One of my all time favorite people is Gina, who you see pictured here. She’s an extremely talented artist, she has a great laugh, I could go on and on. I’ve taken her picture so many times – usually they’re just great because she’s great, I don’t have to do much, just point the camera and see her connect. It was such a pleasure to work with Gina at Hairstory before we both left.
I hadn’t seen Gina in a little while, and over lunch she mentioned to me she may need a haircut as she’d just had a major color change. Cat had just colored Gina’s hair this amazing mousy, chinchilla-y shade that goes very well with her beautiful dog Theo, who is wonderful but woefully co-dependent. So anyway, she accepted my invitation to make the excursion out to Nyack on a hot summer day to visit me, catch up, and potentially get a trim. I never thought much about Gina’s hair in terms of a cut because she was always so amazing at self styling. When we were at Hairstory, I photographed Gina’s ‘dos on a daily basis. She’s sort of a throwback to the days when women got really dressed up (more than they do today, generally speaking) and their hair and nails were always done.
I was honestly thrilled, totally thrilled to cut her hair. A bit nervous actually, but I was excited. It started off as a trim, but she told me that her fiancé, Jesse, was nagging her to have a bob. We started looking through my files, and her files, and Instagram, and she kept coming back to this ‘50s-looking French bob. It wasn’t tough, there was a femininity about it, which is very much her. I thought, while she can pretty much carry anything off, an overly aggressive haircut wouldn’t fit very well energetically. I did get a little of the shock value by taking the left side and the front left corner and cutting it in one fell swoop. Whoosh, cut, clip! And then went round the head and I’d cut the length off in 30 seconds. Everyone seemed appalled, impressed, or just fascinated that I would cut hair so quickly. I explained that when I see what I want to see, or I can see it in my mind, I just want to do it, I don’t want to get stuck into the technique. Not that I don’t think being a technically proficient hairdresser is not wonderful, of course it is, but I’ve got to admit, I’m not very patient. As much as I’d love to slice and dice like the best razor cutters in the world I just don’t really have the patience. I feel I make up for it by making a good decision about the style, nuance, and balance between the front, back, and sides.
“Finally bit the bullet and chopped it! For as long as I can remember I've identified as a blonde with long hair. It's so strange how we create these personas for ourselves and then are unable (or too afraid) to see ourselves as anything else. I thought I’d miss all my hair but I’m completely in love and feel like a new woman. This was exactly the fresh perspective I needed on myself. Thank you to Michael and Cat for the refresh, it was long overdue.” –Gina
As you can see from the photographs, she looks amazing. I don’t want to take all the credit for it, but I was pretty amazed, I must say. She just sat there – holding the dog, naturally, and he seemed pretty happy with her transformation – and then, part of my preference these days (actually for a long time, now that I think about it) is to air dry hair. When I finished the cut and thought it looked great, I sprayed some of my very secret potion on, and then Icis did a little bit of makeup, and I sprayed a little more of the secret, secret product. It’s an interesting product, you can build on it, and it’s really special. I didn’t do anything, I mean literally didn’t touch it after I sprayed it. On set I just played with it a little bit, and it had this glorious texture to it. I didn’t have to work too much to get some movement. And she just looked stunning. I was so happy to not let her down, and in fact to reveal her. I think special things will happen for her, because of the haircut – isn’t that what they say? I’m hoping to work with Gina again in the not-too-distant future. She’s charming, delightful, and full of talent.
So that’s my story behind the haircut. Some of you, if you’re hairdressers particularly, might have questions, or if you’re a person that hasn’t experienced the liberation of a swift bob or air dried hair, I could expand on the subject.