Hi, it’s Quinoa. I see you’re dressing up to go see the new Star Wars movie for the eleventh time and, while I respect your devotion to this….hobby/religion, I’m going to have to ask you to step away from the Princess Leia Double Cinnamon Bun Hairdo. Frankly, we’re all worried about you.

You see, just as the Force has a light and a dark side, so does the hairstyling of an obsessed fan. We all know that you’re Rey on the inside, so why do you keep Vader-ing your hair on the outside? It’s not right. Let me teach you an old Jedi hairstyling trick: don’t force it. (Get it? Don’t “force” it?) The point is, you can be stylish and subtle without going JarJar Binks awkward.

Let’s break this down visually…

FORCED
 
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NOT FORCED

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WHOA, WAY TOO FORCED

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NOT SO FORCED

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SO FORCED IT HURTS

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Forced

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NOT FORCED

If you need a how-to for the Rey-inspired hairstyle, this is a good one.

FORCED

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JUST A TINY BIT FORCED, BUT STILL OKAY

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EVEN LESS FORCED

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COOL, BUT FORCED

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NOT AS FORCED, STILL AS COOL

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It’s all making sense now isn’t it? I knew you could master this. Go now, and may the not-so-forced be with you.