Hair Stories

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Asuka expresses individuality over time with different hair cuts and styles, sometimes rejecting societal standards.

A Japanese American artist and teacher, Asuka tells about how her hair has expressed different aspects of identity over the years, her relationships with her mother and grandmother, and her braided hair styles.

Rachel tells about her experiences with hair in the workplace, different definitions of beauty, and hair as a source of connection.

Her hair takes up space, and has been a teacher on a journey to learn the times when she needs to stand out and demand attention, and when to just let things be...

Shannon shares her wisdom around mind-body connection, and her journey losing her hair through chemotherapy.

Shannon has great wisdom with the mind-body connection. In this interview she shares her experiences with losing her hair during chemo and how others react to the changes. We also discuss connecting to community through social media, and how our...

Lili tells the stories of ironing her hair to look like Joan Baez, synchronistic curls with her son, and loving grey hair on other women…

Hair Stories is an ongoing, interactive portraiture and oral history project which considers the rituals and meanings embodied in hair. The project illuminates the intersections of human experiences through the lens of female hair cultures. It is a platform for...

As a mixed race woman, at times, Amber has felt like an outsider in both white and black communities.

Amber is a Bay Area singer who tells about her journey of learning to care for curly hair, being rejected from a salon, and seeing both sides of appropriation.

Elvie tells about her journey to self love by taking the mirror away.

Elvie shares her stories of her life transitions that were marked by changing hair styles, as she moved to a place of self love and finding a way to tame her hair that feels right. She shares her beautiful perspective...

Sanaa shares her perspective as a woman whose story does not fit neatly into a box.

Sanaa shares her perspective as a woman whose story does not fit neatly into a box. Sanaa shares her stories about her mother's love of her childhood hair, shaving off one side of her hair to mark a major life...

Erin tells how she came to have such long hair…

Erin tells the tales of her traumatic childhood hair events that lead to her having such long hair, the changes her hair has under gone, and how she sees hair as a big part of her identity through her photography...

A mother’s transition towards the strength of natural hair.

Talking about her shift towards loving beautiful, natural African American hair, and wondering about the roots of identity.

Hair as an equalizer for a Ghanaian schoolgirl

A Ghanaian woman tells me about her childhood experience in Nigeria where hairstyles were a part of the school uniform, how she feels about the time it takes to get her hair braided, and the hilarious story of the first...


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