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Hairtales (ABC TV, 20-11-08)

November 20, 2008
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I watched a really intriguing documentary on the ABC tonight, called Hairtales, or something like that. It’s things like this that make me glad I finally got a TV tuner, and I plan to watch more good (and trashy) television in the future.

Hairtales was pretty much just a number of peoples’ hair-related stories, mashed up into an hour-long documentary. Sounds exciting, right? I was a rather skeptical at first, but it turned out to be really interesting, and as a result I now want to get the scissors out and chop at my hair. Seriously, it’s taking a lot of self-control not to.

The people interviewed (I say interviewed, although there was never any interviewer or voice-over present) all had different stories, and some were weirder than others. One was an embalmer, who loved when he got somebody with crazy hair, like beehives and stuff. Another young woman was quite annoying at first, because she kept complaining about people judging her for being semi-black and having an afro, but then we found out that her parents were both white and had straight hair, so I can kind of understand she’s coming from a hard place.

One woman ran a mobile hair salon for seventeen years, before she got caught up in a murder trial with one of her clients and quit. Another had random hair all the time and kept bits and pieces in bags and then sewed some of the bits together into a vest and a mask. She was funny, but kind of creepy. And lastly, there was a girl from Sydney Uni (she was sitting in the quad) who liked to use big words and sound good, but actually made some interesting observations.

I don’t know how that comes off as an explanation, but it was really fascinating. I highly recommend watching it if you can find it.

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