Inside an It-Girl’s Hair Transformation: Margaret Zhang Picks Up the Shears

Inside an It-Girl’s Hair Transformation: Margaret Zhang Picks Up the Shears

Hair has a grass-is-always-greener quality: Who can deny the temptation of trying on life as a blonde? (Or a brunette?) Who hasn’t wondered what they’d look like with a pixie or hip-grazing lengths? For law student and fashion blogger Margaret Zhang, the question “should I get bangs?” has haunted her for years, since she first brought it up to her stylist, Paloma Rose Garcia. The duo initially dismissed the idea. “There’s a danger with Asian faces,” says Zhang. “Generally speaking, we have rounder and wider faces—so fringe could make me look extremely young or cartoonish.” But her curiosity didn’t subside. She watched angular-featured models parade them down Saint Laurent runways season after season, but the moment that tipped the scale was witnessing the transformative power of a brow-grazing fringe being cut on set on a recent photo shoot. The model, Zhang remembers, “immediately looked so much cooler.”

So earlier this week, Zhang returned to Garcia’s salon chair and decided to finally take the plunge. “We established that if I was going to cut a fringe, it would be super piece-y, so you could see my forehead. And it has to be a really narrow fringe, because if you bring it out too wide, it makes the face [look] much wider.” Garcia dutifully snipped a swath of eyelash-skimming hair between the arches of the eyebrows, with a few longer, face-framing bits softening the transition into the rest of Zhang’s long bob. What Garcia calls “invisible layers” were cut beneath the outermost lengths of Zhang’s hair for additional movement without blockiness, and the ends were feathered to match the intentionally messy fringe. “The idea was to be a little rock ’n’ roll with it,” Zhang says.


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Photo: Courtesy of Margaret Zhang

 

Now, after she sprays ample amounts of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray into her new ’do to keep it from lying bone-straight, Zhang finds herself thumbing through more exaggerated, masculine silhouettes in her closet (big leather jackets, skinny pants with a flare, a bigger shoe) and reaching for smoky, shimmering shades in her makeup bag. “Never in a million years would I have [worn a dramatic eye] with my old hairstyle,” she says. But now, “the dark peeks out from under this curtain and seems more moody and appropriate.” As for the bangs? “They turned out perfectly. I can’t believe I didn’t do it earlier.”

 


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Photo: Courtesy of Margaret Zhang

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