the moment i met my hairdresser, tom,
i knew my hair had met it's match.
it was a snowy day in early march
and i walked into a hair salon
without a single thought in my head
about what i would actually do with it.
for you see,
(and as i tried to explain in the simplest terms,)
i was trying to "grow my hair long for my boyfriend."
a statement, to which my sharp.witted,
hairdresser/bestfriend promptly rebutted;
"is your boyfriend going to wake up early
every morning to style your long hair too?"
two years and many, many hairstyles later,
i have found that i can bring almost any idea to tom and he
can tell me straight.up whether my straight hair can even do it–
i have trusted him to cut off nearly every inch of the hair i started out with,
and to deliver knockout hairstyles to every family member,
friend or acquaintance that i have recommended him to.
not only that– but i have discovered,
that although i enjoyed having long hair,
i feel more myself with it short,
and despite my delusional thoughts about beauty–
my boyfriend will love the way i look
no matter what i decide to do with my hair.
with that said,
i would like to introduce you to my latest hair idol,
whose mushroom style bowl cut is drawing designers to her
like moths to a little, bob.haired flame.
it all started when she met phillip lim on the photoshoot
for his fall 2009 collection lookbook, and he exclaimed,
"you're so beautiful, it would be great if all the girls
at the show had your hairstyle."
at the time she thought he was joking,
but turns out...
"tao is beautiful in a way that is elegant
and a little rebellious.
she showed that short hair can be beautiful.
it has strength and it was very modern."
is that you get to look normal,
while everyone else wears a wig that looks like you!}
as if that were not enough,
that bob landed tao an advertisement for
and earned her a spot on his catwalk...
as well as miu miu's fall 2009 runway
(a place where an asian model hadn't walked
for nearly two years! unfortunately..)
tao okamoto's mold breaking bowl cut,
which she received over a year ago from owner/stylist
has recently led publications as prestigious as the new york times
and has landed her prime real estate
on the runways of all the hottest designers at
new york fashion week.
the power of a good haircut.