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Curly bangs, flat butts, and maybe the ugliest boots ever.

I have no butt and have decided to come to terms with the fact that I’ll never develop a Jennifer Lopez-style badonk. What sorts of clothes would make a flat butt not seem like a disadvantage?

I know it can be mildly heartbreaking to realize you might never have a bodacious bootay-tay like J. Lo, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj. But I’ve had a bubble butt since the third grade, so I have to tell you: there are some bright sides. First of all, you can wear short skirts without ever having to worry about your cheeks showing. Seriously, it’s a problem. All my skirts are higher in the back. I basically roll my eyes at the asymmetrical trend, because I have been naturally sporting that look for years. My mother, to this day, screams at me if she thinks my skirt is too short. WHAT CAN I DO, MOM? THIS MONSTROUS BOOTY HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN! So, girlfriend, please bask in the glory of your mini-booty and wear cute-ass miniskirts. I mean, you really can wear anything. WE CAN ALL WEAR ANYTHING! But let me give you some specifics.

Clockwise from top left: Dahlia Ditsy Floral dress, $85, Asos; Pretty Vacant dress, $37, Asos; Domestic Goddess shift, $43, Lulu’s; Billabong Jagger Purple Paisley jeans, $70, Lulu’s; Tropic of Interest floral print pants, $58, Lulu’s; Karaoke Songstress jeans, $50, ModCloth

The drop-waist silhouette of flapper dresses are great for a straighter body type, and you can see a few in the collage above. I also like the idea of your wearing mod dresses that have big bell sleeves, like this cute mint-blue number or, for something more form-fitting, this burgundy one. You would look awesome in a pair of billowy pants with a bold print. For denim, try these from ModCloth, or for a ’70s boho look, check out these bell-bottoms. I can also see you working this body-con dress. Or how about this bow mini? There are no limits! Now go forth and work that li’l booty like you were born to. —Marie

How do you do those braided headbands that make you look like a medieval princess? I’m having trouble describing it, but I’m pretty sure Tavi wore her hair like that when she was on Jimmy Fallon. I’ve been trying to figure it out for days.

Arabelle is far more skilled at this than I, and can do it without a mirror! Just braid your hair in two normal braids (not French braids), and flip them over on top of your head. Use hairpins or bobby pins to keep ’em down. Make sure your braids are loose at the roots so they’ll have enough give when you flip them. Sometimes I weave in a pipe cleaner or garland as I’m braiding, to give the braids more structure. The downside to this is that the braids become just slightly heavier and require more pins—and it itches your head. However, if it sticks out at all, you’ll have a secret fairy shimmer. Good luck! —Tavi

The one thing I’m missing in my life is a pair of boots. I was deciding between military-style or those slouchy brown riding boots that everyone seems to have, but on a whim I tried on Uggs and pretty much died. They’re like walking on clouds, like being hugged by puppies, like Jesus has bathed your feet in his holy bathwater! So now I’m not sure whether to go for one of the first options or the ugliest shoes in existence. Do boots that look good and keep you warm even exist? Do Uggs have any redeeming qualities other than feeling like heaven? And what would you even wear Uggs with anyway? Love, My Feet Are Really Cold

Dear Feet,

May I call you Feet? I feel you, almost quite literally. For years, I was baffled by Uggs. They fell under the umbrella of “stupid things celebrities spend money on for no reason,” except uglier. Then, much like you, I was boot-shopping one day last January when I spotted a gray pair that was slightly less objectionable. I thought I would just try them on, just to see what all the fuss was about, just out of curiosity. I will add to your praise: it was like a fainting couch for my toes. So I bought them. My friends openly disapproved, and once, a girl on line behind me in the deli loudly complained to her pal about how hideous they were, but you know what? I don’t care—I pity them. I suspect, underneath their sleek, awesome, stylish boots, there are probably some blisters and corns.

I can’t defend Uggs aesthetically, but when paired with a dark pair of leggings or form-fitting jeans/pants, I think they look OK. The truth is, though, they’re not great for overall support, especially in the snow. For both warmth and style, I’m a fan of the classic L.L. Bean boot. I really like these because they’re a little unusual, and still affordable, though I do find L.L. Bean boots to be slightly heavy. There’s also Minnetonkas—these are a lot like Uggs, but with more personality. If you aren’t overly concerned about support, there is the ever-popular Hunter Wellies, which come in a wide variety of colors and style, and you can purchase socks that are designed to fold over the lip for added warmth and insulation. And finally, if it’s only comfort and not so much insulation that you need, I think Madewell, Stephen Frye, and Fluevog are my favorites (wait for sales after the holidays). And companies like Eastern Mountain Sports and Alpaca make thin but warm socks to wear with them, so you don’t have to choose between style and insulation. But no, none of these boots will offer you the motherly love of Uggs. —Phoebe

I have somewhat noticeable peach fuzz on my upper lip. It isn’t thick, but it’s kind of dark, and even though I don’t know if other people notice it, I notice it, and it’s eroding my confidence. I’d like to be able to wear bright lipsticks and things, but I’m afraid it would just draw attention to my upper lip. Do you have any advice on safe ways for getting rid of upper-lip hair?

