hair thursday makeover 14

Let’s get these Hair Thursdays cranking! I’m getting carpal tunnel over here!

Please direct your attention to Dani.



Dani’s Hair:

Naturally dark brown with lots of gray
Thick and curly
Prefers longer styles due to “gigantic face and a five-head- ala Tyra Banks” (Did I mention how much I love all of your hilarious HT emails? HahhaaHAHAAAAA.)
Doesn’t spend much time styling, wears ponytails every day
Wants to keep bangs, but maybe change the shape

First off, I want to address the styling issue. When responding to my question about her techniques, Dani wrote, “Post-shower, I comb out tangles, air-dry my bangs and then use a curling iron to pull the curl out. But I feel that style looks too young and dated, so I’m looking for an alternative bang style.”

I wear my hair in a ponytail often, and I don’t think expecting Dani to stop wearing ponytails is realistic. However, I do think changing the style of Dani’s bangs will help with the “young and dated” look.

Take a look at her photo. Do you notice how Dani’s bangs are cut straight across? Also, how you can see a definitive part between the bangs and the rest of hair? Essentially, she has bangs and long hair – not much of a transition there. How about having her bangs cut at an angle, so the bangs become longer and layer into her hair? That way, the look becomes more updated and easier to style.

I have to admit, the part about using the curling iron to straighten the bangs made me cringe a teensy bit. I think purchasing a flat iron would be a sound investment for Dani to help achieve the sideswept look.

This would be a decent photo to show your stylist, Dani.


(Oh, hi! It’s me! Talk about personalized service.)

This is how my bangs looked while I was sporting the sideswept look and using a flat iron. Also notice how the bangs blend into the hair instead of having a half-moon part around the front of my head. Might I ALSO mention that sideswept, longer bangs are much easier to deal with, maintenance-wise. They grow out easily, and you don’t need to trim as often. (Trust me, as I now have blunt cut bangs, which I adore, but MY GOD, the maintenance of bi-weekly trims. GAH.)

Okay, enough about bangs. I also think Dani should take at least 5 inches off the length. With the updated layering in the front and the length off the back, Dani can rock a new style without sacrificing her long hair.

Oh! Also! I think a semi-permanent rinse (DIY) in an auburn or reddish-brown would be really complimentary to Dani’s skin tone for a subtle change. (And gray coverage!)

Here are a couple photos of the longer, sideswept look.


The look with Option #1 could be achieved with an allover flat iron, followed by the whoorlie curling iron. (Obviously, for a special event due to the loooooong styling time.) #2 is a more natural look, but on most days Dani could dry and style her bangs (3 minutes total) and let her natural curls air-dry. I also think the color of #2 (with a hint of auburn) is a nice shade.

So, hey! It’s basically the same hairstyle! Is voting irrelevant?

Well, do it anyway.

  1. Anna

    December 29, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Wow, no wonder you do Hair Thursdays. Your hair is totally gorgeous. Just saying…

  2. Swistle

    December 29, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Oh, a picture of pretty Whoorl! Bonus!

    Love the expression “five-head.” I’m a little low on sleep these days and a little high on candy, so it took me a minute to figure it out. I have a five-head too. Grew out my bangs and not so sure it was wise—but can’t face ever, ever doing that again.

  3. Sharri

    December 29, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    So I’m thinking of getting bangs. Because I heard somewhere that “nothing ages a woman more than showing her hair line.” And I used to have bangs, in the 80’s – not giant bangs, but lots o bangs. I have an inverted bob now – and love it. Had my hairstylist cut in a little chunk of quasi bang about lower cheek bone length and it just hangs there and annoys me. Would side swept bangs work theoretically with an inverted bob? Considering you have no photo of me to go with it (don’t want to inundate you with hair photos). Oh help me wise Whoorl.

  4. kat

    December 29, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    so! i think dani has awesome cheekbones – perhaps a mention to the stylist that dani sould accentuate said awesome cheekbones would help shape her hair so it’s more flattering.

  5. All Adither

    December 29, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    All very sound and rockin’ advice!

    Of course, I always read your Hair Thursdays and apply it to myself and my own hair dilemmas. Seems I can relate to everyone’s hair on one level or another.

  6. Kristabella

    December 30, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    First, LORELAI! Man I miss that show.

    Second, your hair is so purty.

  7. Amanda

    December 31, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Dude. If you do not show us your blunt-cut bangs, I am going to be so. mad. Must seeee!

    You can kind of see in this photo.

  8. Dani

    January 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Hey, that’s me!

    Great advice all around, and I can’t wait to get started on my style change. The curling iron fell by the wayside a long time ago, since my bangs are now to the tip of my nose and probably don’t really count as bangs anymore. Bobby pins have become my best friend in keeping them out of my face. I’m so looking forward to a new style!

    Also, the picture in your “About” that you linked to above? Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

  9. Amanda

    January 2, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Dang, cute bangs. Does the maintenance really suck? And how do you feel about blunt-cut bangs for those of us with, say, just-beyond-chin-length hair, who, I don’t know, maybe rushed out and got the now ubiquitous inverted bob last spring and who are now desperately trying to grow it out to avoid looking like every other mom-type person she knows and maybe your comments isn’t really the best place to be getting all into this and sh!t but if you could just break down your own bangs-experience for us, that would be just swell….

    Oh, and your boy and my boy could totally pass for brothers, only mine’s got a loose curly baby fro. So there’s that….