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MAKEOVER 5: Bonnie Wizer-Mata
28 / customer service rep / tired of brassy “box” color
This Hillside mom works full-time in customer service and has two-and-a-half-year-old triplets—all boys. Naturally, a low-maintenance routine is a necessity. “I get up, wash, blow-dry, and tease my hair, and throw it in a ponytail,” says Wizer-Mata. Every few months, she pulls out a box of at-home hair color to keep the grays away and sees a stylist for trims. Not the most exciting routine, especially given Wizer-Mata’s past. As a teen, she would start the week with shoulder-length blond locks and end it with a cropped auburn bob. “I’ve been all different lengths, every color you can think of,” she says. “I just don’t know what to do anymore.”
1. The George team would give Wizer-Mata a shoulder-length cut with face-framing layers that add volume and interior shape. They propose highlights to brighten the look.
2. Art + Science envisions a cropped shape with sweeping length in the front and a brilliant shade of golden strawberry blond.
Editors choose the dramatic crop suggested by Art + Science. Cheszek describes the style as “Sienna Miller’s cropped cut in the back, Emma Watson’s new look in the front.” She uses a straight razor to keep the texture soft and layers the sides to gradually slope forward. Short, choppy layers create volume, and long side-sweeping bangs are fun and feminine. Spachman replaces Wizer-Mata’s one-dimensional color with a dark blond, wheat-toned base and heavy pale blond highlights. “I’ll never come down on someone for their box color, but you can’t customize color from a box like a professional can—it’s like a one-size-fits-all T-shirt,” Spachman says.
All Wizer-Mata needs to do after washing is a quick blow-dry on her bangs with a flat brush, first sweeping the bangs in one direction, then the opposite. A dab of Bumble and Bumble’s Grooming Creme will give her subtle hold and texture. She can maintain her color with basic root touchups and highlights every other appointment.
Photography: Taylor Castle; Hair and Make-up by Anthony Baltazar for Salon Salome