Here it is, folks. It’s now all about the hair. When my daughter was 5 years old she had a friend who often talked about this character she called Mrs. Witchy. Now, decades later, I’m thinking I must look like that Mrs. Witchy. There’s no longer an occasional bad hair day. It’s every day, thank you very much. Some may even say this pandemic is making their hair turn gray. Well, that’s primarily because the hair salons are closed. It’s also been said that gray hair is hereditary. You can get it from your kids.
Humankind’s fascination with hair dates back to the earliest of civilizations and lives on in the trends of today.
Hairstyles have evolved from a display of power and wealth to an expression of self and individuality. Hair has been used as a medium to make political statements, rebel against social norms, and to tell one’s story. Through the years hair has been braided, coloured, teased, and adorned to reflect not only the fashions of the day, but also the values of the era.
Sources of inspiration for hairstyles over the centuries have come from conquered tribes, majestic monarchs, and Hollywood idols. Hair has signified religious sanctity, and also women’s rights. While hairstyles and people’s reasons for them have changed drastically throughout the centuries, the societal significance of hair has remained constant. Hair has, and will always, make a statement about how you see yourself, both internally and externally.
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Hair is essential to a face as a frame is to a picture.” I suspect some very original, unique ‘frames ’are being designed.
In closing, of all the facts I’ve read about hair let me present you with the grand prize winner of the preposterous. Picture this:
Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.
I hope this doesn’t give you nightmares of Babar and Dumbo sitting on your head.
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