Hair is a fragile biological byproduct, a cultural construction which shows an evolution of meaning in human history. In different cultures, women wore their hair in a certain way as a sign of female virtue. Colouring and styling of hair is a way of expressing one's personality and their status in society or sexuality. Long healthy hair is associated with beauty and youth, it is usually shown as an object of desire. However, illness or aging can cause loss of hair. Once disembodied, hair becomes disgusting or repulsive. Similarly, body hair is never shown in mass media resulting in body hair becoming a taboo for many women, especially adolescent girls.
Aleksandra Radosz • Aneta Sawicka • Artem Trofimenko •