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.


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. 





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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion โ€“ With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I don’t think your finished hair looks that bad! It’s cute. We suffer from a surfeit of hair colleges, so we get $5 haircuts by students. Even if we hate it, we only spent a little on it.
    I don’t have bangs, so I just spray some hairspray on my brush and brush through the hair on the sides of my face, slightly twisting it outwards. It’s about all I have time for.
    Do flat irons really work? I keep hearing such conflicting information about them.

  2. Wow…I mean, gosh.
    The trasformation in your bangs…why, it’s…it’s…so unreal! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    You totally crack me up, ‘cuz I really think your hair is cute! But, I hear ya, I hate leaving the salon with hair with that would stand up to gale force winds!
    Kate…she’s just got all the luck with that gorgeous hair of hers!!

  3. Okay, this has nothing to do with your haircut, I just can’t find where to contact you about something else…have you seen|main|dl7|link5| ? I sure hope that link works. I just woke up and saw this on my aol home page, wow…the traffic to your site is going to pick up I expect! Buckle up girl! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Ahhh, I love my Clayton!!!
    We used to be neighbors – lived across the street from each other. He went through my surgery with me, assured me that I could do short hair, and helped me find a style that suited me.
    Now I live in the next town over from him, but I still drive to his house to get my hair done. Won’t let anyone else touch me! *grin*

  5. I too, know the pain of uncooperative hair. To be honest, I have completely given up and cut my hair maybe 2x a year. Mine is flat and no amount of product will ever make it not so. We should form a club! If it helps, I think your hair is really cute anyway.

  6. a) you are beautiful, with or without those lovely bouncing curls…that I secretly want for my own, too.
    2) you crack me up bringing your camera to the salon – LOL!
    d)I think us women should just all shave our heads. Do you know how much time we’d save in the morning? You first.

  7. LOL Amanda. I think your hair looks nice ๐Ÿ™‚ That said, you have to be somewhat realistic when you go to a salon. I cringed when I saw the picture of LC…not because you wouldn’t look great with that hair, but because you have short bangs. I bet if you had brought a more realistic, for your hair type, picture in you would have been thrilled with the results ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I randomly came across your blog and laughed out loud at this post. You have an awesome writing style and I’ll definitely be back! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh, and my hair always does it’s own thing… but I’ve totally been there with the “transform me!” and then thinking, “what?!” ๐Ÿ™‚ You look good!

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