hair thursday makeover 80

I declare today Hair Tuesday, so let’s get rolling.


Marie’s hair:
Dark brown, normal condition
Thick and straight with a minimal amount of wave
Willing to try something different
Loves ponytails because they’re easy

From Marie’s email:

I have a hair dilemma that I’d love to get your advice on. I’m a graduate student and I’m going on the academic job market this year for the first time. I’m 31 but frequently get mistaken for being an undergrad (by both professors and undergrads), and I’m looking for a hairstyle that will help me to look more like a potential colleague and less like a student.

The problem might be related to the fact that I’m very low-maintenance when it comes to my hair, nearly always putting it up in a half-ponytail or a ponytail, and often neglecting cutting it until I can’t stand it anymore. I’d be willing to try something dramatically different–bangs (which I haven’t had since 6th grade) or a much shorter length–and am willing to put more time and care into maintaining a hairstyle.

I think we can definitely find a more sophisticated look for Marie under one condition. Marie will need to keep her word and put more time into maintaining and styling her hair, because no matter what style I suggest, if she continually wears a ponytail like the above, she will continually look like an undergrad. (Hey, at least you look young, Marie!) However, it sounds to me that she is definitely ready for a change, so let’s look at the options.


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Ohhhhh, I think Option #1 could be it. America Ferrera‘s shoulder length cut with cheekbone-grazing, sideswept bangs is total sophistication. The shape would work beautifully with Marie’s bone structure, don’t you think? All Marie would need is a large round brush, a blow dryer and a shine serum to achieve this look.

Option #2 is another great look if Marie chooses to keep her hair longer. Lindsay Price‘s piecey bangs add a whole new element to the look and would give Marie a style that could go both ways – sophisticated for work, but fun and flirty for when she’s not on the clock. (Click here to learn how to replicate Lindsay’s style.)

What do you think?

  1. Kerri Anne

    October 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Can I just say for the record how much I love! Lindsay Price (especially her character in Eastwick)? OK, then.

    I think both of these options are super cute.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..This Is Something; This Is Nothing =-.

  2. kat

    October 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I voted for #1!

    I think the shorter hairstyle can be more professional appearing and I like the long layers – I think it’ll be easier for Marie to maintain.
    .-= kat´s last blog ..yosemite! =-.

  3. StellaCommute

    October 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I voted #1 because I think there is a non-zero chance that the blunt bangs will make her look even more young than she already does.
    .-= StellaCommute´s last blog ..Sometimes Changes In Routine Don’t Increase Your Productivity =-.

  4. Tavia

    October 28, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I voted no 2, because I think she would look beautiful with her long hair if she can have a change of hairstyle and I dunno about Marie, but I don’t want to give up my long hair. It grows so slowly :(
    .-= Tavia´s last blog ..Guerlain Cherry Blossom Spring 2010 =-.

  5. All Women Stalker

    November 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I voted for look#2 since she seems to have a similar face shape as Lindsay.

    .-= All Women Stalker´s last blog ..12 Things About Emergency Contraceptives You Should Know … =-.