Friday, August 6, 2010

Finding your Perfect Hairstyle

Ever since giving my one-month notice to my soul-sucking corporate desk job, I've been having what you can call daydreams or delusions of grandeur about changing my hairstyle. While my soon-to-be-ex-boss is very open to the crazier side of life and would have had no problem with me doing any number of ridiculous things to my appearance (he poo-poo'd a septum piercing, though...), public relations and customer service is one of the biggest parts of my job, and there is no way that people who are going to be spending amounts in the five-digit neighborhood on our products would take seriously a girl with blue hair and piercings. Even though the guy signing the checks wouldn't have cared, it would have made my job ten times harder; for two years I've acquiesced to boring and bland.
this red...

Now, since I'm going to be leaving my job while I'm away at school, I don't have such trivialities to waste my time with, so I've been planning a whole-life makeover that would include my hair, dorm room, tattoos, and maybe a few piercings if I'm feeling up for it. Since I don't currently have a job to worry about besides the business projects I've been working on myself, and the main place I've been putting in applications is Hot Topic (don't judge me!!), I don't find myself overly concerned with how people will think of me in this light. I've been vanilla for probably four or five years; I owe it to myself to have a few months of fun.

But now that I have the option of changing my hair, I find myself facing a dilemma. I've been collecting little tidbits of ideas for the past few months as to how I want this style to look - natural red with hints of blue, soft curls, side bangs, versatile and without much styling needed - but now that it's come time to start seriously considering making salon appointments and the price tag, I find that I need more guidance and a more concrete idea before tossing over what could be some of the last of my hard-earned money for a while. If you're also looking into redoing your 'do, here's a few steps you can take to start.

First of all, remember that you don't need to have an exact picture in your head from the very beginning - if you did, you wouldn't be reading this! It's okay to have a blurry, lucid, half-formed idea in your mind when you start out. For example, for months all I've known is that I want to try out both natural red and bright, deep blue - it didn't even occur to me to try them both together at first! As long as you start out with some preliminary ideas, the rest will come with time. This is what I consider "laying groundwork." this blue....

Okay, so you know you want it chocolate brown, or bright pink, or super short. Awesome- you have your foundations. The next step is to clear those foundations up with some more details. For me, it was at this stage that it occurred to me to mix my two color ideas; I knew that a whole head of blue hair was definitely not the way to go right off the bat, and that I would get bored with only red for a long time, so it was a natural progression. I started focusing on style. To do this, think about your hair now. Figure out what it is that you like and dislike. For example, I think my hair currently is a great idea in theory: I like the idea of a side bang with soft, natural curls, but unfortunately I live in a climate where that isn't always achievable without lots of work, between humid, frizz-inducing summers and dry, static-laden winters. I've been frying my hair by straightening my bangs all the time, and I've been tying back my hair almost every single day for the past few weeks; I also know that just letting it grow is not working out for my hair type and that I need some layers or other types of fancy cutting to tame it into the style I want.

Okay! So I figured out what I wanted to keep and what had to be changed. Now comes the fun part: eyecandy. Flip through your favorite mook - my choice was GLB volume 36 - and see what pops out at you. Another great resource is your favorite photosharing website - my drug of choice is Tumblr, but We Heart It is also up there- anything that'll let you do a tag or keyword search. Almost daily I searched for "blue hair" and "red hair" until I came up with the best depictions of the shades I wanted. That's very important - to us, "brown" or "blonde" may seem like all the adjectives we need, but a stylist often has many different options of each color. To avoid hair regret (and having to empty your wallet for it, too), it's best to go in knowing what you want and having the resources to properly explain it. the style on the left!

If you do choose to go to a stylist (which I recommend, for a big change like this), it's kind of out of your hands from this point. Just keep your eye on the scissors and make sure she isn't going too short, too layered, or just too far from the plan. This is the part I'm worried about, and the reason the last professional haircut I had was when I was about 11 - I just have problems trusting other people with my appearance. Blame it on my astrology - Taurus is self-important and beauty-obsessed, and Scorpio Moon is eclectic and fancies themselves utterly misunderstood, so the idea of trusting someone else to define my aesthetic in a way that I'd have to deal with for months just never struck me as a good idea. The only reason I'm going back is because I need inspiration and would like to see what someone else can do with me. Sometimes trusting the artist is not a bad idea... I'm just hoping this is one of those times!


  1. I wish you good luck finding the ultimate style! It's sounds really cool already! ^^

  2. Hey! Just FYI, if you're interested in getting a septum piercing I have one and you can get rings that aren't closed circles that can easily be "flipped up" inside of your nose(not as uncomfortable as it sounds) for jobs or other situations where it would be inappropriate.

  3. such cute styles i love them all ^^
    take a risk ^^?

  4. I'm so lucky to have found a wonderful hairdresser. I started going to him in my early teens (I'm 17 now), and at first I would go in with a very concrete idea of what I wanted done. However, after a while we got to know each other. I started trusting his opinions as a professional more, and he grew to know enough about my personality and life to know what might suit me. It's gotten to the point where I'm completely comfortable with going in and saying "I trust you- do whatever you think will look good!" I always walk out with a great new 'do!

  5. i now really want to do my hair and dye it after reading thhis XD but my mum would throw a fit

  6. I think the last picture in the post (the style on the left, like you say) is the cutest hairstyle I've ever seen :D

  7. I would love to see you with all those put together! It would be spectacular!!
    How are you going to put the colors together? Would you do the red with blue tips? Or the blue underneath at your neck?
    That cut is very cut too and I think any stylist would have fun creating it with your thick hair. ^^
    I actually really love the first picture; mostly because I am considering bangs now that my hair is more than a foot and a half long and needs to be styled soon. But I'm not sure if it would even look good on me.
    I haven't had short hair or bangs since I was little, and I don't know how it would work out with my face shape and all... I wouldn't really want short hair right now anyways, not right now at least. Haha now I'm questioning hair styles again!! lol

    Let me know if you get it done! Can't wait to see you soon <3

  8. I'm a Taurus that usually cuts her own hair too! I cannot trust Stylists, they usually cut too much. I am trying to grow my hair to my hips, and most stylists seem to think half an inch is four inches. AHHH! I am just a few inches from my goal now and I am avoiding hairdressers like the plague.

    I love the red you are going for, I do my hair that color. I can't wait to see what color you end up with.

  9. I recently dyed part of my hair turquoise. To be specific, I colored part of my underlayer. The top laver of my hair is still natural and the crazy color shines though. It's less in-your-face and more part of my hair (almost natural if I dare say so) which I like. Looks also awesome in curls (two colored curls are made of win).

  10. I can't wait to see it! The red is a lovely choice for your colouring. Good luck! I hope the hairdresser gets it right!

    (Seeing this, I'm rather inspired to stop dithering and take the hair plunge as well - I think I'll finally dye my hair white! Goodbye, blonde!)



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