When I was in grade school, this kid looked me right in the lip and said, “Marie, you have a chocolate-milk mustache!” I glared at him. I wasn’t drinking chocolate milk. From then on, I cursed my Italian heritage and bemoaned my bad luck for not inheriting the magical no-hair-anywhere-besides-her-head trait of my Filipino mother. It’s all good, though. You learn to live. Some girls look fly with a little ’stache (I mean, Frida had no problem accentuating her upper-lip hair with bright lipstick, and no one has ever looked better than her). Others (myself included) choose to be free of all fur, like one of those Sphynx cats. To each her own, ya dig? My one concern is, are you inspecting and obsessing over your follicles with a giant magnifying mirror? Usually, WE are the only ones who notice things like tiny hairs on our bod. So just make sure you aren’t making a mountain out of a molehill.

Anyway, let’s say the fur is real and you want to banish it to the Cave of No Return (as opposed to bleaching it, which you can also do, but the fuzz, as you say, will still remain). There are a few things you can try. You can shave, of course, but the hair comes back pretty quickly, and its tips will be blunt, and thereby feel coarser (it’s a myth, though, that shaved hair grows back faster or thicker). Madame Sally Hansen offers a few drugstore options you can easily try. There’s the Wax Strip Kit that I’ve heard works fairly well, and also this at-home Simple Spa Wax Warmer Kit. If you don’t want to wax it yourself, you can go to a nail or beauty salon and have a professional do it, which will cost you at least $10. There’s also threading, which is similarly priced. I haven’t tried this myself yet, but I have trusted friends who swear by this method. And now, there is also Vaniqa, which is a prescription cream that is supposed to be awesome, but it’s pricey. Finally, you can consider laser treatments, which are the most permanent way to get rid of the fuzzy suckers. This can cost hundreds of dollars, so it’s something you might want to wait and see if you feel like saving for.

“Will any of these processes hurt?” you might ask. The answer is most likely YUP, but it’s usually a fast and fleeting pain, and it varies from person to person. I know these are a lot of options, but when it comes to beauty treatments, it’s usually a matter of trial and error. Hope that helps! –Marie

I love, love bangs, but I have really thick, frizzy, wavy hair—the kind that I never brush because it just makes it poof out, that springs up into tighter curls when it’s shorter. I know I could buy an iron to make my bangs look nice and flat, but I’m super low maintenance. I’m so low-maintenance that I’ve been afraid to try bangs for my whole life, because I’ve heard they require a lot of attention. I wondered if you have any advice or inspiration. –Jlenia

Let me preface this by saying that there is almost no such thing as low-maintenance bangs, except for those worn by five-year-olds and Winnie Cooper. But—and I feel like not everyone realizes this—most hair can be trained. I have curly hair, too. I cut bangs almost five years ago, and it was the first time I felt that my face actually looked right as an adult. Bangs have two mortal enemies: WATER and WIND. If you can protect against these two elements, you can probs make bangs work for you.

Curly-headed ladies rocking bangs from left to right: Keira Knightley, Karen Elson, Jenny Lewis, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch; Zooey Deschanel, Marianne Faithfull, Carly Simon, Katy Perry.

Let’s start with what you need. There are some indispensable tools, starting with a fine-tooth comb. I carry one everywhere: coat pockets, bags, cars. I like to use a teasing comb from the drugstore at home, but for my pockets, I like the Speert folding comb #33 (it folds like a pocketknife!), or the mustache comb #88.

Dry shampoo is also so important, mainly because the more you touch your bangs, the greasier they get, and greasy bangs are the worst. I love Oscar Blandi dry shampoo. It makes your bangs thicker and smells like lemon verbena.

Get a stretchy headband that you can wear when you work out or wash your face. The wider the better. I put one on my head, Willie Nelson-style, when my bangs are damp or newly dry, to keep them flat and straight. I do this less and less now, but in the beginning of your own personal bangdom, think of this as daily training for your follicles. They need to be told what to do.

Now, I know you said you don’t want to get to into the tools, but you need a blow dryer or flatiron. I use a blow dryer, and it takes two minutes to make my bangs straight and shiny. When my hair is wet, I comb the bangs down onto my forehead and gently rub them dry with a towel. Then I blow dry, first straight up into the air, then I hold the dryer, on a warm (not hot) setting, right at the base where my bangs begin, combing them into position every so often. Slip on the headband while you do the rest of your routine to keep it all super tight. A flatiron will help with kinks and waves, but you probably don’t want to go there.

