We loooooove the feeling of a fresh chop. The maintenance though? Less so. But what if one cut could see you through months of good hair? Enter: the ‘cami cut’.
The concept of a multi-hyphenate chop was brought to our attention by pro London hair stylist duo, The Hair Bros, who posted a picture of one of their clients, Sarah Q. She shared her journey through a bunch of different hair styles, starting with a polished just-above-the-shoulder bob, that graduated into a deliciously swishy just-above-the-collarbone cut, then grew into a flowing midi cut, before reaching almost boob-length without feeling wilty and misshapen.
On the post, the Hair Bros explained how to break away from ‘8 week wonders’ – the cuts that look phenomenal when they’re first chopped in, then become a little overgrown within two months. “We always a say a great haircut should look amazing whether it’s the day you leave the space, or five months down the line,” they said in the caption. “Most of you who come and see us will hear us say we’ll see you in 6 months, or in a year. This allows your hair to go through so many different stages of the haircut and breaks you out of the 8 week ‘see you for a trim’ cycle,” they explained.
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It makes sense for anyone who likes to grow into their cut. “You may find your fringe or your bob sits best, not the day it’s cut, but one or two months down the line. It takes time for hair to settle to its perfect place,” they said. And it releases you from the relentless maintenance that some chops, like short, ultra blunt bobs require. “A trim every 8 weeks can trap you in to a just-below or just-above the shoulders bob cycle, or a fringe that never gets past looking blocky. A lot of clients don’t even realise that their hair can grow as long as it can because it’s always getting chopped off before they get the chance to grow it past a certain point,” they explained.
Of course, not all cuts will, um, make the cut. “Some haircuts do need a cut every 8 weeks – crops, very bleached hair, cuts with lots of layers that is styled in a set – but most don’t,” they revealed. “So enjoy your hair at different lengths and embrace the in between and the quirks that come with it. Then when you’re in for a cut, you’ll really notice the change. Hair grows, so have fun,” they concluded.
What is a ‘cami cut’?
In a nutshell, the idea is to create a chop that goes well with everything and can layer up and evolve over time – much like a cami top. It’s the chameleon haircut that can adapt beautifully to its environment without the need for frequent touch-ups. Plus, each new phase as it grows should offer you a new style to enjoy.
How to do the ‘cami cut’?
As the Hair Bros explained, most cuts don’t need 8-week maintenance, but to really stretch your chop out so it blossoms over time, it’s important to get the initial structure right. This means asking your stylist to look at your face structure and the trajectory of your hair to determine the best tactical layers. Face-framing layers like gentle curtain fringes can grow out beautifully and add structure whether they’re ear length or collarbone length. Blunt fringes on the other hand will need more upkeep. Likewise, pitching the layers right in your hair will mean they can still offer body and movement as they grow down in length. It helps to make them a little shorter for your initial chop so they can fall into more complementary places as they grow.
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How to wear the ‘cami cut’?
As for how to wear it, we’ve found some of favourite examples from all different stages of the cami cut’s ‘journey’…
This is an example of a chop still holding its own months down the line. Face-framing layers that may have started at cheekbone length still have the ability to cup and frame the face, likewise internal layers that have reached the collarbone and below still offer pretty movement.
The waterfall layers from around eyebrow length down to shoulder length will continue to offer shape to curls as they grow out and the looser fringe shape can frame either side of the face as it grows.
This ‘bixie’ (bob pixie) is a trend in its own right, but the decision to loosen up a strict blunt bob shape and add soft layers means it can grow to a midi cut seamlessly.
Here’s how to make a fringe work in the long run, the softer, wispier pieces can make a statement when first cut in, but disappear into face-framing layers as it grows.
These face-framing layers look like they’ve grown out and settled from when they were first chopped, but there’s loads of extra room for them to keep going (and flowing).
Here, shorter curls halo around the hairline and perimeter, giving them plenty of potential to extend and still look stunning.
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