Set with the task of asking how a female in magic manifests herself in this day and age, I was linked up with Scotty Cunha, who is an expert in all things chic: the mastermind behind many celebs from high-end fashion to on-trend beauty… And HAIR… Did I mention hair? I must admit, I was slightly intimidated by his talent and influence, but once I met him, I knew it was meant to be.
Scotty has an infectious laugh and is quick witted and fun. I loved him immediately. I had an upcoming show, and felt ready for something new. We went through my closet, and pulled pieces that could build a look that was prime for performance, but fresh and unexpected as far as the traditional sense of “magic” is concerned.
Then finally it came time for the hair. First we tried beachy waves, as I’ve always wanted that look and have never quite been able to achieve it despite watching endless tutorials. He added extensions, and I was in my comfort zone. I’ve had hair down to my waist for for years, and this style was slightly longer than my real hair just below my shoulders.
But I secretly desired something different yet. Ever since I first saw The Royal Tennenbaums, I wanted Margot’s vibe. However, I never had the courage. My long hair was something I sort of hid behind, I think. It was as though I felt people could look at my hair and kind of ignore, well, me. It was a big deal when I swapped the extensions for my natural hair this past Summer of 2017. I felt naked for a long time, but as I knew I was seeking a refreshed approach to my art moving beyond what I had done in the past, I was growing in conviction.
So when I confessed that I had always loved Margot’s flair, he was on board in an instant. He felt it would revamp my style, and give an edge that he thought I could pull off (which is flattering, because Margot is a badass). And we went for it right then and there. I was nervous when he took out his razor blade, ready to cut.
I know it’s not technically that much of a jump from the length my hair was at that time to what it is now. However the significance of the event was substantial. I was severing ties to what I was… Who I was in a lot of ways. My hair without extensions seemed transitional, but transitional back to the extensions; like, it was a prolonged stint in between hair appointments. People would ask me all the time when I was going to put them back in.
Now it’s as though there’s no turning back. Sure, long hair is always an option, but having a definitive look with short hair is a step in a new direction. Scotty helped reassure me in my confidence that I can be bold in my style and have a laugh along the way.