After Colette sold out of her capsule collection of cropped knits, schoolboy blazers, lace blouses, and button front skirts for the French brand Faith Connexion (don’t worry, it’s still on Net-a-Porter), Annabelle Dexter-Jones felt like changing her look. She'd already cut bangs several months ago, and this time, as we found out on Friday, she had a more extreme look in mind: Sixties-inspired microbangs. Everyone’s going short these days, amirite?
“I got the bangs a week ago. I felt like I needed to cut my hair, so I went and saw my friend Ashley Javier and I just kind of let him do what he wanted to do. I didn’t know what I wanted or what was going to happen. He just kept cutting and we got there gradually... it just kind of came to be. It took some time: we did it late at night, and we were talking a lot. When I first got any kind of bangs, it took an hour; this time it took almost four hours because of the cut, the Brazilian keratin treatment, the color... also because I didn’t know what I wanted. You go to him and you just sit and talk about your hair and where you’re at and what your current life experience is, and he just figures it out. It's a very old-school, beauty parlor experience.
Last time he gave me a set of bangs to play with to see if I liked them before he cut them, but not this time. There’s like an Audrey Hepburn vibe to them now, especially if you put your hair up and do the whole ‘updo’ thing. It’s very '60s—Ashley said that, too. He gave me a little lesson after it was done; he wants you to be able to do it yourself without having to see him. If you put them forward they’re kind of jagged—you’re meant to sweep them to the side. They’ve already grown out a lot in the past few days, that’s the thing! Maybe I’ll keep cutting them myself.
He told me if I didn’t like the keratin straightening treatment I could just wash it out with soap, otherwise there’s a special shampoo to maintain it. He also darkened my hair. He said I was very much all one color—he was like, ‘You’re blonde, your eyebrows are blonde, your eyes are kind of blonde, and so is your skin.’ So, we darkened my hair and eyebrows and now you can see my eyes. I like it dark—I always used to just say, ‘Blonder! Blonder!’ Also, it’s weird having perfectly straight hair now; it just dries completely straight. When I was younger, that was all I wanted—at 13, I just wanted to have straight, straight blond hair, like my sister.”
—as told to ITG
Annabelle Dexter-Jones [Update: Her lipstick is Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in #190 Ultra] photographed by Emily Weiss at ITG HQ on September 14th, 2012