From Joanne’s email:
Just last night I turned to the bottle AGAIN. (Frost and Tip – I’m cheap, and I regret it every time!) Although I like that it’s really blonde, I know that it’s also really BRASSY! I also did a lousy job on the back so there are lots of dark roots still showing. I feel my best as a blonde, but I have a ruddy complexion and I rarely get the tone right. Any suggestions you can offer would be great! And I promise to take your suggestions TO A PROFESSIONAL and to not attempt it myself.
As for cut, I prefer it to at least my shoulders and would love to grow it out to the style like your last updated reader Shuchita, but I have a rectangular/square face, so I don’t know if it’d suit me. Also, I must admit, my hair is FRIED and could use a good hack. What do you think?
Naturally mousy dark blonde
Been bleaching since the age of 13
Chemically-processed and dry
Thick, curly at the back and wavy around my face with cowlicks.
Prefers shoulder-length or longer
Uses Frizz Ease Serum
Layers tend to “puff out”
Wait. Joanne, they still make Frost and Tip? I had no idea!
Here’s the good news – you are moving in the right direction. I like the longer length with your face shape and I also think blonde is your color, especially since you are a natural mousy blonde.
(Sidenote to readers – Joanne died her hair red last year and quickly realized it was NOT her color.)
Your two problems will hopefully be relatively easy to remedy.
#1 – Your layers DESPERATELY need to be texturized. Your thick hair is creating a shelf layer around chin-length that needs to be thinned out. You can really see this problem in the back of your hair. It’s almost like you have a bob with some little bits of longer hair hanging down. Not so good, Joanne. But this can be fixed easily! Does your hairstylist texturize your hair? If not, it’s time to get a new one. Once texturized, your layers will blend much better and you could actually wear your hair naturally wavy, which would add another look to your arsenal.
As for the cut, square face shapes have great hairstyle options to soften their angular facial structures. To make wide foreheads and jaw lines appear narrower, you should wear deep side parts or soft bangs, and choose face-softening textured looks like tousled curls or piece-y cuts.
#2 – It’s time to say goodbye to the drugstore bottle and let a professional even out your color, as well as take care of your roots. Add a little more golden blonde into the mix to warm it up a bit. Perfect for summer!
Here are my proposals.
I like Brinkley’s warmer color and Carrie Underwood’s cut is perfect. Notice how Underwood has the side part and lots of layers, but they are texturized to blend in with one another. I really think these little changes will make a huge impact on your overall hairstyle! Add in a shampoo and conditioner specifically made for dry, color-treated hair and a heat protectant such as Kerastase Ciment Thermique and you should be golden!
Can’t wait to see the results!
Amy in StLMay 7, 2010 at 8:52 am
I second the recommendation to quit dying your own hair! I gave up box color for a New Years Resolution and my hair (it’s chin length) looks so much healthier without me frying it every 5 weeks. According to my stylist, box color (other than semi permanent like Natural Instincts which won’t lighten) uses a more harsh developer than normal. She has such fabulous hair, it’ll look so great when it’s healthy and shiny!
JenibeeMay 7, 2010 at 8:53 am
Please, PLEASE post “after” pics! I have exactly the same coloring issues – my “DIY” hair is just about your current color, and I too am a natural mousey blonde with a ruddy complexion. I wish I could get it right at home. I began doing my own color because various salons I went to didn’t seem to be able to get it right either. I am anxiously awaiting the results of what you decide!
sarahMay 7, 2010 at 10:32 am
Oh man, I have the exact same layering issue! My thick hair is wavy on top and stick straight on the bottom. So when it is cut in layers, the top layers spring up and the bottom lies flat and it looks ridiculous. My stylist regularly texturizes it but I think with my new shorter cut, he forgot about how straight the underside is. I need to have the lower part cut shorter so the difference isn’t so stark. Thanks for helping me sort out my issue!
shuchitaMay 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm
On a related note, I have a question – should one hide grays ? I have plenty and my sister says they look unkempt/straggly. Would colouring solve the issue ?
I kinda think it’d be like I’m hiding what is really happening to my hair…
All Women StalkerMay 10, 2010 at 7:59 am
Her cut is already pretty (she is pretty, too). :)