Exactly a year ago I wrote about the emerging lockdown trend among younger folk of the ‘mullet’, or if you are a pop star with too much money, its alternative the ‘shallet’ – a shaggy mullet favoured by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Rihanna.
Fast forward to this spring and the latest do among celebs and their hairdressers is the ‘instinctive cut’. This involves allowing your stylist to do what they think is right for you, your hair type and face shape, rather than you having to show them a photograph of someone off the telly.
Rather than this be a nerve-wracking experience, in which the client hopes their hairdresser is in a good mood and has not been repeatedly watching Edward Scissorhands, the idea behind instinctive cutting is that you get a cut and style that is unique to you.
What’s more, the trend works around styling the hair that you have, rather than what you wish for and encourages you to create your own signature look. Another benefit is the accompanying low-maintenance aspect of not having to primp, blow-dry and cajole your hair into shapes and styles that it really isn’t suited for.
The key to embracing the bespoke look is a good relationship with your stylist and being honest with each other. An experienced professional will automatically know what works best and should be able to tell you.
Ironically, showing your stylist images of hairdos you like isn’t a complete no-no, as it will give them an idea of the look and vibe you want to achieve. In return, the styling cues, such as a fringe, shape and length will help them to create a bespoke cut based not just on the physical shape of your face but also your personality.