Vintage Radvertising: Afro Sheen

In the 1970s, Afro Sheen marketed the "poetry" of natural black hair.

Natural Black Hair in "Americanah"

Curly Hair Conundrums

Curly-haired women often feel like they're living in a flat-ironed, staight-haired world. Cristen and Caroline untangle the science of curly hair and get to the root of the cultural stereotypes regarding ringlets.

Strange But True: Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Why Women's Hair Is Sexy, According to Hippocrates

The Nitpicking Origin of Brushing Hair 100 Strokes Per Day

How did Marsha on "The Brady Brunch" maintain such lustrous blonde mane? She brushed her hair 100 strokes every evening before bed, of course...

Why are long eyelashes feminine?

Connie Britton's Crowning Glory

How Female Hairlessness Became a Beauty Norm

History's Original Dumb Blonde

In wondering when and why such a random stereotype arose, I had figured it had plenty to do with Marilyn Monroe's 1953 performance in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in which she plays the preferable blonde (which is kind of funny when you consider that Norma Jean Mortenson was a brunette when she first headed out in Hollywood). It turns out, however, that the original dumb blonde -- the ODB, if you will -- came around a couple centuries prior...