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Friday, September 19, 2008

"Did you do something different to your hair?"

Way back in the day, I entered a contest. Remember? I had to show pictures of my hair -- the good, the bad, and the everyday -- in a bid to win a hair makeover courtesy of Moosh in Indy and Hair Thursday. So, I mortified myself with old photos of my Senior year in high school, a pouffy triangle of curls with monster bangs, and other hairtrocities. And, unbelievably, I WON!!

Thanks to the generosity of Sarah and Casey, I got bumped up to the head of the line at Hair Thursday, where I received all sorts of excellent advice. I was hoping to go get my hair done in August -- but of course between summer vacation, several weeks of illness, the flurry of getting ready for classes to start, I just got my hair cut this past Tuesday. Here is the whole story of the magical transformation.

First, the obligatory BEFORE photos. My very very long (I wait embarrassingly long between haircuts) hair is usually pulled back in an clip or some other device that makes me look about twelve years old.


Having promised to go along with whatever Sarah and her readers suggested, I was in for a dramatic change -- color and a big big cut. I figured if I was going to lose that much hair, I might as well do something good with it. So I decided to donate it to Locks of Love. My fantastic stylist, Kisten (at Inn Style Salon in Ann Arbor, MI) separated my hair into a series of pony tails, since cutting off a single pony tail leaves hair much shorter in the middle than on the sides.

Then she made me cut off the first one, which, quite honestly, was a little nerve wracking.

At that point there was no turning back. And as you can see, I ended up with a hefty handful of hair to donate.

Then the real fun began. First, she dressed me up in a fancy tinfoil hat perfect for channeling alien communications.

And then, while we were waiting for my head to begin receiving alien transmissions, she launched into my sister's hair. (No this wasn't part of the mooshwhoorly package, but it made for a very fun evening.) As you can see, MIQuilter has been trimming her own bangs. Kisten says, "Just back away slowly from the scissors, sister."


A good stylist (like our lovely Kisten) will give you quick bang trims in between cuts, as needed, so you don't have to torture your own hair (or your friends' eyes) with your homemade versions. If, however, you are genetically predisposed to wait too long between haircuts, all a good stylist can do is patiently wring her hands and wait until this walks through her door.


But then, with very good grace (and much talent), she'll take those shaggy locks and shocking bangs and turn them into this:


Which takes just about enough time for the aliens to finish their work. So she took off my tinfoil hat, washed my hair, and set about cutting.

Unfortunately, I have no photos of the actual scissor action in progress, since it was about this point that my sissy and I discovered our coupons for a free glass of wine courtesy of the bar in the hotel in which this salon is located. So MIQuilter spent most of my haircut fetching us each a glass of white wine and then drinking hers (and, I swear, surreptitiously drinking mine too).

But here's how I looked once Kisten had finished with her scissors and her products and her blow drier. I am thrilled.

If you want Kisten's magic fingers for your very own self (which, seriously, you should if you live anywhere within reasonable driving distance of Ann Arbor, MI), look her up at the Inn Style Salon. And be sure to tell her I sent you; you might even score a referral discount. I have to say, too, that she deserves extra praise (and more clients), since she does Locks of Love cuts for free. So do yourself a favor and check her out.

As for my sister and I, here we are headed out the door to eat a giant sushi dinner, which really is the only way to cap off such a transforming afternoon.

As a follow up, I have to say a public enormous THANK YOU to Casey's generous funding of this hair adventure. I have all sorts of lovely brownish red highlights to hide the gray, and a sassy new haircut to start the semester, and I am so incredibly grateful.

I was intending to post photos of my hair curly, too, but I have discovered that I am more than a little incompetent with the styling of short hair. I look a little fuzzier than I'd like, due to my utter lack of skills with a blow drier. But I have high hopes for the magic of Bumble and Bumble Curl Creme, and with this lovely cut, I have real reason finally to figure this out -- so I promise to post a photo of my hair dried curly in short order. If only to prove to those who know me that I am an utterly transformed woman who will now happily spend more than 3.4 seconds on her hair each morning.

33 comments:

Aimeepalooza said...

