Hair: An Illustrated History

Hair An Illustrated History

Susan Vincent

ISBN 978-0857851710

Taking the key things we do to it in turn, this book captures the significance of hair in the past and into the present. From health and hygiene, to social and political challenge, to ideals of masculinity and womanliness, hair plays a fundamental but usually unexamined role. Its varying manifestations echo throughout broader society, but also underpin the individual?s autonomy and sense of self. It is a vehicle for gossip, secrets and sex. Using art, film, personal diaries, newspapers, texts and images, Hair unearths the stories we have told about hair and why they are important.