Kristen Stewart debuted her edgy new crop at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday and sent social media into a tizzy.
Thinking about taking the plunge and going short like Kristen? Jon Reyman, master hairstylist and owner of LA’s new Spoke & Weal Salon, answers all our questions about how to get the chic look.
Glam Slam: How do we get Kristen’s new cut?
Jon Reyman: Go to an excellent hairdresser! The right hairdresser knows how to work with density, length, and texture. Kristin’s hair is cut softly with lots of movement and layers throughout; this could be achieved either with a razor or by point-cutting. A skilled professional will be versed in both techniques.
What should we ask our stylist for?
Jon: Ask for layers to be shorter and softer with lots of movement and a little length in the back. If you have specific length requests point to where you want your hair to fall. Remember this looks is wavy, the waves or texture create a shorter look.
What kind of hair does it work best for?
Jon: This style works best on fine hair with a little wave. Kristin’s hair is fine and soft not dense or course, so she’s a perfect candidate for this cut, and this style is looks finished effortlessly—not overworked. This shorter haircut will accentuate curl or wave. If your hair is full, thick, curly, or course this look is still attainable. Make sure your hairdresser knows how to texturize hair. Managing weight and density, and then length is key. After that, product and styling is essential. In the end, fine hair with a little natural wave hair is an excellent candidate for this cut and will require very little styling maintenance. If you have a different hair type, as long as your hairdresser understands how to manage your density, and you are willing to take a little time to style, you should not have a challenge.
Jon: My general rule is any haircut can work on any head as long as I pay attention. I look at my clients features and shapes and aim to accentuate there best qualities, subtle customizations can be made to fit individual features. A great haircut should show off my client’s features more, not necessarily my technique or style. A rule of thumb: length elongates face-shape. For someone with a round face this cut could make the face shape look more round, add course curly hair and the roundness will be even more accentuated. Again - as long as density is managed and proper styling techniques are used, this look could work on many different shapes & sizes.
How do you style?
Jon: For fine hair - Rough dry with your fingerers. Do not over work the hair through brushing or smoothing—this is not an overly clean or finished look. Take a strong side part during the blow-dry process, this will help set the part if a strong side part is not your natural. Run fingers through the roots to the ends. For straight hair, rough dry and use a high quality curling iron out to create bend in the hair, do this randomly to look natural and only where you want to add shape. For curly or course hair, blow-dry completely with smoothing agents. The natural bend is easy to bring back with a little product. Smoothing the hair completely will provide a neutral fabric to recreate and control the desired texture.
Jon: Avoid oils. Products like a volumizing tonic or style prep are perfect. They add weightless structure and grit to hair while letting hair maintain movement and play. Us a light hairspray to maintain dry full beachy look at the roots. Finish with a touch of paste product on certain pieces which will add dimension to movement. Most important do not overdo it. This cut is best worn very well with a finished effortlessly look.
-- Ryan Patterson