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!

  • Jackie

    April 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

    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.

  • Bellamomma

    April 16, 2009 at 10:33 am

    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!

  • Laura

    April 16, 2009 at 11:19 am

    That is the hair that I want!

  • Allison

    April 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

    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!

  • Lindsey

    April 16, 2009 at 10:21 am

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

  • Melanie

    April 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I have super duper dry hair would love to win.

  • Rhi

    April 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

    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.

  • Linda

    April 16, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I’d love to try some new products!

  • Heather

    April 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

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

  • Allison

    April 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

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

  • Chelsea

    April 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

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

  • janet

    April 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

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

  • Meaghan

    April 16, 2009 at 10:31 am

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

  • heathercoo

    April 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    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.

  • Martha

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Haha! Totally fishing. She’s beautiful.

  • karen

    April 16, 2009 at 10:34 am

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

  • Allison

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

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

  • Brittany

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

    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.

  • sarah

    April 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

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

  • Nicole

    April 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

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

  • Mindy

    April 16, 2009 at 10:37 am

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

  • hillary

    April 16, 2009 at 10:39 am

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

  • Geralis

    April 16, 2009 at 10:40 am

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

  • Kristen

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 am

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

  • Susan

    April 16, 2009 at 10:49 am

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

  • Rachel C

    April 16, 2009 at 10:50 am

    oh I love trying new hair stuff! Enter me!

  • Caroline

    April 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

    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.

  • Stacie

    April 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

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

  • Lauri

    April 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

    lovin her bang’s

    Hope I win the products

  • Jen

    April 16, 2009 at 10:54 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Lauren’s hair color!

  • Jessica

    April 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

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

  • Karen

    April 16, 2009 at 10:55 am

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

  • AmandaKay

    April 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

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

  • Rachel

    April 16, 2009 at 10:56 am

    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.

  • Kristabella

    April 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

    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!

  • christina

    April 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

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

  • Chris

    April 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

    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!!!

  • ikate/kakaty

    April 16, 2009 at 11:09 am

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

  • Beth

    April 16, 2009 at 11:15 am

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

  • Mina

    April 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

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

  • Erin

    April 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

    FISHING – she has great hair.

  • Chiada

    April 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    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.

  • Stephanie

    April 16, 2009 at 11:25 am

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

  • Stephanie

    April 16, 2009 at 11:27 am

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

  • jenna

    April 16, 2009 at 11:30 am

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

  • cindy

    April 16, 2009 at 11:36 am

    i would die for her hair!

  • lucy

    April 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

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

  • Julie

    April 16, 2009 at 11:39 am

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

  • Darcey

    April 16, 2009 at 11:45 am

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

  • Kate

    April 16, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I love trying new hair products!

  • yasmara

    April 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I’d love to try out new Redken products!

  • Laura

    April 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    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!

  • Elizabeth

    April 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    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!

  • kat

    April 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    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.

  • Jody

    April 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    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.

  • krista - urbanite jewelry

    April 16, 2009 at 12:47 pm

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

  • mairim

    April 16, 2009 at 12:50 pm

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

  • dawn

    April 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm

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

  • Elizabeth

    April 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

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

  • Korinna

    April 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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

  • Georgia

    April 16, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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

  • kim vv

    April 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Count me in for Redken!

    (See how it kind of rhymes?)

  • claire

    April 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Please add me to the giveaway mix.

  • Fatima Audrey

    April 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

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

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

  • Erin

    April 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm

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

  • Meredith

    April 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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

  • monkeygirl

    April 16, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Love her hair AND her glasses!

  • shelley

    April 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Oooh! pick me!!!

  • Lauren

    April 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I love redken!

  • Merrick

    April 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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

  • Tanya

    April 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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

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

  • Emily and her dry hair

    April 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

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

  • kristy mathes

    April 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I want to try these products!

  • b

    April 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    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!

  • Diane A.

    April 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    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.

