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Hairvolution #117


One final Girls Rock Camp contribution, and the perfect opportunity to feature another sort of rock star: Shaina Machlus!

Shaina is a professional hair stylist at a boutique salon in Greensboro, NC.  She also volunteers her skills to individuals experiencing homelessness in the community.  Recognizing the tremendous disconnect between these two groups, she created the Hair Do Project as part of an effort to “erode barriers, promote dialogue, and create positive change for the Greensboro community.”

In explaining why hair serves as a central piece to this effort, Shaina writes,

Image is powerful.  It permeates every aspect of our public lives and helps determine the way we perceive ourselves and others.  As with all aspects of personal image and aesthetics, discussions of hair and hair styling can segue into deeper discussions about race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other prevailing social and cultural problems.

…sound familiar?  Clearly we should be buddies!

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Hairvolution #114


Besides epic dance parties, life-changing friendships, rock-your-socks-off musicians, and lots of really great hair, Girls Rock Camp Charleston is famous for its “Kitten Tips.”

This contributer is hard at work here, adding to the magical collection of kitten-themed advice and encouragement:


….for example:

kitten tip


kitten tip 2

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Hairvolution #113


Another Girls Rock Camp rock star!  (See Hairvolution #111 for more info.)


*And in case you’re pop-culturally challenged like me, the early years style reference made by this participant is to Legolas from Lord of the Rings.


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Hairvolution #107


Among other things, this contributor happens to be a beekeeper!  Did you know that beeswax is a common ingredient in mustache wax, as well as various brands of pomade?  (A major shift since the early 19th century when bear fat was reportedly used!)

Hair product can really make or break your style, and these days the market is saturated with a huge variety of options.  Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out in the world to help you select the perfect concoction for your desired look.

*In case you’re curious, this participant uses Paul Mitchell Shaping Cream.


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Hairvolution #104


In honor of this participant’s love of bangs, a collection of factoids for your next hair-themed trivia night:

In the 1860s, the term “bangtailed” was used to describe horses that had had their tails cropped.  Shortly thereafter, people (predominantly in America) began referring to the hair cut above one’s eyebrows as “bangs.”  Elsewhere in the world, the term “fringe” is more commonly used.


During Dwight Eisenhower’s 1952 presidential run, his campaign office got so many letters criticizing his wife’s bangs that they created a form response letter.


In the 1950s, a Scotch Tape ad recommended using the product when cutting bangs at home: “Fix fringe to forehead with Scotch Tape and cut across top of tape.  Fringe cuts straight, hair trimmings stick to tape—won’t fall in eyes.”



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Hairvolution #101


The perfect follow-up to Hairvolution #100: the stunning host to a “mammal of hair!”


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Hairvolution #91


In 1995, Jonathan Rees identified the”gene for red hair” – the melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R), found on the 16th chromosome.  This participant is definitely a carrier of this rare and recessive trait (less than 4% of the world’s population has naturally occurring red hair), and she wears it so well!

Unfortunately, redheads haven’t always been appreciated for their beauty.  In addition to countless other myths, stereotypes, and superstitions associated with red hair (more here!), during the late Middle Ages, efforts to suppress peasant revolts and a growing movement of “people power” motivated the genocide of thousands of suspected witches (i.e. powerful women who were seen as threats to the ruling class and powerful elite).  These women were typically stripped and searched for “marks of the devil,” including any “abnormalities” such as freckles, moles, warts, or birthmarks.  Considering the almost inevitable combination of red hair and freckles, of the estimated 40-60,ooo women who were put to death during these witch hunts, it’s safe to assume that many of them were also carriers of the MC1R.


*To learn more about the relationship between the witch hunts, the historic suppression of women, and the rise of capitalism, check out Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body, and Primitive Accumulation.

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Hairvolution #84


Continuing with my new found fascination with Bieber-related hair trivia (did you know a lock of his hair was once auctioned off for $40,668?), I was also interested to learn that the popularity of the eye-covering hair swoop is of concern to optometrists who fear that hairstyles that block one’s vision put them at risk for developing amblyopia, better known as “lazy eye.”

According to Andrew Hogan, a leading Australian expert of optometry, “If a young emo chap has a fringe covering one eye all the time, that eye won’t see a lot of detail, and if it happens from a young age, that eye can become amblyotic.”

Perhaps there’s some truth to the matter, but this participant looks skeptical.


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Hairvolution #76

The contributors of Hairvolutions #75 and #76 are pictured below with my own celebrity lookalike, Rita Pavone, the famous 1960s Italian rock star who was acclaimed for having “a face with freckles and a voice with heart.”

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Hairvolution #75

For others among us who are slightly behind in the realm of pop culture consciousness, here are the famed characters referenced above:

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson):

Daria Morgendorffer of MTV’s “Daria”:

Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) of “The Gilmore Girls”:

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) of “The Hunger Games”:

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