Haircuts are a personal decision people make to achieve the kind of look they want, but they can be super polarizing when you share them with the world. Just ask Colorado-based stylist Chelsea James, who shared a video of a haircut that’s garnered plenty of, uh, strong opinions on Instagram.
When I first peeped the vid, my immediate thoughts were along the lines of “damn, check that freehand precision — it’s so satisfying to watch” and, at the end, “oh, I get it, it’s a bowl cut paired with a mullet.” Upon scrolling through all the comments (OK, almost all because there are hundreds), I found that one Instagram user aptly referred to this look as “The Bullet Cut. Half mullet, half bowl cut.” Quite honestly, the fact that I hadn’t come to the same conclusion considering I thought the same thing made me question my on-the-spot creative genius.
Anyway, James’ video features herself trimming baby bangs similar to Philip Wolff’s high round fringe, but then she starts sectioning, layering, and trimming until she’s created a bang that extends all the way back to being perpendicular to the client’s ear. So, yes, it’s definitely a look.
Many people weighed in on the polarizing haircut — we’re talking over 122,476 views in the past 24 hours and lots of strong feelings in the comments. On the less savory side, you’ve got folks saying “Stop trying to make ugly shit cute,” “Talk about bang regret omg,” “Joe dirt inspired, duh,” and “We get it, you voted for Hillary,” which still has me trying to figure out what the heck the 2016 election has to do with a haircut. (Whatever happened to “get over it, she lost?”) But many of the naysayers failed to consider this a creative endeavor, however unattractive it might seem to them.
Luckily, lovers of unconventional beauty chimed in, shedding a little positive light on an otherwise pretty gloomy comments section. “This is pure creative genius! Everyone should be so brave, fun, creative and uninhibited,” one person wrote. “Anyone who thinks this is terrible needs to have more fun,” another quipped. One commenter mentioned that they weren’t sure at first if they would like the look, but the end result won them over. “At first I was like, ‘this haircut is so fucked up,’ but once dry and textured, hot damn [that’s] one cool haircut!”
James executed a similar haircut in December for a Facebook Live with American Salon. Unsurprisingly, the cut garnered criticism from viewers, according to the hairstylist. “Some did not like my cut and style…and for a tiny second, I listened. Then the more I thought about it, I was overwhelmed with happiness,” she wrote in an Instagram post showing off her handiwork. “I get to be in a world where everyone gets to think, do, say, and be whatever they want! How unbelievably great is that?! I get to be whoever I want, and the only suffering I experience is if I wish someone else would think, do, say or be the way I think they should.”
Clearly, James ain’t worried about the haters. The hairstylist is also no stranger to creating boundary-pushing haircuts that light Instagram on fire. A punk rock-inspired hairstyle she posted six months ago also got a similar reaction online. But James already had some words back then for potential haters. “Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.” Bloop and bloop.
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