1. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells Terry Gross about her cultural struggle with hair growing up in Nigeria and then coming to the U.S: 

“[T]he rite of passage from girl to woman is when you can go get a relaxer and have your hair straight… I remember actually the last day of secondary school, when I graduated secondary school, what I really wanted to do was go straight to the hair salon and get my relaxer, so my hair would be straight. Then I came to the U.S, and really it started off because I couldn’t afford to get a relaxer at a hair salon here because I thought it was just needlessly expensive. So I went to the drugstore and bought the relaxer kit and decided to do it myself, which didn’t end well. Having then a scalp with really bad burns, I suddenly thought, ‘Why am I even doing this?’ And that’s when I stopped using relaxers. And it took a while to accept my hair for the way that it grows from my head.”
 

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    Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells Terry Gross about her cultural struggle with hair growing up in Nigeria and then coming to the U.S: 

    “[T]he rite of passage from girl to woman is when you can go get a relaxer and have your hair straight… I remember actually the last day of secondary school, when I graduated secondary school, what I really wanted to do was go straight to the hair salon and get my relaxer, so my hair would be straight. Then I came to the U.S, and really it started off because I couldn’t afford to get a relaxer at a hair salon here because I thought it was just needlessly expensive. So I went to the drugstore and bought the relaxer kit and decided to do it myself, which didn’t end well. Having then a scalp with really bad burns, I suddenly thought, ‘Why am I even doing this?’ And that’s when I stopped using relaxers. And it took a while to accept my hair for the way that it grows from my head.”

     

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  2. Fresh Air

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  1. Audio for Terry’s interview with Vidal Sassoon is now up. Enjoy!

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  1. Worst Haircut Ever? First entry.

    happylittleredhead:

    NPR asked, what’s your worst haircut ever? I think I might win this one.

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  1. Posted on 9 February, 2011

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    missdandy:

1960s haircuts by Vidal Sassoon

Also (75% sure) on the show tomorrow: hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. Maybe he’ll be able to answer why I had a curly mullet in 7th grade. View in High-Res

    missdandy:

    1960s haircuts by Vidal Sassoon

    Also (75% sure) on the show tomorrow: hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. Maybe he’ll be able to answer why I had a curly mullet in 7th grade.

  2. Vidal Sassoon

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