- Edition 5, Chapter 2.1 -
One of our favorite style icons is Tilda Swinton, who clearly defines androgyny in a powerful way. Last year’s Netflix hit Peaky Blinders inspired a renewed interest in tough haircuts, and not just for men. Short back & sides, typically longer on top, is a turn-of-the-century classic, and for a man it means throwing in his favorite goop and leaving it at that. But for a woman, maybe it opens up a whole range of styles one wouldn’t have thought possible; long on top means long on style. Where short-short cuts require little more than a daily New Wash, these offer the option of working – and playing – with styling products. We surprised ourselves by how many looks we could shoot in a day, using only three.
Styling Cristina’s hair was easy, because first of all she’s beautiful and the hair looks amazing, but we discovered we could do quite a lot just using Hair Balm and Undressed to take advantage of her natural curls, or erase them using Dressed Up. All these styles were air-dried, not blow-dried.
– Remy, hairstylist
The fun of having any length on top is you can wear it in all these different shapes. People don’t think of short hair as very versatile, but just changing the texture – more matte with Undressed or shiny with Hair Balm – can change the look.
– Beth, hairstylist and resident barber
Short back & sides gives people options to change characters every day. It could be combed forward and be mod-looking, or distressed and lovely; you could come out of the shower and comb it back very tight with Hair Balm for an iconic, sleek, look.
There’s a big conversation right now about the constructs of masculine and feminine. Women taking on traditionally male haircuts are saying that the rules don’t apply anymore. I like it when things are a social statement as much as an esthetic point of view, and when those two worlds come together.
– Wes, haircutter
A lot of the shows this season featured finger waves, and I had been practicing on anyone I could get my hands on when Jaci came in for a cut. I was experimenting with products to mix because I’m allergic to finger waving lotion, so I used Dressed Up alone, or mixed Undressed with Hair Balm. If I wanted more shine, more Hair Balm; more broken up and dishevelled, more Undressed.
I was playing with Jaci’s hair and adding more and more Undressed to a base of Hair Balm and breaking it up on set. We didn’t want it to be too perfect because this is how a modern woman would wear finger waves: not tight, or tight one day and broken apart the next.
– Cat, producer and haircolorist