Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession by Elizabeth BenedictAsk a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of women’s lives from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality.
They take place in African American kitchens, at Hindu Bengali weddings, and inside Hasidic Jewish homes. The conversation is intimate and global at once. Layered into these reminiscences are tributes to influences throughout history: Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, the Grateful Dead, and Botticelli’s Venus.
The long and the short of it is that our hair is our glory—and our nemesis, our history, our self-esteem, our joy, our mortality. Every woman knows that many things in life matter more than hair, but few bring as much pleasure as a really great hairdo.
Nappily Ever After: Me, Myself, and My Complicated Relationship with My Hair
I remember listening on as a woman passionately detailed the troubles she was having in her marriage while getting her hair shampooed. Black magazines littered the salon, and I remember fetching them for my mom to help her clients decide on their hairstyles. In the salon, the styles of popular black actresses were upheld as the standard of beauty. Like Jada? It was around that time that my introduction and, shortly after, obsession with Jada began.
I love the dry shampoo tip! I never thought to wear it before bed! Great post. I rely on Batiste a lot, but I never would have thought to apply it before bed; I'm definitely going to try that. The one hair care product I seriously couldn't live without is Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance leave in conditioner. I spray it in to my hair after a shower, so I can skip the conditioning step in the shower, and cut my shower time down to save spoons. It's a life saver!
A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of my new hairdo on FaceBook. Several comments ensued. At age 19, I wanted to cut off my hair.
Hair has always been a huge part of my existence. To me hair is much more than that. Since I was a child my hair has always been an issue for me. From age 5 when my tight curls caused heartache and actually more of a headache, trying to comb through those thick dark tresses. After a few years of exasperated crying, hair related tantrums and combs full of follicles that caused a frustrating rift in the relationship I have with my hair; my mom finally let me get a relaxer. It smells of sulfuric acid and if you leave it in too long your hair will burn right off your head.