I love both cuts! You look great!!!

bejewell said...

It looks FABOO! And you still have a ponytail! I'm both happy and relieved for you!

bejewell said...

It looks FABOO! And you still have a ponytail! I'm both happy and relieved for you!

Blessings From Above said...

Love, love, LOVE the new haircut! You look fabulous!!!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

OMG it's gorgeous! What a flattering style. And the colour is beautiful!

You and your sister both look FABULOUS!

Fawn said...

Nice job(s) Kisten! Kudos to you, MT, for donating your hair and for making the big change. You and MIQuilter both look wonderful. :D

joshenry said...

Love it!!! You both look beautiful!

lattemommy said...

*jaw drops*

Stunning!!! You look gorgeous. Can't wait to see it curly! Glad your hair adventure worked out so well! ((hugs))

the sits girls said...

We think you and your sister both look great! What an awesome contest win! Your hair looks so much healthier.

Ree said...

Oh mah holy y'know! That's gorgeous!!!

You should have called me - I would have happily come to bring you BOTH wine. And I wouldn't have surreptitiously stolen ANY. I'd have done it blatantly! ;-)

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Can we hate you because you are beautiful? The color looks great and you look younger. NOT that you looked old before or anything....

:D

Lisa said...

You both look great! :-)

Melinda Zook said...

Wow, that is awesome! I so need a good cut. Mine is just downright embarrassing. You are so lucky!

moosh in indy. said...

It's so BOUNCY! and TROUNCY! and FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN!
I'm so happy you love it and that you went through with the trusty suggestions.
I love it. I want to touch it.

OHmommy said...

Wow.... so so so cute. I love the new cut. It IS so young and new.

Suz @ Alive in Wonderland said...

I love it. I really, really love it.

Missy said...

You guys both look awesome! I'd love to see a curly pic when you have it sorted.

Mrs F with 4 said...

So Flattering! So Elegant! So (gasp) Grown-up!

IRISHKAT said...

WOW!!! You look utterly fabulous!! As for curly - I found an amazing mousse that eliminates the friz and gives bouncy curls (and doesn't kill the wallet) Herbal Essence Totally Twisted - plus I love the name :)

Caffeine Court said...

You guys look gorgeous. I'm learning to leave my hair to the pros. I tried cutting and coloring my own hair to save money and it was a disaster!

supertiff said...

1) i have no doubt that MIquilter was drinking your wine. no doubt, at all.
2) you look beautiful.
3) so does she.
4) i have the perfect formula for curly hair that's shorter than you're used to. remember, i just had this happen to me, too. bonus: none of my products cost more than $5!

i'll email you my recipe tomorrow. we can't just let word out to the whole internet, you know. then EVERYONE would have fabulous short(ish) bouncy locks and we wouldn't be special anymore.
except, we totally would.

MommyTime said...

Thank you all so much for saying such kind things.

Beej, in particular, let's get your hair to my lovely Kisten, and fix your ponytail-less hair... Seriously. :)

KistensInnStyle said...

I had a great time doing this for you AND your sister. You both make my job easier by being so darn cute (and waiting so long between cuts, how could it NOT be an improvement? Yikes!) Now, if I could only get you to be more complimentary of me...HA! I think I'm going to hire you to do ALL my P R !

Tara R. said...

That looks like way too much fun. Congrats on the win and you look marvelous! Love that you donated to Locks of Love.

Heather of the EO said...

What a fun time! New looks, wine, sushi...a dream come true. You look great!

Lipstick said...

I love it!!! Y'all look great!

All Adither said...

I love a good hair transformation story. You look wonderful. And happy.

Angela at mommy bytes said...

You both look fabulous! I'm growing my hair for locks of love as well, although this shagginess is really getting to me. Don't know if I can hold out for another 5 inches!

Insta-mom said...

Lovely! You are lucky girls.

Scribbit said...

Beautiful--nice color too.

You're old enough to be a professor??

Steph said...

Wow, you both look GREAT!!!

whoorl said...

You look absolutely BEAUTIFUL! That style really suits your lovely face. :)

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