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Debate This: Are “Mohawk” Or “Mohican” Hairstyles Kinda Offensive?

Debate This: Are "Mohawk" Or "Mohican" Hairstyles Kinda Offensive?

This morning, my girl friend, who is a beauty writer, sent me an email with a link to a Stylist UK post about the hair and makeup on the models for the Issey Miyake show at Paris Fashion Week. The runway models had their hair pulled high up into sleek ponytails crafted into a ridge coming out the top of the head. Stylist UK called the style — dubbed “the Mohican” — “a high-maintenance take on the punk classic.”

Mohican (also called Mahican) is obviously a reference to the Native American tribe from what is now the central New York/Massachusetts area. (Mohegan, which sounds similar, is actually a different Native American tribe from what is now Connecticut.)  At some point in the history of punk rock, punks adopted the Mohawk hairstyle and the “Mohican” style, too. (I’m sure we’re all, of course, familiar with Mohawks — another hairstyle worn by punks that clearly takes it’s name from the Native American tribe, the Mohawks.  These days, there are other variations, like fauxhawks and ponyhawks, which Wikipedia tells me is what Sanjaya Malakar wore on “American Idol” back in 2007.) The hairstyles get referenced as being “punk,” but their true original source is Native American. As my friend wrote, “I know that in the UK ‘mohican,’ can refer to a punk rock hairstyle, but I’m still giving this major side-eye.”  That got me thinking. Keep reading »

Jennifer Aniston’s Secret To Perfect Hair Is Unbelievably Easy

She’s famous for a whole host of reasons, but one of the first things that pops into anyone’s mind when they hear the name “Jennifer Aniston” is how freakin’ perfect and amazing her hair is and has always been.

I mean, can you ever remember a point when she had a bad haircut? And don’t even try and tell me that “The Rachel” wasn’t super cute and enviable. You know you wanted it back in the ’90s. (Everyone did.)

Her locks have only gotten more stunning since her “Friends” days, and now finally, Jennifer is sharing her secret to gorgeous hair. Read more at The Stir…

Oh My God I Love Your Hair: The Deep Side Part

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OMG I Love Your Hair Deep Side Part

As much as I adore perfectly executed braids and intricately knotted hairstyles, my heart truly belongs to hairstyles with one-step tutorials. For example, this dramatic deep part spotted on the DKNY runway at New York Fashion Week. Want to recreate it? Just part hair waaaaayyyy over on the left or right, tuck the rest behind the opposite ear and voila! A hairstyle that’s sexy, flattering, and totally fresh.

Sudanese Woman Faces Flogging For Not Covering Her Hair

Amira Osman Hamed faces flogging for hair
  • Amira Osman Hamed of Sudan will go to trial on September 19 and face a possible flogging sentence for refusing to cover her hair in public. Hamed, 35, is Muslim and refuses to cover herself with a hijab veil. She was stopped on the street by a police officer in August and her refusal to put on a veil lead to an indecency charge. [MSN]
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OMG I Love Your Hair: Splashlights Are Totally The New Ombre

OMG I Love Your Hair: Splashlights Are Totally The New Ombre

Hot new hair color trend: “splashlights,” which colorist Aura Friedman describes as giving “the effect that a laser beam is hitting your hair at a certain spot.” The lighter color is applied to a horizontal section of hair all the way around and, best of all, I figure out that this is kind of like getting two dye-jobs in one. As the look grows out and you get your ends cut, it transforms into the regular ol’ ombre effect. Cool! I get that this is an edgy thing to try, but with muted tones, I think it would look beautiful on just about anyone. Hmm, I think it’s time to make a hair appointment. [Allure] [Photos: Chelsea Lauren/Stringer]

Tulsa School Sends 7-Year-Old Home From School Because Afros, Dreadlocks Are “Unacceptable”

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What kind of racist bullshit is this?! A charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent a seven-year-old Black girl named Tiana Parker home from school because her dreadlocks were considered “unacceptable.”

But dreads aren’t the only  hairstyle that’s not A-OK with Deborah Brown Community School: according to Raw Story, the school policy states that “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.” Keep reading »

A Wild Dakota Fanning Appears In Venice With Perfect Hair

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I always figured that Dakota Fanning would somehow manage to eschew adulthood entirely and instead veer off into some weird, unchartered child-person territory. Alas, not so! The “Night Moves” actress was snapped during a portrait session for the Venice International Film Festival, and here she is looking grown-up, gorgeous, and, indeed, significantly more mature than her 19 years. Let’s not talk about how Dakota is also sporting the kind of center-parted, perfectly face-framing long bob that deludes me into thinking that I, too, could pull off this haircut for Perfect Faces Only. This has proven to be strictly a delusion. I won’t let you fool me this time, LOB.

Oh My God I Love Your Hair: Short Waves

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Looking for ways to change up the style of your wash-and-go bob? I loooooove this tutorial for getting textured waves (especially the slightly feathered out bangs — be still my Farrah Fawcett-worshiping heart!), and it’s tailored specifically to short hair. So cute for a date night or a concert, right? Check out the link for step-by-step photos! [Keiko Lynn]

My Side Part, My Self

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For the past several months I’ve been more dissatisfied with the way I look than usual. Sorry to say, but I’ve never been particularly good at practicing radical self-love and acceptance, preferring instead to vacillate between mild self-criticism to severe self-loathing. Of late, that’s been of the physical nature — my body issues are well-documented, but oh my God, lately? I’ve been hating on my face.

My faaaaaaaace. It’s so big! There’s so much cheek! I have a huge blockhead, what the fuck? For the past six months or so, my facial self-criticism has been really especially bad. I’d look in the mirror and have weird moments of disconnection. That’s not my face? Do I really look like that? My face doesn’t make sense in its current configuration. What is that about?

But! This week, I finally solved the Great Face Caper of 2013. Keep reading »

Let “The Illusion” Explain The Fine Art Of The Bowl Cut

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Let "The Illusion" Explain The Fine Art Of The Bowl Cut
"We're not gonna sweat it, dude. Cause it's a bowl cut."

You know that recurring “Saturday Night Live” skit “The Californians”? It’s one of my faves. This YouTube video of a man — who refers to himself as “The Illusion” — giving himself a sweet bowl cut seems to have jumped right out of that world. “The Illusion” lives in Malibu, California (natch) — “somewhere on spaceship Earth” — and enjoys three things: 1) A sweet bowl cut, 2) hot rock jams, as evidenced by the music playing in the background as he gives himself a haircut, and 3) referring to himself in the third person.

Anyway, I’ve watched “The Illusion”‘s instructional video more than a few times, and have culled the following tips on giving yourself his signature look… Keep reading »

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