January 20, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Daring Do's: A History of Extraordinary Hair

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mary Trasko
genre
Pop Culture
We gave it a B+

Except for its near total neglect of African-American hairstyles, Daring Do’s: A History of Extraordinary Hair by Mary Trasko is a kick. From ancient Egypt, when women wore cones of perfumed fat that scented their wigs, to the 1950s, when beehives allowed Cuban women to smuggle documents out of their country, women’s hair has been a very complicated and sometimes unsanitary affair. Not until Vidal Sassoon’s ”wash ‘n’ blow-dry” revolution of the 1960s were women liberated from the tyranny of artifice. But freedom has its price: Except for gravity-defying punk fashions, they have been wearing recycled hairstyles ever since. B+

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