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Hair and Hairstyling

Christmas Tune Co-opted

Curse you, Halo Shampoo, for tricking me into thinking I was going to hear a nice rendition of "Jingle Bells."

Also, smart move you made, covering up the majority of the hair in your hair-centric commercial with hats.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Dec 16, 2015 | Comments (10)
Category: Holidays, Advertising, 1950's, Hair and Hairstyling

Her Hair Turned Green

1948: Mrs. Dorothy Dix of Gloucester, England sued her hairdresser, complaining that after getting a permanent wave from them in July 1946, her normally brown hair turned green. A subsequent effort to bleach her hair back to a normal color worsened the situation, causing it to turn a lighter shade of green, become frizzled, and blistering her scalp.

In fact, her hair was not simply green. Various witnesses offered different descriptions of it, saying it was "like a rainbow with green predominating," "like a dirty sheepskin rug streaked with green," "frizzled like a golliwog," and "streaked with vivid red, brown, green and straw."

The court awarded Mrs. Dix 157 pounds ten shillings in general damages and 12 pounds one shilling and one penny in special damages.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any photos of Mrs. Dix and her green hair.

(left) The Ottawa Journal - Feb 4, 1949; (right) The Winnipeg Tribune - Dec 22, 1948

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Dec 01, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: 1940's, Hair and Hairstyling

Beard Transplants

Beard transplants (yeah apparently that's a thing) are on the rise as men increasingly go for that 'masculine look'.
Posted By: patty | Date: Sat Oct 03, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Facial Hair, Hair and Hairstyling

Flower People

Imagine the courage of that Rev, to actually speak with "members of the cult." He should have gone undercover, with a "hippy wig" makeover, as in the second video.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 13, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1960's, Hair and Hairstyling

Back Hair Appreciation Night

The Bowie Baysox (double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) recently took time to appreciate an under-appreciated bodily feature. Looks like some of the people in attendance may have been relatives of Sasquatch. More pictures at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 03, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Hair and Hairstyling

Forgotten Afro Wigs of 1975





Even with the current renewed popularity of Afro hairstyles, I doubt we will see the return of any of these modes soon.

Original ads here.

Scroll down at link.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 24, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, 1970's, Hair and Hairstyling


Control your phone by stroking your hair. It's a technology invented by Katia Vega of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, who explains: "we add new functionalities to hair extensions, turning them into a seamless device that recognizes auto-contact behaviors concealed to outside observers."

This is obviously a technology invented by someone who has lots of hair. Useless for us hairless types. Though she does say she has plans for a way of controlling apps by stroking your beard.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri May 01, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Inventions, Telephones, Hair and Hairstyling

Shampooed Hair Art

Photographer Cheuk Lun Lo has drawn inspiration from shampoo, creating a photo series in which he focuses on heads of hair all lathered up and twisted into various shapes. More info at Designboom.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Tue Feb 03, 2015 | Comments (7)
Category: Art, Hygiene, Photography and Photographers, Hair and Hairstyling

Bristlr - a social network for beard lovers

Bristlr is an app that promises to connect "those with beards to those who want to stroke beards."

It was created by 28-year-old John Kershaw, who says he came up with the idea as a joke, but now it's "a real thing being made."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Jan 05, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Hair and Hairstyling



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Who ever knew that a nice day at the beach could cause such horrors?

Explanation of Tatcho.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Nineteenth Century, Hair and Hairstyling
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