Story Time: Cutting Hair Mid-Air (Photo Set) Tuesday 17 April, 2012

One thing hairdressers aren’t lacking is showmanship. Have you ever been a to a hair show? The feathers fly—literally, sometimes feathers drop from the sky—stilts seem a viable choice for walking, and the loudest, most bass-heavy techno serves as the soundtrack to most hairdressers’ stage shows. The feats these ‘dressers set to conquer exist in […]

One thing hairdressers aren’t lacking is showmanship. Have you ever been a to a hair show? The feathers fly—literally, sometimes feathers drop from the sky—stilts seem a viable choice for walking, and the loudest, most bass-heavy techno serves as the soundtrack to most hairdressers’ stage shows. The feats these ‘dressers set to conquer exist in another dimension—some galaxy far, far away from the simple, serene snip-snip-snip you and I seek in a salon. Case in point: This past weekend, I witnessed Paul Mitchell hair guru Robert Cromeans section his model’s hair by tying helium-filled balloons to each section, which he promptly (and very theatrically) cut off—hair ends and all—setting the balloon free to float to the top of the arena, it’s string grasping tufts of the model’s hair. Visually, it was astounding. (Though I did feel a strange sense of emptiness watching those bits of hair float away into the big black void that is the rafters of Mark G. Etess Arena at the Trump Taj Mahal. Odd.)

At this event (the main reason as to my lack of blog posting; I’m so sorry—I am in over my head right now, so please bear with me!), known as Day of the Hairdresser, I also cast an eye on a cutting method I can say with absolute certainty I have not seen before. Phillip Wilson, a hairdressing icon, set to work cutting an acrobat’s (the lovely and rather trusting Olga Karmansky) hair—while she was in mid-air. Practical? Nah. Spectacle? Most definitely. I sat with mouth agog as I snapped a gazillion photos of Phillip’s lightening-quick cutting, all the while praying he didn’t accidentally snip into the wisp of fabric from which the acrobat precariously hung. Luckily, his deftness with scissors allowed the acrobat to slink her way back into the rafters, fabric intact and hair freshly shorn.

Here, I captured this act of “hair”oism in a series of photos. Enjoy!

 Phillip Wilson Day of the Hairdresser  Day of the Hairdresser  Cutting Hair in Mid-Air  Phillip Wilson at Day of the Hairdresser  Acrobat Getting Hair Cut  Cutting Acrobat Hair

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