Two and a half years ago, I looked like this. Just the other day I ran into someone I hadn't seen since then, and he didn't recognize me with my new 'do. He said to me, 'Why do you women re-invent yourselves every year?"
He doesn't get it. We can cut him some slack -- he's a guy, after all. Unlike us girls, male-type people aren't searching for their best look. But half the fun of being a girl is figuring out how we can be our most beautiful selves. It's not like that's ALL we think about, but when we DO -- it's kinda cool. And why not find the best way to play up what God has given us? I think that verse about not hiding your light under a bushel basket (has anyone actually ever seen one of those?) applies to the way we look, too.
Now, if you would rather just wash your hair -- according to our earlier tips -- get it trimmed every six weeks, brush it at night, and forget about it, that's perfectly fine. But just in case you're interested in going a little further with your hair care, let's start with finding a style that suits your face. Here's how to do that -- your Beauty Assignment for today:
* Go to a mirror. (And remember, the mirror is now your friend!)
* Pull your hair back so you can really see the shape of your face
* If your mom will let you, take a bar of soap and trace your face on the mirror (promising to clean it off when you're done, of course!) If she nixes that idea, just draw the shape you see on a piece of paper. When we do this in workshops, it's amazing to see how many different shapes there are -- and how beautiful they ALL are. God has, like, this amazing imagination.
* In your Beauty Book, in the Hair Section, take a whole page to draw the shape of your face again and write one of these words below it to describe what you see: (don't forget to have fun with markers and stuff)
VERY ROUND OVAL SQUARE OR SQUARISH
LONG/RECTANGULAR TRIANGULAR HEART-SHAPED
If none of those fit exactly , come as close as you can. If this just boggles your mind, ask a female you trust (not the sister who takes every opportunity to tell you you're a geek) to help you decide.
According to the hair experts, these are good ideas for hairstyles for your special face shape:
VERY ROUND -- You look great in long and straight -- and not everybody does. Maybe go for a little height on top (pulled up into a Scrunchie) with some shape at the sides. Short and curly will make your face look even rounder, which can be fun, you cutie!
OVAL -- ANY style looks great on you. How fun is that? You're fabulous.
SQUARE OR SQUARISH -- Keep your haircut above or below your jawline. (Chopped off right at your jawline or poofiness going on at the corners of your forehead won't be your very best look) You are totally classy
LONG/RECTANGULAR -- Something fun and full at the sides will be great. (You'll want to avoid piling your hair right at the top of your head or wearing it too long and straight) You have what it takes to look exotic and dramatic if you want
TRIANGULAR -- Have fun with bangs and different angles, like a ponytail that's off-center. Smooth hair at your jawline is spectacular on you. But, then, you ARE spectacular
HEART-SHAPED -- Curls or something else soft at your jawline is made for you. (Try not to go poofy on top, though) Girl, you are a walking valentine
Can't wait to hear what you discover and maybe what you have planned for a new 'do. It doesn't always involve an expensive haircut -- you can work with what you have or save up for a trip to Cost Cutters (we'll talk more about how to talk to a stylist later). I hope this is a blast for you, because it's so important to appreciate who you are and how you can play that up in every way. It's all part of being our best selves!
For those of you living near Columbia, Missouri, don't forget the next stop on the FaithGirlz Beauty of Believing Tour -- NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 9. For more details, click here to go to the FaithGirlz website. I wish you could ALL be there!
And, teens? I'd planned to start your blog tomorrow but it's going to be Monday. Thanks for being so patient -- and for sending me your ideas. If you have more or you haven't told me you want to be included, click here to email me.
Blessings, my beauties!