18 May 2024

Aveda’s Ricardo Dinis Japanophile Haircut How-To!

The land of the rising sun has always held a seductive power over westerners with the sensuality of silk, exotic flowers, and demure and graceful geishas!

This is why self-proclaimed ‘Japanophile’, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Hair Cutting, Ricardo Dinis, says the inspiration behind his East-meets-West Aveda Congress 2013 show was the shape of the kimono –specially the triangular shape of the sleeves– which is reflected in the graphic angles and strong lines of each cut. In fact, a combination of male and female hair cutting techniques helps to create androgynous looks.

“Short, tomboy haircuts are getting the most attention in fashion right now”, said Dinis. “My show plays with classic beauty, but brings elements of androgyny and strength. Dinis believes the strength of this look lies in the details. “When you look at Japanese fabric, textiles and culture, it’s all about the details. The haircuts in the show feature details like blunt fringes, asymmetrical lines and geometric shapes that are a combination of everything I find beautiful about the Asian aesthetic”.

Moreover, the shape of short cuts continues to evolve. “The top layers are being cut much shorter, and the volume of the hair cut is sitting more on the sides of the hair”, said Dinis. “This creates stronger silhouettes and invites more raw hair styling effects”.


Step 1: Start with a classic bob hair cut.

Step 2: Undercut on the bottom sections with a scissor-over-comb technique, moving from the nape to the occipital bone.

Step 3: In the top sections, create shorter layers that work upwards to graduation and create movement.

Step 4: Cut a short fringe by combing small sections forward and point-cutting to create a straight line that sits a few inches above the brows. Continue combing sections forward and point-cutting along the previous line until the fringe is the desired shape and thickness.

Step 5: Point-cut to refine the fringe and bottom edges of the hair cut.

Step 6: Finish by spraying the hair with Air Control™ Hair Spray, and blow-drying it in all directions to bring out the texture. Emulsify Light Elements™ Texturizing Creme in your hands, and shape the fringe and front sections with your fingers. Scrunch the remaining product into the back layers to create additional texture and volume.


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