Forums > Model Colloquy > To cut or not to cut: HAIR is the question.



Posts: 152

Boston, Massachusetts, US

You can see my hair - it's dark and long, though currently about six inches shorter than in my photos. Not too much of a difference.

I'm considering going short, curly, and dyed a vivid unnatural red. Punk it out, baby.

Anyway - I know that would launch me into the alternative modeling direction, but I have nothing else alternative about me. I'm super pale, untattooed, unpierced, unsurgeried, and naturally skinny.

If I rock out my hair, will I get stuck in a vague half-nothing land of not-natural-enough-for-nude-arts but not-punk-enough-for-our-punk?

Or is there any market at all for very natural looking girls with odd hair?

Oct 06 12 06:46 am Link


DOBA Photography

Posts: 1039

Joliet, Illinois, US

That is a tough call.  I love your long hair.  I'm also a fan of short hair ...even really short.  If you're just doing it for modeling, I'd say know.  I'd suggest being more creative with your hair instead of cutting it.  If you want to do it for yourself in everyday life....that is your personal decision on how you want to look. 

Good Luck.

Oct 06 12 06:53 am Link



Posts: 835

Baltimore, Maryland, US

I feel your dilemma. I want to do something similar next year in cutting off my locks. I love doing art nude modeling and I guess it all depends on presentation. With alt modeling, I guess it would depend on the clothing, make up, and photography.

Oct 06 12 08:34 am Link


MesmerEyes Photography

Posts: 3102

Tyler, Texas, US

IMO You shouldn't dye it pink if you want to keep art nude modeling. You can get some work with it short and pink in that genre but it would limit your market. If you wanted to go full blown alt model with the wardrobe, piercings ect.. you could probably get plenty of work if that is the direction you want to go.

I would work with you either way.

I prefer prefer long hair myself but that is just me.

Oct 06 12 09:02 am Link


Vanished Gone

Posts: 2531

Los Angeles, California, US

The haircut and natural colour you have now is completely marketable. It always you do a variety of types of work. If you choose to go for the short dyed red style, know that your work might be limited to more alternative types of work only. If that's what you're looking to do, then I don't think you need to worry about not having tattoos and piercings. There are some great alt models who have none.

Oct 06 12 11:23 am Link


Alabaster Crowley

Posts: 8283

Tucson, Arizona, US

Antier wrote:
Or is there any market at all for very natural looking girls with odd hair?

I think I'm a "natural" looking girl (no tattoos, only one piercing that is hidden 99% of the time) with odd hair. My market is alt.

Oct 06 12 02:06 pm Link


The Grey Forest

Posts: 542

Igoumenítsa, Kentriki Ellada, Greece

Every model I've known that have done such a dramatic cut has always regretted it!  INCLUDING your hair is too dark naturally to go lighter on such a grand scale, you will end up frying it. seriously frying it  and you will have to wait years before the damage hair is grown out and trimmed away ...its a holy mess.

So call up a few high end hair style shops in your area and get their honest advice, and what the actual consequences might be.

If you just want the illusion of shorter hair Rachael / just braid or tie it up and / or try a wig ~ (there's no easy way back after you 'chop chop) and don't let mere trends cloud your decision.

Oct 06 12 02:07 pm Link



Posts: 3656

New York, New York, US

But you haven't used your hair to it's fullest advantage yet in your portfolio. Do some more long hair work, then cut n dye.

just my 2¢

Oct 06 12 02:57 pm Link



Posts: 35440

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Try a wig first?

Oct 06 12 03:01 pm Link


Chad Sterling

Posts: 38

College Station, Texas, US

I think the longer dark hair would look better than short "punk" unnatural red hair for black and white photographs (clothed and especially fine art nude). I think if you had the shorter alternative hairstyle, it would label that lifestyle on you from the audience's perspective.

Since you don't have any tattoos or piercings, it may be hard to fit that genre.. but i'm sure there's genius creativity for everything if you wanted to go down that route.

Oct 06 12 03:07 pm Link


Amelia Talon

Posts: 1472

Sequim, Washington, US

Antier wrote:
If I rock out my hair, will I get stuck in a vague half-nothing land of not-natural-enough-for-nude-arts but not-punk-enough-for-our-punk?

If I'm going to be honest, I have to go with probably.
Alt is already a small market, and even smaller to non-existent in Idaho.

Oct 06 12 03:17 pm Link



Posts: 1743

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Right now it's long and just hangs there boringly. At the very least get a good cut, bring some layers in there to allow movement and more volume, maybe do a side part every Now and then.

I like long hair because its easier to do more styles, so i say keep it long!

Oct 06 12 03:17 pm Link



Posts: 13454

Houston, Texas, US


Keep it long and dark.  And, send me a note if you come to ATL.

Oct 06 12 04:06 pm Link



Posts: 3557

Muncie, Indiana, US

Keep your hair the way it is if you want to still do art nudes. Curly and a crazy color is very limiting(and damaging). Being in Idaho I would think is limiting enough.

Oct 06 12 05:20 pm Link