This is my sister, Brook. She is a biologist, on the front lines of cancer research ( I’m so proud of her:) She loves science. She is excited about science. She is an Artist of Science. One reason she likes the lab is that she can do whatever she wants with her hair, and listen to any kind of music in her headphones that she chooses and no one can say shit about it, as long as she is effectively dividing cells on lab-grown skin samples and making useful hypothesis. She seems to enjoy being the weird one at work. I can understand that. I cut her hair into the Girl with the Dragon tattoo haircut about a year ago.
Without any trimming or maintenance, it grew out into a perfect gutter-punk flop. But in a good way! When she came to visit me last month, she was ready for something more professional to rock while she defends her dissertation. I gave her the razored pixie and it suited her perfectly.
Cute and short and chic, no maintenance or styling needed. And, it will grow out well because her hair is fine and I texturized the ends. She can really pull off shaggy hair and piece-y ends. And we only see each other a couple times a year so her hair cuts have to last.
Here is a little trade secret for you……The key to a feminine short haircut is the hair around the ears. There is a fine line between short and sharp and masculine, and perfectly choppy and soft and shattered. This is the line that divides a femme short haircut from a more butch-ified one. To each her own.
I love a good hair transformation success story.
I already told you that I am obsessed with this short and sexy haircut. Well imagine my excitement when a new client came to me at Vain and requested it!
She asked what I thought about that haircut on her. I didn’t want to freak her out with my over-excitement/obsession with that particular haircut. I played it cool and said ” I think it will look marvelous on you”
So, I heavy foiled a mohawk section on the top with 3 different blondes and then razor cut the do. It was essentially 2 haircuts in one……..Graduated short A-line in the back, with short sides cut moving backwards and an over-cut longer top mohawk section that can easily swing both ways;) So effin hot on her.
This haircut works best on finer hair, and is a GREAT one for fine limp thin hair that otherwise doesn’t hold much of a style. It is a cut with real shape to it. It should grow out beautifully, too.
I am in love with this haircut. This is what I will do when I decide to finally cut my hair. It is so modern and feminine and soft and edgy at the same time. I appreciate a haircut that doesn’t look too perfectly done. They tend to grow out beautifully.
The asymmetrical shlob works best on thicker hair with lots of wave and curl. It is an easy haircut to DIY!
This haircut that I did on Kim started out with a simple side ponytail, I pulled the holder down to the ends, and cut straight across the ends, removing about an inch and a half of length. This created the shape of the haircut. Then I went through and texturized the ends a bit, and layered her a bit more. This can be done by gathering the hair into an even higher side ponytail near top of the head and cutting off the ends.
Here is Kimmy before and after. What a fox!!!!!
Here is Erika, with her hair grown out from a super hot Girl with a dragon tattoo haircut. She is stuck at step 3 of growing out her short hair. This is the hardest phase.
Hey, Roxie! Okay, I’ve finally broken down and decided I HAVE to go get a hair cut so I wanted to send you some pictures and see if you could give me a little advice on what to ask for:
I still love my hair. Love it, love it. I no-poo about once a week and rinse with hot water every day. I use coconut oil at night once every couple weeks and only use a straightener in the most desperate of situations. I love my hair best when I air dry and “scrunch” a little. The reason I want to go in for a cut is really just to fix my bang situation. They’re grown out. There are two sets of lengths from the Dragon Tattoo cut. The longer ones I’ve been parting and taking to each side and the shorter ones I leave out on my forehead. I love the sides of my hair so much, but the front view is disappointing. I watched the video you made of a DIY bang trim and I was *this* close to doing it because you explained it so well. In fact, I would probably still give it a try if you give me a couple pointers based on my pictures.
I basically just want some cute shorts bangs but I’m not sure if I should keep growing the longer bangs or cut them too. I also don’t know if I should get the back trimmed or the sides at all. I want to keep growing out my hair and have a natural feminine look, but if you have any interesting cut ideas let me know I want to have a clear cut idea when I go to a hair dresser because you’re the only one I would trust to just “do whatever”.
Thank you so much for all the good advice you’ve given! I never thought in a million years that I could not use shampoo and especially not use heating tools and actually love my hair. It’s so nice to actually love the hair I was born with. It’s a huge boost of confidence. I’ve also been using your advice on doing baking soda as a face wash and vinegar as a toner and I absolutely love it. My bathroom supplies have been cut down 75%.
|HTHG’s response……First off, Im so glad you are liking the ShamPHree ( No-poo) Method. Kinda life changing, right? And coconut oil too. Love the stuff.Here is what I would suggest you do with your hair, Erika. I agree, the bangs look like they need a little style, and the back part is getting a wee bit mullet-y. I think that short asymmetrical choppy bangs would be perfect on you. Basically, this means sectioning out your bangs, then splitting them in half horizontally. The hairline section will be cut on an asymmetrical line, nice and short. Then, you will chop into the ends using the point cutting technique.
Then, you will comb down the top section, and cut them at the same line, parallel to your first one, but about 3/4 of an inch longer. Use the same technique to texturize the ends.
Moving on to the back…..This may sound funny, but get yourself a small elastic ponytail holder and make a tiny super tight ponytail centered in the back, about 2 inches above your back hairline. It will not be long enough to get the hair from around the edges, but don’t worry about that. Cut about an inch off the ends of the pony. This may be basically the whole ponytail. What this will do is shape the hair around your neck and remove bulk and poof from that area, giving your hair more of a bobbed shape.
This will grow out really well, and you can do the same thing again in 6 weeks or so to get you through that next phase. Good Luck, my lady! Send us a photo of the process if you want! XO, HTHG
Here is Erika’s response…
Hey Roxie (HTHG)! Thank you so much for your advice on cutting my hair. I did just what you said: right out of the shower, i sectioned out my bangs, halved them horizontally and cut the hairline section in an asymmetrical short line. Then I brushed out the top section and did a line parallel to the first one. I ended up cutting a little shorter on that section than I wish I had. (I was trying for the 3/4 inch difference you suggested but messed up a little) but when they grow out I’ll give it another go. I think I’ll also work on cleaning up the line a bit (or maybe choppy-ing it up a bit). I love the way they look now even! For the back, I made a tight ponytail and chopped the sucker off just like you said, and it worked perfectly! I was worried because it wasn’t exactly a clean cut I made in the back, but you can’t tell at all. It’s amazing, you can’t even tell that I cut it myself (or that it’s the first time I’ve EVER cut my own hair) In fact, at the post office today someone told me they loved my hair cut! I’m thrilled.
Unfortunately it was hard to get pictures of the process, so I just have this one. It’s after I cut the first section of bangs, before I combed down the top section.
Here are some after pictures. Thank you again so much. I feels so empowering to finally cut my own hair.