Hairstory

- Edition 5, Chapter 1.1 -



Recently, we’ve noticed a rise in women going not just short, but short-short – not just cutting, but cutting it off. We welcomed several into our studio where Wes Sharpton showed his scissor-over-comb expertise rather than using electric clippers to create cuts that are soft yet shocking, androgynous yet still feminine, and completely effortless (they only need one product: New Wash). But we had to ask these women, "Why did you do it?"


Ottilie Landmark

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark | Art History Student, Intern at Alexander Wang


Grace Yang

Originally from Chicago, Seattle, and Taipei | Visual and Audio Artist, Freelance Digital Strategist

Long hair is often associated with femininity, fertility, and youth. What made you feel that cutting your hair was a risk worth taking?

Freedom. Freedom from expectations; freedom from a rigid norm of beauty and what it "looks like." Freedom from pressure to behave a certain way – a passive, pretty princess – and freedom to express myself as a person rather than as female.

Is this something that you’d like to maintain, or grow out?

I looooooved my haircut – the mauve blonde crop was my best look yet. I'd love to maintain it, but my hair grows so fast! I also loved how the look evolved over time: never thought I'd like frosted tips, but they suited me well.

How do you feel about your short hair?

At first I felt very vulnerable – feeling air on your neck is magnificent... and on my scalp... but then I began relishing it; it makes me feel like an alien queen. It was liberating in that it filtered out interactions with insensitive cat-callers or typically dumb pickup lines; men were a little more alert, boys were scared. Also, I ended up talking to men who really appreciate the fresh sexiness of a buzz look, or who enjoy empowered and confident women.

What was your experience like at Hairstory?

Great! I hate telling hairstylists what I want, because I want to look fresh in a way I never could think of, so working with Wes, Roxie, and Michael was a dream come true. I wanted them to project visions from outside my creative universe!


Ashley Garner

Originally from North Carolina | Photographer, Writer


Kellie Jones

Originally from Portland, Oregon | Online Vintage Shop Owner

Long hair is often associated with femininity, fertility, and youth. What made you feel that cutting your hair was a risk worth taking?

When I abandoned all of my hair I wasn't worried about ideas of femininity; for me it's important to explore femininity from a personal angle and to disregard common ideas of feminine or masculine.

Is this something you’d like to maintain, or grow out?

I'm keeping it; I like myself with short hair.

Does short hair feel liberating to you?

Short hair is so liberating! Long hair is certainly pretty but the feeling of cutting my hair is just too good.

What do you like most about the length?

My hair dries in 60 seconds!

What was your experience like at Hairstory?

The people at Hairstory truly embrace individuality. They take care to listen to what their models want and notice their defining features in creating a look for them. They make their models feel beautiful, unique and special. My best haircuts have been at Hairstory.

Have you noticed that people react differently to you?

I've met some interesting and creative people who started conversation by asking me about my short hair. I met a photographer in that way; we ended up talking and eventually working together on creative projects.


Xi

Originally from China | Photographer, Image Retoucher

Long hair is often associated with femininity, fertility, and youth. What made you feel that cutting your hair was a risk worth taking?

Women do often put a lot of significance into hair. I had kept my hair growing for 5 to 6 years before I cut it off. It did mean a lot to me. However, that is precisely why I chose to cut it: to get away from the stereotypes and associations people make with women and hair length. It was a personal challenge to change – and I was curious how it would look.

Is this something you’d like to maintain, or grow out?

I feel very confident in this, so much lighter and burden free. I actually shaved my head after a couple months of rocking it. Since my hair was only two inches long, I figured, why not now?

Describe getting your first very short haircut.

The first memorable short haircut I got was when I was 8 or 9 years old. My father took me to a barber who cuts men's hair and just told them to buzz it off. I was extremely upset. And it cast a long shadow afterwards. It was not so much about the haircut, but more the fact that it was taken away from me against my will. But this time it was my choice.

What was your experience like at Hairstory?

It was certainly the haircut of a lifetime. Everyone is so talented and professional with a warm and kind approach. And the resulting haircut and color was extremely impressive. My hair is difficult to cut.

Describe this haircut.

It makes me feel like a 2016 version of Faye Wong in Wong Kar Wai's film Chungking Express.

Have you noticed that people react differently to you?

My friends all say that it really suits me. Overall I think people perceive my image as a woman differently. The poster-sexy image is long, wavy locks, and hourglass figure; it is harder to be sexualized this way; it requires some imagination. And it is true I get fewer catcalls walking down the street, which is a great takeaway.