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Hairvolution #116


Hair styling is hard enough as it is, but can be especially challenging if you’re differently abled.  This contributor has limited use of one of her arms and consequently isn’t able to fix her hair into a traditional ponytail.  But as it turns out, a company in the UK has developed a solution!

1-UP is a one hand hair tie and can be useful for folks who have upper limb mobility challenges; paralysis in the hand, arm, or shoulder; do not have hand(s) or arm(s); or have a broken arm or wrist.  Check it out:

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Hairvolution #112


A little Girls Rock Camp-inspired history lesson for ya:

The Riot Grrrl Movement began in the early ’90s by Washington State band Bikini Kill and lead singer Kathleen Hanna.  They published the “Riot Grrrl Manifesto” in 1991:

BECAUSE us girls crave records and books and fanzines that speak to US that WE feel included in and can understand in our own ways.

BECAUSE we wanna make it easier for girls to see/hear each other’s work so that we can share strategies and criticize-applaud each other.

BECAUSE we must take over the means of production in order to create our own moanings.

BECAUSE viewing our work as being connected to our girlfriends-politics-real lives is essential if we are gonna figure out how we are doing impacts, reflects, perpetuates, or DISRUPTS the status quo.

BECAUSE we recognize fantasies of Instant Macho Gun Revolution as impractical lies meant to keep us simply dreaming instead of becoming our dreams AND THUS seek to create revolution in our own lives every single day by envisioning and creating alternatives to the bullshit christian capitalist way of doing things.

BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of all our own insecurities, in the face of beergutboyrock that tells us we can’t play our instruments, in the face of “authorities” who say our bands/zines/etc are the worst in the US and

BECAUSE we don’t wanna assimilate to someone else’s (boy) standards of what is or isn’t.

BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary “reverse sexists” AND NOT THE TRUEPUNKROCKSOULCRUSADERS THAT WE KNOW we really are.

BECAUSE we know that life is much more than physical survival and are patently aware that the punk rock “you can do anything” idea is crucial to the coming angry grrrl rock revolution which seeks to save the psychic and cultural lives of girls and women everywhere, according to their own terms, not ours.

BECAUSE we are interested in creating non-heirarchical ways of being AND making music, friends, and scenes based on communication + understanding, instead of competition + good/bad categorizations.

BECAUSE doing/reading/seeing/hearing cool things that validate and challenge us can help us gain the strength and sense of community that we need in order to figure out how bullshit like racism, able-bodieism, ageism, speciesism, classism, thinism, sexism, anti-semitism and heterosexism figures in our own lives.

BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting girl scenes and girl artists of all kinds as integral to this process.

BECAUSE we hate capitalism in all its forms and see our main goal as sharing information and staying alive, instead of making profits of being cool according to traditional standards.

BECAUSE we are angry at a society that tells us Girl = Dumb, Girl = Bad, Girl = Weak.

BECAUSE we are unwilling to let our real and valid anger be diffused and/or turned against us via the internalization of sexism as witnessed in girl/girl jealousism and self defeating girltype behaviors.

BECAUSE I believe with my wholeheartmindbody that girls constitute a revolutionary soul force that can, and will change the world for real.

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Hairvolution #109


This contributor was one of my college roommates, and it was during our junior year at Texas Lutheran University that we both made major hair transitions – I chopped off all my hair, thus abandoning my awkward attempts at Texas-grade femininity; she went natural.  We had endless conversations about the impact of our respective transitions – how people interacted with us differently, how our families responded, and (most importantly) how we felt about ourselves.  For both of us, the experience was difficult but ultimately an incredibly rewarding journey.  I’m so glad to have made it with her by my side!


Zina Saro-Wiwa, a British-Nigerian filmmaker currently based in Brooklyn, produced a short documentary in 2012 about the growing number of black women in America transitioning to natural hair.  About the movement, she says this:

[B]lack hair and the black body generally have long been a site of political contest in American history and in the American imagination. Against this backdrop, the transition movement has a political dimension — whether transitioners themselves believe it or not. Demonstrating this level of self-acceptance represents a powerful evolution in black political expression. If racial politics has led to an internalization of self-loathing, then true transformation will come internally, too. It will not be a performative act. Saying it loud: “I’m black and I’m proud” is one thing. Believing it quietly is another. So the transition movement is much more profound and much more powerful — and I believe it offers lessons in self-acceptance for people of all hues and all genders.

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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 #102




This participant recently found their old dreadlocks, stashed away in a box with some other mementos and keepsakes.  As it turns out, saving hair is a pretty common practice; check out this super fascinating story about a lock of Beethoven’s hair.

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Hairvolution #94

IMG_9126Fuck yeah, femme visibility!

(And so many thanks to all the brilliant, beautiful, courageous, creative, and fierce femmes out there who help to make our community so rich!)

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Hairvolution #89


If the phrase “Christian hipster” is a new one for you, check this out: hipsterchristianity.com

So glad you finally donned your fairy wings, my friend!


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Hairvolution #88


Apparently this participant’s mom had good cause to worry.  In 1999, a British teenager named Rachel Haigh died after years of ingesting her own hair:

Rachel’s mother, Norma, of St Leonards, East Sussex, told the hearing at Hastings Magistrates Court she thought her daughter had grown out of her hair-chewing phase at a younger age.

She said: “She used to chew her hair when she was younger, but had it cut short when she was about 10.

“She began to grow it long again about five years ago but I have not seen her chewing it recently.”

Mrs Haigh added that, when surgeons had shown her a photo of the hairball after her daughter’s operation, she was shocked. She said: “I could not believe it. It looked like a dead rat.”

Gross, right?

Jillian thinks so too.



Hairvolution #82


Though more closely resembling the style worn by the Pawnee people, the “mohawk” hairstyle, is typically attributed to the Mohawk Nation, an indigenous people of North America who inhabited the Mohawk Valley of present-day New York before the population was decimated during the colonial genocide of the 17th and 18th centuries.

James Smith, who was captured during the French and Indian War and adopted into the Mohawk tribe, offers a more accurate description of the traditional Mohawk hairstyle worn by men: “…[A] number of Indians collected about me and one of them began to pull hair out of my head.  He had some ashes on a piece of bark in which he frequently dipped his fingers in order to take a firmer hold, and so he went on as if he had been plucking a turkey, until he had all the hair clean out of my head, except a small spot about three or four inches square on my crown.  The remaining hair was cut and three braids formed which were decorated…”.

For a more in-depth exploration of “mohawks” and other examples of cultural appropriation, please check out this piece of insightful brilliance.

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