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Jenée Desmond-Harris, associate editor of features for The Root
, answers a reader who wrote in wondering if his compliment of a stranger's Afro was out of line. Though acknowledging that some women won't want to hear a compliment, regardless, Desmond-Harris elucidates three points on how to compliment a black woman's hair without being a jerk
: 1) Hands to yourself. 2) Compliment, don't query. 3) Consider the context.
Wigs filled with maggots, hair filled with mice and tiny battleships - twonerdyhistorygirls have The Truth About the Big Hair of the 1770s
and How they Did It
. Inspired to make your own bone powder and pomatum?
You can use the original recipe
or these recipes,
or just buy some pretty lemon-lard at Etsy
, or pick up a modern substitute from the drugstore.
Did you ever get the feeling people are brushing you off? It could be the way you part your hair
. [more inside]
Whether it's the constant fretting over Miley Cyrus
' influence on school girls or the growing (and troubling) tradition of Purity Balls
, it's clear that society has a fascination with young women's sexuality — especially when it comes to controlling it. But what are we actually teaching today's girls about sex? Fueled by outdated ideals of gender roles and the sense that female sexuality is somehow shameful, there seem to be certain pernicious myths about girls and sex that just won't die. That sex education in America has gaping holes in its curriculum hasn't helped much, either; in a recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report
just 6 out of 10 girls said that their schools' sex ed program included information on how to say no to sex. This lack of personal agency was reflected in a forthcoming study by sociologist Heather Hlavka at Marquette University
as well, which found that many young girls think of sex simply as something that is "done to them." Knowledge is power, and we can promote a healthier relationship with sex by encouraging a more open dialogue, teaching girls to feel comfortable with their sexuality and, most importantly, emphasizing that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone.
But first, we're going to need to stop perpetuating the following 17 myths about female sexuality. [more inside]
The Music Scene
is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
To shave or not to shave?
That is the question which has divided the Christian Church for 2000 years.
Growing Out My Bush
is a fascinating Tumblr where one woman explores the perception of the female body by first shaving and then photographing the re-growth of her pubic hair. Especially interesting are "The Reality of Nude Photos
" and "How Breasts Can Look
"In the fall of 1970, sixteen-year-old Chesley Karr returned to Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, after a summer spent harvesting wheat in the Midwest. During his working vacation, he had let his hair grow out over his ears and collar. Later he asserted that his long hair, which he referred to as a "freak flag," was both "a cultural statement and a practical matter." Culturally, he believed his hair identified him as a supporter of the "peace or hippie movement"; practically, haircuts had been a low priority on the wheat farm. To his surprise, the high school gym coach refused to admit him to class; the issue then ascended through the principal's office to the school board, which told Karr he could not return to school without a haircut. Rather than acquiesce, Chesley Karr took his school to court." -- Flaunting the Freak Flag: Karr v Schmidt and the Great Hair Debate in American High Schools, 1965 - 1975
or a history of uptight authority figures overreacting to trivial fashion changes, sort of relevant again now Arkansas is attempting to ban tattoos and piercings
. A collection of punny hair salon names.
On March 26th, 1827 Ludwig Van Beethoven died in Vienna. The day after, a twelve year old boy took a lock of his hair as a souvenir. 167 years later the hair was sold at an auction in London. Its new owners were two Americans, Ira Brilliant and Che Guevera. Between those dates the lock of hair undertook an extraordinary historical odyssey. From hand to hand, from country to country, and from century to century. This is the story of that journey
. [more inside]
The rate of grooming accidents is exploding. When did we start hating pubic hair? Waxing Our Way to the Emergency Room
Has a new and effective treatment for hair loss been found in Japan?
Agent for the treatment of alopecia: US PATENT 20120238498 A1 [more inside]
What do cell culture
, cooking beans
, and soft water
all have in common? You just gotta get rid of those pesky calcium and magnesium ions. To transfer cells to a new container
, use EDTA
to CHELATE IT OUT!
To soften those bean skins
and prevent the beans from exploding, use salt to ION EXCHANGE IT OUT!
To keep your shampoo properly beautifying
those tresses, DOUBLE-WHAMMY IT OUT
Mayim Bialik - once Blossom
, now balancing acting and neuroscience
- on not shaving
. [more inside]
Hello, my name is Adair and I'm here to recruit you.
