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It’s estimated that 75% of American women dye their hair; it’s a gigantic industry that ranges from supermarket aisles to high-end salons. Whether you’re just adding a few natural highlights or dramatically bleaching your brown hair to blonde, it’s undeniable that hair dyeing is a central part of American life. But when you sit down in the stylist’s chair or open that box of dye at home, what are you really doing to your hair?
In order to understand how hair coloring works, it’s important to know about the structure of the hair itself. Each hair has a root beneath the skin, and a shaft which protrudes above. Hair is dead tissue made out of a protein called keratin; it gets its pigmentation from a substance called melanin. Each hair is shaped like a tiny little tube, with three layers: the medula in the center, then the cortex in the middle which holds pigment, and finally the outer layer called the cuticle. The cuticle must be opened before any color can be applied to the strands.
Has a client or loved one ever come to you and asked to have their hair dyed bright neon blue? For some people it’s a sign of rebellion; for others, it’s a way to confidently stand out from the crowd. Blue is not a naturally occurring human pigment; even “blue” dogs and cats are more of a gray than bright aquamarine. Nonetheless, blue hair has been quite prevalent through human history, with a variety of meanings and cosmetic uses.
Ancient people used plant and animal matter to dye their hair, but there isn’t a lot of evidence for the use of blue dye in this manner; natural indigo pigment was extremely rare. The Greek poet Homer would describe characters’ eyebrows turning dark blue when they were angry, and Egyptian gods were often depicted as having hair the same color as lapis lazuli plants. The Biblical matriarchs Eve, Leah and Rachel were also sometimes described as having sky-blue hair.
It’s estimated that roughly 75% of American women have dyed their hair at one time or another, and it’s not hard to understand the appeal. Our hair is a vital part of our identity, and it’s thrilling to be able to try on different colors and feel like a slightly different person with each dye job. Most hair salons work with variations of the natural human hair colors: black, brown, red, blonde, and gray/white.
Some people prefer to dye their hair in a rainbow of unnatural neon hues, reflecting their colorful personalities. But one of the most popular colors requested at salons is red; blondes may have more fun, but it’s clear that lots of people dream of having fiery locks! It’s no wonder: red hair has been a rare, fascinating part of human diversity for thousands of years.
Nowadays, no trip to the pharmacy is complete without a walk down at least one aisle of hair products. Dozens of companies compete for shelf space, selling shampoos and sprays that promise to lift, hold, curl, straighten, hydrate, and protect. Every brand has multiple options for different types of hair: dry, oily, curly, straight, colored, damaged, flaky, or fine.You can apply mousse, waxes, serums, balms, sprays, and gels to your locks to get virtually any style you can imagine; it’s all very overwhelming!
But next time you find yourself cursing out your curling iron, or frustrated that your fake bed head is just slightly too disheveled, be thankful that you don’t have to deal with some of the crazier hairstyles worn throughout history.
Our hair is a fundamental part of our social identity; we put a lot of time and effort into styling it, cutting it, and coloring it all because our hair is part of how we present ourselves to the world. Scientists think that we’re hard-wired to respond positively to healthy-looking hair, as it’s an easy indicator of overall health in a potential mate.
It’s not surprising that humans have been fussing with their hair since the dawn of civilization! Hairstyles have evolved throughout the years to reflect the overall cultural trends in each society, and have ranged from very simple to overwhelmingly bizarre and complex. We couldn’t go into the full history of hair styling, but here are a few of our favorite past styles.
Everyone gets a haircut once in a while, and even the most infrequent salon visitor will observe that their stylist uses a vast arsenal of tools and techniques to shape hair as desired. It’s one of the major reasons why you just can’t get the same results using a pair of kitchen scissors at home. There are lots of different scissors, razors, and shears at a stylist’s disposal, and each will cut the hair in a different way. If you’ve ever wondered why your stylist makes certain motions when they’re snipping away, then you’re in luck; here’s a brief rundown of some common stylist techniques.
Do you love curly hair? Some people born with straight locks may wish for a little more bounce to their tresses, and those with heads of curls may struggle with styling them every day. Generally it’s good to work with your hair’s natural style, but if you’re aching to have cascading ringlets then you may want to try getting a perm, or a permanent wave. Permed hair has fallen in and out of fashion over the years, but it’s still a great way to achieve the look you want without spending hours with a curling iron each day.
At its core, a perm uses chemicals to break the bonds of each hair, and reform them into new shapes. Most of the earliest hair-curling techniques used heat; wigmakers had figured out how to permanently curl their hairpieces using caustic chemicals, but these were too harsh to be used on human hair. The earliest machine meant to permanently curl the hair was invented in 1872, by Marcel Grateau. He used a specially made pair of tongs that closely resembled a modern-day curling iron; after they were heated over a flame, the metal would be combed through the hair to create a two-dimensional wave.
In North America, the beauty standard seems to trend towards thick, luxurious hair. Hair products are geared towards increasing volume, shape, shine, and bounce. But anyone with really thick hair will tell you that their locks can be both a blessing and a curse. Having thick hair is like being in a relationship: while it might look easy to outsiders, those involved know that it takes a lot of work behind closed doors.
While sometimes it really is a breeze, other times there’s a lot of fighting involved. Here are some tips on how to style thicker hair, so you can stop fighting with your mane.
Hair comes in all sorts of colors, shapes, and thicknesses; it is part of what makes it so much fun to work with! Your hair is a fundamental part of how you present yourself to the world. Many people dream of luscious, thick, shiny locks; it’s a beauty standard in North America. While you can do a lot with dyes and products to alter your hair’s natural state, there are some factors that you just can’t change—like having naturally thin or fine hair that lies flat against your head.
While some people may opt for extensions to bulk up their locks, the process is expensive and time-consuming. Luckily, there are many ways to stylishly wear naturally thin hair. It’s all a matter of knowing what works, and what doesn’t.
We spend a lot of time worrying about our hair, but it’s been that way for hundreds of thousands of years! Hair is a good indicator of one’s overall health; shiny, luxurious locks may have been a signal to our ancestors that a woman was capable of producing living children. Wandering down the aisle of any drug store can be overwhelming; there are dozens of brands of hair spray, shampoo, conditioner, and styling gels to choose from.
The hair care industry is built on giving advice for how to get your locks to shine, bounce, straighten, and hold; you’ve probably heard millions of tips and tricks throughout your life. The following tricks are slightly off the beaten path, but they might change your entire routine! Why not give them a try?
It’s December, and for most people that means that they’ll soon be decking the halls and attending a number of festivities; Christmas, winter break, and New Year’s Eve are all around the corner. Whether you’re going to a school dance or an office shindig, you’ll want to look your best around this very festive season.
And nothing is more frustrating than working on a hairstyle for hours, only to look in the mirror during your party to find that it’s a limp, frizzy, or shapeless mess. How can you keep your curls bouncy, maintain that perfect flip, and prevent updo-ruining flyaways? Here are a few tips to keep your hair gorgeous.