hair thursday makeover 4

Sorry for the delay. My laptop experienced a massive stroke this morning and is in the ICU for the next couple of days, which leaves me with my husband’s laptop for a very few hours in the evening.

Never fear! Whoorl is INVESTED in Hair Thursdays. This morning, when I unsuccessfully attempted to turn on my computer and the realization hit me that OH MY GOD, I could possibly lose everything on my hard drive (because YES, I am the asshole who doesn’t back up her computer), do you know what the very first thought that ran through my mind was? That I just lost every photo of my beautiful son from day one to the present?


That all of my precious videos were gone forever?

Um, no.

My very first thought I had was, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY, if I just lost my fuckity fucking Excel spreadsheet of my YEAR’S WORTH of Hair Thursday participants, I will kill someone.

Seriously. That was my first thought. Okay, maybe not a year’s worth, but Hair Thursdays are officially booked through March 2008. Hell yes.

(Also, if anyone cares, I successfully started up my computer in safe mode and backed up my hard drive. Even if my sweet little PowerBook doesn’t make it through, I’ll have my goddamn Excel spreadsheet.)

Enough talk! Let’s get moving!

Say hello to Annie.



Annie’s Hair:

Brown with natural auburn highlights
Starting to go gray at “an alarming rate”, will need color
Thick and straight, but a little wavy at the hairline
Wanting to upgrade her hair products
Wants a dramatic change (8-12 inches off)
10-20 minutes styling time
Uses blow dryer and curling iron

Let me preface this with a statement. I feel rather strongly about a color for Annie. In fact, there will be no voting today for the color. WHOORL HAS SPOKEN.


Annie NEEDS to be a redhead. End of story.

Look at her skin tone! Her eyes! The natural red highlights! I’m telling you, the above colors would look perfect on her. Screw the whoorl democracy – I am a DICTATOR and if you disagree with my color choice, I will ban you (or your IP address) from the site FOREVAH. Don’t try me, people.

Moving along! Hippity hoppity!

According to Annie, she would like to do something “dramatic” with the length. She mentioned 8-12 inches, which means roughly around her jawline. To appease Annie, I will include an option with a shorter cut, but I think a shoulder-skimming style would best suit her face shape. (Am I leading today or what? GAH.) Let’s take a look at the options.


If Annie wants to go short, I like the bob in option #1. It’s not as texturized as some of the bobs we’ve seen in recent weeks, giving it a fuller look instead of lying flat against the face, which would be very complimentary to Annie’s face shape. I also really like the fringed bangs. Annie wouldn’t need to use much product, maybe just a smoothing serum while blowdrying.

Option #2 is a little more versatile. I like the short, jagged layers throughout- once again, giving it a fullness which would complement Annie’s face structure. It would be very easy to style – a round brush and blow dryer would do the trick. Plus, it would look great on a REDHEAD.

Have I made myself clear?

Which style do you prefer for Annie the REDHEAD?

Next up: Anne.



Anne’s Hair:

Fine and extremely straight
Natural color
Lies very flat, very fine and no volume – layers tend to disappear
Needs bangs, her hair grows forward. Very hard to pull back
Wants wash and go
Willing to spend more on the right product
Wants to know about a good hairspray

Okay, let me get this straight. (Get it? STRAIGHT! Bwahahaaa, I crack myself up.) Anne needs bangs, she has very straight hair and it lies relatively flat. I’m thinking a Page Boy bob is the way to go for a shorter hairstyle.


Option #1 could be an ideal cut for Anne. Not many hair types can pull this look off. The hair must be straight, lie flat and be accepting of bangs, which fits Anne to a tee. Anne also mentioned she has a large head, and this cut (the bangs, especially) will complement a longer face.

However, this style is one of the hardest to cut. You need a stylist who does precision work. With layers, you always have a little wiggle room, but a bob like this takes time. If you look at the back of Anne’s hair, you can see how the ends look a little choppy and uneven (from an unsuccessful run-in with an inexperienced stylist). With a precise cut, the ends will mesh together. (What I’m trying to say here is please don’t attempt this cut at the local strip mall chain for $20.)

Option #2 would be a nice longer style for Anne. The hair length is approximately shoulder level with lots of feathering layers added from the cheek bone down. I do think this particular photo shows the hair straightened to the extreme – I don’t think Anne would be forced to use the flat iron since her hair is already so straight naturally. Maybe some touch-ups here and there. Also, I think this color would warm up Anne’s complexion. Add the fringed bangs and the golden highlights and voila, a beautiful style.

Tell Anne which option you prefer.

Alright, party’s over. I’ve got to figure out how to access all of my email accounts without my lovely Entourage application. Peace out.

  1. cocodrie

    September 27, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    You looked adversity in the eye today and WON! You are supreme princess.

  2. Andrea

    September 27, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Oh thank god there is a hair thursday after all. I wait all week for this and was almost as excited about this post as I am to watch The Office in a mere 45 minutes.

    Talk to my husband about backing up the hard drive. I believe at this point we have two external hard drives and I think he just tried to tell me we need a third. All in the name of the 10,000 pictues of the first year of Charlie’s life.

  3. Rattling the Kettle

    September 27, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    “If Annie wants to go short, I like the bob in option #1.”

    You know, as I was reading that, I was thinking “I like the boob in option #2.”

    Hair. Pft.


  4. Not The Mama

    September 27, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    First of all, UGH about the computer crash. I’m so sorry you lost all your photos. I’ve been there, and it SUCKS. I

    But…EEE. It’s Hair Thursday and it’s my turn! And you are brilliant as always. I bow to your superior wisdom and will inform my hairstylist that I MUST be a redhead. And I think you are right too about the length. As much as I am itching for a change, chin-length is a little scary. (Last time I cut it that short, I loved it best when it grew out a couple of inches.) I’m excited to see what the crowd says about the cuts though.