Texas rapper Adair Lion
's song bluntly calls out homophobia in hip hop. He explains the inspiration for the song
: "But I thought NO... This needs to be dialoged... this has to be said... this should be accepted.... and they deserve for someone to let them know that they aren't wrong... I NEED TO SAY IT BLUNTLY. "
Robot hair washer
has twenty-four fingers [via
Le Figaro has a great article with photographs
of the journey of human hair obtained as offerings
to the gods by pilgrims in Tirupati to the beauty salons of New York and the heads of such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Since its in French, here's Mother Jones covering the same i
n English. A Spaniard in London does a photo essay
while exporters show you a flowchart
of the entire process. Highly valued
and in short
supply, remy hair,
as it is known, is very different from the stuff you find
being used in pesticides, pizza base and deer repellent (warning: Fox News link)
From bouffants du jour and shampoo secrets of the stars to yesteryear's 'dos and you-know-you-want-it accessories, if it's about hair, you'll find it at the always entertaining Hair Hall of Fame
is no more, Goatee Groundhog Day
has come and gone and Moustache May
is still a few weeks off. Whose fecund, feral, facial hair can sustain us in the meantime? None other than Brian Wilson, closing pitcher of the San Francisco Giants, and his virtual beard
. Touch it!
Julia Sherman offers us a glimpse into the sheitel
industry and the larger global hair trade
. [more inside]
is the latest in Seattle accordionist Jason Webley'
s collaborative EP series. Recorded with Big Little Dipper Dipper
, it's described as "dance music from the early 90's of the future". [more inside]
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Check. Guest appearance on Sesame Street
? Check. Big-deal awards for her work
? Check. Sibling even more famous
than she? Check!
But what do people remember Crystal Gayle for? [more inside]
Hanoi Rocks, Helsinki 1981.
A year when they played 102 gigs, almost all in small dance halls deep in Finland. They were ready, even if their audience wasn't.
For british drummer Razzle, they looked like a band
which he wanted to belong to.
In next few years they caused chaos in Bombay, got spitted upon at Wailing Wall in Jerusalem because of indecent make up and hair, went big in Japan and had good gigs in London
November 1984, they were ready to conquer America. After Mike twisted his ankle on a bottle broken by Andy on stage in Syracuse, a few gigs got cancelled and instead the band accepted invitation from L.A. scene to party with Mötley Crüe. In December 9th, 1984, the party ran out of alcohol, so Vince Neil from Mötley Crüe and the drummer Razzle went to get more. The car crashed, immediatly killing Razzle. He was Dead by Christmas
, and the band broke in May 1985. [more inside]
Here’s a cool concept. Top breakthrough bands
of the day
on TV late every Friday night. Such was The Midnight Special
- from 1972 - 1981
(though the glory days were the early to mid 70s, that lost decade somewhere between the meltdown of the hippie dream and the coincident eruptions of PUNK + DISCO upon planet rock). [more inside]
Try on the hottest celebrity hair and makeup looks. Upload your own picture. Or picture of someone you hate.
You, like me, have probably often wondered where exactly Wolverine fits in the grand continuum of comic-book hair. Wonder no more. [more inside]
Comedian Chris Rock
has a new documentary at Sundance Film Festival
all about Good Hair
. Oddly enough, the same subjects of expense, safety, and hair-race relations were discussed on the blue
at about the same time
he began work on the film. [more inside]
Accomplished by seamlessly blending images captured with different photo and microscopy techniques – and some deal of illustration – delve deep into the matter, from the hair
above to concrete
in the Weird, Weird Science Channel
. Via forgetomori
One man's quest to photograph himself
sporting every style of facial hair
(give or take).
From hair styles
, this site has amassed a massive fashion photo collection
of groovy celebrities and swingin' stars from the '60s and '70s.
Good and bad hair.
Whether you're dark or you're fair, the subject of hair
is a delicate
one for an African-American. There are strong opinions
about it and curiosity
abounds. However, the desire for "good hair" makes women vulnerable
to dangerous products
that the FDA discourages
(and a fellow mefite has recommended for clothing repair
Despite the apparent success of the "Black is Beautiful
" mantra these products remain popular
, and their makers specifically target
the youth market. One brand
markets a "texture softener" to "concerned" parents [PDF
] and directly to children
[Flash]. Just make sure you "Follow directions carefully to avoid
skin and scalp burns, hair loss and eye injury" [PDF
]. This torturous relationship
with hair (and skin!
) is not new
. It's often called colorism
and is a mjor motivator for caustic coiffure
. Fortunately, a more "naptural
is still available for those who are not their hair
Beethoven died from lead poisoning