The Thing: Toronto’s latest grooming trend is a half-shorn head

The Thing: Toronto’s latest grooming trend is a half-shorn head

Toronto’s latest grooming trend: a half-shorn head

The follicular fad of the moment is a study in contradictions. On the one hand, an asymmetrical cut sends a sort of unkempt, punk-rock “I don’t give a crap about my hair” message. On the other, it’s a carefully considered vanity statement that requires weekly maintenance to keep looking artfully irregular instead of lazy and lopsided. Coupe Bizzarre, the Queen-West-by-way-of-Montreal mop shop, has been hacking uneven locks for years, but over the past couple of months, the ’do has invaded the mainstream. It’s not only the under-30, south-of-Bloor set that’s bidding a bold adieu to balance; we’ve spotted everyone from Rosedale matrons to Riverdale preschool teachers and suburban soccer dads sporting the style. If aesthetic perfection is the goal, the half-buzz is a tough cut to crack (science dating back to the days of Plato holds symmetry as a universal sign of beauty). But this look isn’t about the laws of attraction; it’s about subverting expectations and signalling unadulterated attitude.

Kevin McVicar, 22.
Cuts his own hair

Amil Niazi, 27.
Social media producer for CBC News.
Hair by Taraleigh at Barberella,
891 Dundas St. W., 416-703-4398

Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot, 35.
Assistant curator at Art Gallery of York University.
Hair by Asha and Sarah at Excellent Haircuts,
292 Dundas St. W., 416-977-5774

Jazmine Stephen, 24.
Toy tester for the Hudson Bay Company.
Hair by Brionie at Parlour Salon,
6 Ossington Ave., 647-345-6663