hair thursday makeover 13

Who was I kidding? A 4-participant Hair Thursday over the Christmas holidays? Yeah right.

Like all of you special people, I’m busy. I’ve been spending a lot of my time with some wonderful Ho Ho Ho Creamy White Sandwich Cookies, and really, who am I to deny such a confectionery delight? Not to mention, my father’s sickeningly perfect Chex Mix. (Don’t even try to say your recipe is better. We aren’t afraid to throw down over here.)

Baby steps. How about you take a gander at Alice?


Alice’s Hair:

Naturally brown, colors red with blond highlights
Very fine and wavy
Oily scalp
Usually keeps hair below shoulders, but will go shorter
Uses lots of products when styling (hairspray, mousse, serum, gels), but mainly uses shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner on a daily basis

I’m pretty sure Alice used the word “stringy” 1,346 times in her detailed email. Don’t worry, Alice. I’m here for you!

First things first, take a look at my highly scientific equation:

Very Fine (and oily!) Hair + Lots o’ Products = Saddy Sad Stringy Sadness

Let them go, Alice. Throw away the multitude of products AND the leave-in conditioner. In fact, does anyone out there know Alice personally? Will you see to it that the products are removed? Because honey, that hair will be stringy and blah ’til your dying day with all of that stuff in it! Trust me!

Alice needs a great shampoo and conditioner, and a little dab of styling cream (for shine!) on most days. Period. Maybe a thermal protectant on days when heat tools are being used.

What about these two options?


Both of these looks would require a flat iron for the smooth appearance. Here’s my take on flat irons, if you missed the first go-round.

Speaking of flat irons, this one is my very favorite. And you are NOT getting a video tutorial, thank you very much. Just be sure to apply a thermal protectant (like this one) before using the iron. Clip you hair up and starting from the bottom layers, work with 1-2 inch sections, careful not to clamp one section for too long. Keep the flat iron moving at all times, working slowly down the sections until you have completed all of the sections. Work a small amount of FF glossing cream through the hair from the middle to the ends. Voila! Straight, shiny hair.

Option #1 – Love the color (the red looks great with Alice’s peachy complexion) and the long layers in the front, which cover part of the forehead without the hassle of actual bangs. (I forgot to mention Alice isn’t into hair hanging in her face.)

Option #2 – Same textured ends, but this style has an allover shorter look. Bangs wouldn’t be too hard to keep up with since they blend into the hair.

I definitely think Alice should keep playing around with reddish colors and I would like to see a little more of her forehead covered.

What say you?

More participants coming up soon. My three remaining 2007 gals will BE in 2007, I promise.

  1. Allison

    December 27, 2007 at 11:28 am

    I heart the bangs. As long as you’re going to be ironing anyway, they really wouldn’t be that much more work because (as the amazing Whoorl pointed out) they look pretty blended. Also love the color in number one. So I vote color of 1 style of 2. Readyyyyyyy….. Break!

  2. She Likes Purple

    December 27, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    I voted for the second, but I’d love to see the first color with the second cut.

  3. am'ti b

    December 27, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    i want a bob bad and bangs, one day. i think both are tops!

  4. Emily R

    December 27, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Like the others, color 1 with style 2. I love those bangs.

  5. fairydogmother

    December 27, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Hair Thursday: very exciting, obviously.

    However, the use of the phrase “sickeningly perfect Chex Mix” is what prompted me to de-lurk. Any chance we might get a peek at a recipe, or is it a closely guarded Whoorl family secret?

  6. Sharri

    December 27, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Yea! Whoorl is back! Missed you! You’ve been busy?? Puleeeze. (Seriously though – good for you to take some time to enjoy family) Hope you enjoyed a good holiday!

    And I say rock the shorter hair, girlfriend! You’ll be pleased. I think it will also make said “stringy” hair feel lighter and fuller.

  7. Michelle in Cincinnati

    December 27, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Color #1, Hairstyle #2 – Happy Holidays, Whoorl!

  8. janet

    December 27, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    ditto She Likes Purple!

  9. Spandrel Studios

    December 28, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Option #1 is great for this type of hair – mine is very similar, and bringing the length just to the top of the shoulders with long layers makes a world of difference. Minimal product needed, especially when the cut is really good.

    Prediction: Alice will love it!

  10. Alice

    December 28, 2007 at 6:49 am

    oh my! this is so exciting! eep!

    thanks for the input, everyone! i should clarify that i don’t actually USE all those products on a daily basis – just the leave-in conditioner, which is also a detangler, otherwise my hair gets all knotted and the brush makes scary rippy noises in my hair – they’re just around for those times i attempt to wrangle the flat into body. the picture above is au natural.

    i am so excited to chop it all off. i will definitely send after pics!

  11. Allison

    December 28, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Leave-in conditioner, though? Even with tangly hair, I would think that the leave-in conditioner would only exacerbate the stringy-ness…

  12. kat

    December 28, 2007 at 11:32 am

    i’d like to see her keep the color but maybe go for brighter? she has such pretty eyes that will stand out only more with a sleek bright hairdo!

  13. Thomas

    December 28, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    I trust your judgment.

  14. Swistle

    December 28, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    I think she should start with option 1, because she can always go to option 2 next. More difficult to go the other direction.

  15. Daisy

    December 28, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    These options might work for me — if I had the courage.