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Wednesday August 10, 2005

Hair today,gone tomorrow

Everyone’s had his or her bad hair days and the solution sometimes is just to cover it up. S.S. YOGA suggests another possibility – give it all up? 

Readers of a certain vintage will recall Demi Moore all clean and shiny in her 1980s turkey, GI Jane. She was not the first to sacrifice her locks for the sake of art. Way back in 1978, the late Indian actress Persis Khambatta did a star-turn as the sexed-up alien Lt. Alia in the first Star Trek movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The Chinese actress Bai Ling played it exotic, as a Thai slave in Anna & The King. And who can forget the quirky singer turned nun Sinead O’Connor and her uhm head-turning baldpate? – for about five minutes. 

And that sums it all: bald is usually considered odd, out of this world, and – at best – plain un-feminine. Or ‘interesting’ and statement-making. Mention that ‘B’ word to a woman and the fear and loathing swell up. Our culture has conditioned us with the thinking that hair – on our heads, thick, lustrous coils of it – is part of human attraction, male or female. 

Not for nothing was the expression “our crowning glory” coined.  

We spend billions, and hairdressers conjure up all sorts of tricks, so that we can turn heads (pardon the pun) our way. 

Stars and celebrities sign six-figure endorsement contracts for hair brands to entice consumers. 

But what if the unthinkable happens? After all, voluptuous figures – as painted by Rubens and his peers – were once the ideal, before stick insect shapes became the beauty standard for our times. 

What if the trend one day – gasp! – was for women to have baldheads? Shrieks, screams, sobs, even fainting spells would probably occur – this minute – if you told any woman they would have to snip off their “lovely” locks. 

If you've seen those reality shows where a woman has to shave her head bald, you'll understand exactly what we mean.  

But not to worry, we don’t foresee women lining up to go au naturel on top. The latest in the long line of star baldies is actress Natalie Portman – for a role in the movie V for Vendetta.  

So we at StarTwo wondered how some of the other celebs might look like with exposed craniums.  

According to a poll conducted by American magazine In Touch, singer Jessica Simpson tops the list of the hairstyle most women want. Among other women in the Top 10 were Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey and two women of the show Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross.  

So take a peek here at how they look like after a little baring session and figure out who is who. And who do you think looks good? 


Cover picture: Cast of Desperate Housewifes (from left) Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan, 1. Angelina Jolie 2. Nicole Richie 3. Gwyneth Paltrow 4. Jessica Simpson 5. Mischa Barton 6. Jessica Alba 7. Jennifer Anniston 8. Oprah Winfrey


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