Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hair-Do How-To #7: The Faux Under-cut

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1. As always, dirty hair works best for this. Decide of the placement of your part- a deep side part works best.
2. Using a fine-tooth rat-tail comb, make your part and comb the lower "shaved" section straight back against your scalp.
3. Smooth the combed section beneath the crown of your head, allowing some loose strands to fall over it.
4. Using bobby-pins, secure the combed section of hair so it lies tightly against your head.
5. Spray with hairspray (I spray my hand, then run it over my hair so it doesn't look shellacked).
6. Using a curling wand or curling iron, add curls to the loose section of hair, break apart and set with hairspray.

Optional: If you'd like a little more texture, rub some pomade or styling cream between your hands and sprunch through your hair, being sure not to run your fingers through (this will just weigh it down).

After this post, I received a number of requests for tips on creating a faux-half shave (or undercut). I've been wearing my hair like this a lot lately and, yes, this hairstyle is basically early-90s mall hair. No, I do not in the least feel self-conscious about this. I remember standing in front of my bathroom mirror as a kid, holding one half of my hair back and thinking it would just look so cool if it were shaved. I have no idea where on earth I could have seen this hairstyle back then, since I had very little access to any media or pop culture, but something, somewhere made an impression. So yeah, I'm all about the resurgence of undercuts and shaves. And, by the looks of the Tracy Reese SS13 runway show and the Rachel Antonoff SS13 presentation, the look will stick around a while (not that it matters, do what you want with your hair! Be free!). A faux-undercut is the perfect way to change up your hairstyle without the commitment of breaking out the razor.

Want more? Go here for more tutorials and tips and tricks for long hair. Have a how-to request? Let me know in the comments section!

Product details:
Hairspray: Tresemme
Curling wand c/o Missako

26 comments:

Jhan said...

Simple but very cute! Love it. :-)

Aa said...

O to have your gorgeous head of hair... This looks awesome on you, lady !

Andrea Kerbuski said...

Holy shit you are so beautiful! I love this hairstyle so much. I wonder if my hair is capable of getting smoothed back like this. It looks perfect on you and I want to your hair so bad!

Orchid Grey said...

Andrea: thank you! and I think you could definitely achieve this. If you're able to flat iron the section that would be "shaved" and add some smoothing cream before you slick it back :)

Anonymous said...

YES! thank you!!

Magenta Jamais Vu said...

Nice to see another hair related post. Thank you!

:)
MJV

Bethany said...

That's really cute! Ugh, I wish my hair would grow faster, because I want long hair!

Emily Baker said...

definitely going to be trying this out. i love this look and have always wanted to do the real thing but can't because of my job. nwo i can do this!

Cait Val said...

OKAY- soooooooo doing this!!!!! <3 this tutorial!

xo. c & v
cake & valley

Nati RC said...

Since the first time I saw you in this hairdo, I just felt in love with it! Soooooooo cute and sexy!

the other emily said...

Totally rad. I debated getting an undercut for real a few months ago, but (for once) managed to stave off my haircut impulsiveness. Now I can have my long-hair-cake and eat it too. :)

Hannah said...

I love this!! I tried myself the other day but it looked funny with my curly/wavy hair. Next time I straighten my hair this will be my 2nd day style, for sure!!

Also - where is your t-shirt from? It looks unbelievably soft and comfy. I'm always on the lookout for good white t-shirts that aren't too sheer

Orchid Grey said...

Hannah: the t-shirt was found by my husband at a thrift store. I had to practically wrestle it from him, it's so soft. Keep an eye out in the mens and kids sections for cotton blends from the 70's!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

i don't think i could ever take the leap to shave off some of my hair though i love the look - so this tutorial is perfect! thank YOU!

Jennifer said...

Trying this!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

17 beats. said...

looks great on you ! '90s mall hair' cracked me up.

we live in a hip part BK and the under-cut is flipping everywhere. my friend calls it the 'head lice haircut' ... not quite as generous a moniker.

Justalazymorning said...

beautiful!

Michelle | CreatureType.com said...

I love this look! I tend to do this a lot, too, but less dramatic. Definitely going to try it next time!

Koko said...

Ahh, i love t do that too, and always everyone thinks i cut my hair, they'll never learn ;)

Elizabeth said...

So cute! I've got to try this. I love the look!

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Velveteen Mint said...

I love how long and full your hair is! This is a simple and cute hair style to help keep hair out of your face. I will definitely try it out sometime. Thank you for visiting my blog!

his little lady said...

Absolutely LOVE this hairstyle, girl! You are flawless ;)
xo TJ

Laura said...

Not only is this tutorial wonderful (and easy to boot!), you look absolutely gorgeous! I love these photos of you, and I can't wait to give this style a try :)

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Anonymous said...

Darn, looks goood i should have found this before i CUT MY SIDE OF MY HAIR!!! :? lol but now it wil be goood to know when it grows out

Karina De Jesus said...

oh yeah, this is hot, i’ll definitely try!! :) thanks for sharing!!

Kate @ Suburban Sweetheart said...

This looks increidble!

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