As a self-proclaimed "Japanophile," Aveda Global Artistic Director for Hair Cutting, Ricardo Dinis revealed that the inspiration behind his East-meets-West Aveda Congress 2013 presentation was the shape of the traditional Japanese kimono. Dinis especially emphasized the triangular shape of the kimono's sleeves by creating graphic, angled haircuts that featured strong lines and a mixture of male and female cutting techniques in order to create androgynous shapes.
According to Dinis, "short, tomboy haircuts are getting the most attention in fashion right now." Furthermore, he detailed how his "show plays with classic beauty, but brings elements of androgyny and strength." Dinis revealed how his main focus was on details, taking into account the specifics of Japanese fabric, "textiles and culture. The haircuts in the show feature details like blunt fringes, asymmetrical lines and geometric shapes that are a combination of everything [he finds] beautiful about the Asia aesthetic."
Another key detail is how the actual shape of short cuts is continually evolving. As Dinis explains, "the top layers are being cut much shorter, and the volume of the haircut is sitting more on the sides of the hair. The creates stronger silhouettes and invites more raw hair styling effects."
How To Get The Look:
Step 1: Perform a classic bob haircut.
Step 2: Perform an undercut on the bottom sections using a scissor-over-comb technique and moving from the nape to the occipital bone.
Step 3: In the top sections, create shorter layers that work up to graduation and create movement in the hair.
Step 4: Cut a short fringe by combing small sections forward and point-cutting to create a straight line that sits a few inches above the brows. Continue combing sections forward and point-cutting along the previous line until the fringe is the desired shape and thickness.
Step 5: Point-cut to refine the fringe and bottom edges of the hair cut.
Step 6: To finish, spray the hair with Air Control™ Hair Spray, and blow-dry the hair in all directions to bring out the texture. Emulsify Light Elements™ Texturizing Creme in your hands, and shape the fringe and front sections with your fingers. Scrunch the remaining product into the back layers to create additional texture and volume.
[Images courtesy of Aveda]