Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa ) and Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) in Black Panther (2018). In the film, natural hair is used as a social identifier.
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Stigma about black or African hair reflects deep-seated politics around race and history.
A Dominican immigrant cuts the hair of a customer at her New York City salon.
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In New York City, hair salons are one of the few cultural spaces for Dominican women to bond. But they also perpetuate legacies of racism and colonialism.
Hair samples reveal how stress and obesity are linked.
But how much did you spend?
If you just want clean hair, you could save yourself a fortune.
Too good to be true? Time to hair the evidence!
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Move over, DNA profilers. Scientists are developing a potentially more powerful technique to identify criminals from their hair.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
Psychology research shows how hair combing sends a powerful message from parent to child.
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Hair has long been a source of anxiety and shame for African-Americans. One psychologist has made it her life's work to reverse this trend.
“Black hair” has sparked a new racism row at a top South African school.
Schools need to adapt and evolve in changing circumstances and conditions as their students' demographic composition shifts.
One of the first dilemmas that black people face is whether to let strangers touch their hair – and under what circumstances.
When it comes to black hair, “common sense” is the least reliable tool for decision making since even black people are constantly changing their minds about what they want to do with their hair.
Nationwide, barbershops are on the decline.
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Is the decline of the corner barbershop another indicator that male friendships and community ties are eroding? Or could it simply mean that concepts of masculinity are shifting?
Mammals like otters use their whiskers to orientate themselves – just like their pre-mammalian ancestors did.
A tiny pit on mammal-like animals’ snouts has revealed a great deal about how mammalian hair originated.
After years of plastic surgery and progressive skin-bleaching, Lil' Kim is not black any more.
What would a 19th-century American think of Donald Trump’s hair?
Christian, criminal or cowardly? People once thought your hair could hold the answer.
The mighty monobrow.
New study may lead to drugs that could alter hair growth, such as stopping hair loss.
Hair as helpers in the quest for cleanliness.
Cleanliness is next to godliness. Did you know hairiness is a part of the equation as well?
Balkissa Maiga, 17, wears a traditional Songhai headdress made by artisan Hally Bara in Gao, Mali.
Traditionally, African women wore their hair in different ways to signify class or marriage status. Now with globalisation, hair is becoming less traditionalised and more politicised.
Almost 60% of Australian women are predisposed to female pattern hair loss.
Balding in men is so common it doesn’t raise an eyebrow. But when a woman starts to lose hair, it can be extremely distressing. Will she end up bald, too?
Ok, when will it come back?
Plucking hairs from the scalp causes surrounding hairs to regenerate, and could be a novel treatment for alopecia sufferers.
Men generally have more grey hairs than women.
Most of us find our first "greys" by the time we turn 30, usually at the temples, then later, across the scalp.
The earlier you begin treatment the better.
Hair loss is no longer an inevitable march to baldness. Medical advances over recent decades mean male hair loss can be treated. And it need not break the bank. The cause of male pattern baldness is well…