And finally, if you want them to stay put, spray that shit. I use John Frieda Frizz-Ease.

Now you are going to want to keep them maintained. Most good stylists will let you pop in for a free trim between appointments, or you can sometimes just go anywhere and have a random stylist do it for a nominal amount (around $10). I keep a set of scissors at home so I can trim when I want to, but I have to stress here that you should NOT be using the junk scissors in the drawer for this task. You want the blades to be super sharp and for hair only. I like these. The key is go slow, make small snips, and keep combing.

Does this sound like a lot? I guess it does. Honestly, it can be more work in the beginning, but I make mine perfect in about five minutes now, and I don’t think twice about it. I believe you can do it!— Elizabeth ♦

If you have a style/beauty question for Marie & her Rookie team, please send it to beautyandstyle@rookiemag.com.

67 Comments

  • Jes December 18th, 2012 11:21 PM

    Not to burst your bubble, but most of those people in the bangs pictures seem like they probably have straight hair, but they curled their hair for that day.

    I have super curly frizzy hair naturally, and can tell you that natural curly hair does NOT look like those photos.

    I think this is probably more true to life? http://mikistyle.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/09bang.jpg

    • georgie fruit December 18th, 2012 11:30 PM

      ^ all of this, plus the commentary that the girl in that picture has fucking AMAZING hair. as a wearer of them myself, I fully support curly bangs.

    • Skatapus December 19th, 2012 12:21 AM

      Yes, thank you. I was just coming down here to say something along those lines.

      Jlenia, I literally could have written that question. I’ve been debating getting bangs for a while now, and my hair sounds pretty much identical to yours. I’ve yet to make the cut, just because of my uncertainty over what the end result will look like (I can’t be bothered to straighten bangs every day).

      I’ve searched, and it seems almost impossible to find pictures of curly haired chicks rocking the curly bang online. I live in hope that it’s a thing that exists though! I’m wondering if any other Rookie readers have personal experience/photos/links to photos as well?

      The advice that Elizabeth gave seems great for bangs in general though.

    • paige.xo December 19th, 2012 12:23 AM

      I’d say be careful with bangs. They don’t always work and you might hate them and want to grow them out immediately.. (like myself) But its only hair, right? So if you really, really want to do it then go for it and maybe it will be awesome.

    • La La Land December 19th, 2012 4:07 AM

      YES!!!! omg, im so glad someone already wrote about this! I have curly hair and MY WHOLE FREAKIN LIFE magazines have been deceiving me! whenever you ask about curly hair they take out pictures like those above, which are women with straight hair who got a bit of curliying iron or, at best, women with WAVY hair. My hair doesn’t even look like photo Jes posted. My hair looks kinda like this: http://thecurlyhairproblems.tumblr.com/post/32167790852/at-least-we-have-hair-like but frizzier most of the time! (just found this tumblr btw, i’ll have to read it all xD).
      Believe me, you CANT straighten that. How do I know? Because I tried every possible tecnique when I was in my teens and I hated my hair since no magazine ever showed hair like mine! i was convinced that all the problems with my appearance were because of my hair! anyway i tried in so many different ways and it never really worked for more than a few hours.

      Elizabeth, i looked up your blog and your hair looks super cute! But it’s not what i would call curly…
      Anyway, the tutorial seems great, but I dont know how valid it is for really curly hair? But anyway Jlenia, I think you should try if you really want bangs! I tried them myself despite everything, and curly bangs can be cute too! If you are super nervous, start cutting some strands of hair around your face till about chin lenght. Not real bangs yet, but they put something around your face and can help getting over the fear. Which i totally understand, because curly hair takes AGES to grow back!
      But not as long as it seems sometimes ;) Jlenia, just have fun with

      • La La Land December 19th, 2012 4:09 AM

        you hair and do whatever you want! Just dont expect it to look like stright does cuz it will not! But that doesnt mean it is any less cute!

        Wow, sorry for the long rant, but this was an issue that ruined a big part of my teens (seriously, sadly no exaggeration here) and gave me a big complex for a long time!

      • FlaG December 19th, 2012 10:13 AM

        THIS TUMBLR IS SO RELEVANT TO MY LIFE.

        I actually had a woman say to her friend that my hair looked like maggi mee noodles (https://www.google.com/search?num=10&hl=en&safe=off&rls=ig&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=643&q=maggi+mee&oq=maggi+mee&gs_l=img.3..0l7j0i5l2j0i24.22.22.0.382.1.1.0.0.0.0.128.128.0j1.1.0…0.0…1ac.1.7DfzUr2zn04) when I wore my hair down. Thanks…I guess?

