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Natasha Vaughn
Posts: 75
Providence, Rhode Island, US


So flipping through my pictures and if you look at my profile, you will see I have a mohawk. Yes it's pretty badass and I love it, but it limits me which is sad.

I can't wait for my hair to grow out it is shaved on the sides all the way back...it has grown out to maybe a 3 so far (if you have ever shaved your head)

I'm thinking of getting bonded extensions since they are pretty natural looking (had a friend with them I couldn't even tell )

That way people could do all sorts of things with my hair. All I can do is mohawk...hide the mohawk. I am looking to do more fashion/commercial work.

I don't want to change my hair but I am pretty sure I have to. This will change my look completely . Shall I go for it ?
Jan 09 13 10:56 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Natasha Vaughn
Posts: 75
Providence, Rhode Island, US


Bump
Jan 09 13 12:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
MidnightSun Designs
Posts: 325
WINSTON SALEM, North Carolina, US


I would love to take photos of your mohawk;) Keep it!
Jan 09 13 12:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Philipe
Posts: 5,196
Pomona, California, US


I'll be honest, if you want to do some serous llamaing, you need to grow your hair out. Your 21, which is when the clock starts ticking so you can't mess around if you want to take llamaing seriously. If you want to make a personal choice and have a Mohawk and think it will be your trade mark, it will be very hard and will work against you.. Unless your stunning like Eve Salvail who had a Mohawk, shaved head and tattoo on her head. Its not going to happen unless you do alternative llamaing... Remember its what clients wants who is hiring and is paying $$$$ to have at least normal hair and not have it be an issue..
Jan 09 13 01:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
sospix
Posts: 21,128
Orlando, Florida, US


I vote, shave yer noggin' bald  .  .  .  wink  That away ya kin add any kinda wigs ya want for a wide variety of looks  .  .  .  'sides, I REALLY wanna shoot with a bald model  .  .  .  how soon can ya be here  .  .  . 

SOS
Jan 09 13 01:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Nyctiphaes
Posts: 159
Athens, Attikí, Greece


let it grow, mohawks are really cool yes, but extremely limiting too.
which means you ll be only able to portray certain characters, its a two edged knife, could mean more work, or nothing.
Jan 09 13 01:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US


If you hadn't said so, and if I hadn't seen that one image in your portfolio, I never would have known you had a mohawk.

Clients of course want flexibility and any project might include a style that wouldn't be possible for you without displaying the shaved side but, apart from that, I think you have a nice happy medium going. Down it looks very mainstream. Styled you can display the Mohawk.

Yes, if you're pursuing Fashion or mainstream commercial work you'll want to grow it out. But if you're just talking about the photographer as client, or TF*, I don't see it too limiting that you should have to change something you really like...especially since it's not readily apparent.

Edit: I'd also ask if you've actually lost out on commercial work because of it? Or do you just think you'd get more work if it was changed? In other words, did you have clients pre-Mohawk that you lost? Or are you just hoping it will lead to more work?
Jan 09 13 01:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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Natasha Vaughn
Posts: 75
Providence, Rhode Island, US


Michael Pandolfo wrote:
If you hadn't said so, and if I hadn't seen that one image in your portfolio, I never would have known you had a mohawk.

Clients of course want flexibility and any project might include a style that wouldn't be possible for you without displaying the shaved side but, apart from that, I think you have a nice happy medium going. Down it looks very mainstream. Styled you can display the Mohawk.

Yes, if you're pursuing Fashion or mainstream commercial work you'll want to grow it out. But if you're just talking about the photographer as client, or TF*, I don't see it too limiting that you should have to change something you really like...especially since it's not readily apparent.

Edit: I'd also ask if you've actually lost out on commercial work because of it? Or do you just think you'd get more work if it was changed? In other words, did you have clients pre-Mohawk that you lost? Or are you just hoping it will lead to more work?

I started modeling post mohawk, and it just seems to limit my work. If I answer castings for fashion/editorial I will be told that I'm not "clean" or "classic" enough I just always assumed they were referring to my hair. I feel I could still look edgy with "normal" hair. It just seems there is less work for edgy fashion models then "normal" looking ones.  I'm doing less TF then when I started already my hair in a bob seems to be liked but that's all I can do with it. It just always seems more versatile = better . Or is that just me?

Jan 09 13 01:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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Virginia P
Posts: 469
Los Angeles, California, US


I think you have a very classic look, and would do well with commercial work. Probably best to let it grow. The pics of you with your hair down hide the shaved sides pretty well, so keep doing shoots as it grows!
Jan 10 13 01:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art of the nude
Posts: 11,781
Olivet, Michigan, US


Natasha Vaughn wrote:
So flipping through my pictures and if you look at my profile, you will see I have a mohawk. Yes it's pretty badass and I love it, but it limits me which is sad.

I can't wait for my hair to grow out it is shaved on the sides all the way back...it has grown out to maybe a 3 so far (if you have ever shaved your head)

I'm thinking of getting bonded extensions since they are pretty natural looking (had a friend with them I couldn't even tell )

That way people could do all sorts of things with my hair. All I can do is mohawk...hide the mohawk. I am looking to do more fashion/commercial work.

I don't want to change my hair but I am pretty sure I have to. This will change my look completely . Shall I go for it ?

I think of a mohawk as very distinctive, but limiting the range of options greatly.  However, if you have it when you shot this (18+)
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/31213868
Then I'd have to say it wouldn't matter.  I'd be delighted to shoot with you with, or without it.  You could pull it up for a theme, and then have it down for most sets.

Jan 10 13 01:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Azzy X
Posts: 4
San Francisco, California, US


You could always give a wide/long undercut a shot. I have one and when it's styled it looks like a mohawk but when down my hair looks close to 'normal' but thinner on the sides. Traditional mohawks are often very thin on top so they look sparse when combed down.

Judging from your pictures, your hair already looks pretty 'natural' when down. If you're paranoid you could always try growing your mohawk wider on the sides.

It's your hair, so only you can choose what is best for yourself!
Jan 11 13 05:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
California Girls Skate
Posts: 342
Los Angeles, California, US


Natasha Vaughn wrote:
That way people could do all sorts of things with my hair. All I can do is mohawk...hide the mohawk. I am looking to do more fashion/commercial work.

I don't want to change my hair but I am pretty sure I have to. This will change my look completely . Shall I go for it ?

Personally, I love your mohawk and say if you want to keep it, you should.

However...

With your beauty and body and measurements and age, you potentially have a shot at being a very successful, legitimate model. Losing the mohawk would likely make such a thing easier to attain.

But remember, Sibyl Buck was a huge mainstream model with a mohawk. Ève Salvail was bald. So, you never know...

Jan 11 13 06:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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