ColumnThe significance of our locks.
Throughout history, humans have imbued hair with meaning. Take for instance a superstitious Picasso who is said to have kept all his hair cuttings (and nails) to protect him from witchcraft. In an era when women were still property, Victorians’ long tresses could increase a dowry. Urban myth or not, Samson may indeed have lost his virility when Delilah cut his locks.
Hair continues to be a symbol, and its presence or absence is a powerful marker across cultures. (Read more...)