Representing the deranged housewife that I am, I brought a picture of a lovely starlet into the hair salon and fully expected that not only would my hair be transformed, but my body and face as well.

In my mind, this is a fully realistic expectation.  I mean, I have seen all those makeover shows… these are trained professionals people

These educated and equipped  technicians have skill sets and maneuvers that can transform even the ugliest of ducklings. (i.e. me)

I wanted to get my hair styled.  Just some big loose curls. 

Kinda like these beautiful ringlets on Jessica Lauren Conrad.

I love how it looks like she rolled out of bed this gorgeous. 

How the curls look natural, how you get the slight impression that if a sudden wind were to pop up her glorious locks would start flowing through in wind like wildflowers and birds would start singing.

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So I brought my totally raw (no product, no blow drying, no nothing) hair into the salon and gave the delightful 19 year old stylist my picture and said, "Work your magic!  Oh, and can you do something with my bangs?  I know none of the girls wearing this style have bangs… can we figure something out?"

"Sure!"  She exclaimed with the excitement of a girl getting her first barbie.

Whom, I might add, after about five minutes of light conversation informed me that pedicures were her specialty. 

Before

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After

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Hello helmet head.

I kid you not, I could not move my hair.  It was so teased and so stiff and flat and lifeless that it looked like a wig.  Not to mention that the very bottom, or the ends, totally lost their curl about seven seconds after I walked out of the salon.

And talk about a bang transformation.

I have the worst luck when it comes to getting what I want at salons.  Am I the only one?  I feel like everywhere I look women have fantastic hair! (Like Kate, um hello perfect style, shape, color, texture!)

So, I think for my next appearance I will stick to what I know.

My flatiron.  You cant go wrong with stick straight blah right? ๐Ÿ™‚

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Reader Comments

  1. You are beautiful. I do like the curls…but with teasing and hair product & feeling not so natural…sometimes it is just not worth it. i am so a blow dry, flat iron kind of gal with a little gloss product to make my over processed hair feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know boring…but even when I have my hairdresser do it…I can never repeat it, so it is just silly.
    I wish my hair was as beautiful as yours.

  2. You are beautiful. I do like the curls…but with teasing and hair product & feeling not so natural…sometimes it is just not worth it. i am so a blow dry, flat iron kind of gal with a little gloss product to make my over processed hair feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know boring…but even when I have my hairdresser do it…I can never repeat it, so it is just silly.
    I wish my hair was as beautiful as yours.

  3. I have never been able to find a stylist that I can walk in, ask for something different and walk out with anything really different than I already had… so what do I do now?? Have my friend who cuts hair on the side do my same ol same ol and pay $10 for a pretty decent – but nothing exciting or different doo! In the long run I don’t mind my hair and I save bunches over those higher priced salons!
    I love the curls and the straight though…at least you can be versatile!
    Blessings, Kristin

  4. You have to find a really good stylist. The person I see now is in North Oaks, and she’s awesome! Also, a good stylist will give you tips for fixing your hair on your own, as well as any products that might help you achieve the look (even drug store products). Granted, I tend to pay a little more per cut; however, I only get my hair cut about every 5-6 months, so I figure that evens out in the long run. If I go to a Great Clips or something like that, I’m dying for a haircut about 3 weeks later! So, for me, a good cut is a worthwhile investment.

  5. Curly or straight, you look beautiful!! Really and truly.
    You are too funny, girl. Your bangs transformation is incredible ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thanks for the shout-out but my hair is FAR from perfect!!

  6. I thought you looked great. I have found the times that I like my hair the most are when I go to a experinced hair stylist and say about what lenght I want it and then let them have fun with the style. They always seem to pick out the best for my face. I have never gone wrong by doing that ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I like it too! But I sure do know what you mean…I use my flat iron everyday…my hair just isn’t what it used to be…It used to be long and curly in my glory days…but being a mom it sees lots of ponytails ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re so pretty…you don’t need to look like anyone else! I haven’t been to a salon in years! Because it never turns out like I hope!

  8. I love the curls but I have the same trouble. I have never left a salon totally happy. I found a friend that could do my hair great but then we parted ways and I have been up a creek ever since.

  9. I think you…and your hair….look beautiful! I have the WORST problem finding someone who can handle my curls!!! I just got my hair cut before NYC…maybe not the best idea…but she did a pretty good job. She told me that my hair has a “unique texture.” I’m pretty sure that was a veiled insult. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Don’t.Wish.For.Curls. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. It really looked cute while it lasted though. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would try a non 19 year old though, someone with a lot more experience might be able to give you more of what you want in a way that will continue to work for you.
    Not that I would know, I have the most lifeless, dishwater colored, thin hair out there. Oh well, I guess I could just be thankful I have hair! Your hair is pretty done or undone!

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