        I also had a toddler take a look at me and then turn to his mother and ask “Mummy, what’s wrong with that lady’s hair?” in a suburb in Melbourne, Australia.

        People say the weirdest things to girls with curly hair…

    • julietpetal December 19th, 2012 4:27 AM

      As someone who has very curly hair (like very similar to that picture you just posted actually) I can say that it can go either way.

      Like I had my hair a similar style to that picture but much shorter for years and with a fringe (aka bangs) and it was really easy to just go with the natural curl.

      And now I have a haircut that is way longer but also with a fringe and kinda like the Carly Simon picture above but with a shorter 1940s style fringe. ( http://distilleryimage8.s3.amazonaws.com/cfb606603a0411e287f422000a1f9afa_7.jpg )And my naturally curly fringe does look like those photos with a little practice and a good hairdresser (like the article says!)

      • CariStereo December 19th, 2012 9:07 AM

        Super cute haircut!

    • RaineFall December 19th, 2012 7:16 AM

      I too have proper curly hair which used to be embarrassingly frizzy. It used to be so frizzy that you could barely see the curls. If anyone wants the advice I would recommend:
      1) Leave in conditioner – seals in the moisture
      2) Shampoo and conditioner aimed at curly hair (obvious I know)
      3) DO NOT STRAIGHTEN IT unless you live somewhere where it is permanently bone dry. I found a single drop of moisture (which there is a lot of here in England) will send it to frizzland. Also I found I could never have the glossy “proper” looking straight hair of people with naturally straight hair and gave up and accepted my curls.
      4) Wash and condition A LOT. Moisture is your friend. Curls dry out faster that straight hair due to being more porous.
      5) Get a good hairdresser. You’d be surprised how many are confused by proper curly hair. It may mean forking out a little extra, but your hair will appreciate it.

      As for bangs (or fringes as we call em here) – I got my hair cut in a sort of side fringe way, so my curls were falling naturally over my face but not in my way

      Live long and prosper my curly haired brethren.

      http://chaelif.tumblr.com/

    • folklaura December 25th, 2012 5:37 PM

      I agree! They should post a retraction. The 90s had some great ACTUALLY curly haired role models though, like Beck’s wife in Some Girl http://folkloreuh.tumblr.com/post/10233762952/some-girl-likes-richard-brautigan-me-too

  • Gabby December 18th, 2012 11:23 PM

    I also serve from the curse of peach fuzz (peach fuzz is such a cute name for something so ANNOYING). The Olay facial hair removal duo has been a GAME CHANGER for me. It doesn’t turn my upper lip into an itchy bright red mess like other stuff. It’s kind of expensive for a drugstore product (like $20) but you get a lot of uses out of it. I am very passionate about this topic if you couldn’t tell.

  • spudzine December 18th, 2012 11:31 PM

    I especially appreciate the answer about the bangs, because my hair is super curly, and I’ve always wondered if I could even try bangs with mt hair. Now I know I can! Thanks, Elizabeth!

    http://spudzine.tumblr.com/

  • firky December 18th, 2012 11:31 PM

    CURLY-HAIRED PEOPLE:

    make sure your hairdresser knows how to cut curly hair before getting bangs. like aaaactually. I didn’t, and look like a really, really awkward Ramones band member.

    Some beautiful visual inspiration (scroll down for the good stuff):

    http://pinterest.com/hfirkser/cosmetics/

    http://haleyyael.tumblr.com

  • ShelbyNicole December 18th, 2012 11:41 PM

    Really loved the curly bangs tips. I just got my hair cut and got bangs! (My stylist said I looked like Baby from Dirty Dancing, I was like… yay?) Anyway, I don’t straighten mine, I let them ride curly. I just wet them, let them air dry, and LIVE MY LIFE LIKE A SPACE PRINCESS. Or just browse the interwebs.

    You just gotta do what does for you!

    http://acquiringthetaste.blogspot.com/

  • leelee December 18th, 2012 11:42 PM

    I agree with Jes! What a better example than Stevie Nicks?! http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md12y2Qeft1qmhwtn.jpg

    or this rad babe!
    http://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/fashion/personal-style-tamila-purvis-of-maniamania.htm?index=1#gallery-container

  • AliceinWonderland December 18th, 2012 11:57 PM

    Aww, that interview with Tavi and Jimmy Fallon is super adorbs! I WISH TO MEET YOU ONE DAY TAVI. IT IS MY SOLE MISSION IN LIFE.

  • leelee December 18th, 2012 11:58 PM

    Also Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream is amazing!

  • blahblahblah December 18th, 2012 11:59 PM

    you can also try bleaching any hair you don’t want to show! if the color looks right then you don’t have to worry about it growing back. sally hansen has stuff for it.

