hair thursday makeover 26

Meet Manda. She’s considering bangs.


Manda’s hair:

Naturally light ash brown with blonde highlights. Doesn’t want to dye her hair.
Healthy, thick and super straight
Wants long hair, is considering bangs but forehead has a tendency to get really oily
Likes ponytails
Is a sucker for cheap haircuts and wants to step it up

Manda would be a perfect candidate for the type of sideswept bangs shown in the photos below.


Since Manda has oily skin, I definitely would not recommend bluntly-cut or piecey bangs that hang forward on her forehead, but sideswept bangs that blend into the sides of her hair would give her a fresh look without the worry of “greasy-looking” hair.

Plus, sideswept bangs are a breeze to grow out. If Manda tires of the look, the bangs will look like face-framing layers as they grow (similar to the layers she already has). Might I mention how cute she would look with ponytail bangs?

Next up is Tracy:


Tracy’s hair:

Naturally medium brown and doesn’t want color
Straight, thick yet fine-textured and very oily
Open to different lengths
Uses a styling cream daily
Isn’t really happy with her stylist

Take a look at these options:


Tracy would really benefit from reducing the heaviness in her hair, as she is slightly approaching the dreaded triangle. A little more volume at her roots and crown would make the biggest difference in the overall shape of her hair. Both of these options would give Tracy’s hair so much more movement.

Option #1 is a simple, versatile style with layers around the front to add shape and keep the overall shape light and airy. I also think the collarbone length would complement Tracy’s features.

Option #2 is full of body and texture, thanks to the medium length layers cut throughout, as well as razored ends which eliminate any bulkiness. Also, she has some very minimal piecey bangs that easily could be blended into the hair.

What do you think?

Okay, let’s chat about stylists for a second.

I know all too well about dealing with mediocre stylists, having moved around several states in the past ten years.

Here’s the deal, if you aren’t happy with your stylist, DON’T GO BACK. Sure, they might wonder why you’ve disappeared, but who cares? This is your hair- the hair you have to look at every day of your life. You aren’t paying them to make your hair look decent, you are paying them to make you look and feel fantastic. When the time comes, you don’t need to “break up” with them, discuss the situation, etc. Just don’t make another appointment. End of Story.

Since moving to California, I’ve seen three stylists. The first was a recommendation (she sucked), the second was the result of tons of internet research (she sucked), and the third is my current stylist who I absolutely adore. How did I find her? I walked right up to a random stranger with amazing hair and asked who her stylist was. She gave me her number and that was that.

This is the best way to find a stylist. You see, talking about stylists on the internet is a tricky thing. Someone might think their stylist is the best ever, but their idea of a great stylist could be completely different than yours. (For instance, they might fully enjoy permed 80’s hair. You, however, might be interested in something less model-doing-the-splits-on-a-Jaguar in Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again video. Just an example.)

You need to see the merchandise for yourself, you know? Look around, check out hairstyles while running errands, having cocktails, eating out, etc. Don’t be afraid to ask! You aren’t going to offend anyone by paying them a great compliment, right? And if you love your stylist, carry some cards in your purse. When people ask about my hair, I just whip out her card. Easy as cheese.

Now, go forth and seek out great hair!

  1. janet

    March 20, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    loving your ideas for the first one — that’s kinda what I’m going for with my bangs right now. Unfortunately, we are entering frizzy season soon, after a long winter of sleek. Sad.

  2. Manda

    March 20, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    YAY! I got Whoorled!! Results will come in fast… I’m getting my hair cut TOMORROW! Woo hoo! Sideswept bangs it shall be, less mass, more layers. I’m thinking of going for Tracy’s option 2 … is that stealing?

    I am however, nervous to report that I shall be returning to a stylist who got a little scissor-happy last time and I’ve been growing out ever since.

    PRAY for me sistas!!

  3. Maggie

    March 21, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I love the info about stylists! I’ve been having thoughts about changing stylists lately, but have been nervous about trying to find someone else. I’d love to find someone with IDEAS about what might work for me (like you specialize in here for Hair Thursdays) rather than just doing a trim on what I already have but have never found anyone like that. I live near San Francisco, so I’d think there might be good options around, so I’ll have to keep my eye out for cute hairstyles then have the balls to ask for the name of their stylist.

  4. Tracy

    March 31, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I’m away from the internet for a couple of weeks, and I miss my own Hair Thursday! Seeing those photos again was very jarring–I can’t believe I let my hair get so shapeless. I did do a couple of stop gap cuts between then (late summer) and now. The first (with same old boring stylist) was really great in my opinion. I think it could have just been that any cut would have been an improvement after almost a year without a cut. I ended up with a style slightly longer than either of the options you laid out. I was so happy with that cut that I actually (for the first time ever) made another appt. before I left the salon for 8 weeks later. That cut I told him to go even shorter if he wanted and he did and I was sorry. He cut even shorter layers and I realized that no matter how short the hair around my crown is cut, it will still be flat. He also went short enough (a little shorter than these options) that I had some wispy short bangs (sort of like option 2) that I have only this week (15 weeks out) stopped putting up in a little barrette to keep them the hell off of my forehead. I used to wear bangs when I was younger, so I didn’t think it would be a big deal, but they really drove me nuts. I like both options, but think 1 would be better. Thanks for the help!

  5. Michelle

    May 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I just wanted to put the idea of our website out there since it is in relevance to the question. SeekingStylists.com is a great way to find the stylist you are looking for. You can search in your city and browse profiles that include photos of some of the hairstylists’ clients. This way you can preview their work before commiting.