It’s not daily that I get to say this, however I lately noticed a TikTok that made my jaw drop. A younger lady, alone in her toilet, swept her lengthy, wavy hair right into a excessive ponytail. In one hand, she grasped the top of the horse and held it straight upward — a pair of kitchen scissors sat within the different. You can think about what occurred subsequent: Snip. Snip. Snip. She minimize a horizontal straight line all the best way throughout, proper by the center. Shockingly to me, she let the ponytail down to reveal a brand-new (and fairly cute) shag haircut, full with uneven, all-over layers.
Just a few flips of my thumb later and I noticed one other individual of their toilet, ponytail in a single hand and scissors within the different. And then I noticed a 3rd one. And one other… and one other. Apparently, I had stumbled onto the world’s subsequent magnificence phenomenon: the ponytail shag. Though these unconventional hair-cutting movies present outcomes starting from OK to flat-out wonderful (see the clip beneath), nobody shall be stunned to study that hairstylists aren’t the largest followers.
“I wouldn’t suggest this to anyone at home,” says Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, a New York City hairstylist. “I don’t see a ‘shag cut’ from these videos at all; I see [people] cutting the ends trying to create some kind of shape or just get clean ends in some sort of a style.” Fellow New York City hairstylist Erickson Arrunategui provides that, though many individuals are fairly proud of the outcomes of their very own DIY cuts, the ponytail chop is not precisely universally sound. “This method may work for someone with wavy or curly fine hair, where the mistakes won’t show as much, but a lot can go wrong with this ‘technique’ and it’s not so forgiving on all hair types,” he explains.
So, what can go improper with the ponytail shag? Before we get into that, let’s discuss why gathering and snipping hair like this creates these sorts of layers within the first place. “Cutting your hair when it’s in a ponytail creates shag-like layers because you are over-directing all the hair and gathering it to one point,” Arrunategui says. “So all the hair at the top of your head will be shorter, and all the hair around the perimeter will be longer.”
Seems fairly easy, proper? It is, however as Arrunategui explains additional, this methodology leaves loads of room for irreversible fuck-ups. “The issue with this technique is, depending on the placement of the ponytail, tension, and direction of the grain, you can end up with a very choppy, uneven result with stair-like layers,” he says. It additionally does not escape him that the overwhelming majority of oldsters making an attempt this at-home shag minimize are utilizing kitchen or crafting scissors, which may lead to catastrophe, ponytail or not. “Using house scissors so blunt like that is not good for your hair and can result in split ends.”