    • Kathting December 19th, 2012 3:45 PM

      YES i just want to vouch for bleaching peach fuzz, my friend bleaches her arm hair and i bleached my own upper lip peach fuzz and its super easy and not too expensive and a pot is usually quite small but will last you forever if you’re only using tiny bits every few weeks
      i can honestly say that since bleaching my stache you cannot see it at all, that ‘shadow’ that was there before is so gone awoohoo!

  • genina December 19th, 2012 12:19 AM

    I’ve kept up with my blunt bangs for a while now but they don’t produce that natural soft curve. Instead they fall stick-straight on my forehead and I’ve taken to curling them with a flat iron after every wash. I’m wondering if anyone’s hair type is similar. When I use the flat iron they look great this way–soft and full and rather Zooey Deschanel-like–but I’m concerned with having to use heat on them on a sometimes daily basis. Does anybody have similar woes or is it just me?

  • marineo December 19th, 2012 12:23 AM

    i just want to say that everything elizabeth said about bangs is so true!
    as someone who has had baby bangs for about a year now, i wish there had been a list like this when i was starting out on my journey to bang heaven.
    yeah, combs are literally my best friend i must have at least 6 for EVERYWHERE. IN CLASS. ON THE STREET. ON THE MOON (where there’s no wind so yeahhhh)

    and blow drying is really so important. i cannot stress this enough. i usually wet my bangs in the morning and blow dry it out.

    and also why do bangs get so greasy? is it because they are on my face all day? I have to wash my hair everyday just because my bangs get nasty after 12 hours of life.

    yeah in no way are bangs low maintenance, but i think they are totally worth the effort :)

  • mayagoo December 19th, 2012 12:41 AM

    Actually, I have really curly hair and most of what she said is very true for me too. I do have to straighten my bangs nearly everyday, but it takes about five seconds and then I use a comb to sort of brush through and flatten them and the end up looking something like what is in those pictures.
    They do take some maintaining, but with some love they stay pretty even with my normally VERY unruly hair.
    You can see pictures here:
    Afidelityforfashion.blogspot.com
    Idk. it is work, but they look pretty good if I do say so myself.

    • La La Land December 19th, 2012 4:18 AM

      i absolutely adore your bangs!!!

    • HollinsCollins December 19th, 2012 1:39 PM

      Akjglafjgkag YOUR BANGS ARE THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD.
      You’re like…a magical curly-haired elf lady.
      Your Meadowlark Peaches/Cactus photo shoot in a can is just perf.

  • zombiesockmonkey December 19th, 2012 12:43 AM

    I was scared of bangs because I hate messing with my hair, but getting them has been one of the best decisions ever.

    as far as curly hair, I’ve seen ladies like the actress who plays Angela on Boy Meets World (she has African American Curls) rock bangs with curls in a very cool way. Go for it!

  • cherrycola27 December 19th, 2012 12:46 AM

    I have a big bubble but, too! Wearing skirts is complicated, mine always go up in the back as well. I have to buy longer skirts so as not to moon the world!
    Also! I want bangs, but really I never want to put that much work into them. Plus I have a side part that i really love and i don’t want to change it. But I don’t know…these instructions make them seem doable.

  • faithdarwin December 19th, 2012 12:48 AM

    Funny, I was just thinking about maybe sending in the EXACT opposite question as the first one! Until recently, I’ve always been decidedly stick-shaped and curveless until recently, and now all of a sudden I’m starting to look like the rest of the women in my family — I’ve got a butt! Which is totally fine, except that I have no idea how to buy jeans or skirts that fit properly. Any advice, rookies?

    • Blythe December 19th, 2012 5:07 PM

      Don’t shop in the teen section, go for the women’s. They don’t make clothes for curvy-but-not-plus-size teen girls. Try thrift stores. Your skirts are going to have to be pretty long to keep from riding up in the back, if they’re A-line. If they’re fitted, they’ll be better.

  • Ladymia69 December 19th, 2012 12:55 AM

    Sorry, dude. I am totally for shaving the upper lip. Cheap, easy, effective.

    • a-anti-anticapitalista December 19th, 2012 9:43 AM

      That may work for some people, but I just want to say that I see a lot of people here giving advice for girls that have fuzz on the upper lip and I think it’s super important to note that not all people have the same body hair. My boyfriend shaved his arms for his tattoos and his hair came back the same, whereas I know that if I shaved my arm hair (and I wax it and the same thing happens) my hair would come out way thicker and coarser, most girls hair comes out thinner if they wax it. So while some of this advice may work for MOST people, it may not work for everyone and might make things a LOT worse of a lot of people. That’s why I recommend checking with small patches of hair with wax and with a razor and seeing how it comes out (although results may vary depending on area) AND GOING TO AN ENDOCRINOLOGIST early on and checking out those hormones before messing with your hair

