hair thursday makeover 21

Oh my goodness, this first one is just packed with polls and options, so let’s get to it.

Meet Heather:



Heather’s hair:

Salt-n-Pepper color with “an emphasis on the sodium”. Doesn’t color or highlight.
Oily, thick and slightly wavy
Wants a manageable style
Uses whatever shampoo is on sale (I might have shed a tear while reading this part)

I have to admit, I am fully invested in this one. You see, I had the awesome opportunity to meet Heather at Blogher last summer and I luh-huve her.


Me, Heather, Jessica of Kerflop and Heather of No Pasa Nada

Look at me. Look at how I’m literally pressing my entire being up against her! She’s just THAT lovely!

Anyway, Heather has been chronicling the grueling process of growing her hair out on her blog, Oh My Stinkin’ Heck, as well as on Flickr.

Take a moment. Have a looksie. Familiarize yourself with her situation. She even polled her readers about whether she should continue growing or cut it off again.

By looking at her most recent photos, I would say she has definitely gotten through the hardest part of the growth process and is on the way to long hair heaven. However, I have to be honest about my feelings. For some reason, I can’t envision Heather with long hair.

Is it because I’ve become accustomed to seeing photos of Heather with short hair? Or is it because I got a chance to experience her bubbly, infectious personality (which totally screams short, spunky hair to me) in person?


Short and spunky!


Soft and romantic…

The questions, people. THE QUESTIONS. I’m up in the air. (Except, I am completely adamant that she continues to NOT color her hair. I love the salt and pepper.)

Remember last week when I said I would be including polls sparingly? Um, well this one is definitely in need of some popular opinion.

The first poll of the day (and decidedly, the most important. Please VOTE, you guys!):

Now, it gets a little tricky. I’ve picked out two styles for each length. Please vote for the corresponding poll to your answer in the first poll. For instance, if you picked that Heather should cut her hair, only vote on the short hairstyle poll. That way, we can keep things relatively fair.

(I swear on your mama, I will count these votes and come after you if you cheat.)

Okay, for those who voted for Heather to keep growing:


And for those who voted to cut it short:


Have I fully confused everyone? Good.

(In my humble opinion, If Heather wants to continue growing her hair, I think she should experience all four of these styles, in the exact order that you see them. First, shape her current hair into a bob, and then grow to shoulder-length with light layering. By then, she’ll be completely sick of longer hair, so she should chop it all off Jamie Lee Curtis-style and then let it grow to the Sharon Stone length. Whew! )

Wow, I need a drink. However, I must press onward!

Meet Adrienne:


Adrienne’s hair:

Dark Brown, never colored
Hair Condition: Normal condition, very thick, a little bit if wave
Owns a flat iron, curling iron, hair dryer, brush, round brush
Likes her hair, but is looking for a hair style, not just a hair cut
Not comfortable with shorter than chin-length

Adrienne is yet another fabulous gal that I know personally. Lucky for me (AND YOU), I think I have a handle on this one.

Like I mentioned above, Adrienne likes her hair but thinks it lacks a specific style. First off, wouldn’t you agree that her hair is gorgeous? Her beautiful, rich chocolate color and the shine is really amazing.

All she needs is a substantial, sweeping layer in the front, light layering around the rest of her hair and a maximum of 3 inches cut off.

How about this?


With the long, sweeping layer in front and the lighter layers cut into the ends, her hair will have tons of body. Adrienne can use a flat iron if she wants, but I really don’t think it is necessary. A blow dryer, round brush and a dab of FF glossing cream will give her a polished look with the perfect amount of shine. Plus, she will still have the length to pull back when she wants. Capiche? Capiche.

Good luck at your appointment tomorrow, Adrienne! I can’t wait to see the results!

  1. Carrisa

    February 7, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Is Heather against coloring? Because I’m seeing a dark color close to your own that would look marvelous with her eyes.

    I voted for grow out and option 1. And in a dark brown would look amazing.

  2. Angella

    February 7, 2008 at 7:09 am

    I lurve Heather too! She rocks.

    As do you, with your stellar advice.

  3. Natalie 42

    February 7, 2008 at 7:14 am

    I like the length of her hair in the very first picture of the post. But, I do like it short and spunky as well…oh the confusion.

  4. slynnro

    February 7, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Am I crazy or does Heather look like an entirely different person in each and every picture?

    Anyway, she looks like a short hair gal to me.

  5. Jummy

    February 7, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Heather is so lovely! I wish I could meet her in person.

    I have to admit I like the shortest cut she had best and it’s pretty close to the Sharon Stone style. However, if she wants something new then maybe she could try Option 1 in the long hair category.

  6. bethany actually

    February 7, 2008 at 8:32 am

    I looked at all the photos, thought about it, and…I actually like the length of Heather’s hair now the best! So, I’m gonna have to agree with Whoorl on this one. Go for all four styles, in the order you see them. :-)

  7. Heidi

    February 7, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I agree 100% that Heather should not color her hair. I’d kill for salt & pepper hair like that (maybe my wish will come true when I’m 34…3 more years). If I had that fabulous color, I’d save myself a ton of cash at the salon. About the cut – I love salt & pepper hair in a short and spunky style – always have. It’s something about the unexpected combo. You don’t usually expect something that hip with that color. She looks younger too with the short cut too.

  8. Jill - GlossyVeneer

    February 7, 2008 at 8:45 am

    I love Heather too! I think everyone does! (And if they don’t, I’m coming after them…)

    I voted to cut it short, but I do love Whoorl’s suggestion of all 4 styles. I think that could be a lot of fun to follow on OMSH.

    And I agree, no coloring the salt and pepper. It’s beautiful.

  9. Sadie

    February 7, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Whoorl, you are a God among men.
    Er, women.

  10. ambient

    February 7, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I 100% agree with Heidi that a spunky style is a great combo with Heather’s hair color. I didn’t read the backstory about the growing out (and what her reasons might be), but I think the “short and spunky!” photo looks awesome. I have the hair to pull that off but not the facial structure — sooo jealous.

  11. am'ti b

    February 7, 2008 at 11:07 am

    i am with you on not coloring for both. i love the salt-n-peppa and i have always thought adrienne’s hair was so shiny and lovely.
    i chose the sharon stone b/c i have had the jamie lee and i have thick hair and it is a hard grow out, plus the ss look is a bit more versatile.
    for adrienne i love the side sweep, it will be a subtle but fun change!

  12. glamgranola

    February 7, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Not everyone can wear the short and spikey. Heather totally rocks it! Cut, cut, cut, I say!

  13. gorillabuns

    February 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I say Heather needs to keep it the way it is now too!

  14. Loralee

    February 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve been waiting for Heather’s Hair Thursday.

    She’s all sorts of awesome ‘possum.

    Love the selected styles, too. The sickening fact is, she would look drop dead gorgeous in them ALL.

  15. Neil

    February 8, 2008 at 3:24 am

    I think Heather has such a beautiful and expressive face that the short hair totally works for her, but if she is going to be stubborn and disobey our wishes and grow her hair longer, I say go for it. One thing is for sure, in this age of vanity, she is totally cool for not coloring her hair. It is her “trademark.”