There was only one word coming out of Michael’s mouth right before his last two haircuts: disaster. He wanted total asymmetry. I didn’t use clippers at all. I first cleaned the back and the sides and left longer bits in both fronts of the sides. I then asked him which side he parts it on and cut quite a lot of hair shorter around the parting. This means that it will be easier to avoid a clean parting and the whole look will be easier to mess up. I cut other bits shorter on the other side as well because I didn’t want a huge difference in volume. It’s so difficult to leave what you know aside and go with your instinct. In order to deconstruct you do have to know how to construct first, it’s one of the biggest truths about haircutting and I was lucky enough to be told that early on.
Panos has had his hair long on top for quite some time and he trims it himself every now and then. He’s decided to let his hair rest for a while and let it grow without re-doing the roots. That’s how he ended up with the dip-dyed colour (I really like this slightly green blond). I shaved the rest of his hair and finger-waved the long bit. I love,love,love the combination of masculine and feminine elements. I think Gaultier and Madonna do too…
Chryssa M is a friend of mine and Marina’s (Stat, my make-up partner) since school. She’s been into punk forever and that’s been so evident in the haircuts she’s had over the years. This time, I wanted to do something punk but with a dose of surrealism, not just a wearable update. I shaved both sides off and the rest of the hair I cut longer on the front and gradually shortened going towards the back of the neck. Now Chryssa has these two longer strands on both sides (inspired herself by Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo -2011) which she colours herself and I was perfectly happy with just trimming them a bit. It was when I styled them like a brushed backwards bob that the surrealism I was looking for appeared right in front of my eyes. Marina Stat did the make-up and took the idea of a Soo Catwoman (THE punk icon) make-up to its most surreal.
Actress Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).
Punk Icon Soo Catwoman in the 1970’s (couldn’t find photo credit for the picture).
But then again the first look is androgynous, so I wanted the second look to be much more feminine plus I wanted to show that you can hide the longer strands in the shorter hair. This is beauty at its wildest.
I cut Maria’s fringe quite short this time and point-cut at the ends so it looks kind of like she did it herself. The rest of the hair I layered, opting for a few shorter layers framing her face.