Monday, September 30, 2019

Hair trending

Did you know the ancient Egyptians chose to have their hair care products (derived of plant and animal fats) and curling tongs buried with them?

Or that ancient Greeks produced hair highlights by painting hair tresses with olive oil, pollen and gold flakes, then sitting out in the sun?

Ever heard of the hair vacuum used in the early 20th century, intended to bring blood circulation to the scalp to minimize hair loss?

Or what about the Victorian and Edwardian eras, when people bought a "miracle" protein-dense capsule containing bull blood to stave off grayness and going bald?

The latter was hailed as a "miracle" cure. Now on my shower shelf I have the latest "miracle" hair product trend -- shampoo and conditioner touting argan oil. Argan oil? Yup. It has many benefits for hair and scalp. In an ad by Love Beauty and Planet, Argan oil is touted as "A Must-Have For Virtually Everyone. Learn What Argan Oil Is And How To Use Argan Oil For Your Hair. Vegan. Ethically Sourced. Cruelty-Free. Carbon Conscious. Types: Shampoo, Conditioner, Dry Shampoo."           

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Weike Wang on hair

When it comes to hair, it seems you can never run out of compelling ways it's entangled (pun intended) in our lives and relationships. That point struck home again when my writing partner Michele Genthon shared her copy of the October, 2018 Issue of Boulevard literary magazine, saying, "You just have to read the first story. I know you'll love it. It's about hair." She was right. "Hair," written by Weike Wang, covers a lifetime of hair in just a few hilarious, insightful, poignant pages. My applause is thunderous.

I should add that this story offers a mere glimpse of Wang's writing talents. Last year (2018), she won the PEN/Hemingway Award for her novel Chemistry, and her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, and other publications. For this month's Hairpisode I can think of nothing more appropriate than directing you over to Boulevard's website for a read of Weike Wang's Hair.