hair thursday makeover 19

Ramón Alejandro Django has traumatized my fingers and typing hurts mucho. No small talk, chiquitas.




Britt’s hair:

Usually has light brown hair with blond highlights, but went all blond this summer and hates it.
Very oily at the roots and dry at the ends
Medium-thick, with a bit of frizz
Just needs enough length to cover her “protruding ears”. Open for suggestions.
Spends about 30-40 minutes styling with a curling iron, blow dryer, and flat iron
Uses frizz serum, hairspray, root pump, leave-in conditioner, shampoo, conditioner

I love participants like Britt because I know no matter what hairstyle I recommend, she will be able to handle it. She’s obviously proficient with styling tools and such, so I don’t feel like I need to walk her through every single step. (Plus, she has very pretty hair!)


Britt, honey? What is that nest-like situation back there? Was it a result of back-combing/teasing for volume? Could you refrain from that from here on out? Mucho gracias.

(I’m not picking solely on you, Britt. I’m picking on EVERY WOMAN who teases their hair and neglects to look at the back before leaving the house. You know you are out there. By all means, tease away, just be sure to smooth it out!)

Let’s darken Britt’s hair a little bit for the winter- her previous light brown with blond highlights sounds perfect to me. Since I know she will rock whatever style she decides on, I’m going to let the readers do the talking (voting).

Long or short, whoorlistas?


Anyone else think Britt looks like Kellie Pickler? (Clearly, another fan of the hair tease.)

Miss Dawn:



Dawn’s hair:

Natural reddish brown color
Normal condition
Wavy and thick
Needs hair to be long enough to pull back (babyproof)
Doesn’t have any time to style, pulls it back into a ponytail
Has a difficult time with bangs due to a stubborn cowlick

Oh, this is a hard one. Not due to Dawn’s hair condition, but her lifestyle. I like to keep things realistic on Hair Thursdays, and here’s the deal. Dawn wants long hair. She can’t have bangs due to cowlick. She has a baby, which means she inevitably is going to pull it back.

What to do, what to do.

I looked and looked and looked for a photo last night, but everything was too styled, too many layers, just too much for Dawn.

I know what I want her to do. I want her to trim an inch off the bottom, cut a chin-length layer in the front for some definition, start parting her hair on one side (make the cowlick WORK for it, Dawn), and I want her to cut very subtle, very fine layers all over to get rid of the triangle effect she has going on.

Now, when Dawn sent me an email, she remarked that her hair looked like The Rachel every time she cut layers. These are not the type of layers I’m talking about- I want VERY subtle layers, the kind that you can barely see, but will change the overall shape of the hair.

Then, I saw the photo in a magazine last night:


This is similar to what I’m aiming for – fine layers all over (see the shorter pieces blowing in the model-esque wind?), so a little of the overall bulk is reduced.

I think this cut would look beautiful and it doesn’t require any extra effort. In fact, it should be one of those styles that will have people wondering if you did something different with your hair, but still similar to your previous length.

Since I’m letting Dawn off practically scot-free, I have one more request. How amazing would her hair look in this color? (FYI -notice the subtle layers in this haircut as well. If Dawn straightened her new style, it would look very similar to this.)


Tell her!

  1. Miss Britt

    January 25, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I have hair almost exactly like Dawn’s. And two kids.

    Two secrets:

    The cut – long but not TOO long. Too long and you have zero volume. Think just below the shoulders. And yes, layers. Find a stylist who will point cut your layers – they’ll blend with all the curl/wave texture, but it will stop that triangle thing. If you’re getting Rachel layers, they’re doing it wrong. Long layers to give you shape.

    Secret too – PRODUCT. OMG I do not have time to style. Get thee to Aveda and check out their “Be Curly” style. I’m telling you, I live in Florida, and even the humidity here cannot stop me and my mad awesome Aveda products! :-)

  2. Miss Britt

    January 25, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Um, that’s secret “two”.

    I know more about hair than I do about English. Honest.

  3. Allison

    January 25, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Kay – The Bob is TOTALLY in right now! If Whoorl weren’t showing us the current trends in style, what good would she be? (jk Whoorl – you’d still be good). Anyways – Hair is an accessory that is meant to change with the trends. If this were called “Jean Thursdays” and Whoorl was suggesting we all wear these: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/187/413599546_4e6657bd3a.jpg we’d fire her. No one would be signing up. Just like if she told us all to get hair that isn’t kosher, Hair Thursdays would be a thing of the past.

    Love the bob, Kay. Embrace it.

    Or, as previously suggested (in such an efficient manner, might I add), don’t read here on Thursdays.

  4. Lori

    January 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

    stick with it. it’s like breastfeeding. the pain diminishes and then it’s awesome.

  5. Another Dawn

    January 25, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I too have a cowlick. Whoorl is right, partying your hair on the side helps.

    And my secret, if you can take a minute or two to blow dry just your bangs you can usually get the cowlick to lay flat if you brush your bangs to the right and dry a bit, then brush to the left and dry a bit. Repeat this two or three times. Works wonders!

  6. Another Dawn

    January 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    oops, meant “parting” not “partying”

  7. mommyknows

    January 27, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    I totally think Brit looks like Kellie Pickler!

    Great blog!

  8. Ashlie

    January 29, 2008 at 12:43 am

    Just you wait for those calluses to appear. You will be much happier after that….

    Love the hair pics!

  9. leah

    January 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    where did you find that picture of kate dillon? i love her!

    I scanned it from this month’s Town & Country magazine.

  10. Anna

    February 11, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Dawn should check out the site longhaircommunity.com for hairstyle tips galore (the site is down at the mo but they are working on getting it back up).