Dear Scott: I wanted a new summer cut. I love the woman’s hair in the Chico’s commercial. My hair texture and thickness is similar to hers so I asked my hair stylist to give me the cut. I don’t think it looks like hers. My husband and my friends say it looks good but I don’t think it looks like the Chico’s girl at all. Why? What is the cut called so I can better describe it the next time I go get a cut?
Answer: That Chico’s girl really rocks the short Shag cut. She’s so happy and perky, dancing around kicking up her high heels. The Shag cut bounces as she dances, and blows with the help of high powered fans during the entire commercial. It’s not going to look the same way when you are in the bathroom standing still in front of the mirror.
Hair that defies gravity has been a clients dream since the end of the 1980s when freeze-dried frizzy hair went away. Firm hold styling gels and sprays work on spiky styles but didn’t provide movement. Mousse was created but didn’t provide hold. Now I have put gel and mousse into one product to create movement, bounce and holding power.
Next, I am going to design a contraption made of coat hangers to go around the neck that will hold a fan in front of the wearer so their hair blows all the time. It should also have a mirror attached so that the hair can be viewed in motion the way other people see it.
Dear Scott: Have you seen the commercial for the new Hot Buns? Do they work?
Answer: This is another revamp of an old idea that’s been around since the Victorian era. In the past it was, and still is called a rat.
Before the mass production of synthetic hair filler women would gather hair from their brushes to make their own Hot Buns. I guess it would have looked a little like a rat so the name stuck.
The Rat was very popular in the 1940s when hair was worn up with a big roll in the front, side, or back of the hairdo. It was the favorite filler for the French twist, making it possible for even the finest hair to be rolled up fuller and molded into style.
This not-so-new filler can be purchased at any beauty supply and also online, but will not have the snapping technology patented for the revival of the item that is turning it into a new TV sensation. A few hair pins will hold the add-on securely in place.
Many girls with long hair will buy this item thinking that it will roll right up like the commercial. Your hair will need to be to down to the middle of your back to do what you are seeing on TV.
The look on TV is so neat that it is anything but in-style. The bun, or commonly called the Chignon, should not look like someone stuck a hair doughnut on your head. There should be a little texture in there somewhere.
If your hair is long enough to roll around that foam doughnut and snap into a bun, do yourself a favor. Go somewhere and pay a stylist to show you how to put it up without the use of filler. If it needs filler, they can show you how to style it in a more trendy fashion.
REACH SCOTT TERWILLIGER, AN AIKEN SALON OWNER, AT SCOTT.TERWILLIGER@HOTMAIL.COM.