Short Hair Specialist Shares Expert Tips

Posted on January 30th, by David in Hair Styles, Top Trends. Comments Off on Short Hair Specialist Shares Expert Tips

Scottsdale Short Hair Specialist

Whether your going short for the first time, or looking for a new short style, short hair requires an expert’s hand and an expert’s eye to pull it off right. A shorter cut can be dramatic and spectacular, or it can be a boring one way trip to old-city. I sat down with Frank Hathaway, a short hair specialist and style director at David Frank Salon in Scottsdale, to ask him about his special approach to short cuts.

D: You’re a big fan of shorter hair styles on women. What’s the attraction for you?

Frank: Simply put, when you have longer hair, people tend to see the hair and not the person wearing it. You have hair. With short and mid length hair, you have a hair style. There’s a huge difference.Shorter shapes allow you to accentuate the face and head shape in ways that just aren’t possible with long hair. The shape becomes very unique and personal.

D: Short hair gets a bad rap sometimes. Why do you think that is?

F: (Laughs) Because it’s done badly so often! To a lot of hairdressers, a short haircut is a quick thing, just get rid of the hair. Short hair requires much more skill than long hair. You have to be a great cutter to do it well.

D: You think a lot of stylists aren’t good with short hair?

F: If you don’t understand head shape and hair texture, short hair is going to show it off. Long hair is very forgiving. With a short cut, what you see is what you will be wearing for the next 5 weeks.

D: Is there a difference in cutting long hair?

F: Short hair is more about the shape. Long hair is a bit more about the styling.

D: Can anybody wear their hair short?

F: Most can, but some women need more of a mid length shape. Cuts are about the size of the shape, not just the length of the hair.

D: Is it true most men prefer long hair?

F: Absolutely not. I just read a study in fact that showed men prefer mid length and shorter shapes over long hair.

D: So why do many women shy away from short hair?

F: It’s a big step for them, and they are afraid of not getting a great look. You have to work with a stylist who can help them find what’s going to work for them.

D: How do approach a shorter shape?

F: First I look carefully at the guests features, get a feel for what silhouette is going to look best. I move the hair around and arrange it different ways to see what it does to the face shape. It has to balance with the body as well. I also look at the natural movement of the hair to see what it’s going to do when it’s cut.

D: What makes your haircuts different than others?

F: Several things. First thing is I always seek out one feature to make the shape unique and personal. It could be a bit of disconnection, or some asymmetry, just something to make it one of a kind. Then, I use a cutting technique that allows me to duplicate the shape any time the guest wishes. I train my staff to use the same technique. It gives us the ability to be completely consistent. You get the results you want each and every time. I also have a unique approach to texture that makes the hair perform amazingly well with minimal effort.

D: What about razor cutting?

F: I don’t believe any one tool is right for every job. I’ve mastered the art of razor cutting, but lately I find I can do most of what I want to accomplish with shears. I never work with clipper though.

D: Who’s short styles are inspiring you right now?

F: Charlize Theron, Ginnifer Goodwin, Pink, Beyonce, Emma Watson, and a bunch more I can’t even think of right now. There is so many great shorter shapes right now. I just saw a great picture of Rooney Mara in Vogue, fantastic.

D: Should you cut your hair when you reach a certain age?

F: No. At any age, you should wear what makes you look and feel like the best version of yourself. Isn’t that what its all about?



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