A bad hair day is “like not being quite yourself,” at least according to illustrator Christina Christoforou. After all, people put so much work into their hair, cutting it, dying it, making sure it sits just the right way, and has just the right bounce. And as Christoforou’s new book of drawings, Whose Hair? shows, it’s not for nothing. The book (Laurence King Publishing, $12.95) is a testament to how important hair can be.
Thisis a collection of the London-based artist and illustrator’s drawings, solely of hair. It contains drawings of over 100 people’s hairstyles — ranging from TV characters, musicians, politicians, fashion icons, scientists and more — but without their faces. This leaves readers to figure out, as the title of the book suggests, whose hair it is, solely based on the hair style and the field they are famous in. Some people who have had particularly noteworthy hairstyles through the years have all their different hairstyles represented. The answers are conveniently located in the back of the book. Some are obvious — the Beatles’ famous mop tops, Bob Marley’s dreads, Audrey Hepburn’s elegant up-do inBreakfast at Tiffany’s
, or Einstein’s crazy scientist look. However recognizable the figures are otherwise, some are a lot more difficult. Hair, after all, can be somewhat similar, so naming people based on only their hairstyle can prove difficult. But, that’s part of the fun. It is a lighthearted and fun book, and after looking at so many different hairstyles, readers can see what Christoforou means in the beginning of the book, when she writes about the statement that a “feature as trivial as hair” can make.