“Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen
Gimme down to there, hair, shoulder length or longer . . .”

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The song from the musical Hair’s been going through my brain all day, probably because I’m having, if not exactly a bad hair day, a seriously mediocre one.

I’ve never had what I’d consider great hair—the texture’s too fine for that. However, with a good cut, and a little henna, I get by. Most of the time. Maybe it’s this nasty heat, but my head is definitely looking a bit fuzzy.

I grew up in an era of big hair. Long, chemically processed, curly, layered.

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While I don’t miss the rotten egg smell and Brillo pad texture of spiral perms, I still have serious hair fantasies. One of my favorites is a recurring dream in which I have long, thick, shiny hair that looks like Cindy Crawford’s, and swishes when I turn my head.

Some contenders for the hair hall of fame:

Audrey Hepburn — one of the few people who managed to rock both long and short hair.

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Lucille Ball — because she chose that color, and it looked awesome on her.

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David Bowie

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Michael Jackson

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Cousin Itt (from the old Addams Family TV show)

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Barbie (who still managed to look glam after spending an entire summer at the bottom of a backyard wading pool). Gives new meaning to the phrase, “wash and wear hair.”

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