From glorious tresses to embarrassing messes, bouffants to comb-overs, and rugs to plugs, here's a hilarious look at hair that will leave yours standing on end! With her razor-sharp wit, Mimi Pond offers hair-raising glimpses of barbershop and beauty parlor disasters, presents profiles of hairdressers from heaven and hell, and recaps famous hair moments in film and television. She chronicles the major hair trends of the twentieth century and their impact on history providing insight into how hair has built financial empires and ruined political campaigns. To top it off, she provides tips and snippets of information on such topics as:
Hair and religion: The higher the hair, the closer to God
Breaking up is hard to do: Good excuses when you change hairdressers
Curl up and die: Weaves, cellophaning, green hair, oxidation, and other hair-coloring mysteries
Hair as a political statement, or fifty ways to bug your mother
The myth of the blonde and where it began
Introduction It's right there on top of your head, ready, willing, and able to make a fool of you unless you master it in some way. It's hair, and it's funny. Hair is the biggest symbol of anxiety that we possess. Those who know what to do with it are admired, envied, and usually resented by those who don't. Everyone, hairy or bald, vain or oblivious, has had, at the very least, a passing fear about their hair. Some change their dos at the drop of a hat. Others don't and stick stubbornly with one hairstyle their whole lives through. There is always a lingering worry, in the back of everyone's head, so to speak, that it could be better or, at least, different. After all, when you take off your clothes, your hair is the only thing left on you, a "kick me" sign attached to your flesh.