  • DreamBoat December 19th, 2012 12:56 AM

    I have peach fuzz and when I even saw a slight trace of it when I was 12, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE END OF THE WORLD. Honestly, I don’t care at all now! Same for my arm hair. I think it was really realizing I don’t have to conform to beauty standards, because we’re all taught to hate things about ourselves. Most people don’t even notice stuff like that. Then again, no judgement if you remove your hair <3

    AND OMG THAT MINT DRESS UP THERE. I ALSO CRIED WHEN I SAW IT WASN'T IN MY SIZE. Prolly the prettiest thing I've ever seen <3

    http://psychedelicdaisy.blogspot.com/

    • A Fox In The Snow December 19th, 2012 9:16 AM

      Haha, me too! I thought I was such a freak when I noticed my fuzz when I was fourteen and shaved it a few times back then. But now I just let it grow and I don’t really care if anyone can see it or not. I guess I’ll bleach it when I’m older though, since I’m too lazy to shave everytime.

      Also, Rookie, thank you so much for talking about it! I thought that I was the only girl who had hair on her upper lip — it still seems to be pretty taboo. Like there’s a commercial for Veet ‘facial hair’ and they show a woman shaving her eyebrows with it, while it’s pretty obvious that that product is actually meant for the upper lip.

      • a-anti-anticapitalista December 19th, 2012 9:39 AM

        Just like all hings on TV related to women having body hair. Anytime you see a woman shaving anywhere on TV they don’t actually show any hair on her legs. It’s like “uhm… why is she shaving?”

  • crapbag December 19th, 2012 12:57 AM

    @Jlenia I have mildly wavy hair if I don’t brush it and let dry and very thin hair AKA it’s pretty low maintenance. I too suffered from the same thing you do: MBE (Mad bangs envy). For years and years I would long for pretty, sophisticated bangs. Once I even told my hairdresser I wanted bangs that could be pulled to the side if I wanted as I “didn’t wanna go all the way”, she laughed and told me I sounded like a bad advert. Anyhow that was fairly unnecessary and no help to you. Back on track: two years ago I took the plunge and got them, I regretted them as soon as I stepped out the hairdressers and the wind rudely split them apart. I spent the next year or so growing them out. Fast forward to August this year, it’s late at night and I have seen to many cutie babes with bangs on my dash to handle. The outcome: I have been pinning them back since late September.
    Anyhow the moral of the story actually is, it’s only hair, if they’re something you really want, go and try it. They will either look good without maintenance or so good with maintenance you’ll be happy, iiif not, you pin them back for a couple months and you’ve (hopefully) got rid of your itch!

  • mmorsmordree December 19th, 2012 12:58 AM

    I have peach fuzz above my upper lip and on my cheeks as well. I don’t really mind about the fuzz on my cheeks butt the upper lip hair really bothers me. What I do is I take some tweezers and with a compact mirror I pluck them all of them out. This does require a lot of patience but if you want a faster way you can try shaving them with an eyebrow shaver like this one: http://www.sallybeauty.com/Personna-Eyebrow-Shaper/SBS-730280,default,pd.html?cm_vc=SEARCH
    That is if you don’t mind your hair coming back coarser.

    I wish I could get bangs but I have really thick wavy latina hair. It sucks. If I want straight bangs I have to burn my hair with a flat iron.

  • Betsy December 19th, 2012 3:05 AM

    i love that plait thing that tavi did i tried it a while ago but i just need a few thousand more bobby pins

  • connie. December 19th, 2012 3:21 AM

    For homemade wax – mix together two spoons of sugar with one spoon of honey and microwave it for about 30 seconds or so. It should come out bubbling and caramel colored and pretty thick in consistency. Wait a few minutes for it cool down a bit and apply it to wherever you need. Use strips of paper (normal copy paper should do) to press on to the wax and pull it off!

    You might have to play with the sugar-honey ratio a bit but once you figure it out it works super well!

  • landlockedblues December 19th, 2012 7:03 AM

    I have an issue with peach fuzz as well and when I was younger, mean boys would always point it out so it’s something I’m really self conscious about. I usually get them waxed, just because it’s quick and lasts a long time! And once I had threading done but it was so so painful :( and personally, I wouldn’t recommend shaving with a razor since the hair will grow back super fast

  • farawayfaerie December 19th, 2012 7:47 AM

    I have curly hair AND bangs! It really can work and i encourage you to just do it! When my hair is wet I clip my fringe tightly to the sides so that it straightens slightly, then release it once it ‘s dry and comb it down. this usually works, and the headband idea sounds amazing – definitely going to try it. Bangs are sooo cute and fun and it’s great to try these things ’cause what’s the point of being scared of hair? it will groooooow!

