People think that when a woman cuts off her hair, it means something is wrong. “I think she’s going through a rough time,” they whisper. They try to pinpoint the trauma—”it was that boyfriend who broke up with her” or “I think she might have had an eating disorder.” Women are supposed to be attached to their hair, and their hair is supposed to be attached to them. It’s one of the most obvious signs of femininity and if a woman shaves it all off, she either has cancer, is majorly depressed, or is rebelling against society.
My decision to buzz my hair was not for any of those reasons. I am not dying of anything. I’m not that rebellious. And to be honest with you, I am happier right now than I have ever been—I love my work, I love my husband, I love my mom, I love my friends. While the women around me tend to have long, lustrous locks, somehow that just didn’t seem like “me.”
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Don’t you hate it when one of your favorite hunks opens his mouth and says something boneheaded? Old Spice Guy Isaiah Mustafa got in trubs this weekend when he made offensive comments about black hair. He was chatting with Guiliana Rancic on E! News about his new show, “Charlie’s Angels,” and she lobbed him a softball question about what he looks for in a woman. Mustafa then asked if she had taken a look at his hair, implying it looked bad, and how he wants someone to make him look better. Rancic then asked if he wanted a woman with “real hair” and he replied:
“Yes, it does have to be real hair. I want my kids to have nice hair so she better have good hair. Cause, I don’t know if you’ve checked my hair out lately. Aside from today it’s normally nice. Today it’s slightly nappy.”
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The scene: 3 p.m. on a Thursday, Walgreens (or similar well-stocked pharmacy).
OK, I’m here for one thing and one thing only: anti-frizz serum. This early fall humidity is making me look like Phil Spector at his murder trial and that is not good for my social life. It’s time to take action. It’s time to smooth things out. Ooh, but maybe hairspray would be better? I think my hairstylist said hairspray is better than serum. Or maybe she said mousse is better than styling wax. Actually I think she said she didn’t really “get” the Borat movie. Yeah. That was it.
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Throughout my entire life my mother stressed natural beauty. She never let me experiment when it came to hair trends: no dyes –- temporary or permanent, and no unconventional cuts. The worst was every September, while the other girls got their back-to-school highlights, I stuck to the same boring style.
Now in my early twenties, I adhered to my mother’s rules, until I met Aura Friedman.
A petite hairstylist with spunk to spare, Aura is a very in-demand hair colorist who has coiffed many a celebrity. From Lady Gaga to M.I.A., she has even colored entire runway shows including Alexander McQueen. Which brings me to my recent hair makeover. Read more…
I’m about three months late on getting my hair cut. My bangs are cowlick-ing funny, the ends are kind of fried, and the shape could best be described as “poofy.” Even though I always love what my hairstylist Jay — hey, girl! — does to it, I kind of dread getting even just a trim. Why? Because while I’m stoked on what I see when I’m sitting in the chair, blown out to a glossy high shine, there’s that terrible period afterwards at home, when I struggle to recreate the perfection on my own. This doodle is sadly true, for me at least, but luckily it’s temporary. I always come around to loving a haircut, whether it’s subtle or drastic. How about you? Do you usually hate your hair post-cut?
Forget the clothes; the hair at fashion week is often just as memorable. And while fashion editors are busying predicting the trends for the next season, beauty editors are keeping an eye on how the models’ hair for the very same reason. Click on through this gallery of hair styles seen at NY Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 and recognize that this can be a good or very, very bad thing.