Thank goodness for Facebook! I’m not sure I could make these makeovers happen without a bit of stalking…er…umm… “research”. LeAnn Secord, for those of you who don’t know her, is a writer for Women’s Lifestyle. She is also WAAAY too much fun for boring hair. I decided to create a look for her that was not only a ton of fun and easy to style and maintain, but one that would be easy to change in the future. She brought her brother with her and I offered him a makeover, but he didn’t seem into it. Whatevs.
LeAnn’s color makeover was done without using permanent color. This was important because I wanted her to be able to change it in the future without a ton of work. It’s like getting all the impact without having to sign the contract. It also helps in the grow-out process…you get less of a “line” and a softer blend of color over time. For those of you who change your color often…TAKE HEED of this advice! Since her hair was pin straight, I gave her an edgy razor cut that removed the bulk and gave her hair some much-needed movement. I’m a big fan of razor cuts — they give you a lived in, soft finish. The key with a look like this: imperfection is perfection. The same applied to the styling. Don’t overthink it! Makeup was very simple as well. Some concealer, a little eyeshadow….no big deal.
Again, LeAnn reacted the way I hoped: “THIS IS SO ME! I LOVE IT!” Epic!
I clipped out a few pictures from magazines to show LeAnn when she came in. For those of you looking for a makeover, DO THIS and bring them to your stylist. Such a helpful tool for us! I showed her color in one picture, cut in another, bangs in another. She was going dark, with some fun colored ombre in the front.
LeAnn took a chance and changed her look pretty drastically. That inspired me to challenge everyone to do the same this month: CHANGE IT UP! You don’t need black and blue hair to do this, but think about it this way: if you don’t wear makeup, try putting a little on. If you wear enough for three people (like me), try a more natural look. Get some highlights. Go short. Be bold, be daring, and above all: BE YOU.
Lauren also has a B.A. in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art and Design, and a strong marketing and design background that only adds to her creativity as a hair and makeup designer. She is owner of Ecouter Salon in downtown Grand Rapids. www.ecoutersalon.com