  • corgis December 19th, 2012 8:45 AM

    Being in the bang brigade can be great once you figure out what works best for you! I have moderately wavy hair that likes to curl in different directions, especially when it’s humid. My technique:

    After you’re out of the shower, or after you wet your bangs down, take out moisture by semi-drying them with a towel. They will still be wet, just not sopping wet. Brush them all to one side for about 3-5 minutes or so (while you put on lotion or pick out clothes for the day, etc) and then brush them to the other side. I typically do this 1-2 times before taking my hair dryer to them and similarly dry them from alternating sides, letting the hair blow both ways. Then, i blow them straight down from above and voila! Brush them into place and spray them with some hairspray. If you want a little volume, you can blow them for a moment from under (I do this lastly with my head upside down sometimes for added volume everywhere), but beware, this can really make them stand up.

    I cried from the shock after I got my bangs, but now I love them. They can be a little high maintenance, but once you get used to your own system, they take no more than 5 extra minutes to set.

    PS-for ladies with really curly hair I can’t offer too much advice, but I LOVE Marlo Meekins’ hair: http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/18/06b4a5beeb42405a81c24ef832d3e83a/l.jpg

  • A Fox In The Snow December 19th, 2012 9:17 AM

    Team flat butts woooo!

  • EveyMarrie December 19th, 2012 9:21 AM

    I’m for curly bangs, but it’s ultimately up to you how to take care of them. I have wavy/curly hair and I have side swept bangs (originally cut as blunt bangs). I DID have to straighten and blow dry the blunt bangs because they liked to puff up or get greasy at the slightest amount of moisture. Then I got sick of it and starting brushing it to the side and let it go natural, only bobby pinning curls that are a bit too redonkulous to stay how it is.

    You CAN have curly bangs, but prepare to bobby pin or wear headbands a little more often if your natural texture is too crazy to manage.

    BUT if you don’t want to do that, wet your bangs before you go to bed, clip your bangs flat against your head, wrap it with a silk scarf, and see in the morning if it’s more manageable.

  • a-anti-anticapitalista December 19th, 2012 9:29 AM

    I wish Rookie would have one segment just speaking about body hair and gender and other related things. I feel it is so needed (Anyone who has hair-problems, read this, for I want you to not go through what I’ve gone through and have the knowledge I did not have when I was a young one) *sigh* I wish I merely had to worry about a little normal fuzz in your upper lip-which is super common among hispanic girls and whatnot and totally a normal thing people don’t pay attention to, like arm hair, in south America. I doubt you have this from your description but just in case, if you have cysts in your ovaries you may be having hirsutism as a result of hormonal “imbalance”. I’ve been waxing my upper lip and everywhere since i was like 11-12 because even living in Venezuela I thought I had too much, and after waxing in between waxing it just got more noticeable which actually led some mean girls to ask me if i shaved because it looked like I did.
    Point being: if you have “hormonal imbalances”, hair removal methods will very likely make them thicker and coarser and all that, even waxing. And when I was like 18 it suddenly got worse and I started getting random hairs in my chin, so now I get laser hair removal and it still doesn’t bring it under control completely. If you are young and you don’t want hair on your face or body, before spending lots of money on hair removal please learn from my mistake and go to an endocrinologist. I will repeat in bold: GO TO AN ENDOCRINOLOGIST ASAP. the younger the better.

    • a-anti-anticapitalista December 19th, 2012 9:35 AM

      This experience is what finally led me to understand that we, in short, are all in drag and all have to modify ourselves and our body in order to fit into one of the two expected gender categories. You can be born with a cooch and still need the same hormonal treatment travestis undergo in brazil from age 9 to “look like a girl”. There’s nothing wrong with modifying our bodies, but it’s the emotional pain associated with it that is sucks and just shouldn’t exist, and it’s all because of these constructed genders.

  • pinkcandyflossl December 19th, 2012 10:13 AM

    Woah. That’s freaky, I did a post on my blog on how much I would like a full fringe (bangs.) Thanks for the tips, I might get one soon! xx

  • HollinsCollins December 19th, 2012 10:14 AM

    I have kind of a big butt, but otherwise I’m kind of skinny…and after reading the first question I was like…”butts are COOL?”
    KNOW I KNOW :D

  • aberina1221 December 19th, 2012 10:46 AM

    For curly hair and straight bangs here are the rules that I go by.. Short bangs are way easier to be less “high-maintenance” about for day to day use. When I first cut my bangs I had to blow dry them straight, which takes an about 30 seconds so it’s totally worth it.. my bangs are now trained to be straight and all I have to do is comb them right after I get out of the shower and they are near perfect for the rest of the day. Also, I agree with many of the other girls.. none of the pictures shown are of girls with naturally curly hair, but don’t fret because it can be done! I’ve had bangs for three years and everyone always asks me how I get them so straight and it really is as simple as a 30 second blow dry and a comb. Good luck!

