Second Hairband

The Second Hairband
Charcoal, April 2015

In celebration of thick, Indian hair, this piece tells a story everyone with thick hair knows: having to use an extra hairband because the first one snapped. A rare sight for an Indian girl’s wrist, her wrists are bare, showing that she’s had to use the second hairband she carries. Such a large, diverse Indian population means various types of hair, including the straight hair that’s drawn. As one of the most important aspects of appearance, hairstyle indicates both activity and personality. A ponytail implies work to be done, while the thickness of the hair allows for the glistening sheen depicted, indicating careful maintenance of her locks


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