This week’s Dispatches are not a size 000.
Janet Stephens is a real-life Indiana Jones: by day, she’s a hairdresser, but by night, she’s a hair archaeologist. Her interest isn’t just casual: she’s been published in academic journals, she presents regularly at conferences, and she is the first person to take studying and recreating ancient hairstyles seriously. Welcome, Janet Stephens!
On New Year’s Eve, I set my hair on fire. It wasn’t on purpose, like in some ancient Danish-Celtic ritual. I was home sick with a chest cold, and when I finally remembered the popcorn I left on the stove to burn, I took it to the trash. When I lifted the lid, flames flew […]
I’m back, babies! And I brought a new tutorial with me.
The Hair Affair: Revisited
Q: Any advice for shaving one’s pubic hair? I always seem to get, erm, stubble and that’s just not nice for sexytimes. (Nobody likes a carpet burn!) I’m kind of interested in waxing, but also terrified of it, so any insight into how to get a smooth mound would be (forgive me) gnarly!
Trichotillomania: I Pull Out My Hair
You know how sometimes people say things like, “I’ve been pulling my hair out trying to get this paper done,” or whatever? Well, in my life, it’s not an idiom. When I’m stressed out, I get real and actually pull my hair out. It’s an anxiety-related, impulse-control disorder called trichotillomania (that’s DSM-IV DR 312.39 for […]
Greetings, kittens, and welcome back to another roundabout session of Ask The Editors, where we dive into the ethos of the Persephone question game. This week, we are talking about a subject that most ladies seem to deal with once they move into a certain sphere of life: hair–what’s professional? How will we answer? Who […]
There is a concept, deep in the recesses of second-wave feminism, that to be a “good” feminist, one must eschew patriarchal beauty standards. I understand that, I understand the principle of rejecting beauty ideals set up for us by men (and women!) for profit and pleasure. It makes complete sense to me that we should […]
At first glance “Marry the Night” is a biopic of Lady Gaga’s worst day ever: the day she was dropped from Island Def Jam. But on closer reflection, one might understand its Warholian roots. Gaga, who has admitted her Warhol influence from her first appearance on the scene in 2007, never really left him behind. […]
I have Donna Reed hair today. I didn’t set out to achieve this, it just sort of happened. And, as it turns out, this newfound hair height/width/flip has resulted in people responding to me a bit differently. Everyone seems cheerier, more talkative. I’ve been engaged in conversations about how to get super white whites, and […]
I have a confession to make. In the last few weeks, I’ve only shampooed my hair once (and that was actually kind of an accident). Some of you are probably thinking, “That’s gross!” Some of you are probably thinking, “I’ve been there.” And some of you are thinking, didn’t I just read about this last […]
Every time I go to the hair salon, I have the same conversation with my stylist. She sits me down in her chair and, while looking at my reflection in the eye, asks me what I’d like to do with my hair. I hesitate, and settle on telling her I’d like a trim.
We Try It! Sulfate-Free Shampoo
I’ve been meaning to try sulfate-free shampoo for a while. My dry, poofy, curly hair has always been difficult to manage, and I’ve had the growing sense that part of the problem may be that I’m forcing it into a harsh wash cycle that it’s not suited for.
The Big, Black Ugly Secret
Photography by Miguel Jacob FASHION’s Magazine Summer 2009 What’s wrong with this picture? If you’re Caucasian, Asian, Indian or from the Middle East, it might escape your attention. Might. Take a look at the picture again. What do all of these women have in common? Are you thinking that they’re all Caucasian? No, they’re […]
Good morning, and happy Tuesday to us all. I thought we could engage in some commiserating today, because doing so has been scientifically proven to bond people as a group.