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Hairvolution #103

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Being a cis-guy doesn’t mean you can’t rock a dyke haircut!  A stylist in Montreal even started their own bike shop/hair-cutting business in an effort to spread the hotness.

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Hairvolution #102

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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 #92

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Whether hair is cut or not, it generally won’t grow beyond three feet in length.

Mathematically speaking, the hairs on our heads grow about half an inch per month and have an average life of two to six years.  So…

½ inch x 12 months x 6 years = 36 inches or 3 feet

There are, of course, exceptions.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, in 1993, Diane Witt of Massachusetts reportedly had locks measuring 12 feet 8 inches in length, and in 1994, Mata Jagdamba of India beat her out with hair measuring 13 feet 10 ½ inches long.

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Hairvolution #31

In her essay, A Hair Piece, Katerina Llanes writes, “More than any other stylistic signifier, hair has become our window into lesbian visibility. The shorter the hair, the more visibly identifiable one becomes as a lesbian. While these assumptions can prove useful within queer communities as shorthand for lesbian cruising, we should be careful not to ground them in the world at large as they are often ill-founded and politically misaligned—re-asserting a gendered binary based on heteronormative codes, butch for masculine / femme for feminine. These gendered polarities often mimic heterosexual partnerships dismissing the existence of any gender in-between. Worse yet is the way in which the “femme” is rendered invisible by her lack of stylistic transition—context being her only mark as a lesbian—while the butch is propped up as the face of lesbianism worldwide.”

This participant notes that having short hair made them more gender conscious.  Consider what the note about “gender management” might be referring to in Hairvolution #24.

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Hairvolution #21

This participant offers a beautiful example of the many complex layers of identity that hair can encompass.  In the end, though, she concludes, “My hair is not me.”

India Arie comes to similar conclusions in her song, I Am Not My Hair:

I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am not your expectations no no
I am not my hair
I am not this skin
I am a soul that lives within
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Hairvolution #7

Shortly after completing her hairvolution, this participant determined that it was time for yet another change!  Along with the artist behind Hairvolution #4, she proceeded to dye a portion of her hair blonde.  Despite some initial reservations, two weeks later I received a thoroughly confident review:

I think this is the most shocking hair transformation ever!!!  Now I seem to be super cool and getting tons of compliments!”

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