First Pegasus books edition.
xv, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-218) and index.
Foreword: Telling the Story of Hair
Part One: Shaping the Shaft
1. The First Fibers
2. The Way They Grow
3. A Mysterious Cycle and a Unique Cell
4. Influential Neighbors
Part Two: The Ultimate Communicator
5. Enkidu Cuts His Hair
6. Barbers and Beauticians
7. The Hair-Hang Act
8. Comb, Scissors, Curler, Dye
9. The Ultimate Artifice
10. Queen Victoria's Memento
Part Three: In Human Service
11. Quest for Beaver Maps a Continent
12. Wool Bankrolls an Empire
13. Beyond Clothes
Epilogue: A Glimpse of the Future
From a completely bald beauty queen with alopecia to the famed hair-hang circus act, Stenn weaves the history of hair through a variety of captivating examples, with sources varying from renaissance merchants diaries to interviews with wig makers, modern barbers, and more. In addition to expelling the biological basis and the evolutionary history of hair, the fiber is put into context: hair in history (as tied to textile mills and merchant associations), hair as a construct for cultural and self-identity, hair in the arts (as the material for artist's brushes and musical instruments), hair as commodity (used for everything from the inner lining of tennis balls to an absorbent to clean up oil spills), and hair as evidence in criminology.
18.00 COSMET (31-502-1) SOC SCI (99-SSC-9)