At Chicago's Asha SalonSpa, clients are going for a service known as "The Crack," in which a one-inch-wide and three-inch-high section right above the nape of the neck is shaved (sort of a stripe up the middle, from the neck up). Kathleen Bucci Bergeron, the salon's co-owner, explains: "We're an Aveda salon, and every year Aveda does something called Congress, where all the hairdressers see new trends. They shaved the four-inch section of hair, the concept being that it's very liberating to have this little thing that's almost like a tattoo, you can flaunt or not."
The idea of leaving some hair in the section and cutting it on an angle for a feathery look came from a stylist at Asha named Angela, who also thought to add color. "The coloring piece adds flair and becomes more user friendly because it's pretty instead of just radical," said Kathleen. "We have one or two people per location doing it, but next week we're training everyone. It hasn't been formally rolled out. We have five locations, so I think we're going to see it all over Chicago. Since you can hide it, you might start seeing it on soccer moms!" And they call it "shy town!"
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Photos courtesy of Asha SalonSpa