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Chynna Phillips' Short Hairstyle

Q: I have registered and posted at 3 different hair communities and have still received no help. My hair is usually Halle Berry short but I'm growing it out some and I would like to know what I need to tell my hairstylist in order to get the style I want. I have attached a picture of the style I want. {Editorís note: photos could not be used here as we have no usage permissions.} If you're old enough, you probably remember how this style and those similar to it were quite popular in the late 80s and early 90s. The woman in the photos is Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips.
 
Chynna Phillips A: Even without your photos, I did indeed remember the hairstyle worn by Chynna Phillips in the heyday of Wilson-Phillips music career. Her fine, straight, blonde hair was perfectly suited to the cut and style, which flattered her fine-boned and delicate features. And many women with similar traits copied her look.
 
        I can, however, see where the average person would have difficulty explaining the way the cut works. As with most haircuts, this one is all about cutting angles and elevation and creating a specific weight line around the circumference of the head. As for a specific name for the haircut, I donít know what you could call it by any certain name and be 100% accurate. It shares strong traits with the classic bowl cut and the wedge but the weight line is higher than a bowl and straighter than the wedge and the lower sections taper. It is close to a hairstyle popular in the late 70s called the Purdey (created for and worn by Joanna Lumley in The New Avengers), though the Purdeyís official look was more suited to coarser and wavier hair types.
 
        When asking your stylist about this hairstyle, itís important to take a photo if you can print one that you have and explain these few things:
 
1. You want the hair to fall to a weight line at a point just below the top of the ears, and extending horizontally around the head.
 
2. The fringe should fall to this same length or only subtly shorter and be textures to create wispy fringe.
 
3. The hair of the weight line should be held at 90-degree elevation and cut at an angle to this line so as to create an overlap in the layering.
 
4. The layers below this weight line should be tapered smoothly and steeply to the perimeter of the hairline. This can be achieved often by overdirecting the lower layers to the weight line and cutting the hair at that point. The perimeter can be shaped as desired and as suits the individualís needs.
 
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