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Hair

  • The trouble with us is our hair, Pen. The minute men see a woman with our sort of hair they get interested — it doesn't matter who they are or where they are. Their first thought is, 'Gosh, what hair!' and from that moment on you simply don't like them. You know what fools they are.

  • ... her locks had been so frequently and drastically brightened and curled that to caress them, one felt, would be rather like running one's fingers through julienne potatoes.

    • Dorothy Parker,
    • "Lolita," The Portable Dorothy Parker, rev. ed. ()
  • ... this head has risen above its hair in a moment of abandon known only to men who have drawn their feet out of their boots to walk awhile in the corridors of the mind.

    • Djuna Barnes,
    • "Who Is This Tom Scarlett?" (1916), Smoke and Other Early Stories ()
  • I started therapy, almost a residency requirement for the New York City neighborhood where I lived, and rehashed my childhood. I talked about how much misery my curls had caused me, especially as a teenager. My therapist seemed to think that my unhappiness was related to other, more profound issues, but what did she know? Her hair was stick straight.

    • Deborah Chiel,
    • in Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel, Curly Girl ()
  • Teobaldo Kurt Dubrik was a large stout man with a grand shock of hair, like the best type of sheepskin rug.

  • The owner of Mojo's was a suicide blonde, dyed by her own hand.

  • The strongest common bond between the genders is the universally acknowledged truth that both men and women are unhappy with their hair.

  • His own hair imitated a toupee better than any toupee ever imitated hair.

  • [Long hair] is considered bohemian, which may be why I grew it, but I keep it long because I love the way it feels, part cloak, part fan, part mane, part security blanket.

  • ... age's snow. Hides not colder depths below ...

  • ... my family, although it keeps its hair, turns gray early — a business asset but a social handicap.

  • Of the small gifts of heaven, / It seems to me a more than equal share / At birth was given / To girls with curly hair.

    • Phyllis McGinley,
    • "Meditations During a Permanent Wave," The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley ()
  • Ladies with curly hair / Have time to spare.

  • Eventually I knew what hair wanted; it wanted to be itself ... to be left alone by anyone, including me, who did not love it as it was.

    • Alice Walker,
    • in Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel, Curly Girl ()
  • Alexandre ... began work on an elaborate updo. By the time he was finished, my hair looked like it was wearing me.

  • Barry Kent's father looks like a big ape and has got more hair on the back of his hands than my father has got on his entire head.

  • She's the one who / Hennaed her hair; / And lived in hope, / But dyed in despair.

  • He was small and thin and resigned and had gone completely bald very young as though to get that over with as soon as possible.

  • Sometimes I think that not having to worry about your hair anymore is the secret upside of death.

  • Sukie's hair was a hostile, destabilizing force in her life because it eliminated any element of self-determination in her self-presentation.

  • I have never been able to wear a hat. My hair is peculiar in that it grows so fast that any hat I put on instantly leaps from my head.

  • I do wear wigs. ... I sometimes make the joke about me standing on a hilltop with my hair blowing in the wind — and me too proud to run after it.

  • [1957 Clairol slogan:] Is it true ... Blondes have more fun?

  • [1955 Clairol slogan:] Does she ... or doesn't she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure.

  • I've just washed my hair and I can't do a thing with it!

  • I adore my black skin and my kinky hair. The Negro hair is more educated than the white man's hair. Because with Negro hair, where you put it, it stays. It's obedient. The hair of the white, just give one quick movement, and it's out of place. It won't obey. If reincarnation exists I want to come back black.

  • When a woman ceases to alter the fashion of her hair, you guess that she has passed the crisis of her experience.

  • My favorite author's question of all time — because it's so simple to answer ... 'Is your hair really like that, or do you get it done?'

    • Margaret Atwood,
    • speech, American Booksellers Association convention ()
  • He wore baldness like an expensive hat, as if it were out of the question for him to have hair like other men.

  • She was a redhead, which is a blonde with poor impulse control.

