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Date Posted:11/25/02 10:21pm
i wnnt to donate my hair, but i have split ends, is that ok?and how much hair is required, you know, in inches, that is. Please help me decide. I love my hair, but if someone else needs it more than me, than so be it. i would glady give my hair up so another person could feel beautiful! Just tell what to do, and how to do it!
>It's rare that we find a hair article so concisely and
>well written as with our writer and ICI's new found
>friend Anna. I just had to post this for you all!
>By Anna Johnson
>My mother went to Vidal Sassoon in 1964 for an
>avant-garde, asymmetrical hairdo that made her head
>look like a modernist collage. The very next morning,
>the Mod mop had morphed into two great clumps on
>either side of her ears that looked like mating
>To solve the problem, my dad gave her a crew cut. In
>spiky despair, she declared war on all hairdressers
>and developed a manifesto: "Hair is not bonsai; it
>cannot be trained into submission. No matter what THEY
>(hair dressers are always named THEY to Mom) attempt
>to do to you avoid any style that involves more than
>five minutes of blow-drying. ANY STYLE!" (hair
>Your own tolerance for styling and stylists may be
>greater, but getting a great haircut a still requires
>a strategy. Here are seven rules to guide you.
>Follow your face
>The shape of your face dictates the shape of your hair
>and the rules are fairly simple.
>Heart-shaped faces with low hairlines suit wavy 40s
>styles: curls, side parts, center parts and bobs.
>Long faces with high cheekbones look better with hair
>that doesn't smother the face or hang in miserable
>hanks either side of the ears. Try a bedroom hair bob
>like Meg Ryan's, go for fuller hair at the crown and
>see if bangs help proportion your features.
>Pixie-chinned girls with large or wide set eyes look
>best with really short hair. The prettier the face the
>shorter hair can go. The same rule applies to older
>faces with strong features and to those with silver
>locks. Grey hair looks marvelous cropped short. If you
>look great with your hair up, chances are you look
>great with it short.
>TIP: The best short hair leaves you something to play
>with, some wispy bangs, some layers.
>Silence your stylist:
>Only you really KNOW your hair. You know if it falls
>flat on the crown, curls up in a big cow lick or
>refuses to form prefect Marsha Brady flicks, so let
>your stylist know. Hair miracles usually involve lots
>of time and product. If you lack both, going with the
>natural fall, weight, wave and kink of your hair makes
>sense. The first step to getting a better haircut is
>to slow the whole process down. Take time to choose a
>salon whose employees reflect your own style, take
>clippings of your favorite looks with you and, above
>all, don't be intimidated by bright light, pounding
>music and big mirrors.
>Too often the session before the haircut is a brief
>rejection of all that went before. Whoever cut your
>hair last was a MONSTER, and whatever you have now is
>deemed OLD HAT. Stop right there. Sit up straight and
>tell the stylist what you LOVE about your hair and
>what you want to encourage. Demand a cut that suits
>the "grain" of your real hair and flatters your face.
>Demand a cut that can withstand wind and rain. And God
>bless the stylist who will actually listen.
>Learn from the stars
>Long, short, flicked or fluffy Michelle Pfeiffer's
>hair has sported a center part since 1975 -- a simple
>little trick that enhances her doll-like features with
>symmetry. Drew Barrymore usually flatters her moon
>face with shorter hair. Gwyneth matches her hair to
>her body: long and straight. Are these women trying to
>tell you something? Yes. Why demolish when you can
>renovate? Find the length and shape you love and work
>around it. Occasional tweaking and even a radical
>change of color needn't alter the style you love.
>Hair is not a collectorís item:
>Don't hang onto long hair just because you took two
>decades to grow it. This morbid Victorian habit might
>be holding you back from a style that really suits
>you. To imagine your hair shorter, visit a high
>quality wig shop or simply wear your hair up for a
>week. Count the compliments and then act. Keep the
>hair you 'sacrifice' in a long braid tied with a
>ribbon for your grandchildren or sell it and buy a red
>dress. (Better yet do something unselfish and donate
>it to a sick childrens wig charity such as
>www.lockoflove.org or www.wigforkids.org !)
>Experiment in summer:
>If you want to try layers, feathered bangs, shorter
>hair or a perm, do it in the summer months. This is
>the time when hair grows fastest and sporty
>shake-it-and-run styles suit high humidity and
>constant showering. Low maintenance hairstyles are
>also rejuvenating. Lock your blow drier away until
>October and your hair will thank you for it.
>Look before you lop:
>Some say cut your hair on the new moon. That's very
>poetic but forget it if you have PMS. Timing is
>everything with matters of beauty. If you have broken
>up with your boyfriend, gotten pregnant or just been
>fired, wait a week before you do something weird and
>reactive to your hair. The urge to henna after a bad
>breakup is predictable. Red is the color of anger and
>revenge. The urge to go ultra-short for looming
>motherhood is equally predictable: babies love to tug
>long hair. But hold your horses. A major life change
>AND bad hair can lead to psychic overload.
>Donít try this at home:
>Occasional Vincent van Gogh moments may result in
>"artistic" urges involving a Daisy shaver and your
>bangs. I completely understand this. Whenever I see
>Audrey Hepburn in "Roman Holiday" I reach for my nail
>scissors and start hacking. A few stray locks trimmed
>at home is OK. But cut off more than a few inches and
>you are going to need outside help.
>Anna Johnson is the author of Three Black Skirts: All
>You Need to Survive and has written for Elle, Vanity
>Fair, Vogue UK and other magazines.
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