Can queerness have ‘a look’? What defines queer haircut in your eyes? Well, maybe the exact opposite haha. Queer is not following a pattern so I would say that being in this community means by definition having as many looks as possible. Since we are pushed to discover where we fit in with society we end up researching more about our inner selves, so I think a queer haircut is something that is really personal to its wearer. That being said, considering that we may be less fearful of change and have more need to present ourselves as different and special, a queer haircut could be something that embodies a mix of different, or even contradictory, expressions, like the shaved head with a mullet that seems to be popular nowadays.
How did you decide on the styles and colours for the hair looks in this story? I am a colour addict!! I am actually graduating from art school now, so the models were mostly friends of mine from the local area. Some came with an idea of colour or shape (not too specific though), but most really trusted me to do whatever I wanted to. Of course I have my colour preferences and combinations, like bright red with lime green, but I always talk to the person before about what I am planning and they guide me through their visions. Hair is an important element on how someone sees themselves so creating hairstyles like these is a big responsibility, especially if it’s the person’s first time. Having said that, when the client is not one of my friends I like knowing a bit more about them first, so I can gauge what their energy is and how far they are willing to go with colour and shape. Only then I can really think about something that suits them!