Sparkle for Twilight: Blog Update!
Hair. It's a big deal. I'm still blaming my skewed priority on coiffures on being scarred with an awful mullet cut when I was 9 (maybe one day I'll dig out a picture if you don't believe me). At least Kristen has the bone structure for a short look--I, as a chubby round-faced child, did not. My gold-rimmed Mrs. Clause glasses didn't help the cause either.
However, even so, I consider hair a vital part of the beauty triumvirate: hair, skin, and nails. I honestly think if you take care of all three, you're set, even without the makeup. And by the way, I include eyebrows in with hair. Anorexic, short, slanted, shooting-star, or fishing-hook eyebrows--all a no-no. I once had a substitute teacher that had eyebrows that looked like two big ol' question marks lying on their sides.
If hair is the frame to your face, what happened to remembering the same of your eyebrows to your eyes?
It was by coincidence that yesterday was my triannual hair appointment, just at the crest of the gossip wave that sparked this weekend after pictures surfaced of Bella's Eclipse hair
during filming of the graduation scene.
It's so rare that I get my hair cut because A. I have a mistrust with hairdressers I'm only recently starting to overcome (why does one inch always equal four inches to them?), B. I like my hair long, and I don't see the use in paying $75 to trim up my layers 1/2 an inch, and C. almost every time I leave a hair salon knowing that I could have blow-dryed and styled my hair better than they did.
Not gonna lie, my hair inspiration for the past half year has been Hannah Montana and I've got my curling iron works down. Before that it was Kim Kardashian (gasp!
should she ever be an inspiration for anything), and even earlier than that it was Jessica Simpson. I don't know if Miley wears extensions, but my hair is long enough to do the waves and be the same length.
I'm so thankful that I've finally found a woman that I can trust and knows what she's doing. So I get into the salon and Aly, who has been my hair stylist for almost a year now, jokes with our usual opening discussion about how she's in awe of how long my hair is and if I'll allow her to cut more so that I would leave looking like she actually did anything.
To her surprise, I pulled a section of my hair and showed her how much she could take off, and she asked, "You're really going to let me cut this much? Are. You. Sure?" Three inches off my hair that almost reaches my belly button when it's ironed straight is nothing. I shrugged, "I can't see it in the back anyway, it won't make much difference."
Aly gets frenzied with excitement and begins freshening my layers with a storm. I tell her she doesn't need to curl it when she styles it, that she can just do it straight this time. Sometimes I feel bad for people that do my hair because it's a lot and it can be daunting. I'm also the kind of person that does my hair just the same even on the day I'm going to get my hair cut, so I didn't want her to think I expected it curled the same way as when I walked in. I don't know why I do that, or why I also tidy up before my housekeeper comes in to clean.
Aly says she's got extra time because her color appointment canceled after me, so she insists on seeing her work in full body waves. Just as she's almost done, she looks at me through the mirror and says, "Look at your Bella hair!"
This catches me off guard for the following reason: The last time I saw her was back in May when I asked her if she'd heard of Twilight
. She responded, "It was a movie right? About vampires?" I proceeded to tell her that she had to read the books and then watch the movie. She was skeptical and laughed, "Aren't they for kids?" Picture me telling this ultra stylish and sophisticated 30-year-old single Japanese gal that she needed to read this teen romance about a vampire.
So I say to her now, "How do you know about 'Bella hair'?" And she confesses she watched the movie after finally reading the books, and has even passed them around her salon in Japanese version. Another one successfully converted. It's like literary Pay It Forward.
I'm ecstatic, of course, and annoyed that I realize I could have been talking about her thoughts on Twilight
for the last hour and a half. I tell her about the breaking news of Bella's wig for Eclipse. She says she hopes it's not bad, that in Twilight she thought her hair was a lot more "glamorous and pretty" than she imagined Bella Swan would have had in the books. I tell her to google it. It's bad.
I feel like Summit and the directors they hire make it a point to say that they make the movies for the fans, with the fans in mind.
How did no one pick up on the blog-world buzz even BEFORE filming started that there was a hot debate over giving Kristen a wig versus extensions?
My vote, like many, was for the extensions--dye Kristen's hair back to that cherry chocolate cola highlighted thing, and get Ken Paves working his wonders on it STAT.
Then again, extensions don't always work out better than a wig.
Example: I've always loved Kristin Kreuk as Lana in Smallville
, and she was another girl known for her trademark long hair for seven long seasons.
Then Kristin Kreuk disappears to film a random Street Fighter movie, cuts her hair in liberation of her Lana role, and reappears in a couple episodes in season 8 of Smallville
sporting poor extensions in an attempt to give her back her long Lana hair. Her head looks boxy, poodle-y, and in some scenes she either looks like she too has a mullet, or that she is my 66-year-old Nana.
Working with this didn't give the results...
...and so this probably wouldn't have faired better. Maybe even with extensions Bella's hair wouldn't have been that dandy either.
Regardless, they plop a big darn wig on Kristen's head and completely redesign her forehead and hairline at the same time.
Kristen's hair, or rather Bella's hair, is quintessentially trademarked by now to be flippy floppy, messy tossy, but in that sexy nonchalant way. One thing's for sure, Eclipse
Bella will not be running her hand through her hair.
If you compare it with Twilight
is NOTICEABLY different in an ungood way. Even in New Moon
she's still got that flippy thing down. Not to mention the other fact that the HAIR COLOR is off for Eclipse
And if I'm going to be really nitpicky
, Bella's eyebrows are also different due to Kristen's thinner Joan Jett tweezage. They aren't bad eyebrows, they're just not the same--which to most people who wouldn't otherwise notice this--is actually contributing to the whole look of how Bella appears different in Eclipse. In Twilight
they were slightly fuller and natural looking, giving Bella a softer, innocent look. In Eclipse
, as much as I can tell so far, they are drawn more thin, permanent and sculpted. Eyebrows navigate expressions way more than you'd think.
Twitter is having its turn with Bella's wig. People want to do things to it, and these are people who probably don't normally exhibit pyromaniacal tendencies.
With a franchise like Twilight
, there should be someone whose sole JOB is just to surf the Twi-blogverse all day so they can get the fans' opinions on things before they make these major decisions which cause pot-stirring backlash. I'd be their willing informant!
I wondered how David Slade, who has been awesome and giving us exclusive Twitpics from the set, did not get a clue what an uproar the hair and makeup team started.
assured me and let me know that "Everyone has tweeted to @DAVID_A_SLADE
about the Bella-hair." But where his acknowledgment of the fact? It's just starting to hit the mainstream and by this time next week I'm sure these wig pictures
will be gracing every gossip magazine.
I wonder if Summit and the film crew will continue to be hush over the hair topic.
Maybe that is why we haven't yet seen Kristen out and about during Eclipse
filming. Maybe they are forcing her to stay in and not to break the illusion of the Bella wig which they are trying to pass off as real. That does make sense.
On a separate note, the girls over at LTR
continue to concoct hilarity each and every morning and today's post about my favorite topic
concerning Rob and Kristen, are they or aren't they, has a line from yours truly (@sparkletwilight