Non-traditional gender based style moves have grabbed and held our attention for decades. Annie Lennox and Grace Jones exuded confidence with their gender-bending cropped hairstyles and masculine tailoring. Tilda Swinton has confused and delighted our sense of traditional gender-based style preferences over and over again. David Bowie in the Labyrinth blew our minds……
More from my favorite androgynous hairstyles of today, on Refinery29. Check it!
Can I just say “shwing” for Chloe Sevigny and her style and her hair and her everything. Let’s celebrate this woman for the rest of time.
My #bethefair sisters and I had the honor of hosting musician comedien Reggie Watts in our camp this year. Alix works on the production side of his Comedy Central Show, Comedy Bang! Bang! and invited him to come with us to the Oregon Country Fair after he expressed to her a lifelong goal of seeing the mayhem and magic first hand.
We got to shepard him around, showing him our favorite places, hiding him when fan-boys and fan-girls got too thick. (He very graciously shook many hands and posed for many pictures… I admit, I had to talk myself down from fan-girling out on him myself because I am a big fan and also a huge dork.) We introduced him to our favorite fair foods, musicians etc. while his witty banter elevated all of our senses of humor. My intention for this years fair was to laugh heartily, and it happened. So thanks, Reg. Thanks for being the fair with us.
Before I go on, let me paint a visual picture of Reggie’s third fair night. By this point, he had found his groove…..Imagine….full moon, low in the sky. Dark cloudless night. A couple people gather in a distant field, away from the fair festivities in the woods. Amps, a mic, some cords. Equipment hauled by friends. Minor drama about an essential cord that is missing. Found, problem solved. Reggie starts beat-boxing, long and low, quietly and masterfully layering sounds to create the perfect mellow full moon vibe. More people start to gather, attracted by the low base of the music. The tempo picks up. People start dancing. Things are getting weird in all the right ways. More people arrive. Reggie starts throwing in bonkers snippets of verbal hilarity, entertwined with the layered beats, building and building.
All of a sudden, 10 people in fat-suits with colored led lights inside them show up out of the abyss and start to boogie like psychadelic marshmellow men……….
I will leave the rest up to your imagination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, and are scratching your head right now, watch Reggie Watts’s incredible TED talk here.
This entertaining video was my first introduction to Reggie several years ago. Check it! #fuckshitstack
Reggie let me do his hair. I knew exactly what had to happen, and it involved flowers. In the hair and beard. I gave him a flower-hawk down the back of his head in his wild natural hair and thick nappy kitchen.
The hawk was made with a row of tight ponytails down the center, pulled halfway through into buns. I added flowers in along both sides. And the daisies went into his beard, obvies. He rocked it fully to the max.
Before he left the fair, I had to ask him a question about his hair. I just had to get some statement, thought, or sentiment to share with you all. I yelled to him over a tent as I dressed for Saturday night partymom time….
“Hey Reg. If your hair could talk, what would it say?”
He thought a minute. “I imagine it would be like the talking hat”
“huh?” I asked
“From Harry Potter”
“Ahhh. K. cool. I didn’t read those.” I said.
I did a little research. Talking hat in Harry Potter. The Sorting Hat. Sorts the students ( Of Hogwarts) into one of 4 houses….Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.
“Oh you may not think I’m pretty but don’t judge what you see, I’ll eat myself if you can find a smarter hat than me.”
Oh, and Reggie’s go-to hair tool is a white scrunchie. I know that because it was either on his wrist or in his hair the entire weekend.
Friends, check out Reggie Watts, if you haven’t already. Follow him on Instagram at @reggiewatts. And Stay tuned for the Be The Fair American Craft Experience shop and blog coming soon. It is going to be a blast.
Don’t speak. I know just what your sayin. So please stop explainin. Don’t tell me, cuz it hurts. Gwen rocks her hair so hard it physically hurts.
Gwen Stefani wins the HTHG lifetime achievement award for the category ‘has the most fun with her hair.’
Here is to many years of Gwen’s hair, and many more to come. Thanks for the great tunes, the transformations, the inspiration, and most importantly, the hair.
Which Gwen hairstyle do you like best? I have to say, I loved her blue hair back when she was all into wearing bindi’s and being just a girl in the world. I loved her music in the Sublime days, and the Harajuku days. I loved her style in her long-beach chola days of dark lip liner and gold chains. Love me some Gwen.
Macklemore’s Same Love haircut is sexy. It is sharp as a tack. It is an homage to the hairstyles worn by men way back in the day, but with the perfect amount of cutting edge. And it looks just as good on a chic as it does on a dude.
And guess what? This haircut is just a short, pushed back version of the Hipster Hangover.
What I like most about the Hipster Hangover is that can be worn at different lengths on all hair types for perfect hipster androgyny.
Michelle Williams is rocking it with more length on the top. She styles hers so that the top comes forward and to the side to frame her sweet little face.
This haircut is so incredibly easy to do. You do not need to encourage your dude to go to the salon for this one. You can give it to him yourself. Or to her yourself. Whichever one it is. Same love. ( Have you seen Macklemore’s Same Love video?)
The point is, the Hipster Hangover is a perfect beginning DIY-ers short haircut. And, it just so happens that your dude needs Macklemore’s haircut.
Here is how to do it………Watch this video and follow the directions, making the following changes……Using your clippers, ( Need some? try the Wahl 24 piece clipper and hair cutting kit) cut the under-section with the smallest guard. Cut the top section slightly shorter than demonstrated in the video. You can even use your clippers with a 3 guard on the top, and here is a little tip……use the little lever on the side of your clippers and put it on the higher setting for the front inch or so of hair on the top section, and then put it on the lower section for the rest of the top section. This will give the top some graduation from shorter in back to longer in front.
What is it about Robin Wright? Maybe it is because she played Princess Buttercup in The Princess Bride. Maybe it is her graceful features and fantastic acting. Maybe it is the fact that in the new Netflix Series called House of Cards, Robin Wright nails the role of Clair, power-woman and wife of sly politician Frank Underwood. This show is like the political current day version of Mad Men, and she is the Joanie.
I’m thinking it is her sexy little boy/WW11 army general haircut that I am so hot for. There is something about that haircut. I’ve got it bad for that haircut.
Also, I have had so many requests for this cut lately in the salon. Just FYI. Want to try it?