Britt Bergmeister is a 24-year-old model from Toronto who lives in New York. She recently founded her own company, Off Duty Model/On Duty Citizen, which focuses on raising awareness about sustainability in fashion and everyday life. She shared her hair philosophy with us and mused about the lessons she's learned about hair over the years.
ON HAIR AS A TOOL FOR REBELLION
I never did go through a rebellious hair phase, I just always had it the same. But now that I've been modeling for four years and I've kind of had the same look, I've considered chopping it off. Maybe I'll do that when I'm done modeling. For commercial modeling especially, it's good to have something to work with, so a lot of the clients need length. But I had a potential job come up and they said they would've had to shave my head, and without thinking, I was like, "Yeah! Let's do it. Why not?" I've had this head of hair for so long and it would've brought so many opportunities and different work for modeling, and I was down, but it fell through. I figured it happened for a reason. I'll keep doing this commercial, steady modeling, and then when I'm done and no longer making my money with it, I can chop it off and do whatever I want. I do have a little bit of an attachment but I'm willing to change it up.
HER HAIR PHILOSOPHY
I guess I would say just let it be. I don't like putting too much product in it. I think it always looks nice naturally for everyone. I just think with anything -- makeup and body products -- we're taught that we have to buy all this stuff to look good. I love natural beauty, even though my job is to get made up every single day.
ON GOING GREY
I'd be fine with going grey. That too, we're kind of told we have to dye it, dye it, dye it. Sometimes it looks so good though! I think it depends on the person. I'm not really too opinionated about that. If I don't like how it's looking when it's starting to go grey, maybe I'll dye it a bit, but if it looks cool, maybe I dye the rest of it to be all grey.
ON GOOD HAIR
It depends on the person. I'm partial to thick hair, I like that look. I like a little volume, but I don't know. It's funny because everyone always wants the hairstyle they don't have, so I've gone through the phase where I've seen someone with super straight hair and wanted that so badly, or [the same with] curly. It just depends on the person and how they're wearing it. As long as they look confident, that's what looks best for a hairstyle.
THE MOST IMPRTANT LESSON SHE'S LEARNED ABOUT HAIR
When I was little, I always wanted to straighten my hair or pluck my eyebrows, and my mom was always just like, "Let it loose. Let it flow, have it curly, let it do whatever it wants to do."
-- As told to Untangled in New York City. Photos by Julia Brucculieri.