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The Bieber cut

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    Salon Blanc co-owner Alan Vuong, left, and assistant stylist Moses Cho use four blow-dryers to style Travis Murayama’s hair forward after it was cut. The Justin Bieber style is a basic shag cut with a modern twist. Vuong recommends a soft, medium hair wax to keep locks in place.
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  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
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Bieber Fever will hit Honolulu full force next weekend when the young teen idol takes the stage Oct. 8 and 9 for two sold-out concerts at Blaisdell Arena.

If you’re hoping to mimic the Justin Bieber look, sideswept bangs and all, plan on picking up plenty of hair products like wax or gel.

"His cut is more about the styling," said Alan Vuong, co-owner of Salon Blanc at 1288 Ala Moana Blvd. "Soft, medium wax that’s not too heavy will definitely do the trick" to keep locks in place.

Travis Murayama, 11, hesitantly agreed to serve as a model while Vuong demonstrated how to get the Bieber look.

"It’s a pretty straightforward cut, with lots of texture and layers all around," Vuong said. "It’s like the classic shag with a modern spin."

Once the cutting was done, Vuong and his assistant used four blow-dryers to brush Travis’ hair forward. "We used a bristle brush to direct the hair to whirl around the face," he said.

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When his hair was dry, the real styling began. Vuong used a quarter-size gob of hair wax, working it with the palms of his hands.

"In order to evenly spread the product, rub the hands together," he explained. "Start applying the product on the tips of the hair, working through the mid-shaft. Don’t apply it on the roots or it will be flat."

Vuong says the Bieber ‘do has become popular with young kids and early teens. "It’s one of the fads, a trendy haircut for the younger (fans)."

Murayama, a sixth-grader at Mid-Pacific Institute, said he isn’t much of a Bieber fan but he knows a lot of girls who adore the pop star. He’s not going to the singer’s concerts, but he did make a deal with his dad, Star-Advertiser deputy sports editor Curtis Murayama, to get a Nintendo DS in exchange for modeling.

"And, I got a nice haircut, too," he said.

 

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