think the Katie Holmes bob would be perrrfect. As for Miguelina (who also already has gorgeous hair!) I love option 2.

  • adriana

    September 20, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Miguelina looks so much like one of my second cousins. Either style would be pretty on her.

    And whoorl… you have the perfect hair color, don’t dye it unless you have to, and for whatever reason, I have a feeling that you would grow in that really pretty silver shiny kind of grey hair when the time comes. Dark hair is cool!

  • B@B@(Sue)

    September 21, 2007 at 5:00 am

    Miguelina will look fabulous with #2, the color and everything…
    and the baby with a lot of red lip kisses on his head..he looks adorable…

  • Pam

    September 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

    I voted option 1, then option 2, but really (again!) either would be great. Whoorl has done a great job here. I can’t wait til it’s my turn. Until then, I hope I maintain self-control and don’t run to my stylist and demand she shave my head! (She wouldn’t)(I hope)

  • Karen

    September 21, 2007 at 10:15 am

    What gorg girls! Honestly, they really don’t need hairapy, but your suggestions are top notch.
    BTW, I got mine chopped recently, bob with BANGs… perhaps I should update my hair gallery pic.

  • Pamela

    September 21, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    I would love to know if Emily uses a thermal protectant and if so, what brand. Her hair is so shiny it’s blinding! Or perhaps she has an amazing flat iron? The Katie Holmes look will be perfect on her.