When you think of many icons from the past, I bet their hair is the first image you get in your head.
So many people, famous for much more important things, are dually noted because of their hair. She was involved in a very scandalous relationship with Julius Cesar, leader of the Roman Empire, who is also quite popular for sporting his own hairdo with the same name.
Pharaoh of Egypt, known for many things more important than her unmistakable, square cut, black-colored bob haircut, but the first thing that happens when somebody shows up with bangs that are cut too square is for someone to say, “You look like Cleopatra.”
At the end of the 12th century, unknown for sure if she even existed at all, but rumored to be buried in three different places, she begat the legend of Peeping Tom, after asking the people of Coventry to stay indoors, and not look outside as she rode through the streets naked on a horse, to protest high taxes for the people of Coventry, with nothing but her beautiful long flowing red hair as her attire. The legend of Lady Godiva could not exist, if not for her hair.
Then there was once a beautiful girl with long, reddish brown hair, from Los Angeles, Calif., that wanted to become a star. No one new she existed, until discovered by a photographer while working on an assembly line in World War II.
During her first photo shoot ever, she felt like such an unknown that she thought she had been upstaged by a dog that was in the photos. But showing promise of becoming a star, a makeover was performed.
The first thing they did was cut her hair and turn it platinum blonde. She did, in fact, become one of the greatest legends of all time. Her name was changed, along with her hair, to Marilyn Monroe.
These guys came to the United States from England in the ‘60s and changed the course of music forever. There are still rumors that one of them died in a car crash to this day and was replaced by a look-alike because they were so popular, that if word got out the public would go nuts. They brought over a new look for men that would also cause conservative people to cringe with their long hairstyles. I was just a little boy but will never forget The Beatles.
Born in Mississippi in 1935 and moved to Memphis at 13, at 21 years old he shocked audiences with his controversial style and an African-American sound to his music. His first big hit, “Heartbreak Hotel,” and the debut in his first movie, “Love Me Tender,” would set him up to be known as the king of rock and roll.
Today, anytime a man slicks his hair back with gel, someone is going to say, “You look like Elvis.”
So the next time you think that your hair doesn’t matter, pull a dollar bill out of your pocket and look at the guy on there. At some point, in a derogatory way, because of his wig, someone somewhere is being called George Washington right now.
Scott Terwilliger is an Aiken salon owner. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and comments.