“I need a haircut,” is something I say frequently. I’ll blurt it out to friends and strangers alike. I bring it up in conversations, even when it's completely irrelevant. "Cut it short!" they urge. But how short are we talking? How far is too far? But perhaps the real question is: How far is Farquaad?
In recent weeks, I’ve scrolled through my Instagram feed and landed on the same all-consuming thought: Why does every It-Girl have Lord Farquaad’s haircut?
As we all remember, Lord Farquaad is the ruler of Duloc and villain in Shrek, who plots to become King by marrying Princess Fiona. He's short and compensates for his size with a big attitude and signature hairstyle: A bob with the ends notably flipped inwards.
These facts raise two important questions: Is Lord Farquaad a short king? Maybe. Is he a beauty influencer? Definitely.
Selena Gomez made her triumphant return to the AMAs in a (Shrek?) green Versace dress and a hairstyle that can only be described as Farquaad-ian. Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez wore the same cut on the Hustlers red carpet, with Wu going the extra mile with baby bangs. And just last week, Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian drove the point home with not one, but two matching Farquaad flips.
So why is this hairstyle trending? Jesus Guerrero, the stylist behind the Kardashian-Jenner flips says it's "an easy chic look" that will help you channel your inner Lord. "I love how simple it is, yet it exudes so much power," adds Guerrero.
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Achieving the Farquaad flip is pretty simple. “To create this hairstyle, brushing with a small round brush is key," Guerrero explains. "It helps create that full flipped in look."
Using a round brush might take some practice, but luckily there's an alternative. "If you’re not good with a round brush you can also use a curling iron to help give you that bumped in effect," Guerrero adds. Finish with some texturizing spray and voila! You're the ruler of Duloc.
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