Can A Haircut Be Feminist?

Mike Fowler Will Give You A Feminist Haircut

Can a haircut be feminist? And, by that note, can some haircuts be whatever the opposite of feminist is (sexist, perhaps)?

Mika Fowler thinks so and, well, she just may be on to something.

I recently made my way to Gavert Atelier Salon in Beverly Hills where Vidal Sasson trained Mika Fowler is not only style director but also responsible for trimming the tresses of Hollywood A-listers including Olivia Munn, Emma Roberts, Emanuelle Chriqui, Rosario Dawson and Analynne Mccord, just to name a few.

Her specialty: the dry cut, whereby hair is cut after it’s blow-dried (instead of when wet, as is the usual process for women’s haircuts).

But here’s where it got interesting…

Sure, I expected an insightful chat on the benefits of cutting hair while dry, why she thinks it’s better than cutting hair when wet and more. I did not, however, expect us to discuss feminism, women’s rights and empowerment.

But that we did. (And we all know how much I love a good women’s empowerment convo!)

Hair, as Mika explained, is, to her anyway, extremely intimate and deeply embedded in women’s rights. “Even in western cultures, you don’t readily touch someone else’s hair unless you’re very intimate. Hair is often reserved for oneself or one’s mother or husband.” Yet many women sit in a stylist’s chair, with wet hair, giving up all power, without any control over the end result once hair is wet and scissors are in hand.

In Mika’s chair, however, you are an empowered part of the cutting process – and that’s exactly how she thinks it should be.

“No one wears their hair wet, so cutting it dry allows us both to see how much we’re taking off as well as the end result at the same time. It allows you to control me,” Mika says. Dry hair cutting allows you to be an empowered part of the process.

As if that weren’t reason enough to get a feminist (not butch) haircut, Mika also explains that dry hair cuts allow her to see the movement and the texture and condition of the hair as we’re cutting, ensuring the most precise result possible.

Add to all of that the most comfortable shampoo chairs I’ve ever sat in, heated shampoo for a more relaxing experience and a killer scalp massage and, well, feminist haircuts sound pretty much like the best thing ever.

Next time you need a haircut, consider paying Mika a visit at Gavert Atelier Salon – or look for someone specializing in dry haircuts by you.

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