Posts Tagged: hair

From Samplers To Antlers: A Brief History Of Human Hair Art

“For children, no art or accomplishment is more useful than the ability to make articles of tasteful ornament in Hair Work. This will open to all such persons a path agreeable and profitable occupation.” - Mark Campbell, 1867, from his book “Self-Instructor in the Art of Hair Work

Human hair is a funny, complex, beautiful, ugly thing. When it’s attached to a head, people have no problem touching it. But once it’s removed from its source it becomes at best a nuisance for vacuum cleaners and at worst a viscerally repulsive object that causes waitresses to lose their tips and diners to lose their shit. In [...]


Hair Care Tips From a Woman Who Can Dangle Herself By Her Ponytail

Via the BBC, the story of a Guinness World Record-holding circus performer whose hair can lift 117 pounds:

Joanna Sawicka's occupation is one in which split ends or excessively dry hair could result in a ripped scalp. So how do you care for such locks?

"Two bottles of conditioner a day" is the answer, and she also "conditions her hair at least five times a day when on the road," and does her act with wet hair.

With each hair able to hold a weight of up to 3.5oz (100g), using each strand to maximum effect is the key factor in avoiding an intensely painful accident. [...]


Three Full Bushes Is a Trend



"Halo," LP

Clear your calendar so you can begin emailing your friends LP's live cover of Beyonce's "Halo" immediately. You can toss in Shani O. Hilton's 28 Afro Problems while you're at it.


What Happens If You Put Placenta In Your Hair?

"I just bought all the placenta items they had," read a text from Jaya yesterday afternoon, and it is easily a contender for text of the year.


Going Blonde


The Middle Part Is Having Its Moment, Again, Somehow

We (I)'ve been talking about the band Haim's perfect middle parts for a while now, in part because they are very talented and in part because what adult woman can pull off a middle part in 2013, actually? How does the universe even allow it? My middle part reverts me to age 13, all awkward limbs and braces and white eyeliner. Rachel Syme has scooped us on the more tactical how (no extensions!) in the New York Times today:

…[Stylist Candice] Birns said that a good deal of work is required to achieve this casual look, which Este said was partly inspired by Jane Birkin [...]


X-Files Red, Not Lohan Red: A Haircut Trauma

I dread getting my hair cut. Actually, I dread getting all of them cut.

The reason is three-fold. I hate small talk, I hate people touching my head, and I hate being hovered over—especially when that person is above and behind me. I'm positive that in a past life I was killed suddenly, from behind, and that it was mob-related.

Anyway, haircuts, for this reason, are traumatizing. I avoid getting them until my hair starts to feel like chainmail and starts talking to me. That’s when I know it's time.

I can't make an appointment like a normal person, so my method is this: I walk down random streets until [...]


How to Get That Surfbort Hair

1. Be drankin'

2. Sing on the mic 'til your voice gets hoarse

3. Then you fill the tub up halfway

4. Then you ride it with your surfbort,

5. Surfbort,

6. Surfbort

7. Then you grain on that wood, grain, grain on that wood

8. Then just swerve on that, swerve, swerve on that big body

9. Keep serving all this, swerve, surfing all in this good,

10. Good.

11. Wow, look at you. You have surfbort hair.

(Or, also, you could follow this actual tutorial with Kim Kimble, Beyoncé's hairstylist.)


Bad Haircuts From a Friend's Good Hairdresser

What do you tell your friends when they recommend a restaurant/dentist/etc. and you have a bad experience?Case in point: two of my friends go to the same hairdresser. Their hair always looks great. I decided to also go to that hairdresser. But now I have a poorly done version of The Rachel. It's not just that the style the hairdresser gave me is bad, it's totally uneven and kind of awful. I actually phoned the salon owner to ask if someone else can fix it, which I have never done before.

Of course, I take this experience as no reflection on my friends. Maybe the hairdresser was having a bad [...]