    Also if any wonderful readers want to recommend a hair stylist in Atlanta, I’d be eternally grateful. I haven’t had a haircut since I moved here, and I have no idea where to go.

    Oh yes! I forgot to mention that! FIND ANNIE A HAIRSTYLIST IN ATLANTAAAAAAAAAA! (And if she does a bad job, I’m coming to find ya.)

  5. Mediocre Housewife

    September 27, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    If Annie does end up cutting 8-12 inches off, how about a donation to Locks of Love? I think they need 10 inches and they make wigs for children with cancer. :)

  6. Not The Mama

    September 28, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Mediocre Housewife — I’ve actually donated my hair to Locks of Love three times. (18 inches, 14 inches, 16 inches) I had definitely planned to do it again, which is part of why I’ve been ambivalent about getting it cut. I thought that if I let it go long enough, I’d just go ahead and do a dramatic cut and donate it again.

    But then I read an article a few weeks ago in the NY times about Locks of Love, and the spokesperson basically said they don’t WANT hair donations. Apparently they throw out the vast majority (around 80%) of what they get. And of what is left, they sell most of it. The few wigs they do make, usually go to women with alopecia rather than kids with cancer. Personally, I don’t care WHO it goes to, as long as it goes to someone in need, but I was really disappointed to see that most likely my donations wound up in the garbage. The article is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/06/fashion/06locks.html

    So, I’m not real hyped about that idea right now. But if I do a dramatic cut, I’ll look into some of the lesser-known similar organizations and see if I can find someone that will actually use it.

  7. sunny

    September 28, 2007 at 4:13 am

    yes, the red will look fantastic! Annie needs to find a really good colorist though, because red is the trickiest of all colors and you can’t mess around with that shizz.

    I’ve been a red head a few times in my life but one that worked the best for me was a red henna, painted on by a professional, with some blonde highlights in foils. This combo lasted awhile because with the extra highlights it didn’t look as bad growing out as just all-over red.

    It looks like both ladies in your photos have some blond foil mixed in.

  8. Miguelina (Reluctant Housewife)

    September 28, 2007 at 6:03 am

    Annie will be hot redhead. You hair color is lovely already.

    Anne (Annie and Anne – how perfect is that?) I think you will look great in #2.

  9. AngelaF

    September 28, 2007 at 5:38 am

    I am so bummed that Hair Thursday is booked thru March of 08! I was going to get my hair chopped off after my sister’s wedding in November, and I was hoping for some advice. Shucks.

    As for hair stylists in Atlanta- when I lived there 6 years ago, I went to a place in Virginia Highlands called the VanMichael Salon. It was fabulous. Even better (at least for the starving grad student that I was), they have a “training” salon attached to the real salon, so you can get a cheaper cut from someone who isn’t quite ready for the big time! I just found the link, and they have locations in other parts of the city too: http://www.vanmichael.com/

    Good luck!

  10. Jamie

    September 28, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Re: Annie

    Depending on how often Annie is going to actually style her hair properly (and really, when you think about it, how many of us ACTUALLY do that every day?), she needs to consider those waves near her face. I also have a strong wave/kink at my face, going all the way back to the crown of my head, and it makes bangs VERY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH.

    I cannot stress this enough, Annie. Do not cut your bangs too short, and be ready to style them every. single. day. in order for them to look right.

    That being said, I think option #2 is a phenomenal choice for her! The bangs are longer and a little more forgiving.

    Best of luck!

  11. Allison

    September 28, 2007 at 6:24 am

    As a satisfied Hair Thursday customer, I feel obligated to put in my two cents… even if no one cares!

    Annie – I think both styles would be great on you, and both would be a big change. But I went against the grain and chose #1. It’s just SOOO much different that I think it would be fun, fun, fun!

    Anne – Although #2 is my favorite, I chose #1 because I knew how I felt about growing when all I wanted was an immediate change. Thank goodness the masses chose the cut for me and not the growing! I couldn’t have done it!!!!

    I heart Whoorl!!! :-)

  12. bethany

    September 28, 2007 at 8:55 am

    Ack, I LOVE Kath Walsh’s color, it is the color that I have been chasing (to no avail) for over a year…I may just have to enter the whoorl hair sweepstakes and hope that she (you) gives me a shot at some makeover advice…i’m a bit of a snob, never thought i’d ask someone else for beauty advice…no offense girl, you rock!

  13. bethany

    September 28, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Kate..KATE Walsh,ugh, I hate when I dork out while typing..I also think it may be time to , *swallow*..cut. Whew, there, I said it. The hair is at the stage where you are glad it’s long and don’t want to throw away the months of growing it out (I know, in economics, this rational would be called, sunk cost) anyway, it’s getting annoying and listless, though. So I’m gonna send some pics.

  14. Aurelia

    September 28, 2007 at 9:38 am

    I’ve donated to locks of love three times (well, one time to wigs for kids because I only had about 8 inches to donate), the last time just a few weeks ago, and my stylist said that what generally gets thrown out is women who had dyed hair, but since I’ve never had my hair dyed (Amazing! I know!) that mine would be fine.

    And I love me some hair Thursdays. Love.

  15. Lisa

    September 28, 2007 at 10:36 am

    I love Hair Thursdays!!! Okay, as for accessing your email accounts, have you tried or used mail2web? I am sure you are way ahead of me here, but I thought I’d suggest it anyway(s)?