Chopping off a few inches of hair is a decision that most of us don’t take lightly. “After a bad cut in junior year of high school, I’ve strayed away from short hair for a long time,” said Megan, our latest real girl makeover subject and Daily Makeover’s own associate editor. “But I was finally ready for a change.”
Megan only had one request when she sat down with hair stylist and Aveda Global Styling Director Ricardo Dinis at New York’s Aveda Academy: no pixie cut. Dinis started with a consultation. “I try to look at you and tailor your haircut to your life,” he explained, as he compared a well-designed cut to a piece of clothing, such as a jacket. “How is hanging in the back? Is it droopy on the shoulders?” The goal, of course, is a perfect fit.
Dinis started by cutting Megan’s hair wet, then detailed the shape by point-cutting the style dry. “It’s a bob, but it has great layers,” he said. “I added looser layers throughout the shape and made the edges soft so the haircut moves.”
The moment of truth with any makeover is the big reveal to friends and family, and Megan’s new look passed with flying colors. “I got a lot of positive reinforcement for the cut. Even my husband, who isn’t a fan of short hair, really likes it,” she said. “I’ve been told everything from, ‘You look older’ to ‘You look so edgy’ and even, ‘You look like a woman who knows what she wants.’ I feel like my haircut serves as a Rorschach test.”
And Megan’s own take? “It’s crazy how a new haircut makes everything feel new. Even my clothes look cooler somehow.”