Hair can be seen through historical, cultural, or social connections to ourselves, blending the personal to the masses. Through interviewing people with different hairstyles, we aim to shed light on the significance of hair beyond its aesthetic appeal. From childhood memories to cultural influences, each interview uncovers the layers of meaning and emotion embedded in our relationship with hair.
Ⓠ What’s the relationship you have with your hair? How did you end up with the style you have now?
Ⓐ I love my current hairstyle; it has become a significant part of my overall style, and I’ve learned to appreciate it. The journey to this point has been a process. Initially, I opted for a buzzcut/bald look out of necessity. I was experiencing receding hairlines, which had a considerable impact on my self-esteem. It was a challenging period in my life, especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing me to confront myself fully for the first time. In that transformative process, I impulsively decided to shave it all off, marking a symbolic rebirth for me.
Ⓠ What is the history of your relationship with your hair?
Ⓐ Hair has always played a significant role in shaping my identity. During my younger years, I was meticulous about my hair, often adjusting it based on various influences, like attractive characters or when I wanted to make a good impression under infatuation. Looking back, it seems odd why I couldn’t just be comfortable being myself. Perhaps nowadays, I’ve found that ease with myself. I had a distinctive mullet during the 2000s, inspired by the Swedish footballer Christian Wilhelmsson. I remember printing a photo of him and taking it to the barber, resulting in a long mullet that reached my mid-back. Some might find it disgusting, but at that time, it was the trend. Interestingly, it seems to be in style again. Over the years, I’ve experimented with various styles, from a “Potty look” to spikes and a surfer-beatles style.
“Losing” my hair was a dramatic experience as it was such a significant part of my identity. However, it became a transformative journey where I learned to let go and love myself beyond my hair. At one point, I struggled with the idea and even considered getting hair from Turkey or elsewhere. I faced mockery and criticism due to my receding hairline, which became a sensitive spot affecting my self-esteem, dating life, and more. I’m grateful to have overcome that phase, and now I openly talk about it, recognizing that for many guys, and perhaps anyone, hair and hairline especially can be a sensitive spot.
Ⓠ How do you maintain your hair/style, and what’s your routine?
Ⓐ My routine includes the fact that when I shave my head I am in some ways getting ready and pure for the endeavors that will follow. It is many times a very spiritual process of facing things and getting in tune with myself.
Ⓠ What does hair mean to you personally?
Ⓐ Hair is a form of expression and an opportunity to start again.
INTERVIEW / YILIN MA
PHOTOGRAPHY / JUHO HUTTUNEN
STYLING / ANTTI NGUYEN
MAKE UP AND HAIR MEGHNA LAMPI
MODELS / ANGEL EMMANUEL, MELANIE BANGURA, MIRO, JAK TWENS
ALL MODELS ARE WEARING THEIR OWN CLOTHES.