The Undercut: Halle Berry Highlights A Summer Style Trend

The undercut hairstyle has been a hair trend for quite some time and actress Halle Berry recently jumped on the train and the crowd went wild. She recently posted an Instagram picture of her new summer style; an edgy nape undercut with a lotus etched in and her style choice highlights just how versatile the style can be.

 

It’s almost commonplace to see a man or woman with some version of the style and as with any fashion or hairstyle trend, undercuts are nothing new. The asymmetrical cut was a predominately male hairstyle that goes all the way back to the Edwardian era. It  was popular from 1920 through 1940 and re-emerged in the 1990s.

Skater subculture and hipsters are credited with bringing it back in 2010, and women quickly clamped onto the style. Soon creative interpretations of the cut emerged such as engraving designs or symbols (known as “hair tattoos”) into the hair, and even glittering it up.

Halle Berry isn’t the only high-profile person to submit; Scarlett Johansson, Cassie, Rihanna, Tilda Swinton, and Natalie Dormer have or are currently wearing this trend. My favorite looks are interpretations created by everyday people who are their own stylist.

Berry’s version (the nape undercut) is a great summer style and highly versatile — she can pull it up into a ponytail or a bun to add some edge or contrast to an otherwise conservative outfit, or cover it up with her longer tresses when she has to be a professional.

Dormer’s look (the side undercut) is a little more in your face and requires more maintenance, although she can always sweep her hair to the side to cover the shaven part. In other words; it’s a commitment. Celebrity hairstylist and Mizani global artistic director Cesar Ramirez told PeopleStyle that achieving the desired result requires a professional.

“This technique takes a lot of skill and talent. After buzzing the area a straight razor is used to etch out the pattern. A stencil can be used or the pattern can be drawn on the scalp with a eyeliner pencil to get a really clean outcome.”

Until recently, elaborate nail designs and lengths were a favorite way to accessorize, but less flamboyant nails are trending and non-traditional hair color choices and varying versions of the undercut are huge. It’s what I would consider punk inspired (but what isn’t lately?) and an attention magnet, so if you aren’t into calling attention to yourself, this style isn’t for you.

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I Want: Michelle Williams’ Edgy Pixie Cut

Michelle Williams is the new face of Louis Vuitton‘s new accessories campaign.

Is this not the cutest haircut ever? Michelle Williams rocks a carefree and funky ‘do that definitely suits her in this Louis Vuitton accessories ad. Her hair was styled by Sam McKnight (genius),and the gorgeous actress was lucky to have the one and only Stéphane Marais grace her face with her enviable artistic skills. Love the lips.

Michelle Williams and the W or Capucines bag and wearing Marc Jacobs
Michelle is wearing a coat from the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013 campaign.

If this choppy coiffe inspires you, make it happen with a hairstylist that knows how to cut hair. It’s worth it to spend a little more for a great haircut. There is nothing more soul sapping than a butchered cut, and it’s not worth all the potential bad hair days. Seriously, research and splurge and if you have found a stellar stylist that can cut the sh*t of out some hair, don’t be selfish, pass the word around. Let’s make a concentrated effort to eradicate bad hair days.

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Cassie is one of the few people that looks good with her hair half shaved.

Evidently, Michelle’s haircut looks good even during the growing out process. The proof is in this photo taken at Old School in NYC. It reminds me of that asymmetrical style trend worn by Rhianna, Cassie, and Amanda Bynes where one side is long and the other side is shaved except Michelle’s cut is a little more balanced and less extreme. It’s also great because it’s low maintenance and the messier it looks the better.

Michelle Williams at Kate Young For Target Launch on April 9 in New York City.
Michelle Williams is super stylish at Kate Young For Target Launch on April 9 in New York City. Her hair looks just as good grown out.

I can’t say I’m a diehard Michelle Williams fan I am likely to watch a film if I know she is in it because she is a talented actress, she is picky about the roles she chooses and she makes great choices.  I find her intriguing because while she appears demure there is nothing demure about her sense of style. She’s gritty, and there is something truly magical about her which makes me take multiple looks when I see her on the red carpet. I like grit but I love how she represents edgy hairstyles even better.

For more pictures of Michelle Williams visit: Michelle Williams Stuns In Dreamy New Louis Vuitton Campaign | Marie Claire.