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The dictionary definition of the word hair is a threadlike outgrowth esp of the skin of a mammal also a covering as of the head consisting of such hairs But in real life terms hair acts as much more than just a threadlike outgrowth covering the head Hair is long short curly blonde brunette wavy highlighted dyed permed layered clipped shaved trimmed parted cut and bleached Hair and what people do with their hair defines their nationality or their beliefs Some spend thousands of dollars on procedures to replant hair back into the follicles Some spend hundreds yearly at the local hair salon to make their hair look a certain way The hair product industry produces billions of dollars every year Late night info-mercials promising to regrow hair or cover bald spots Products that allow you to cut your hair yourself products that make it fun and easy to cut a friends hair Hair sprays gels shampoos conditioners dyes extensions ties and the list goes on and on Hair is definitely much more than just a threadlike covering of the head For some ethnic groups their religion doesnt allow them to cut any hair on their bodies In some Islamic cultures cutting of hair is strictly prohibited In African American culture hair plays a huge role in some households and had a great effect on their self esteem at least in the fifties and sixties as can be seen in Henry Louis Gates Jrs essay In the Kitchen Good hair was straight bad hair kinky Even in the late sixties at the height of Black Power almost nobody could bring themselves to say bad for good and good for bad p60 Hair can act as a means to promote or discourage high self esteem For African Americans their hair dos meant more than just making a fashion statement straightening their hair was suppose to in a sense disguise their true identities
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