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.
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Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession
The other night I found myself in a mild panic thinking I was without one of my most precious nighttime accessories: the silk scarf I use to tie up my hair before bed. Sure, I was afraid of messing up the braids I plan on rocking for another two weeks, but the thought of not wrapping my hair in a protective barrier to shield it from the moisture-leaching cotton pillowcase on which I was about to lay my head? This got me thinking about all the femmes I see while scrolling Instagram whose tresses shine like the glossy lids of my dreams , whose curls have bounce to rival that of a Steph Curry dribble, nary a wisp out of place or a kinky coil askew no matter the time of year. And then I realized I could just ask, which is what I promptly did. Below, winter hair care tips, tricks and go-to products from four women whose hair makes me want to put my head in a paper bag until spring.
The collection of essays explores the importance of hair to women, covering everything from finally conquering your frizz to coming to terms with losing locks after chemotherapy. My mom chopped my hair from mid back to above my shoulders. My thick, curly hair shrunk two inches more. I looked like a poodle. I had to go to a hair salon for them to thin out my hair.
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Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. As I watched my hair fall to the grey tiles in frizzy, scattered piles, I felt a sudden wave of panic. I had requested shaved sides with only a tuft of curls at the top of my head. As a fat woman, I had never allowed myself to cut my hair this short. Even on this day, despite years of immersion in fat-positive and body-positive advocacy, I still worried about challenging the idea of beauty in relation to my fat body. Would I feel less feminine with my short back and sides?