Under The Dryer

Short Hair, Don't Care

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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My hair colour changes like my underwear. My husband is the luckiest man alive; he gets to sleep with a new woman every month,” says Under the Dryer's (UTD) hair model Alicia Stephenson.

Short hair and bright colours are in this season, confirms hairstylist extraordinaire Lisa McIntosh-Aris of the House of Neahlis. “It's 2017, women aren't asking permission anymore,” she says as she casually glues in two blue strips into her own pixie cut. “It's a sign of the empowered women. We aren't checking in with our husbands. We don't have to ask anybody before we do things. And of course, it always is nice to have a sistren by your side.”

Under the Dryer recruited several brave women to experiment with the trend and give us their personal take.

The Big Chop

The argument for short hair is simple: it's easier, it's cooler and it's empowering. Women have notoriously had the difficult balance between work and personal upkeep, but short hair makes it simpler. “What hair maintenance?” asks make-up artist Loni Jones Walsh. “I definitely cut it for the ease,” agrees fashion designer Angella Scott. “And I'm never going back. To blow-dry and flat-iron every day? I can't bother with that.”

We say hear, hear!

Short hair is for the woman looking to make a change and it's also for the woman who is willing to challenge standard beauty norms. “Everyone is always asking, so why you cut your hair, like I'm crazy to do it,” says Nicole Clarke, CEO of GGoC by Nicole, a clutch and handbag line. “I just tell them it's because it's my own and I can do what I want!”

Short hair challenges norms of femininity by stepping outside the traditional idea that women must have long hair to be sexy. “You can have short hair and still be feminine,” continues Clarke.

We have a society where there is a certain expectation of beauty for women and men can be uncomfortable with any deviations as they feel it encroaches on their masculinity. Sharice Fernanader, brand manager at GraceKennedy, comments, “My boyfriend was actually the one who encouraged me to buzz it shorter,”as she sits under the dryer while working from her laptop. Perhaps that's how she can tell he's the right one!

Colours of the Rainbow

Mcintosh-Aris says the hair trend of the summer is anything “daring”. The explosive colours that women are experimenting with feel reminiscent of 90s Jamaican dancehall style with bright pops of magenta and blue. McInitosh-Aris adds, “I'm seeing bright colours; women are trying to come out of the box.” She is happy to see women experimenting more. “When I go into the bank I really want to jump over the counter and say, let me do your hair. I find the corporate execs are confining themselves”

There are four ways to add colour. Bonding, clipping, sew in and regular dying. “Clip-ins are great for someone looking to experiment with something more temporary,” says McIntosh-Aris. “For those who are dying I recommend a lot of treatments to promote moisture and hair health.”

McIntosh-Aris has an array of home remedy potions to soothe even the most processed tresses. “I recommend leaving in aloe mixed with egg to strengthen hair. Another remedy for those with build-up I recommend apple cider vinegar mix (just a teaspoon) with some honey. And then you have the good old castor oil.”

When we asked our models how their new hair colours made them feel, they all agreed that it felt fun and daring. “I feel like I'm going to give some trouble,” says Stephenson of her bright pink 'do. Well, they do say a well-behaved woman rarely makes history!

Lisa Mcintosh-Aris, House of Neahlis.

19 Ardenne Road.

Tel : 622-1744 or 8207210.

9:30 am - 4:30 pm. By Appointment Only.

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