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AellaGirl
Posts: 152
Seattle, Washington, 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  Quote 
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DOBA Photography
Posts: 1,039
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  Quote 
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CRIMSON REIGN
Posts: 806
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  Quote 
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MesmerEyes Photography
Posts: 2,843
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  Quote 
Model
Kelleth
Posts: 2,505
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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  Quote 
Model
Alabaster Crowley
Posts: 7,067
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  Quote 
Photographer
The Grey Forest
Posts: 193
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  Quote 
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The F-Stop
Posts: 1,436
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  Quote 
Model
P I X I E
Posts: 35,267
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Try a wig first?
Oct 06 12 03:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
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  Quote 
Model
Amelia Talon
Posts: 1,470
Los Angeles, California, 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  Quote 
Photographer
RachelReilly
Posts: 1,699
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  Quote 
Photographer
Digitoxin
Posts: 13,335
Houston, Texas, US


OP,

Keep it long and dark.  And, send me a note if you come to ATL.
Oct 06 12 04:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Isis22
Posts: 2,333
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  Quote 
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