It is the most ubiquitous form of art that we see, Hair Art. Every day we see it in real life and in print, videos, television, phones, and tablets. Just by looking at it we get an impression of the emotions we feel when viewing art. It can be a statement, or it can be just something of a pragmatic choice It is the hairstyle.
You might ask how is a hairstyle art?
Simplest answer is to just say it is a sculpture. It is another median to create something new or allow a person to express themselves. One can shape, mold, color, weave, crimp, and not limited to but many other techniques to get to a final vision of the hair stylist who is artists.
A tool can be a simple scissor or a daring blowtorch. In the end, there is no doubt that getting to the final form takes skill and a steady hand. Because unlike other mediums of art, making a mistake can result in having to wait for the hair to grow back. And in some rare cases, injury.
Hair Art: The Art and Artist
There are two branches of hair art.
Commercial, which is many focused on the more pragmatic and common for the everyday. Generally, it is a commercial transaction. And the style one wants is dictated by the client and the stylist will do their best to please the client.
A second branch is conceptual and experimental. It is presented in shows and sometimes shown in trade and fashion media. These sometimes are called conceptual hairstyles. Like any industry, there will be ground-breakers and stylists that will be known throughout their community as ground-breakers. As in any form of art, there is a clear division between the two.
One is for use and the other for the show. Stylists are unique in that as an artist, they are not “starving” as there is always a need for them in the commercial side.
Then, Now, Them, Us, Here, There Everywhere – Hair or Not.
Style of your hair is something personal, but it is also sometimes mandatory.
Like a uniform, sometimes it is a requirement. In the military, there are certain restrictions and in rare instances, it must be approved by the government or religion. For example, in North Korea, there are only 5 approved hairstyles. In Hara Krishna there and Buddhism there is only one.
These styles of hair serve a purpose to unify them under belief. Yet, depending on where you are, the hairstyle can be used to be divisive. Adoption of the haircut by the nazi or lack of hair as “skinhead” has been highly politically charged recently in America as a sign of racist. Even though outside of the country it is just a perfectly normal stylish cut worn by David Beckham, Brad Pitt and other notable celebrities.
Thus like art, context matters in terms of who is wearing it, and where you are located.
Let not dwell on the politics and cultural rift of the hairstyle but what it really is.
It is a vessel of self-expression and given free rein to a stylist. An amazing form of art. In the Hair and Fashion shows, the hairstyle provides a platform for the artist to show it in all its creative glory. It is a platform where the colors and shapes take a person to the fantastical world of imagination.
A collaborative art form where the fashion designer and the hairstylist work in tandem to bring a concept to life. Pushing the boundaries of practically out the window. In doing so there it brings awe and moves the soul to think of the limitations of what can be done with something we all have. T
o transform something we all have to something that takes a person to another world outside of reality is Escrita Com Luz.
Time, Time, Time, What’s Become of Me?
Your hairstyle is a personal matter and it gives you an identity. And the question arises, do you make the hair or does the hairstyle make you?
If you were to go through all the photos of you growing up. And as you go through the years, it is, without a doubt, there is an evolution of who you are. An eventual realization of who you are what you like, what fits you is a journey and in doing so you collect insight and wisdom. And in the end, is this journey not the essence fo Escrita Com Luz?
When does a hairstyle become hair art?
Is it when a hair professional like Nicole Hudson uses color on the outside to accentuate the light within? Or is it when the style goes beyond mainstream and enters the abstract. Like beehives, bighair, cornrows, devilock, dreadlocks?