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11 Oct

Meet The Artist Whose Extreme Long Hair Is Taking Over Instagram

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While the bob was undoubtedly the calling card of the Fall 2017 shows, the Spring 2018 season was all about extreme long hair which popped up everywhere from Marques’Almeida to Michael Kors Collection, where supermodel Kirsty Hume—and her Rapunzel-like mane—made a show-stealing appearance. And a quick look around social media proves that over-the-top lengths are not exclusive to the runway. Case in point: Los Angeles–based photographer Sara Cath, whose lion-like cascade of copper curls has helped her rack up more than 40,000 Instagram followers and counting.

It might be hard to believe that the 21-year-old—who, in addition to shooting high-octane portraits of fellow millennial artists, just appeared in Rosetta Getty’s Georgia O’Keeffe–inspired collection—hasn’t always carried the hear-me-roar type of confidence her waist-grazing mane no doubt symbolizes. But, at just seven years old, when all her friends and family members had sleek, tamable hair, Cath recalls thinking straightening treatments were her only option. “It totally fried my hair,” she says of the chemical processes she underwent for three years. “I wanted my curl back.” But it was too late: Her damaged lengths had to be hacked off, leaving her with a frizzy chin-skimming coif that made her vow to never again cut—or try to change—her hair.

Now? “I keep it completely natural,” says Cath, who even avoids shampoo, which she says dries out her scalp and leaves her lengths tangled, and instead opts for only a comb and Nature’s Baby Organics Conditioner & Detangler—a less-is-more approach that has put her on the receiving end of daily Instagram comments like “#hairgoals” and “Shook, you look just like Botticelli’s Venus.” And that’s reason enough to put down the scissors once and for all.

Photo: Courtesy of Sara Cath / @sara_cath
Photo: Courtesy of Sara Cath / @sara_cath

From Vogue

Hannah Kim
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