  • To Crystal, hair was the most important thing on earth. She would never get married because you couldn't wear curlers in bed then.

  • ... a man is much sexier in nothing than something, and that goes for hairpieces as well as clothes.

  • ... the very way Mrs. Arbuthnot parted her hair suggested a great calm that could only proceed from wisdom.

  • The most important thing a woman can have — next to talent, of course — is her hairdresser.

  • I've discovered over the years that if my hair is all right, then generally speaking, so am I.

  • Not now ... I'm having a no hair day.

  • Hair, in fact, is probably the bane of most women's lives.

  • She had hard gray hair pressed into waves that grasped her scalp like a migraine.

  • To me, a massive coif went hand in hand with wild, spontaneous trips down the Shore, and like every teenage girl within 50 miles, I also knew that it made your butt look smaller.

  • I grew up in New Jersey in the '80s. That means one thing: Big hair. ... I had big hair, my boyfriends had big hair, we all had big hair. Our prom looked like the poodle division of the Westminster dog show.

  • He saw a rather plump, middle-aged woman with a slab-like face, gooseberry-green eyes and dull brown hair done in a youthful style with a fronded fringe and hard tight little curls. Atop her long pale face, it looked foolish, like a wig on a horse.

  • ... more than any other part of the female anatomy, a woman identifies with her hair. A woman is her hair. In fact, it's very hard to have a really bad hair day, but a good day otherwise. Because for some crazy reason that scientists have yet to explain, the hairdo is directly linked to the she-babe soul.

  • ... conformity has been a devastating thing. Its ill effects continue right to this day. Customers still look at the woman in the next chair and say, 'I'll have what she has.' That's all right for ordering at a restaurant — but not in a beauty parlor.

  • I won't be in today, Mr. Pinkley. My hair won't start.

  • One day, in 1982, for 15 minutes, my hair was perfect.

  • ... the three most important things to a Southern girl are God, family and hair, almost never in that order.

  • Uneasy lies the head that wears the curlers.

    • J.E. Battott,
    • in Leonard Louis Levinson, ed., Bartlett's Unfamiliar Quotations ()
  • Ethel patted her hair and looked very sneery.

  • The thing that attracted me to my husband was his pride. I'll never forget the first time I saw him, standing up on a hill, his hair blowing in the breeze — and he too proud to run and get it.

  • ... all four ... had married in the same year ... And all of their wives still wore their hair the same way. Why is this? Is it because they try out different styles to attract a feller and when they land him they hold on to the old hair style because it worked in the first place? Or is it that they don't care no more after they got a feller hooked?

  • To me, gray hairs are like paychecks. Just because I'm getting them regularly doesn't mean I want to show them to everyone.

  • Hair brings one's self-image into focus; it is vanity's proving ground. ... Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.

  • Her hair never stood in and of itself; it was always moored to a complex set of needs and desires her hair couldn't in itself satisfy. She wanted her hair to illuminate the relationship between herself and the idea of motion while appearing still, for example. My mother wanted her hair to be fashioned into an event with a complicated narrative past. However, the more my mother attempted to impose a hair style pulled from an idealized image of herself, the more the hair style seemed to be at odds with my mother. The more the hair style became substantial, the more the woman underneath was obscured.

    • Marcia Aldrich,
    • "Hair" (1992), in Wendy Martin, ed., The Beacon Book of Essays by Contemporary American Women ()
  • I have always believed that hair is a very sure index of character.

  • Them some willful intentional naps you / got all over your head. / Sure enough. / Your hair intended to be nappy. / Indeed it did.

  • I could see right off that Mrs. Welter was above the minor worries of being slick and well groomed. In fact it was hard to tell if she fixed her hair with a comb or a Waring mixer.

  • I don't want to die with white hair. It's so depressing.

  • Gimme an upsweep, Minnie, / With humpteen baby curls, / 'Bout time I got some glamour, / I'll show them girls.

  • Einstein was always looking for a unifying principle for the universe. I think anxiety about hair is the unifying principle.