Last week, I left the fate of my mane up to the hair gods (a.k.a. you) when I asked you to vote for my next haircut. Let’s just say you did a bang-up job, because as of Monday, not only do I have a new cut, but also an incredible increase in confidence and general hair satisfaction—which is hard to come by, as any woman will tell you.
Scroll down to check out which cut won, plus the before and after photos—they're quite dramatic (yes, I’m biased, but just trust me).
It was only after I looked at these before photos that I realized how badly I was in need of cut. Thank you, dear reader, for making me submit myself to the scissors!
Because the Byrdie team is impressive and amazing, they were actually able to arrange to have the cut done by the very hairstylist who is responsible for the haircut in one of my inspiration images. If you’re not familiar with Anh Co Tran’s work, it’s likely you’ve come across one of his wildly popular haircuts on Pinterest (this mid-length haircut and the one I picked are his most in demand cuts). He’s also the mastermind behind Coco Rocha’s pixie, and his signature haircut is so coveted that he’s actually had the touseled waves trademarked. Clearly, I was in for a life-changing haircut.
And finally…the cut! Isn’t it great how satisfied we both look in this photo? I like how my hair looks here, straight and kind of mussed at the ends, but it wouldn’t be a true Tran experience without his famous lived-in wave styling.
Styling tip 1: According to Tran, a 1.25’’ barrel curling iron is best. Any smaller and you’ll end up with ringlet waves. I’ll leave that look to Shirley Temple.
Styling tip 2: This is the secret to Tran's waves: Separate your hair into three sections—one on either side of your head, and one in the back. Start with one section, and divide it into three horizontal sub-sections (the bottom layer, the middle layer, and the top layer). You should curl the bottom layer and the top layer away from your face, and the middle layer toward your face. Alternating the direction gives your waves depth and nuance. Think more Venice beach babe and less prom queen.
Tran used two products in my hair. The first is Oribe Texturizing Hair Spray ($42). I’m not normally such a product pusher, but the spray is actually key to the look. As its name implies, it adds great texture to the cut, plus it smells amazing. Tran's tip: Only use it at the roots.
For my ends, Tran used Leonor Greyl Paris Éclat Naturel' Styling Cream ($46).
We make a good team, no?
Here’s my new hair mugshot.
What do you think about the new bob? Are you as enamored with Tran’s cut as I am? Let us know in the comments below!