Oct 12, 2009

Creating a New Image

In addition to getting myself healthier and trying to get some of this weight off, I've been thinking about creating a new image for myself. On the outside people see a shy, overweight, wall flower who has trouble making friends and is a bit of a hermit. But on the inside, I'm a little on the wild side and only my closest friends and family get to see it. I have a kick butt mentality and under the right circumstanced, can be very outgoing and have the skills and fortitude to be a leader. It is the inner self I'd like to explore and bring out into the forefront. I know I'll need to polish those personality traits in order to be in the public eye and promote not only my book, but myself.

So, I'm starting with a makeover. I need a hair cut--not just any haircut, but a GREAT one with style. So, I've narrowed it down to these three styles. You can look at the picture of me to the left and try to see which one would look the best on me. Keep in mind that I have chubby cheeks and that my hair is currently the color of pic number two (maybe a bit lighter) and is all one length, down to my shoulders. So I have a lot to work with.

Please leave a comment and tell me which one you like and why. If you think I'd look better in a different cut or color, let me know that too. My natural color is dirty dishwater brown and I tend to have some blond highlights when I spend a lot of time in the sun. However, most of those have been replaced with gray. :-(

Number One

Number Two

Number Three


  1. I really like number one or number three. Not number two. You have beautiful eyes, Christine (I can see that in your photo) and you don't want to hide them behind long bangs. Number one is my current fave because I'm not one who likes to spend a lot of time on my hair and one looks like it's simple to maintain. Three looks like it would take time in front of the mirror, and then you've got to be obsessive about keeping it just so. There's my two cents! :)

  2. I really like 1 and 3. You'll look gorgeous, don't worry!
    I need to go get my hair done too!

  3. I vote number one. If it were me, no. three would have drooped before I even got out the door. No. 1 looks easy to maintain. I can't wait to see the final results this spring.

  4. Hi Christine! I love makeovers. They always make a girl feel so vibrant and new. Maybe it gives us a renewed sense of self, I don't know.

    So, of these choices, I also agree that either one or three are going to be best on you. The reason I like one is because getting rid of your bangs--or sweeping them to one side of your face--will elongate your jaw and forehead. That hairstyle shouldn't be too hard to duplicate on a daily basis, either, so that's a bonus. And the layers around your face will look soft and flattering, enhancing your gorgeous eyes.

    Number three will lengthen your chin by drawing the eye outward. Here's the trick, though. It'll have to fall below your chin in order to do this, so don't go too short. This style also, contrary to belief, isn't very high maintenance. The difference between the two will be the direction you roll your round brush when you blow it dry.

    The bigger question here, is which one do you like best? I'd go with that one! (And maybe add a few fun highlights.) Have a blast!

  5. I think number 1. It looks easy to maintain.

  6. #3 definately but that is my choice. Were doing the same thing I have been working my butt off (literally) in Karate for a year.

    Good luck with the new style and body!

  7. I vote #1, with a few subtle highlights.

  8. Here are my thoughts:

    1. I agree that flipping your hair out doesn't take any more work than flipping it under. I've gone for both styles and I really prefer flipping it out. And either way, if your hair is layered, it's not going to look too good if you do nothing with it. However, I found that after I'd flipped my hair out for several months, it just naturally went that way even when I didn't take time to do anything to my hair except brush it out after a shower. As long as I didn't sleep on it wet. ;o)

    Also, if you find the right tool, styling it is really not that hard.

    My attempts at round brushing were always really sad and scary :-o until I bought this brush/dryer contraption. It's similar to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Revlon-RV440C-1200W-Ionic-Styler/dp/B00022WA9K Unfortunately, though, mine only has the larger size. Maybe I should buy this one . . . ;o)

    My friend also swears by the Chi. http://www.amazon.com/Farouk-CHI-Inch-Ceramic-Hairstyling/dp/B0009V1YR8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1255404134&sr=1-1 I haven't tried it yet. But basically, I guess it's supposed to dry and style in one step, too.

    2. Despite the fact that #3 is my favorite, I don't know how it might look on a round face. I'd worry that it would make your face look wider. Something like #1 with layers coming in around the sides of your face would make your face appear thinner. I'd also say don't go too short. The length will draw the eye down. I'd stay away from bangs, too. That will add to the appearance of length in the face.

    3. I think some serious highlights would rock. I wouldn't be afraid to go bold on the highlights.

    Whatever you decide, good luck!! :o) I'm sure you'll look great.

  9. I vote for #1. When I lived in Utah, I had a friend who was a personal shopper and stylist. She helped me a lot through the years as I gained more and more weight, and my face changed shape. She told me choppy layers around the face, beginning about the chin and ending above your shoulder slims your face and balances out the roundness, making it appear longer.

    I had a hairstyle similar to #1 for a while and loved it. I think you'd really like the results. It takes the focus off your cheeks and draws attention to your eyes (which are beautiful!) This style easy to pull into a twist on the days you don't want your hair hanging in your face. :) I also agree with Marta that you'd look fab with some highlights.

  10. I vote for #1. It's a cute hairstyle that looks easy to maintain and would look really good on you.

  11. There must be something in the air. I've been thinking of redoing my look as well. I like #1 for you, too. You go girl!

  12. What a fun idea! I also like #1, but with an option of also being to flip that one out if you wanted. I'm a wash and go girl myself, so I love lots of layers because my hair is really straight.
    good luck!

  13. I like number three. I'm not an expert with make-overs or stuff like that, but, besides liking the look, I think it communicates a bit more of a care-free, seize the day attitude. If you're wanting to break out of your shy "mold" that would be my recommendation. Oh, and I would combine it with the coloring of number one. That's my two cents worth of advise. Now for my two cents of accolades. I think what you are doing is a great idea! I wish you the best of luck with the "new you" and your book.

  14. NUMBER ONE!!!

    I even think the color would look great on you. I think the cut would be great with your wonderful cheekbones and eyes.

    Go for it!

    Love you!

  15. My favorite is also number 1. You're gonna look fab!

  16. I have to agree with many...#1 would look fantastic! I even like the highlights of the model in #1. Go for it!