Feb 2 2012 by Maria Croce
WHETHER it is a lack of time for busy mums or a desire to cling onto their youth, many women get stuck in a style rut when it comes to their hair.
In fact two thirds of female have had the same style for at least six years, while nearly half haven’t altered their style since their teens, according to research by Remington.
MARIA CROCE challenged three women to break out of their hairstyle rut and have the confidence to go for a new look.
AS a busy working mum, Emily McIntyre found it easier to keep the same long style for a decade.
Emily, 28, from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, runs Ruby and Rose Jewellery with her mum and is married to Nairn, 33.
The couple have four kids, Oliver, seven, Ava, four, Elliot, three and Isaac, who is 18 months.
Emily said: “I was comfortable with the length and didn’t want to do anything too drastic – so my hair has stayed the same for the last 10 years.
“I didn’t really know what to do with my hair and because it was thick the best thing I could do was straighten it.
Before “My passion is clothes, shoes and accessories. I didn’t realise I didn’t do much with my hair by accident.”
Emily went for a restyle at Westend Hair Aveda – having her long locks layered, a fringe and colour.
“I think the fringe has made me look younger and I feel more excited about what I can do with my hair now,” said Emily.
“If I was going on a night out I now know how to put it up as the hairdresser was giving me tips on what I could do.
“It was a whole experience rather than just a haircut. This is perfect because it’s a change without losing the length.”
Emily’s hair is by Westend Hair Aveda, Kelvinbridge in Glasgow.
Emily’s hairdresser: Dawn Murray, who owns Westend Hair Aveda, went for a subtle change, which made a big difference to how Emily felt about her locks.
Dawn explained: “She didn’t feel special about her hair. Looking at her eyes and eyebrows we decided to accentuate them with a fringe. I wanted to make the hair look longer, so layered it, which allowed me to get texture into the hair, getting rid of dry ends.
“She didn’t want to do anything too radical but this made her feel very different, even though it was only a slight change. She was scared of colour, so we went for something that can wash away, with panels of vibrant violet and red. We’re about health and being as natural as we possibly can, so we just wanted her to look really healthy.”
Admin assistant Arlene Gordon had been sporting a bob for eight years.
As a busy mum of two she found it easier to tie her hair up while she looked after her family and had other priorities when it came to money.
Arlene also admits she was scared to go for anything dramatically different, and when she did get her locks cut, she just went for a few inches.
The 37-year-old from Muirhead in Troon, Ayrshire, is married to fireman Paul, 36, and the couple have two children, Millie, five, and Ethan, seven months.
She said: “I had long hair for ages then I got it cut a bit shorter but I was scared to get anything else done.
“You forget about yourself when you’ve got children and tend to avoid the expense of keeping a hairstyle.”
We challenged her to go for a short crop and, although she was a bit nervous, Arlene was delighted with her transformation, which was done at Finnell & MacMillan in Glasgow, with make-up by Townhouse Beauty.
She explained: “I think it’s BEFORE taken years off me – I keep looking at myself in the mirror and thinking it’s not me. My husband really likes it – I’m like a new wife.
“I stopped going to a salon and I had a hairdresser come to the house because it seemed easier.
“It’s difficult to find the time. But it was great to be pampered.
“I felt a real fuddy duddy with my hair before – old before my time and a bit mumsy – but I feel more myself. It’s lifted me.”
Arlene’s hair was done by Finnell & MacMillan, 15 Royal Crescent, Glasgow, while her make-up is by Liana from Townhouse Beauty, Glasgow.
Arlene’s hairdresser: Kevin Finnell, of Finnell & MacMillan, helped Arlene change her look to fit into her lifestyle.
He said: “She has two kids and doesn’t have a lot of time to do her hair. Her hair is very thick so I decided to do an undercut to remove bulk from underneath. We cut in a slight fringe to soften it and used a semi-permanent colour and added dark copper slices to give it nice tones.
“Women with small children can fall into keeping their hair a bit longer and tied back, which can actually be quite ageing.”
Air traffic assistant Suzanne Davies couldn’t get her hair to grow any longer – so had been stuck with the same style for seven years.
Suzanne, 42, of Troon, is married to Rob, 52, and they have four children, Freya, eight, twins William and Alice, four, and Olivia, three.
“I had the same hairstyle in a bob on my wedding day when I was 23,” said Suzanne.
Suzanne had cold fusion flat-bonded hair extensions by Chris Christoforou, of Universal Extensions, and was styled at Pele Hair and Beauty, Hope Street, Glasgow.
“I absolutely love my new look,” said Suzanne. BEFORE “I actually feel more assertive because I’ve got more confidence.
“One of my work colleagues said it wasn’t just my hair that had changed – I seemed to have a new attitude too.”
Suzanne’s hair is by Chris at Universal Extensions (universalextensions.co.uk, or call 0141 554 9251 or 07877210495).
The extensions cost from £250 but Chris is giving a special offer to Daily Record readers of 125 strands for £495, instead of the usual price of £800.
Suzanne’s hair was styled by Michael Moran and her make-up was done by Sandra McCafferty at Pele Hair and Beauty, Glasgow.
Suzanne’s hairdresser: Chris Christoforou, of Universal Extensions, works with 50 salons around Glasgow, specialising in Wonderful Hair cold fusion flat-bonded extensions, which last around four months.
He said: “We get a lot of clients whose hair doesn’t grow a lot longer, so extensions are good. With this type of extension it’s flat instead of twisting the hair, so it looks more natural and doesn’t put pressure on, or damage the hair.
“We’ve gone for a natural length rather than making it too long. I then softened Suzanne’s own hair to blend it because it had been in a blunt cut and I shaped it around her face to give softness.”