The Sights & Sounds of "You Can Touch My Hair"

Growing up, touching my hair was the sole province of the family caregivers who would wash, brush, braid, cornrow, pigtail, or hot comb it until I was myself old enough to manage its daily styling. As I entered adolescence, those family members were replaced by the professionals who'd relax it during the school year… » 6/11/13 9:00pm 6/11/13 9:00pm

Exhibit Asks People to Explore ‘Tactile Fascination with Black Hair’

Because you wouldn’t go up to a stranger (any stranger, really) and ask to touch that person’s hair without being justifiably throat-punched, un’ruly, a site that focuses on the experience of being black and having hair, is launching a public exhibit in New York’s Union Square called “You Can Touch My Hair.” Want to… » 6/06/13 9:15pm 6/06/13 9:15pm

Oprah's Hair Stylist Pisses Off Kinky-Haired Folks

In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Andre Walker — who was responsible for Her Majesty Oprah Winfrey's hair for more than two decades, said: "I always recommend embracing your natural texture. Kinky hair can have limited styling options; that's the only hair type that I suggest altering with professional… » 7/12/11 4:50pm 7/12/11 4:50pm

Can An Older Woman Get Away With Long Hair?

Jerry Hall, 51, has the same flowing locks she had 30 years ago. Two women, Esther Rantzen and Marcell D'Argy Smith, debate whether it works when a woman of a certain age has long hair in today's Daily Mail. Rantzen argues, "only Jerry Hall looks like Jerry Hall. The rest of us risk looking like Ozzy Osbourne." She… » 10/18/07 4:00pm 10/18/07 4:00pm

Fashion Week: If You Think The Clothes Are A Waste Of Time, Wait 'Til…

The New York Times sent one of its writers, Natasha Singer, to stand in as a hair assistant backstage at the Réyes runway show during fashion week. Singer, who admits, "I don't know how to properly handle my own hair," was faced with the daunting task of styling Rapunzel-locked models' hair in a "fresh and modern"… » 9/13/07 11:00am 9/13/07 11:00am