Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hair International

Heads up (pun intended). I just learned there is an International Hair and Beauty Show, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2017.

It's happening in Secaucus, New Jersey, May 20-21. More details here.

Speaking of international hair, the latest book on the subject, Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair sounds amazing. The author, Emma Tarlo, is an anthropologist who takes hair seriously, globe-trotting through North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to research the history of human hair as a business.

I haven't read it myself, but according to a write-up in the New York Times Book Review, "Tarlo brings a lovely open-mindedness and a deadpan sense of humor to her writing. We meet people who import hair and people who export hair; people who collect hair from the side of the road; people who chop off their hair and post videos of it on hair-selling websites; religious leaders who issue edicts about appropriate wig hair; curators of human-hair collections in museums; workers in Chinese hairpiece factories; hair enthusiasts from the 19th century; and people who, missing all or some of their hair, yearn for that elusive thing, the perfect replacement." (Sarah Lyall, "Tress Relief," 12/4/2016).

Yup, the author braids a tail that's 416 pages long. (If you start with a bad pun, you gotta end with an even worse one.) Emma Tarlo, thank you. I'm delighted and impressed.