  • missmadness December 19th, 2012 11:19 AM

    I got bangs about a year ago and I love them because they may not be low maintenance but they make the rest of my hair low maintenance. Like, if I wake up late I just throw some shampoo in ‘em and wash them over the sink, then blow dry per usual. This+a braid makes it appear as though I care.

  • wallflower152 December 19th, 2012 12:08 PM

    Before you try any removal methods try bleaching. It can kinda burn but it only takes like 10 mins and I only have to do it every 3 weeks or so. But yeah wish it wasn’t such a taboo thing. Everyone has body hair.

  • Bellababe December 19th, 2012 12:11 PM

    I have excesses body hair and I have always been especially self conscious about it on my upper lip. What has worked for me is bleaching. It’s super easy and takes only 10 minutes. I use Jolene cream bleach which you can just get at the drug store. It gets rid of your mustache and it does not even hurt! IT’S A WIN WIN!

  • mitoQueen December 19th, 2012 1:57 PM

    I just want to say that it is entirely possible to build a booty IF you eat a lot of protein and do specific exercises – squat, deadlift, leg press, lunges. Check it out – http://fitnessforlife3.tumblr.com/tagged/butt

  • thunderbirds December 19th, 2012 5:29 PM

    note: zooey deschanel and katy perry
    could not comment

  • FlowerPower December 19th, 2012 6:04 PM

    The braids that Tavi wore on Jimmy Fallon are called “milkmaid braids”. Ruby Book (who writes journal entries on rookie) has this awesome tutorial for all you visual learners, like me)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXehiSFcrL0&list=UUpwM9tYLRixYtXEd-LV9wtA&index=42
    ~Caroline~

  • -jj December 19th, 2012 6:05 PM

    “small-booty collage”

  • starsinyourheart December 19th, 2012 6:48 PM

    Jenny Lewis <3

  • 062131 December 19th, 2012 8:11 PM

    To Jlenia and other people with the same problem: you could try super short curly bangs!
    My hair looks kind of like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hairport_lisbon/8141930901/in/set-72157625527965586 (this flickr has some interesting ideas for curly hair)
    If I cut my bangs short (about the size of one curl, if that makes sense) they naturally get a Bettie Page look, except messy and curly, but still cute. And it’s low maintanance.

    Or you could be brave and just cut your bangs and see what happens. Curly hair bangs don’t HAVE to be like straight hair bangs, and they’re usually not. I like to embrace it. ;)

  • Arabelle December 19th, 2012 9:26 PM

    milkmaid braids tutorial i did –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP4ZGwJz-q4&list=UUZgdfOPttucgY_M_qdZTDgA&index=12

  • simplebutchic December 19th, 2012 10:06 PM

    all of those bangs are suppa cute! I admit Tavi does have some nice braids.

    http://simplebutchic.blogspot.com/

  • ElizaRose December 20th, 2012 1:50 PM

    Hey!

    Hope it’s not too late to chime in:

    Braids: These braided updos can also be done easily without pins. Just use a scarf or long piece of fabric and two hair binders. Here is a video that explains it a lot better than I could, but it’s quite simple. (I would just recommend using actual hair binders rather than the rubber bands shown here):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q_Rk5SOOWM

    Boots: As a Minnesotan, I must say that the warmest and most comfortable footwear comes from Steger. Unlike the Minnetonka products, these are still made in Minnesota!

    http://www.mukluks.com/

    Here is another Minnesota-based company called Footskins, and their shoes and boots are extremely comfortable as well:

    http://www.footwearbyfootskins.com/

    Take care!

  • Pashupati December 20th, 2012 2:53 PM

    How I did to get bangs:
    1. Cut hair myself;
    2. Cut hair again myself when too long;
    3. Got tired of cutting hair every 2 months (my hair grows fast!) and stopped having bangs.
    Sometimes I needed to use a comb, but these times I also needed to comb all my head hair except the fuzz.
    Then again, I have straight/only slightly wavy hair, but what if your bangs are curly? It’s totally allowed by law where I live, to have curly bangs. It looks even cooler.
    This weirded me out because for me, when you say bangs are high maintenance, it means trimming is a bother. I guess it depends on hair type.

  • alexaannejay December 23rd, 2012 11:31 PM

    I have an amazing pair of Dr Martens that are shearling lined, and feel just as cozy as Uggs but are way cuter and kick ass since Docs are the best shoes in the world.

  • mrrks December 28th, 2012 5:34 PM

    I recently got bangs and this has been really helpful as I’m kind of lost as to how to maintain them and stuff so thanks

  • Love-Kira March 5th, 2013 10:00 PM

    I suffer from what my mom calls ‘no butt butt’ so hopefully this will help ha ha!

  • Mase June 21st, 2013 10:53 AM

    Hahah where I live Uggs are so popular it’s not even funny :)