Unexpected trend: women are shaving cats into their hair on Instagram

Cat lovers, we're looking at you.

Serious cat person? Love wacky new hair trends? Well if you’ve long hoped for a way to fuse your two passions into the ultimate social media beauty craze, your luck is finally in. That’s right folks, people are actually shaving cats into their hair and it’s a trend that’s taking Instagram by storm.

While etching designs into undercuts is nothing new (there was always one cool kid at school with the Nike tick shaved into the side of their head), a Russian hairdresser has been incredibly busy taking things to the next level.

Aliya Askarova, who is based in St Petersburg, has found Instagram fame thanks to a viral snap posted by one of her best clients. Showing off a cute cat shaved into the under layers of her hair, along with an amazing two-toned bubblegum dye job, Instagram user Katichka has sent to beauty world into a frenzy with her snap fresh from Aliya’s salon.

A fellow cat lover, Katichka has captioned the snap with, “My sleepy cat with me always,” proving that if you really did love your pet as much as you say, you’d have had its portrait shaved into the back of your head by now too.

Katichka isn’t the only one sporting the look however. Over in Australia one hair salon has also been experimenting with a little cat themed hair art, only this one comes with a tad more ‘edge’.


Captioned with “Evil little kitty Kat!!”, one customer at Chops Hair Bar in New South Wales walked away with a more menacing looking moggy, that’s sure to be a conversation starter.

Hidden until you’ve pulled your hair up into a topknot, the cat etchings come as an extension of 2015’s undercut trend, and the graphic shapes we saw being shaved into buzz cuts earlier this year.

Bold? Yes. But with the convenience of being able to cover it up, this could be a great way to try something a little, um, experimental.

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