There is apparently a man in the Far East who, according to his tiny village, has not bathed his entire body or groomed his hair in over thirty years.
One can assume his chosen style has rawness to it. Is he healthy? Well, yes, somewhat healthy - and lonely, very lonely.
It seems his style doesn’t appeal to most people in his village. Some would call this return to nature, excessive. His style clearly indicates that he couldn’t care less what the villagers thought. Is he entitled? Well that’s his nature and his chosen style, he’s still there and so are they, although some do say he’s miserable. It takes all sorts.
Each style portrays an identity; it says “here’s my selfie”.
If there is a difference between grooming and style, what is it? To each their own. Grooming cares for our body and style cares for our mind.
Reading the article, I was astounded at how strong the man’s hair and beard looked against the rugged remoteness of his setting. His head was a huge tangled mass of what looked like course curls, blowing long and flowing freely in a dusty wind.
It looked wild; it looked full of body and volume. I have very fine straight hair. Thick flowing hair, even knotted and matted, and unkempt for long lengths of time, the kind you might imagine John the Baptist or Boudicca to have had, always captures my attention and begs the question how does it survive?
Loucas Gorgio, owner of Stone Hair Art Salon, across from the open market in Todmorden, says: “Curls are God’s gift. Curls always get noticed. It’s just human nature, opposites attract, your hair is straight, and you notice curls.”
Loucas had such a sovereign look on his face as he sculpts the hair in front of him. His opinion deserves respect but I unfortunately couldn’t stop myself and laughed out-loud I’m afraid; I was reacting to curls? Hardly something to consider seriously, until my mind resurrected an image from my youth. Many heart-throbs have long flowing waves of curls. In a funny way television studios and movie theatres have always brought out the curls to enhance glamour.
Everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Katy Perry knows the everlasting appeal of long curly locks and luxurious waves.
Companies and professionals are pumping a deluge of grooming products into our homes with the promise of quick and easy ways to “bigger than life” hair. So what are the facts?
Hair can be broken down into subcategories when discussing curls and waves.
This, according to Loucas, is best described in an article written by Ruth Hunsley for HJ Magazine July 2014. He says: “It’s wonderful; Tumi Soyinka creates a handy consumer guide highlighted in this article. It
can help clarify a very complex issue for some clients; curly hair.
“The article points out six basic types of curl. The first lacks body or volume and has marginal stretching ability, creating a slight wave. The second has some body and volume and an end-wave movement. The third has a distinct shape and curves with a uniform pattern and is more likely to frizz.
“The fourth has a definite mixed curl pattern. It’s made up of loops, spirals, ringlets, and corkscrews, everything but the kitchen sink, baby, I adore this kind of hair, it gives volumes of body and bounce and has to be treated right or can frizz in our weather. The fifth type of curl falls in shaped curls forming into coils. This type of curl tends to frizz and tangle in our wet winds; it requires tender conditioners and special cutting. Sixth are the curls that coil close to the head, meaning little movement in the hair yet still prone to tangle. All curls are unique; each has its own character which must be understood. “Curls and waves add life to hair. They just need to be styled!”
It is a problem for some, how to add life to seemingly dull hair.
Trevor Harding, manager at Stone Hair Art appreciates his partner’s artistic talent for curls: “Cutting curly hair can be complex; to be a great stylist you need an especially keen eye when repairing damage
or reshaping the style. Loucas’s artist’s eye is unique. He sees things others don’t, he is truly an artist.
“The next important component is having the proper tools and professional products and with Loucas you have the best money can buy in a masterful set of hands. There is no substitute for his real personal experience. Loucas spent years as a paid professional on professional stages. He knows how your image and look is critical to your success; you can’t really fake it and expect to make it. People want perfect curls and waves all year round and the smart ones are very selective about who styles their hair. Loucas is respected among the world’s best here and abroad and that makes the difference.”
Many will say it’s superficial to obsess with such things as hair and curls and the like, and honestly mostly they are right. Any obsession can be harmful, including one with non-conformity.
But we send subtle signals through our daily style choices, how we express ourselves using hair, clothes, colours, posture, vocal tone, hand gestures, all creating part of the big picture we broadcast about who we are. Our style choice in hair, perhaps more than any other style choice, reflects to others how we see ourselves. But unlike the man in the article, they can be tamed and styled to bring out the best in them,
If you have curls, or want them, and want them looked after properly so they really reflect how you feel about who you are, Loucas invites you and your locks to stop by. You can have a cup and little curly consultation for free.