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? 🙂

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Reader Comments

  1. I really think its cute!!
    I TOTALLY know what you mean. I can NEVER get what I want with my hair. So frustrating.

  2. Hahaha oh girl, you are way too sweet! I’d love to look like Lauren Conrad!! I refuse to let my hairdresser use hairspray on me. I can never move my hair after either!

  3. That is the perfect example of why I let my hair grow! LOL! I’ve gone down the, make me look like this road, only to be disappointed time and time again. I love that you posted before and after picks. That was a hoot!
    I say, stay with what you know! LOL!

  4. So funny! So true! I pretty much stick to the same style with variations in bangs and length on occasion… then every few years it comes back in style and since I never gave it up… ha ha, I’m the first to have it!

  5. you look great, but yes, she didn’t do much with the bangs, did she? i’m like you, i can never get what i want at a salon. and whatever they do THAT day, i can never replicate. but this time, i went a little longer than shoulder length, and got sweeping bangs, so they are a little longer… makes ALL the difference!!!

  6. You’ve gotta be kidding! I think your hairstyle is GORGEOUS! Helmet head, on the other hand isn’t so fun…
    Still though, you looked great in the new style!

  7. Try using a straightening iron to curl your hair like Lauren Conrad’s! I’ve been doing it for years. Just clip your hair into sections, take a lock of your hair in the iron (make sure you point the tip of the iron downwards) and twist away from your face. Here’s a picture of my hair (after sleeping on it!).
    I’ve taught this little technique to friends that have pretty much no wave in their hair and they love it! It took a little practice at first but now I can do it on my dry hair in about 15 min. The nice thing about the straightening iron is it holds to curl much longer than a curling iron. Sometimes I use a little flexible hold hairspray, sometimes I let it fall naturally. Try it!

  8. I so feel your pain!! I’m STILL 3 months later- and need about 9 more- growing out a perfectly horrid hair cut. You see I have naturally frizzy hair. It has to be cut just so or it looks like my finger got wedged in the light socket. AND never, ever, ever can it be cut into a “point in the back” Which I thought I’d made perfectly clear to the person that did this awful thing to me. SO now that she took 4 inches off my hair- I only request no more than 2-I’m stuck trying to figure out what to do with poorly cut layers that look all wonky and a weird “duck tail” curl in the back!

  9. Hello
    Hey I like your make over very much as you look better in new hair style with curls.In curls you look beautiful and I think that you should keep this hairstyle.Thanks..

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