  • Lauren

    April 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    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.

  • Laura

    April 16, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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

  • Katherine

    April 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Count me in as well!

  • Sarah

    April 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    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.

  • Akimbo

    April 16, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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

  • kate

    April 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    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.

  • Jess

    April 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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

  • brista

    April 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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

  • Sarah

    April 16, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    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.

  • Emily

    April 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Dry hair!

  • wooster

    April 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm

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

  • sarah marie p

    April 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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

  • E's Mommy

    April 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm

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

  • Bethany

    April 17, 2009 at 4:28 am

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

  • Shawna

    April 17, 2009 at 4:42 am

    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!

  • Mir

    April 17, 2009 at 4:46 am

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

  • missie

    April 17, 2009 at 4:49 am

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

  • Jennifer

    April 17, 2009 at 4:57 am

    I too would love soft hair! Pick me!

  • Erin

    April 17, 2009 at 5:07 am

    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!

  • ambient

    April 17, 2009 at 5:12 am

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

  • Deanna

    April 17, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Great giveaway! I could really use these :)

  • Sarah

    April 17, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I love Redken products!

  • Shannon MItchell

    April 17, 2009 at 5:32 am

    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.

  • keri

    April 17, 2009 at 5:41 am

    ooh, ooh, a prize, a prize!

  • beckie

    April 17, 2009 at 5:55 am

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

  • Rebbeca

    April 17, 2009 at 6:00 am

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

  • Emily

    April 17, 2009 at 7:02 am

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

  • Kara

    April 17, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Love to try those. And love that hair color!

  • Jennifer

    April 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Her hair really is cute.

  • CarrieO

    April 17, 2009 at 8:14 am

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

  • zandor

    April 17, 2009 at 9:54 am

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

  • Sunshine

    April 17, 2009 at 9:24 am

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

  • Sarin

    April 17, 2009 at 9:25 am

    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!

  • Katie

    April 17, 2009 at 10:20 am

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

  • Elaine

    April 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

    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!

  • Cass

    April 17, 2009 at 11:39 am

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

  • Grete

    April 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

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

  • Martha

    April 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I want to go to there.

  • Tess

    April 17, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    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.

  • Julie

    April 17, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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

  • Shannon

    April 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

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

  • Katie

    April 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I want some Real Control! :)

  • Morgan

    April 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    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?!

  • Kelli

    April 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    New products are my passion!

  • Amanda

    April 17, 2009 at 6:10 pm

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

  • samantha jo campen

    April 17, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    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

  • Vanessa

    April 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

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

  • Boulder

    April 18, 2009 at 2:06 am

    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.

  • Kim

    April 18, 2009 at 6:41 am

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

  • Katy

    April 18, 2009 at 7:15 am

    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.


  • Mari

    April 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

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

  • Amanda

    April 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    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!

  • Jenny

    April 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Love the hair. Love free stuff. Go Redken!

  • Lisa

    April 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm

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

  • Ashley

    April 19, 2009 at 4:51 am

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

  • Aubrey

    April 19, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Definitely fishing. I love her hair and glasses!

  • Kaitie Tee

    April 19, 2009 at 11:29 am

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

  • Sarah

    April 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    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!

  • kelly

    April 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm

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

  • Abby

    April 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    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.


  • Tracy

    April 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm

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

  • nicole

    April 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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

  • Valerie

    April 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    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!

  • Dawn

    April 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    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!

  • Ami

    April 19, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Ooooh, me me me!

  • Sharon

    April 20, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I am loving Redken products lately.

  • Julie

    April 20, 2009 at 9:25 am

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

  • Kris

    April 20, 2009 at 10:19 am

    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.

  • Aimee Claton

    April 20, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Woo hoo, I love these contests!

  • Patsy

    April 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    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.

  • Lauren

    April 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    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 :)

  • Steph S.

    April 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Yes, please! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Heidi

    April 20, 2009 at 5:13 pm

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