hair thursday makeover 71

Meet the lovely Mia.


From Mia’s email:

Since writing you last fall, I had my hair chopped to a short swing-bob. It was cute (or so I was told), but too much work. I’m now in the process of growing it out, with the ultimate goal being… I don’t really know?? Definitely not as long as it was in the first set of pictures I sent you, but longer than it is now. As I mentioned before I like to wear it wavy, so I’m looking for something that is conducive to that. Most of the time though, even when it starts off down and wavy, or down and straight, I end up putting it in a pony-tail, or bun. I’m all about the bun. It’s also really really light blonde, maybe too blonde? I don’t know…. So, I guess the issues I would like you and your readers to help me with would be 1) choosing a manageable style that I can stick with and 2) a color that works with my skin-tone (which is basically translucent).

Other mentionables:

Naturally dirty blond, with light blond highlights
Fine, but a lot of it
Naturally a little wavy, but with blow drying and a quick once over with a flat iron, it’s straight.
Wants to wear it wavy
Uses salon products for the most part –  Pureology, Kerastase, and Biolage

I love the shorter length on Mia! That bob really accentuates her beautiful features, but I totally understand the time commitment involved. Although I think she should keep it shorter than her first photo, I think we can find a happy medium that takes less time to style (less than ten minutes!), accents her loose waves, and is super chic.

Something like this, yes?


I think this shoulder-skimming style would look incredible on Mia. However, I do like Mia’s sideswept bangs, so it’s really up to her if she wants to grow out her bangs. Either way would look fab. This length still calls attention to her features, yet is long enough to pull into Mia’s coveted bun.

The burning question. How can she achieve this look in 10 minutes or less?

Friends, I give you the Recipe for Fine, Loose Curls. Drumroll, please.

1. Prepare hair with Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion.

2. Work a small amount of Bumble and bumble Defining Creme through the hair, beginning at the nape, moving forward.

3. Spread through more sparingly as you reach ends and tease out waves.

4. Air-dry for natural separation. (Or blow dry with a diffuser if in a hurry.)

Tada! Beautiful, loose waves! That’s it, Mia. With your wave pattern, these two products are going to be a godsend.

As for the color, I think Mia could go a little bit darker, but not much. My guess is that Mia was a white-blond child because she wears the light blond very well. What do you think? Should Mia go darker or celebrate her blond?

You may have noticed this makeover post is following the old format. Well, I changed my mind. AGAIN. (I obviously have ever-changing thoughts regarding this blog. Come along for the bipolar ride! Wheeeeeeeee! ) I wasn’t really loving the new format and frankly, it wasn’t saving me any time. So, we’re back to the original format – one detailed makeover post per week on Thursdays. I mean, this blog IS called HAIR THURSDAY. I posted the revised FAQs here.)

  1. sarah

    July 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    sideswept bangs look great as-is! i think she could even rock blunt bangs w/ a collar-bone length bob, but that might be too much effort for her. i love the gwyneth suggestion!

  2. kat

    July 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

    i love her sideswept bangs and bob that she has. even if she were to grow it out longer, i love the bangs. plus bangs plus wave equals hot. i also voted darker only it might be a fun test to see how her eyes would pop with a darker hair color.
    .-= kat´s last blog ..hours with imovie results in the following. =-.

  3. Jenn

    July 30, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I think she should go a little darker. Maybe match her eyebrows? I think it would suit her complexion and make her blue eyes pop!

  4. sarah

    July 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Hey Whoorl —
    I have similar hair (fine, lots of it … wavy … used to be white blonde as a kid … about the same length) and I was wondering if you could recommend any similar wavy products that you might find for CHEAP! at your local Walgreens or Target.

    Thanks so much!

    Oh, and I would love to see Mia’s hair maybe slightly more golden blond than white blond. But she is rocking the white blond! And I vote to keep the side bangs.

  5. Tracy D

    July 30, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I really like the color, and I think the wavy look is great! It looks very natural and cute. Maybe a couple of inches longer than it is now and keep the long side swept bangs :)