It’s certainly shaping up to be the year of the baby bang, thanks to the love celebs have been showing it. Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, and Bella Thorne are just a few who have played with the style. But scrolling around on Instagram, I saw a rad take on the trend, done by hairstylist Presley Poe, the woman behind that gorgeous buttered rose-gold hair color.
The first thing that caught my attention was the alfalfa-like crown texture, followed by the razor-sharp precision cut that makes the hair looked like it’s permanently tucked behind the ears. While I certainly can’t imagine pulling off this look on my own head, I can absolutely appreciate the skill that it takes to create what some Instagram users are deeming a masterpiece.
“My client specifically wanted a haircut that she referred to as ‘Zef Rap Queen’,” Poe tells Allure. “So we took inspiration from artists such as Yolandi [Visser] and Beth Ditto to customize a look just for her.” She details the technique she used to bring her vision to life. “To create such sharp lines, I first utilized my favorite wet/dry shears from Hattori Hanzo (the 6.5″ Mamba) and finished with my Wahl Peanuts to clean the edges without pushing the hair,” she explains.
And what of the extended bang? Poe says it’s “a lot easier than it looks” to achieve. She started by separating all the hair from the apex and in front of the ears. Next, she pulled that section of hair forward and allowed it to fall naturally. Once everything was separated and set up, she took small subsections of hair to create the perimeter of the cut and continuously snip until all lengths were trimmed to what she calls a “zero-degree elevation.” To complete the cut, she finished with her clippers at the edges of her client’s temples to ensure extra crisp lines. As for the texture at the crown, Poe twisted the hair in a clockwise motion and made a few 45-degree angle snips cutting through at approximately one inch from the scalp and again at the midlengths and ends.
I was pretty wide-eyed to see and hear just how much precision goes into an Instagrammable cut. So much so, that I began to wonder how long this particular style would actually last in all its geometric glory. “Surprisingly, this cut grows out very well and can change shape beautifully over the course of several months,” Poe tells Allure. She says that if you end up not wanting to grow out your cut, but prefer to maintain it, you need to see your stylist every six to seven weeks in order to retain the lines.
Think you might be considering a seemingly crazy cut, but not quite sure how it would be received? Take it from Poe and make the leap. “Remember that what you like is not for everybody — it’s not supposed to be. It’s meant for you. Brush off the haters and practice self-love in starting with the ‘weird’ haircut of your dreams.”
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