Hot hair fads simmering this summer
Sweltering heat has baked up some surprising fads this season. Planking, cone-ing, owling, leisure diving (the later being all wet) have burned up the internet, but the fad-istas could be smugly incognito at the office. Braver souls stir up office controversy with hair creations not meant to be hidden. Be it the result of heat related cabin fever, or just a feverish drive for individuality, hair fads like feather extensions, smash color, or chalking (watch GMA video) probably stir up the stodgy Human Resource fashion police.
Feather extensions are the hair candy of celebrities. Simply rooster feathers tied, glued, or clipped into coiffures, the fad isn’t washed up – actually the feathers can be washed just like hair. Why is that so surprising? Chickens wear them quite well all season despite rain, heat or chick fights. While HR may wish to pluck feather extensions off of employees, realistically these hair ornaments are unobtrusive and can easily be hidden while cooped up during office hours. Prices for a 5 pack of the elegant fluffs have doubled again due to short supplies. (See related post: Feathers, the Real reason Texas passed the catfish noodling law.) No doubt if the power goes off on these chicken farms, the rooster guys are the first to get swooped into the cool zone. Chicken wranglers may be shaking their heads, but the fad seems to be flying high. (or summer TV is running short of news stories).
Another summer hair fad that’s been stewing is smash color. Although some feel this permanent color look is a recipe for disaster, it does add spice to the scene. Simply grab a handful of colorful dye and “smash” it into a section of hair – kind of like a paint ball hit your head. It’s a splotchy look that looks fresh and carefree. Since it’s just one portion of hair, it could be hidden in a twist/ bun for a daytime conservative look. Then as leaving the office, flip out pins/clips and shake with wildness, to reveal a bold look. Since the process appears so simple, smash color is bound to be popular at slumber parties. In reality, the color choice should be considered carefully since it may be there for a while. As one would cautiously select the right wine to compliment an entrée, color should compliment skin tones and wardrobe? No, wait. That’s not the idea. This is summer. Go wild. Hair is like dessert! Besides it will grow out, eventually. If that doesn’t work tell, everyone you were planning to color your hair for the fall fashion season anyway.
Less drastic, but with just as much flavor, is hair chalking. Dig through the Pre-K aisles for brightly colored chalk. Then grab some strands and color away. What a delectable treat: a little dusty, but cheap, easy, and temporary! (Caution: some colors will stain light fabrics.) Go from business uniform to club diva in no time. Just watch out for rain…and maybe sweat! Munchkins will love this hot fashion trend. It can be washed out before mom ever knows. (Elementary school principals, take note. Increase chalk order) Fashion-forward moms might chalk it up as harmless mother-daughter bonding fun?
What was it vintage grandmothers always said? ”Hair is a woman’s crowning glory.” Would they shudder now with feathers, color smashing, and chalking? Would they exclaim “heathens!”? Oh, that’s part of the fun!
Enjoying the summer madness,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.