Tuesday, November 1, 2011

You Hairy Git!

I think Saphire is to blame for this blog!  One of those random thoughts that we usually let fly out of the other ear - why on earth do we have hair?  I mean, what in hell is the point of hair after all?  Yeah, ok you need hair if you live in a cold country - but I guess about half the population of the world lives in a hot climate anyway, so why haven't we evolved to the point where we don't grow hair?

We seem to be obsessed with the hairy stuff - just think about the baby who is born with lots of hair, and how excited and happy everyone is about the little tyke and his/her baby fluff!  No, BABY fluff, not bum fluff!  If baby is bald as the proverbial egg everyone waits impatiently for that hair to grow, and wonders what colour it will be,  if it will be straight or curly,  coarse or fine, thick or thin.   We cannot bear to take our kids for their first haircut! 

When we are growing and developing we can't wait for the body hair - chest hair, pubic hair, underarm hair, even rotten leg hair (see?  there I go with the leg hair).  Why have hairs on your legs when all we want to do in our culture is shave the flaming stuff off, or even worse, wax it off?  oww!  Not to even THINK about underarm hair. We seem to think we have struck the pot at the end of the rainbow when we finally grow body hair - and then try to come up with about a hundred ways to rid ourselves of it!  I don't even want to consider bikini waxing and the like, my eyes water and cross!  Eyebrows?  We have to wax, tweeze, or have some sadistic woman yank it out with sewing threads while we shriek and moan.

And men?  They generally shave their faces, and often have their chest and back waxed (it is the fashion!), which must be excruciating to say the least.  I have only tried waxing once, at home, and didn't take off one single hair.  I had wax strips everywhere but in the right place, even stuck to my ear - and when i did pull a strip off I almost left the planet in shock!  Guys, I don't know how you can do it.  I was about to say 'hats off to you' but thought better of it - after all, who knows what's under the hat?  If the facial hair isn't shaved guys can grow amazing beards and moustaches. 

Think of the awful awful things that can live in hair as well - we have lice (yuk), fleas (yep, I kid you not), crabs (as in pubic hair) - and that's just a start!  The cure is often worse than the bug as well!  There is cradlecap, and dandruff and plain old dry scalp, as well as things like sebaceous cysts and dermatitis.
  • Dermatitis
  • Dandruff
  • Pruritus
  • Pityriasis
  • Seborrhea
  • Folliculitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen simplex
It really doesn't sound like a song, does it?  What do people do with the hair on top of their head?  We torture it, and ourselves!  It is cut, and shaved, and razored, and dyed, spiked, gelled, teased (well maybe not so much nowadays), permanently curled or straightened, braided, dreadlocked, bleached and goodness knows how many other things.   Somehow head hair seems to remain on top of the fashion stakes, and at the head of the attraction stakes throughout history.  All puns intended, by the way!  Many men shave their heads as well - and isn't it strange how sexy most of them look with no hair?

What happens when we age, as far as hair is concerned?  It all goes ass backward - even women find their hair thinning, and some go bald.  The leg hair, the pubic and the underarm hair tend to disappear, BUT the stupid facial hair grows longer and often darker, to the point where women can grow a mustache.  What do we do with it?  We shave it, wax it, tweeze it, bleach it...........  seems we could sure do without it!

I am no good at mathematics, but would surely love to know how much each of us, both men and women, will spend throughout a lifetime on just getting keeping hair clean, fashionable or under control!

And just for fun?  Here are some hairy mary from the dairy type pics, which I hope you enjoy!


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