Whistling Pixie - Rodney Cutler How-toCut and style: Rodney Cutler
Color: Tracy Guthrie
Assistant: Greg Cassese
Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich
Fashion styling: David Widjaja

Hot, summer days don’t have to translate to ponytails and scrunching. In this MODERN exclusive how-to, salon owner Rodney Cutler creates a fierce crop full of the attitude, edge and style that summer clients crave. In a look easily transitioned from summer months to cooler autumn weather, this classic “bowl” shape blends seamlessly with a Pixie for a result “that’s heavy, but doesn’t look heavy.”

Cutler, who is also a spokesperson for Ulta and Redken, was so moved by the most recent Versace ad campaign he wanted to use the energy from those images to turn the focus from fashion to hair. “This version of the hair is so modern,” says Cutler as he pulled the fringe down onto the forehead. “It’s all about the angle of the fingers, which creates softness on the nape allowing the hair to hug the neck. It’s creating movement without allowing the hair to spray out.”

Colorist Tracy Guthrie, Manager of Salon Technical for Ulta, used the new Redken Chromatics color to create an iridescent, dimensional finish. “I wanted to create a holographic shine,” she says. “This color pattern is softly melded by using a baliage-meets-ombre technique. There is no line of demarcation and the color placement is randomly sized—not contrived.”