Have you ever settled a moment to ponder on where the various hair-dos we wear today originated from? (I guess it ain’t a problem provided it looks good on me, right?) Well, that’s not a negative shot on an avenue spotlight.
Hair is a collective term for slender, threadlike outgrowths of the epidermis of mammals, forming a characteristic body covering. [Please pardon my biological venturing.]
Hairdressing has been an important part of the costume of men and women since prehistoric times. Certain examples did occur to show that:-
Members of the ancient Mesopotamian and Persian nobility curled, dyed, and plaited their long hair and beards, sometimes adding gold dust or gold and silver ornaments. Both Egyptian men (who were beardless) and women shaved their heads for coolness.
But this is against my friend- William Prynne’s (1600 - 1669) point of view-‘A woman with cut hair is a filthy spectacle, and much like a monster...it being natural and comely to women to nourish their hair, which even God and nature have given them for a covering, a token of subjection, and a natural badge to distinguish them from men’. And if we agree with him HAIR and now, we’ll do without the short for the ladies and the long for men Hairs-forth.
In Europe, about the 8th century, the tonsure, a form of hairdressing in which the crown of the head is shaved, was adopted by Christian monastic orders to indicate dedication to the service of God. Roman Catholic priests continued to wear the tonsure until 1972. (I bet you, this will soon be in vogue)
In the early 17th century European men of fashion wore long flowing Cavalier locks, often curled, piled, and perfumed. Trim mustaches and short, pointed Vandyke beards (so called from the style shown in portraits by the English painter Sir Anthony van Dyck) were in vogue.
With the French Revolution, hairstyles became simpler. Thereafter, men have generally worn their hair short, with recurrent periods when beards become fashionable. Women's styles moved from the simplicity of the Empire style—heads encircled by a fillet in the ancient Greek mode—to Victorian complexities of curls, ringlets, fringes, and chignons.
But hair and now with the ‘Nigerian Hairvolution’, hairs are beginning to ‘hairvolve’ into various shapes ranging from skyscrapers to ‘landscarpers’ to mohair to moron, and invariably to the spotlight stealing Mohawk-a hairstyle in which the sides of the head are shaved and the remaining hair is worn sticking up. What became associated with the punk movement in the 19th century has become Nigeria’s dress code in the 21st century. Don’t hate me! I aint saying it’s bad! I’m only saying it’s not Michael Jackson. And I’m also saying that the pop culture influenza-[not the medical illness though, my choice word for what is infectious] can’t be cured anytime soon.
While the ladies are appearing breath-taking in their femme fatale hair-wares and piercing colognes, let’s not fail to notice the afros on our gentlemen’s corner, and their stubble which could make you go HAIR-wire!!!