Hello to Michelle!
Dark brown with gray coming in under the sides and back
Thick, with a little natural wave
Length needs to be at least touching her shoulders
Spends about two minutes styling – brushes and pulls it back in an elastic rubber band on most days. Uses a curling iron occasionally.
Uses shampoo on a daily basis (but didn’t mention conditioner)
Michelle is a SAHM and finds herself pulling her hair back in a ponytail or baseball cap on most days around the house. Although I can totally relate to that situation, a couple of subtle changes will make such a difference.
Michelle mentioned that she usually wears a baseball cap because she doesn’t like the way her forehead looks when she has her ponytail pulled back. Sounds like someone needs some ponytail bangs! I will say it until my dying day – long, sideswept bangs are the ticket for ponytails. Since they fall to the side, they cover a little bit of the forehead and you don’t get that whole dramatic, slicked back look.
Also, Michelle’s hair is lacking in the shine department, but that will be a breeze to fix.
Let’s look at some options.
Now, these styles are very similar, but there is one major difference. The length of the bangs. Option #1 has longer, cheekbone-skimming bangs (which might be the way to go for Michelle’s intial foray into bang territory). Option #2’s bangs are shorter – grazing the eyebrow, but the overall style is similar.
Michelle had additional questions about styling and covering her grays. Michelle, do you ever wash your hair the night before and style (flat/curling iron) the next morning? This might not work for everyone, but since Michelle is a SAHM, she might be able to pull it off. If I’m planning to spend some time styling, I wash in the evening, let air dry and then either flat iron or curl with an iron the next morning. I do think Michelle will benefit from a flat iron, to help smooth her hair and promote shine.
Oh, yes! Shine. Michelle, have you bought the Frederic Fekkai glossing cream? BUY IT. Buy it and covet it. Oh, and buy a good conditioner. Less expensive – Infusium Moisturizing conditioner, More expensive – Terax Crema conditioner.)
As for coloring her grays, I would recommend staying close to her natural shade. Of course, when it comes to first-time color, I would suggest visiting a professional, BUT does anyone have good recommendations for at-home, semi-permanent color? Natural instincts? Color Spa?
Let’s get on with it!
Our next participant is Kristen.
Dark brown, never colored or highlighted
Normal condition, naturally wavy
Prefers longer hair
Lets her hair dry on the way to work, spends absolutely no time styling
Would like to learn to use a flat iron
You know, I’m really glad that Kristen was one of the participants this week. I can now prove to you that my obsession with cute, ponytail bangs does have its limits. Yes, believe it or not, I simply don’t think EVERYONE benefits from bangs. Kristen included.
The great news is that when I contacted Kristen to see if she needed to update her photos, she informed me that she had been growing out her bangs for the past several months, and they now reached the end of her nose. Phew! The hard work is already over for Kristen.
Kristen has really shiny, thick hair with lots of volume. Her options for styling are really endless once she gets her hands on some good tools and cleans up the shape.
She mentioned an interest in flat irons, and I think an iron could add a sophisticated style for her, but she shouldn’t forget my friend, the curling iron. First off, let’s look at her options.
This more of a now and later situation, but I would suggest Kristen take the first photo to her stylist and shape up. The length has been left below shoulder level and soft face framing layers have been added around the front to create shape and body. The great part about this style is that it will allow Kristen to wear her hair wavy, but will look very smooth and sleek when she dries it with a round brush and/or uses a flat iron.
As for the flat iron, we all know what I recommend, and she should pin up her hair and work from the underneath up, sectioning off 1-2-inch sections. Kristen doesn’t need to spend a ton of time with the iron – just enough to smooth the waves, close the follicle, and promote a nice shine.
As her hair grows, she can always bust out the curling iron for the second look, but let’s focus on the cut for now.
What do you think about the first photo? Should Kristen shape it up accordingly?
Coming up next week:
Our first Hair Today candidate – she is HOT
Men with gray hair – opinion and polls
Of course, more brave HT candidates on Thursday
Have a great weekend, y’all.
sizzleMay 29, 2008 at 8:19 am
Terax conditioner is AWESOME.
giselleMay 29, 2008 at 8:34 am
What’s Hair Today?? Did I miss something?
