Wednesday, June 26, 2013

undercut


The latest internal debate I'm having over hair (see previous ones here and here, and my most recent bold - at least to me - hair moves here and here) involves something a wee bit more dramatic: the undercut.  Let's be clear though,  I'm not talking about starting down a crazy rebellious punk path that will lead to facial piercings and tattoos, I'm talking about the chic undercut, the elegant yet still totally ballsy undercut.  I'm talking about women like Kate Lanphear and Tilda Swinton here.  Lovely poised beauties like Freja Beha.


And you know when Freja does something, it's pretty easy to get behind it.  I actually had a similar undercut when I was in highschool (a million years ago?), and it was a pain in the ass to grow out.  But somehow that experience and knowledge isn't stopping me from considering it again a second time.

More undercut inspo...


Ginnifer Goodwin and Rihanna (possibly the Queen of the Undercut?) both look ridiculously hot, don't you think?  Then of course there's edgy model Alice Dellal doing her thing for Chanel:


And who could forget the lovely Anya Ayoung Chee from Project Runway's season 9?  She was so beautiful it almost distracted me from all that quality educational reality tv.


The undercut seems to work for all lengths, and all colors, either on the sides or on the bottom...


So... do I or don't I?   Is it just too nuts?  Or just a great way to stay cool this summer?

18 comments:

  1. I loved Anya sooo much on Project Runway. I wouldn't get an undercut myself, but if you want it, go for it! They grow out after all, it is only hair :D

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    1. Yeah, she was amazing, wasn't she? And yes, you're absolutely right, it will just grow out! Thanks for the vote!

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  2. J'adore the hair cut :)

    New outfit on my French blog: Capeline hat + long pleated cream skirt:

    www.taimemode-fashionblog.com

    Merci :)

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  3. LOVE the Ginnifer Goodwin haircut. I had a version of the Kate Lanphear for about 6 months this year. Two things: it was hard to find a hairdresser who could do a good version of this cut, and my hair has wave and lots of volume to it, which meant I had to use a flat iron, and even then it didn't quite hang as nicely as people like Kate and Tilda, who have fine hair. I ended up going for a pixie cut inspired by the Emma Watson/Jeanne Seberg cuts, and haven't looked back! Anything which allows me to "do" my hair in 3 minutes or less is ideal in my book. :-)

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    1. Wow, you are a brave hair adventurer! Very exciting and inspiring. My hair is ridiculously straight and I'm always bemoaning the lack of wave, so maybe Kate's cut would actually be perfect for me. As for finding the right hairdresser, I hear you. I love mine and she's given me some amazing cuts over the years, but there have also been quite a few duds and I'm not sure how to avoid those, so it always makes me a bit nervous. Also, back when I had long hair I never 'did' anything to it, now that it's shorter it needs at least some attention, even if it is just a spattering of product and some mussing. 3 minutes feels kind of high maintenance to me! Ha! Would love to see some pics of your cuts...

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  4. Oh just found your blog and surprisingly you're chatting about a subject I've been harping on all month. Not sure what to do yet, I went in for the undercut and came out with a bob. Surely you'll be more brave than I ;)
    But I always thought Ginnifer was a knockout as soon as she cut her hair

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    1. I agree, Ginnifer with short hair is stunning. As for me being brave... we'll have to wait and see. I tend to really chew on these things for a while before taking the plunge. But who knows, maybe the heat will get to me and I'll just go do it this week! Stay tuned... And let me know if you decide to go for it as well!

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  5. I first got a pixie-style ginnifer goodwin cut about six months ago, and a month ago leaped to a full faux hawk with side cut and I have NEVER in my life gotten so many compliments. I love it, unreservedly. it's amazingly punk without me being punk (no piercings, tattoos), and is super flattering. I initially joked by calling it my 'man repeller', but that's also 100% not the case. if anything, I feel somehow more feminine.

    there are some great pics posted at pixie-cropped (I bookmark the hell out of hair tumblrs, etc these days):
    http://pixie-cropped.tumblr.com/tagged/undercut

    les

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    1. That is a great resource! Thanks so much for sharing! How cool that you are rocking the cut and enjoying it so much, I can only imagine how empowering and liberating it must feel. I'd love to see photos of your cut too...

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  6. I like the haircut because you must be clear of your femininity.

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    1. I agree, there's something so aggressive and tough about it that somehow it allows the feminine side shines through even more clearly. Sometimes ;)

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  7. I had the back of my head shaved when I was about 16 and the sides shaved a couple of years ago. It really is a PAIN to grow it again. BUT I think it's not so much of a pain when your hair is straight (I have a pretty curly hair!).

    What I did in both cases, was to wait a couple of months, then shave the whole head and let it grow altogether from zero. :D

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    1. Oh you are SO brave! I shaved the back of my head in highschool as well, and even though I have straight hair it was a huge pain to grow out. When it got to about 3 inches long I thought it looked so horrible I took drastic measures and bleached that bit platinum. Didn't do a thing to hide it (obviously) but at least it looked more intentional. I think if you did the sides it would be 10 times harder to grow it out, because it'd be so much harder to hide.

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  8. I love this haircut, I wanted to cut it too..but I scared it wont fit with my personality, cus my face is round and im cubby girl :)

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    1. No worries, your english is fine! I think if you want to do it then that's reason enough to believe it would fit your personality. Sometimes these big changes are just the push we need to get us out of our comfort zones! And as for the round face, I don't think that would be an issue, Ginnifer Goodwin has sort of a round face and she looks amazing with it, don't you think? Let me know if you decide to go for it!

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