So, many years ago, when I started doing hair, I was terrified of A-lines. I mean I would run for the back door when one walked in the front. I just didn’t grasp the concept of the stacked back. I remember staring at the back of a woman’s head in the checkout line at Safeway just trying to understand how the stylist created that shape.
Well, I didn’t figure it out at Safeway... I went to a week long course at Vidal Sassoon for the ABCs of cutting. At the beginning of the class, our instructor Micheal asked each of us (maybe 6 girls total) what we wanted to learn. You can guess what I said, “Stacked A-Line!” Over the next week I learned so many wonderful things and such a great foundation to cutting that I still use today. When I saw Micheal do the demo for our graduated angled bob (that’s what they called it) my mind was blown. 🤯 it wasn’t magic or witchcraft, you just had to be precise with your hands and your partings. I was elated. I practiced it that day on my model and when I got back to the salon I suggested a graduated A-line to anyone wanting to go shorter. (These were the days of Victoria Beckham’s and Katie Holmes short hair after-all). It is still one of my very favorite haircuts to do. I love the versatility of a good bob. It can be textured, long, short, angled, blunt, stacked, layered, undercut, the list goes on.
I have had many ah-ha moments in my career, but I didn’t remember any of them being as pivotal or memorable as that one. Maybe it was the confidence I walked out of class with. Maybe it was because it was my white-whale of cutting, maybe it was just because I’m a perfectionist and like to be shown step by step how to achieve something. Maybe it was all of those things.
Hairdressing is truly an art form, yet we are all expected to be able to recreate other people’s masterpieces. It’s challenging and rewarding and I will never stop learning how to create pretty hair.