Aren’t you glad Evan Rachel Wood traded in her long lackluster locks for a cute cropped cut?
We certainly are. In fact, we’re head over heels in love with ERW’s shorter strands for two reasons: 1) We had absolutely NO idea just how gorgeous she is, and 2) Because she does more than just wear it straight. (We’re looking right at you Michelle Williams—and Carey Mulligan.)
Her versatile cut comes across as being completely effortless, yet beyond badass. Plus, it’s the perfect juxtaposition between masculine and feminine—it’s very ‘David Bowie androgynous meets Halle Berry sexy with a touch of Tilda Swinton elegance.’
Marcus Francis, the mane mastermind behind this particular look, tells us exactly what he did to create Wood’s scrunchy waves so you can try your hand at her pretty, punky pixie.
-Prep damp hair with Phyto Volume Actif Spray ($28), blow drying with your hands to manipulate volume at the roots.
-In the back, direct the hair down. On the sides, use your fingers to direct the hair back, keeping a piece-y texture.
-When the hair is half dry, lightly spritz Fekkai Coiff Oceanique Tousled Wave Spray ($25) to thicken the look and feel of the hair.
-With the end of a tail comb, make a deep side part starting at the arch of your eyebrow.
-Starting at the part, wrap small sections of hair using a 3/4″ curling iron.
-Moving toward the other eyebrow, your next row of sections will alternate the direction of the curl. (This emulates an imperfect version of a finger wave.)
-Continue this alternating curl pattern until you’ve finished the top side section.
At the crown of the head, wrap the hair as you did in the beginning, alternating about 3 rows down.
-Use Jonathan Dirt Texturizing Paste ($26) to keep texture tight on the sides.
-Switching to Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm ($5) for the top, rake through using your fingers to break up the curls. Stretch out the curls to look like the day after it was styled.
-Spray with L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray ($13) to hold.
Question: What are your thoughts on ERW’s short hairstyle? Inspired enough to snip your strands? —India-Jewel Jackson