I love Kristen’s options. They will work perfectly!
caraMay 29, 2008 at 8:49 am
natural instincts is the *best* home semipermanent haircolor. i love it in nutmeg!
jonnikerMay 29, 2008 at 9:15 am
I’ve used Natural Instincts back in the day, and it’s great. The only trick with at-home color that’s tough is finding the right shade — this means, stay within one or two shades of your natural color and being honest in what your natural color IS. Everyone is tempted to go a lot lighter or a lot darker, and both can be disastrous.
margalitMay 29, 2008 at 9:22 am
Let’s talk conditioner for a sec, OK? I bought the infusium moisturizing conditioner on your recommendation and…well… I hate it. It makes my hair really heavy and doesn’t feel clean. Plus, I have to wash it more often because it seems to collect dirt or something. I don’t know why, but my hair gets dirtier with the Infusium than when I use other conditioners in the el-cheapo CVS aisle.
Can you recommend a lighter conditioner? My hair is gray with Natural Instincts color atop it, wavy, used to be thick but now is normal thickness, coarse, and shiny.
ambientMay 29, 2008 at 9:54 am
I have similar concerns to Margalit. My hair is dry, but if I use heavy-duty conditioners it goes flat as a pancake and gets oily really quickly. (Guess I should say dry-to-normal then??) I have been afraid to try the Infusium for just that reason.
My method is to saturate my hair with a lighter standard conditioner and leave it on a couple minutes, only using dabs of heavier stuff on the driest spots if needed. This keeps my hair pretty happy, but not *fabulous*. I just don’t know how to go glossy without getting weighed down…
JamieMay 29, 2008 at 10:05 am
Oh, Terax – I just can’t quit you! That stuff is tops in my book. Oh my Lord, I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Must run to Sephora, now..
JamieMay 29, 2008 at 10:08 am
Margalit – you could try the Infusium 23 leave-in conditioner INSTEAD of the moisturizing, rinse-out conditioner. It’s super light (in fact, I put it in a spray bottle) and can be spritzed on your towel-dried hair – so it will soak in, but not weigh your hair down.
MaryMay 29, 2008 at 11:13 am
L’Oreal Preference is a wonderful home hair colour. You can call the hotline and they can recommend a shade for you or help you easily counter any missteps with another shade.
The conditioner in there is divine (I wish it were sold seperately!!) My hair always looks healthier after I colour – a true miracle!
MaryMay 29, 2008 at 11:17 am
Oh and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Infusium Moistureology line that was recommended. margalit – maybe you might have better luck with another one of the “ology’s” in the line instead. I’ve experienced noticeable moisturization that I could see might weigh down other hair types.
a madhouse wifeMay 29, 2008 at 11:31 am
Whoorl: Do tell, regarding bangs: can people with shallow foreheads still rock a ponytail bang? I have a shallow forehead (and a whole lotta eyebrow) and am currently sporting a bob, but would consider growing it out if a shallow-foreheaded person can wear a ponytail bang. My experience, however, has been no. But that was back during mall/barrell bangs, so maybe if more hair was cut to the bang instead of just a little? Thoughts?
StacyMay 29, 2008 at 11:34 am
For Michelle’s hair colour, I recommend NaturTint. It doesn’t contain nasty chemicals (you can use it even while preggers) and lasts a hella long time (at least 6 weeks for me). Even better, they don’t test on animals like most commercially available hair colours. It’s expensive ($17 a box) but worth it. http://www.veganstore.com/body-care/hair-care/naturtint-permanent-hair-color/Page_1/590.html
I have a grey streak a la Rogue that has been spreading to my temples (and I’ll be honest — the rest of my damn head) and while I leave the streak alone, it covers the rest of my grey really really well.
Five stars for NaturTint.
katMay 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm
oh man! kristen’s change is going to be AWESOME. i hope she sneds updated photos.
MichelleMay 30, 2008 at 9:59 am
Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions! Whoorl, you’re the best! It looks like Patricia Heaton is in the lead…oddly enough, my crush (as indicated over at Metalia’s blog a while back, is Ray Romano, Patricia’s former TV hubby)! Coincidence…I think not. I’m going out to get everything you recommended, Whoorl! BTW, which flat iron do you recommend for my hair? Can’t wait for the Hair Today segments to begin! Thanks again, Whoorl :o)
PamelaMay 30, 2008 at 10:14 am
I’m loving Perfect 10 hair color. The medium brown would be a nice shade. It’s on sale at Target and you get a $5 gift card when you buy it, so it would be a cheap experiment if nothing else. I have a lot of grey and it covers in 15 minutes (not a Perfect 10 minute, contrary to the bottle’s claims).