(Apart from the reason I’m referencing it in this post, it also has some really cool 1960’s futuristic gadgets. I want to sleep on that bed, just once, maybe twice)
One of the ‘Bond girls’ or rather ‘Helm Girls’ was a hot tamale (vernacular of the time) by the name of Daliah Lavi,whose character starts out with Hollywood-jet-black hair but ends up with a distinguished streak or two that highlight (pardon the pun) the transformation she has undergone (I tried to write that sentence without giving the story away for those who want to watch the movie)
Next in our ‘Hair Today’ exploration we head to the wonderful world of books and the seriously ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ Sorceress Polgara, from the ‘Belgariad’ and ‘Malloreon’ series by Leigh and David Eddings
I’d have to go back and read the books to discern the moment when Polgara’s hair developed its signature white streak, but I do remember that it happened as her true character was revealed.
Last but by no means least we head to the world of television to find the truly stunning Yvonne De Carlo, a home-town gal, (born in Vancouver) as Lilly Munster, in ‘The Munsters’, who also had the ubiquitous streak of white hair among the black.
Hands up those who are seeing a pattern here?
So, the hair thing.
There are many conventions in the arts about how to depict things that have no physical shape or form to them. In my examples we have Daliah whose true nature is revealed, Polgara’s true powers are revealed and Lilly Munster’s separateness from the ‘norm’ is revealed. Gandalf rises in the ranks of wizards.
All have these aspects visually relayed to us by their hair.
I read, aways back, I wish I could remember where, that us ‘oomins have retained our pre-hominid pelt on our heads for the purposes of grooming as a socialising tool. If you check out our nearest relatives, genetically speaking, the harmony within their societies is established and maintained in part by grooming – soothing the savage beastie within perhaps. (This makes a modicum of sense but how does that account for hair on other parts of our bodies? A conundrum best left unanswered on these pages!)
Hair then becomes a highly visible indicator of how we decide to respond to another member of our species. Therefore it has power, and becomes an easily recognisable culture-wide shortcut to present a great many concepts to the viewer/reader.
What thinkest thou?
An almost irrelevant sidebar – Did Princess Leia call Han Solo a, “scruffy-looking nerf herder” because of his hair?
The ‘Gone Tomorrow’ part of this blog’s title refers to the fact that I’m contemplating changing my theme/template. So my next post may or may not have a completely different look!
“You know, my hair is very upsetting to people, but it’s upsetting on purpose. It is important to look old so that the young will not be afraid of dying. People don’t like old women. We don’t honor age in our society, and we certainly don’t honor it in Hollywood” – Tyne Daly