Okay, okay. It's not summer yet. In fact, it's been freezing in New York, when all I want to do is wear one of the eight pairs of cut-off shorts I've collected over the past three weeks. The compromise was to meet up with Brian again and lop off a good four inches of hair. Dry cut, with a razor—quick and easy, down and dirty. I was inspired by a couple of models: Kati Nescher, the twenty-seven year old overnight sensation who I spotted at the beginning of fall shows (backstage at Alexander Wang), and Marte Van Haaster, the Dutch Prada/Miu Miu darling with a haphazard "Lob" (long bob).
Until the past couple of months, I haven't felt inclined to mess with my hair because there's not a ton that can be done with it. It's dead straight, and while "shiny" and "healthy" are generally pluses, I long for dry, tousled, wavy texture. Coincidentally, Noshin, an ITG reader from London, emailed over the weekend asking for tips on "achieving second or third day hair on newly washed first day hair." Well my friend, this is something I've learned a thing or two about. I suggest mixing a thickening lotion (like Redken 06 Body Builder) with some styling cream (Bumble and bumble and Shu Uemura are two favorites) in the palm of your hands and working that through towel-dried hair, to start. After blasting it off with a dryer or air-drying, spray Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray through sections—from root to tip—and let that settle for a minute before raking your hands through it. Throw it up into a half-knot ponytail (or little messy bun) on and off throughout the day, so it gets little bends and kinks in it. And then don't wash your hair for three days—a good head shake and a blast of dry shampoo should be all you need. It should just keep getting better and better.