Most people celebrate their birthdays by opening gifts and blowing out candles. Janet Jackson marked the day a bit differently. For her 44th birthday, Janet went a little bit crazy (in a good way) and cut off most of her hair! (Either that, or she normally wears wigs and opted to go without.) Just two weeks ago, she walked the red carpet at the annual Costume Institute with her long locks pulled back into a tight bun, and apparently she loved the sleek look so much, she decided to get rid of it for real! It’s a drastic change from the usual long curly hair we see on Ms. Jackson, but she certainly has the bone structure to pull off the face-revealing style. What do you think of her freshly shorn hair? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Nothing makes a blowout feel a little less indulgent than tying it to a good cause, and Kérastase is here to help a sister out with that. Next Wednesday, participating Kérastase Consultant Salons on the East Coast will trade you a hair treatment and blowout for a $10 donation to Locks of Love, a non-profit that collects hair donations to make wigs for underprivileged kids suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Live on the West Coast? Your date is June 23. Book your appointment here and get ready to be simultaneously pretty-haired and generous; that’s a combo that looks good on everyone. [Kérastase via Fashion Indie] Keep reading »
For last night’s party in Cannes celebrating fancy jewelry company Chopard’s 150th anniversary, Marion Cotillard paired a metallic jumpsuit with a French twist that wound its way up her head, ending in a bang-like bun. What do you think of Marion’s rockabilly hairdo? I think the front part resembles a croissant or some other delicious French pastry. Keep reading »
You know the cliche—women who chop off all their hair are going through a breakup. [I did it! -- Editor Amelia] There is some truth behind this assumption, according to psychotherapist Heather Turgeon, who explains that, “Hairstyles are one of the most obvious, defining changes women can make to their appearance.” Although Turgeon says constant hair changes could simply be some people’s way of showing off their personality, rather than a sign of inner conflict, there is something to say for women who are obsessed with re-doing their hair, as they might suffer from weird psychological neuroses. Keep reading »
“A lot of times [black women] go through different things with processing our hair from relaxing to color treatments, especially with heat styling so being out on the road I had to do a lot of that every day from show to show and it was my price for beauty. The turning point for me to shave my head was when I was out on tour. I had some pieces glued into my head because I didn’t want to dye my own hair, and the glued on piece would not come out of my head so I said, I’m shaving my head because this is ridiculous. This does not make me Black. This does not make me a great singer; this makes me have a piece of hair stuck to my head and I was like, ‘I’m done, I can’t do this anymore.’ So I decided I wanted to find beauty in a different way without doing something that was so damaging to something that was precious to me, which is my hair. I could have gotten it out but I said, ‘No, I’m just gonna shave it off.’ And by going all the way back natural it was a much easier route and it was a lot less damaging.
– Chrisette Michele, who has had long and short hair while in the public eye, explains her decision to go natural again by shaving her hair. She is rocking a similar style to Solange‘s, but for different reasons. Solange tweeted that she opted for short hair because she wanted to direct her attention and time to more important things than trips to the hair salon. [Vibe] Keep reading »
Sure, sure, you western women think you’re so sophisticated when it comes to hairstyles
, with your pin curls, your up-dos, and your braids. Forget it
, sweetheart. Your hair ain’t got nothing on the hair of these Japanese women. Headlight? Check. Clothing line? Check. Electrical cord? Obvi. Library? Yes. Crown of Crocs. Duh! Bicycle? Why not! I guess I would be more impressed if one of them had a Smart Car beehive, but these’ll do. [Weekly Teinou
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A few weeks ago, I chopped off all my hair. For the most part, I’m loving it, but I’ve also been having a weird/hilarious adjustment period. My latest thing is that I’m convinced my hair is man-repelling. That is to say, I get the sense that guys find the look intimidating, the same way they might not be turned on by high-waisted jeans or harem pants. In all likelihood, it’s probably my deer-in-headlights look that guys tend to mistake for ice queen death stares. Though, I do have to wonder if the change in going-out dynamics isn’t due to my borderline andro haircut.
It’s just that I’m pretty sure all guys are guys, and may find a short-haired girl “cute” but inevitably, by default, they fantasize about women with long hair they can run their fingers through. I asked our resident man-in-charge, John DeVore, for his thoughts on the matter … Keep reading »
Bureaucracy has not taken kindly to practitioners of African-American hair braiding. In Illinois, there’s been a crackdown on salons that offer the service and haven’t conformed to the state’s ridiculous regulations—if you want to braid hair, you need a cosmetology degree and a license, which takes hours of time and thousands of dollars. While this poses a financial issue to many hair braiders, the law also doesn’t cater to the art both for practical and philosophical reasons. Keep reading »
Could your hair help contain the oil spill endangering the Gulf of Mexico? Several salons in Florida are bagging their clients’ excess hair to send to relief efforts. Human hair, apparently, can be stuffed into a boom and used as contraption to absorb and contain the spillage. However, for the time being, these salons are holding on to pounds of snipped locks as the plan has encountered some problems with determining where they should send the bags of hair. In the meantime, Matter of Trust, the nonprofit behind the effort, suggests that locals donate a material that is also used in boom construction: nylon. And, they say, “Runs are okay.” Bizarre and intriguing! [Tampa Bay Online] Keep reading »
I recently cut my hair super short. While it’s been fairly short for a while, I decided to go for a pixie cut, thinking, Why the heck not? It’s a good time in my life for this. When a male friend saw my new hair do, he complimented me on it, telling me I look good as a “short hair person.” Yes, perhaps, I told him. “However,” I said, “I think I’ll keep it short for a few more months, then start to grow out again.”
“Sheesh, you girls are such hair planners. It’s always about what your hair is going to be like in a year from now, never about what it’s like now.” Keep reading »