By Elle D. for BGLH
I’ll be totally honest — I’m not sure I’ve ever really understood the hype about wigs. I had a few when my hair was a teeny weeny afro just to appease myself when I got bored with the same style everyday, but once my natural hair grew out, I gave them all away. Also, I can’t cornrow to save my life, so I didn’t think they were a feasible option for me. But when the temperatures in my area dropped to the single digits, there was no way I was going to restyle my wash and go and sit around all day with wet hair (I don’t like blowdrying my wash and gos with a diffuser or under a dryer because it takes so long). Buns and braids were working for awhile, but I got tired of them and needed another option. I researched wig installs on YouTube
that didn’t require cornrowing and got to work.
When a famous person gets a dramatic haircut, the world notices. When said famous person is Gigi Hadid, the world stops on its axis. But last night at the American Music Awards, the world simply paused. Gigi, turns out, did not hack off a foot of hair. If it looks like a bob and tastes like a bob...that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bob. Of course she alluded to this at the time, suggesting coyly to E! that they check up on her today and see whether the short cut was in fact still short. Just to confirm that everything was still in tact, we called up hairstylist Bryce Scarlett, who made the whole thing possible:
"Gigi knew about the dress before we had even talked about the hair, and because of the high neckline of the dress, she wanted the style to be off of her face and slick...but she had done so many styles like that, so she was like, 'What if we do a wig?' So it's a faux bob—a partial wig that we placed on the back of her head, and then we pulled her natural hair back behind it. [All of her natural hair] is there. For styling we used all Matrix products—we put Matrix Height Riser on the roots and brushed it through. Then we added Matrix Gloss Booster to give it a finish. [The inspiration] was all the dress, and Gigi. It was such a sexy dress that I wanted the hair to look a little more sophisticated—and also easy."
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