We’re suckers for a good makeover, perhaps none so much as the requisite fall haircut. There’s something about the seasonal change from balmy to brisk that makes us itch for change, swapping our beauty security blankets for something new, edgy, and daring. Thus, we were excited to find out actress, Cara Disclothed blogger, and The Glam App founder Cara Santana felt the same—and wanted us to come along and document the process. With her bestie, app co-founder, and shear master Joey Maalouf at the helm of the new cut, Santana was ready trade her long, sleek strands for something completely new—something with bangs. The end result? You’ll have to scroll through to find out.
Keep scrolling to see the hair transformation from start to finish!
Santana told us she’s experimented with a bunch of hairstyles, even going so far as to buzz her head way back when (#respect), but her strands have been on the longer end of the spectrum lately.
Maalouf set out the tools he would need to execute the cut.
Santana wanted to cut her strands before her 30th birthday and demonstrated the ultimate act of trust: letting Maalouf do whatever he wanted. “I trust Joey implicitly and feel like he knows who I am and my essence, so I let him design it for me,” she tells us.
For inspiration, Maalouf said he was going for a cut that was “edgy” and “disconnected.” “I told Cara when we were planning the haircut that I wanted it to be really chic, like edgy drummer chic,” he says. “Cara has that very carefree cool-chick vibe who does whatever the F she wants.”
The first step? Snipping off the length. Maalouf gathered Santana’s strands into a low pony then snipped off 12 inches of hair in one go. (For the record, Santana remained calm, cheery, and composed through all of this—major props, as we probably would have been on the hyperventilating end of the spectrum).
Gone goes the hair!
Next come the layers. Maalouf wet Santana’s hair, twisted up different sections, then started shaping the cut with his cutting shears.
One more look at the ponytail of hair past.
Maalouf went in with thinning shears and chopping sheers to give the cut more layers, which “kind of don’t make sense but do all at the same time.”
One pro of having your best friend cut your hair: The general attitude throughout the process is much like this.
Maalouf wanted to go for the angled lob look and kept the pieces in the front longer than in the back.
The final step—bangs! Santana had to take a few deep breaths before Maalouf snipped.
“I wanted to go for a heavier bang, so I did a giant section, then I cut the middle piece to where I want it,” Maalou explains. “Then, I’ll take the two sides of the bang and pull them together, twist, then basically go into it and point cut for a really choppy look.”
After he finished cutting, Maalouf went in with a straightener and added bends to create more texture. The final look? A shaggy midlength bob with long bangs and lots of texture. “I feel refreshed,” Santana says, after the big reveal. “I feel like I let go of the last 10 years, and I’m ready to enter my 30s. I feel like my outside matches my inside now!”
As for Maalouf, he says he would recommend Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist ($31), Supremo Magic Move ($21) in Hard, and, of course, Oribe’s much-loved Dry Texturizing Spray ($42) to keep the cut in all of its textured, Joan Jett–inspired glory. When we asked him for the one piece of advice he’d give to anyone considering a big chop, he was quick to respond: “Just do it! It always grows back.” Truth.
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