hair thursday makeover 77


Sabra’s hair:

Very thick and relatively unruly
Large gray streaks
Normal to dry condition
Looking for a style that takes advantage of her natural waves
Open to new products
Petite frame with a small face

From Sabra’s email:

I’m desparate for direction. Bangs? or No? Keep growing? More layers? Smoother? Change the color? Anything goes! I’ve shaved my head in the past, cut my own bangs with a knife on a moving boat, colored it black, plum, brown, let it go naturally grey, then dyed it back. My only requirement is that whatever style I have be reasonably executable given that I get up at 5 in the morning to work east coast hours from New Mexico.

I’ve reached a delicate age (41) where I feel like having more hair is a flattering choice, but I’m struggling with how to manage the copious volume without looking deranged. I also want to maintain an edge (I’m a rock star — seriously I have a band and we gig) while also looking like I could work in an office (which I do). I would probably like to keep growing it a bit, but really I’d rather look sharp than have long hair for its own sake.

Sabra is making a salon visit this weekend, so let’s get started with her questions.

Bangs? No. (At least not short ones. Too many cowlicks.)

Keep growing? Maybe. I think a cut just above the shoulder would look great, although Sabra has a great face for a below-the-ear, wavy bob.

More layers? Well, layers always help with making waves beautiful and bouncy.

Smoother? Yes, and a curl-enhancing creme will work wonders on Sabra’s hair. (It will reduce the “crispy” look that I notice in her before photo.)

Change the color? Yes. The tones in Sabra’s hair are looking a little bit brassy. I would love to see a brunette look with subtle golden highlights – similar to the options below.


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If Sabra decides to go shorter, I like Marcia Gay Harden‘s naturally wavy bob. With a couple of wave-enhancing products, she could wash, air-dry and be done for the day. Using a styling lotion or creme will definitely help give Sabra the smoothness she is looking for – I would recommend staying away from gels and/or mousses to keep from the crispy curl look. (Also, be sure to apply product with a light hand. A quarter-sized dollop is more than enough in most situations.)

However, I am loving Sophia Bush‘s layered bob for Sabra. It’s totally youthful, flirty and bouncy with tons of shine. I like the long sideswept layer sweeping across the front, which would really accent Sabra’s blue-green eyes. Plus, it could be smoothed out for work, but definitely gives a rockstar vibe when worn wavy.

What do you think?

I can’t wait to see what Sabra decides this weekend. We shall soon see….

  1. Kaleigha

    September 24, 2009 at 11:51 am

    LOVE Sophia Bush’s look!
    .-= Kaleigha´s last blog ..Looking like a Lemon. =-.

  2. sizzle

    September 24, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I think she’d look really great with an even shorter cut. She’s got the face and frame to carry it!
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..Internalizing =-.

  3. Sundry

    September 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Sabra’s hair = my hair! I’ve never been able to embrace the waves (hello, slave to the flatiron) because of the frizz factor, but maybe I’ve been using the wrong styling goo.

  4. Lisa

    September 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Option 1, but with a fun color addition. Gotta keep the rocker edge. Add a nice streak of violet or something that doesn’t clash with the natural color… and something that doesn’t scream 14y/o. (Neon pink, or green might be a bit much)

  5. Kerri Anne

    September 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Yes! to bangs. Option 2 is super cute.

  6. All Women Stalker

    September 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    option 2 looks cute! But she looks like she can pull off a very short do.

    .-= All Women Stalker´s last blog ..15 Coolest Looks from “Back to School” Fashion Trend … =-.

  7. Kirsten

    September 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    I’m totally loving MGH’s look. But with a different color… mebbe some red? Or a cool rocker streak of bright… if her job allows.

  8. Sabra

    September 25, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Okay, I’ve already ordered the curl creme…it’s obvious I’ve been doing the wrong thing, product-wise. I’m hung up on stuff I used when my hair was super-short (e.g. gels and pastes … I know, stop rolling your eyes!). I’m digging the recommendations. Hair appt is 10/3…we’ll document it all!
    .-= Sabra´s last blog ..Re-awakening My Office Supply Fetishism =-.

  9. Tavia

    September 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    I think her hair is not long enough for option 2, but if she decided to have that look she must wait a while until her hair will be longer:) Both options are beautiful.
    .-= Tavia´s last blog ..Academie Professional Facial Treatments =-.

  10. Liz Dygert

    September 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I think option two is a better choice, has a better feel and style to it. She would need to grow her hair out a bit more to accomplish it though.

  11. Jenibee

    September 29, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I adore you for linking to Real Curl! Based upon your recommendation I ordered a bottle and *WOW!* — this stuff is awesome! Instead of a head full of crunchy frizz, I’ve actually got defined and controlled waves. Thanks so very much!