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The Evolution of Eyebrows

I spoke on the phone with my mother the other day and she complained that my 17 year old brother is using her makeup to fill in his eyebrows. Thick eyebrows are in style, and they have been for several years. I remember when I was first learning to deal with body hair, one of... Continue Reading →

The Ambiguity Advantage

  Growing up, my younger sister and I shared something with each other that no one else in our family did--we were both half-black and half-white, the only mixed-race individuals in the family. She loves theater, and is very talented (shameless brag). At age 12, she was being cast for lead roles ahead of high school... Continue Reading →

Eye on the Crown

In perhaps perfect timing, as we read Toni Morrison’s (1970) The Bluest Eye, Nikki Manaj came out with a new track “No Frauds.” The song is one of a few between the singer and one of her rivals, Remy Ma. The song features Nikki Manaj as royalty in London. She is seen wearing luxurious outfits... Continue Reading →

Waking Up Like This

Great news! Women can now do it all--have families, pursue careers, build social lives--except, that is, look bad while doing any of it. Meant to streamline one's beauty process, semipermanent make-up technology refers to a variety of cosmetic procedures, typically involving tattooing, for the purpose of looking one's best all the time with less daily... Continue Reading →

A Historical Look at Vietnamese Nail Salons

After reading the excerpt from Miliann Kang’s book “The Managed Hand: Race, Gender and the Body in Beauty Service Work” and the New York Times articles about the exploitation and abuse of manicurists in New York, I started to think about the stereotypes surrounding Asian-owned salons. While I usually frequent Vietnamese-owned salons in California, I go... Continue Reading →

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