This year’s hottest haircut is one that has been around for centuries. Named after a famous barber (and hairdresser to celebrities), who was a master of his craft, the ‘Parti-Gyle’ haircut has been sported by some of fashion’s most esteemed figures. We’ve all seen the pictures of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Don Bradman sporting this year’s haircut – what are they saying?
As the saying goes, “If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then these men are truly flattered that you, as a woman, would want to imitate their look.” Let’s take a closer look at this unique style, how to get it, and why everyone is talking about it.
What is the ‘Parti-Gyle’ Cut?
This year’s ‘Parti-Gyle’ haircut has been around for centuries and was first sported by none other than Charles II (who also happened to be the last king of England). Back in the day, this distinctive haircut was reserved for only the most elite men. According to historian L. Worsley, the barber-surgeon (the man who cuts your hair and treats your wounds) would take a lock of hair from each ear, twist it around a small needle, and then stitch the back of your ear. Yes, that’s right – this haircut requires stitching! Back in the day, it was considered extremely dangerous to your health to have your ears stitched (let’s be honest, who really wants to give up their hair for stitched-on jewels?).
These days, the barber-surgeon practice is still used in some parts of the world – mostly in the UK and Australia – to prevent and treat tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Tinnitus is the result of loud noise exposure (such as that from rock concerts or machinery) and can be treated with vitamin B12 injections, which are often administered as part of the stitched-on jewelry treatment.
Why Are People Obsessed With This Cut?
The barber-surgeon practice used for ear stitching was first introduced in the 1700s to prevent the spread of the smallpox virus. Back then, it was common practice for people to wear masks in public places, and doctors would often need to remove and replace a part of the facial skin. It was also thought that if your hair was hidden by a hair-style, you could prevent the scalp from being infected by the smallpox virus.
Vincent Van Gogh was also a big fan of the Parti-Gyle cut. For the painter, the sport of boxing was a form of self-expression and mental stimulation. While he was alive, Van Gogh would frequently visit the barber shops of Paris and cut off the hair he had grown, using only those hairscissors he had made himself. After Van Gogh’s death, his brother sold a large number of his possessions (including his personal hairscissors) and used the money to form a trust. The trust owns and operates the barber shop where Van Gogh regularly went for hair cuts, which has preserved the master’s haircut for future generations.
One of the most well-known practitioners of the Parti-Gyle cut is Harry Winston, the legendary jewel designer. Known for his colorful, flamboyant taste, Winston often wore a hair style that mimicked the Parti-Gyle cut, using a mixture of hair colors and textures to create a ‘rainbow’ effect. He often wore white, pink, or orange, and the vibrant hues would transform into a colorful display as the light changed. His friends and family referred to these vibrant waves as “The Harry Winston Effect.”
The ear stitching treatment used to prevent and/or treat tinnitus is still used today and is considered one of the most effective methods of preventing the spread of infection. However, with each passing year, it becomes less and less common to see people wear this haircut in public. Why? Because let’s be honest, who really wants to give up their hair for added protection against an epidemic?
The Evolution of Style
Fast-forward to today, and the obsession with the ‘Parti-Gyle’ cut has not diminished. In fact, it’s only increased. When you consider the fact that the majority of fashion-related Instagram posts feature some variation of this iconic hairstyle, it’s clear that today, the Parti-Gyle cut is more popular than ever. And why not? Who wouldn’t want to feel like a part of the fashion elite for a day?
With each passing year, the demands of society change. What were once considered ‘typical’ hairstyles are now considered ‘traditional’. ‘In’ hairstyles are ‘out’ and vice versa. While the Parti-Gyle cut was a symbol of elite status in the 1700s, today, it is considered a fashion icon. What was once reserved for the rich and famous is now considered an everyday style choice.
The evolution of hairdressing is fascinating, but it’s also important to remember that fashion and hairdressing are not the same thing. One of the most important things for any woman to keep in mind is that your hair is a symbol of your personal style and should be treated as such. With that in mind, let’s examine some of the ways you can wear the Parti-Gyle cut today and enjoy the stylish simplicity that comes with it.
How to Get the Look
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then these men are truly flattered that you, as a woman, would want to imitate their look. Let’s examine some of the ways you can get the Parti-Gyle cut today. As we’ve established, this haircut is reserved for only the most elite men in days gone by. However, you can still sport this unique style with just a few simple tricks. Let’s take a look.
1. Grow Your Hair Long
The first and most obvious way to get the Parti-Gyle cut is to grow your hair long. As mentioned above, traditionally, this haircut has been worn by only the most elite men. However, with each passing year, it is becoming more acceptable for women to wear this style. Why? Because, at the end of the day, everyone wants to look stylish, and the longer the hair, the more style it will afford you. If you’re looking to sport this style, go for long hair – it will take you a while to grow it out, but the effort will be worth it.
2. Use Dark-Colored Hair Cream
Another way to get the Parti-Gyle cut today is to use dark-colored hair cream. The cream will give you a thicker curl, making your hair appear much longer. It also helps to darken the already naturally dark color of your hair. Remember, these creams are not meant to be used as a full-blown wig – they are used to add some texture and volume to your hair. They are also perfect for people with light hair, as they will make it appear much brighter. If you’re looking to sport this style, go for a darker-colored cream – it will add that extra touch of style that your outfit just lacked. Plus, darker colors look more fashionable when worn as hair accessories.
3. Mix Texture
Another way to get the Parti-Gyle cut is to mix texture. Like with most hairstyles, the best way to make it look is by using your hands. When applying the hair cream, go for a messy look – if you’re applying the cream near your scalp, the more texture, the better. This will make the hair appear much more voluminous. When finished, use a brush to brush through the hair, giving the appearance of waves. This brushing through action is what gives the hairstyle its unique curl pattern.