Hairstory

- Edition 5 -


I’ve always been a fan of short hair on women. When I was an active hairdresser, I had a few – I’ll call them special clients – women in their 20s whose hair I cut every three to four weeks, short, very tight at the neck and the perimeter, and quite strong. My inspiration was the model Tina Chow who Helmut Newton used to shoot quite a bit in the early ’70s. Her hair was extremely short, yet strangely sophisticated.

Fast-forward to today’s women buzzing their hair and choosing barber shops over salons. Recently, Wes gave two of our models’ hair quite short cuts, and they both asked, “Can you cut it shorter?” So we put together these short stories, based on the art of scissor-over-comb. While a gifted barber can do amazing things with clippers, scissor-over-comb introduces a subtlety, and is a very meticulous and painstaking technique.

Do I like the way these women look? Absolutely. I find it fresh, brave, and bold. I like that we can get used to women looking sexy without 9-inch heels, squashed in, trussed up, flicking barrel-tonged hair around – a look so overtly sexual that I don’t find sexy at all. This, by contrast is a naked kind of confidence that’s very attractive on anyone, man or woman.

– Michael Gordon, Editor-in-Chief


The Art of Scissor-over-comb  Read.

Long on Top, Long on Style  Read.