Monday, 31 October 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

The worldcup of hair

Reminiscent of the Detroit Hair Wars that take place in America, photographer Danielle Stier has produced a series of portraits shot in Paris on the hairdresser's worldcup. "Just like the footballers they battle it out every four years recreating a set of standard hairstyles that are hard to imagine. Teams from as far Mongolia, Colombia or Thailand travel to Paris, some in their team kits and often bring their models who were happy to have their picture taken...".

Detroit Hair Wars 2010

 Photographs by Peter Hapak for Time, 2010

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Cornrows at McQueen show, backstage.

Cornrows, also known as braids, are a traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp, using an underhand, upward motion to produce a continuous, raised row. Cornrows are often formed, as the name implies, in simple, straight lines, but they can also be formed in complicated geometric or curvilinear designs.

This clay sculpture with cornrows is from the ancient Nok civilization of Nigeria. It may be as old as 500 B.C.
Like many other “Africanisms” in the new world, knowledge of African hairstyles survived the Middle Passage. Heads were often shaved upon capture, ostensibly for sanitary reasons, but with the psychological impact of being stripped of one’s culture. Re-establishing traditional hair styles in the new world was thus an act of resistance; one that could be carried out covertly: