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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 #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 #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 #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 #98

IMG_8725And this guy just asked her to get married!

IMG_8289I wonder what his wedding hair might look like…

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Hairvolution #97

IMG_8728This participant and I once traveled across the country with shaved heads and full hearts, advocating for queer liberation (check out www.equalityride.com to learn more!).  She is, by far, one of the bravest, kindest, and most beautiful people I know.



Hairvolution #96

IMG_8730The first contribution from a real-deal hair stylist!

To all of you lucky people in New Orleans, go get your hair cut by Katie Procido at the Paris Parker Salon on Canal!



Hairvolution #95

IMG_9117a.k.a. “queervolution”


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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 #80


Wanna know what kind of person was brave enough to shave their head when they were 14 years old?  My Hudson Valley Hero: