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Brave the shave

Brave the shave

Going for half a shaved head is certainly not a style for the faint-hearted. However the edgy look is such a cool one that many wish they had the guts to brave it.

Before you go under the razor, there are a few things you should consider. After all you don't want to lose a chunk of your hair to only realize you made a mistake.

Anne Veck, who owns several hair salons across the UK, notes this isn't a do which is new to the world.

"Shaving the side of your head has been called many things over the years- an undercut, a 'skillerex', but at the end of the day, we know it's one thing - brave!" she told Cover Media. "Clients who I have done this with want to make an impact, and an impact you will make."

Phoebe Hunt, stylist at Tumbridge Wells' The Chapel salon, has also shared the history of this head-turning look as well as suggesting who can best pull off this appearance.

"The ‘half-shaved’ trend was originally popular in the '80s with whole host of stars rocking the undercut," she noted. "Since 2009, the style hit back and has had real staying power. Pulling this look off is a tricky one, as head shape in particular plays a massive role. It’s a style that, on its own, can be quite harsh - it’s quite a masculine look. Therefore, women with softer features will be able to balance that much more effectively than women with harsher features."

So what should you do with the rest of your tresses to complement the shaved patch? Phoebe is a fan of the '80s punk look with short, spiky cuts paired with a fringe, with Anne suggesting being creative with the area. Why not try out leopard print or bright colors on the virgin hair to make it stand out even more?

Or style your tresses in a fishtail braid, with Phoebe describing it as creating a ‘warrior-esque’ style.

Things have becoming a lot more "elegant" as well as edgy these days. Long, bohemian waves to once side, as seen with Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer, is a great way to soften the style.

But Anne urges you to think long and hard about the buzz cut as it may not go down well in your everyday life.

"One thing to take into consideration would be, will it really work for your lifestyle? Weekend you might be wild and free, but your profession might look at creative haircuts unfavorably," she shared.

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