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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The Right Products For Thin Hair

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Camilla Belle with slicked back hair. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

I believe the most important element when it comes to making thin hair look thick and giving it some volume and staying power is the products. In this ongoing series about managing thin hair, we have talked about hairstyles and accessories, but thin hair has different needs so it is important that the products used are formulated exclusively for thin hair.

  • Shampoos should clean without stripping moisture and conditioners should soften and detangle without causing build-up.
  • The products should be light weight and promise to increase volume and texture.
  • Be sure to lift at the scalp to created thickness. Always use a protectant while using heated appliances and decrease the heat setting so as not to fry your fragile hair strands.
Products For Thin Hair

 

Vogue: Carey Mulligan – Great Expectations

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Oscar de la Renta Dress. Jewels by Tiffany & Co.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Dior Haute Couture top, sautoir from Stephen Russell, and bracelets from Gray & Davis, Ltf. Headpiece created by Julien d’Ys.
Photo Credit: Mario Testino – RARE BLOOM -Chanel Haute Couture sequined dress. Necklace from the Three Graces with enamel portraits (worn as headband). Lorraine Schwartz earrings. Diamond ring from De Vera.

It’s like she’s living in a movie of her own life,” says Mulligan of Daisy. “She’s constantly on show.”

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Alexander McQueen ostrich feather dress with chiffon-covered pearls. Tiffany & Co. earrings. Miu Miu jeweled heels. Fred Leighton bag.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Nina Ricci silk-satin dress with flower appliqués. Chanel Fine Jewelry diamond-and-onyx earrings. Bracelet from Gray & Davis, Ltd.

See the behind the scene video of the Great Expectations Cover Shoot

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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Oscar de la Renta beaded silk organza top and matching skirt.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino -Chanel Haute Couture chiffon, feather, and tulle dress with flouncing open shoulders. Twenties headband from New York Vintage.
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Photo Credit: Mario Testino – Miu Miu dress, embroidered with Swarovski Elements, and heels.

Great Expectations: The Inimitable Carey Mulligan | Vogue.com

Set design: Mary Howard.

Produced by: GE Projects.

Costume Designer: Catherine Martin

Makeup: Mark Carrasquillo.

Hair and Headpieces: Julien d’Ys.

Fashion Editor: Grace Coddington

Photographed by Mario Testino

Can You Wig a Weave? Yes, You Can

Wigs and hair weaves have come a long way baby. For many of us, our first introduction to a wig was probably an elderly relative or a Halloween costume. They play a more important role for people who are losing or have lost their hair, psycho exes, entertainers, women who are having a bad hair day, or those who just want to kick it up a notch in the bedroom. While I have never worn a wig, I am a big fan of weaves. I like that I can give my hair a break from the torture it goes through almost daily, and when the weave is taken out, my hair is well rested, healthy and has grown much faster than if I was still torturing my hair. I remember one time I was getting a weave put in, and my stylist kept asking me why I wore weaves when my hair was already so long. She felt I didn’t need one and couldn’t grasp the concept that my hair was long because I wore weaves! Duh!

I had a system; I would put a weave in every three months, then take it out for another three months. I repeated this cycle for years, and while my hair got extremely long, it didn’t hold a curl as well as the weave hair (I used Remy), so I became dependent on them and eventually I had to give them up cold turkey. I can’t say I will never have another weave but I can say that I will do so with the attitude that it is merely a fun tool. I have had to have discussions with a few acquaintances of various ethnicities who were going down the same terrifying road of weave and hair extension dependence for various reasons. This diseases doesn’t care who or what you are and it is addictive. True story…

I write a lot about overall beauty and recently I wrote a couple of articles about weaves and wigs that were published on the Daily Glow website. One article, Remy Hair Care: Lace-Front Wig Accessories, explains how to take care of a quality lace-front wig and touches on the products and accessories that will help your investment (they are not cheap) stay beautiful and functional longer.

Ok, this is a real hair weave!

The other article is a DIY about How to Make a Cap Weave, which is a hair weave that can be removed daily. I like to view it as a weave and a wig combined. If you know how to put in a weave, you know how to make a cap weave, and a cap weave will last longer than a weave if it is properly taken care of. As I think about it, it’s also a great way to learn how to put in a weave. Just use cheaper hair, preferably synthetic until you get the hang of it. You do not want to practice on 100% human hair, trust me.

Now that is a good weave!