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Quotations about Hair


Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like. ~Author unknown

Oh, miladi, the perruquier who taught me said always that a good hairdresser could express every mood and every passion of the human heart. ~W. Somerset Maugham, Lady Frederick, 1907

It seems no more than right that men should seize time by the forelock, for the rude old fellow, sooner or later, pulls all their hair out. ~George D. Prentice (1802–1870)

What's the matter with you guys? The sight of blonde hair knocks you three rungs down on the evolutionary ladder. ~Civil Wars television show

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window. ~Raymond Chandler

Her hair was the gold of gold paintings and had been fussed with just enough but not too much. ~Raymond Chandler

Babies haven't any hair;
Old men's heads are just as bare;—
Between the cradle and the grave
Lies a haircut and a shave.
~Samuel Goodman Hoffenstein, c.1929

Women... Who made 'em? God must have been a... genius. Their hair. They say that the hair is everything, you know? Have you ever buried your nose in a mountain of curls, and just wanted to go to sleep forever? ~Bo Goldman, "The Start of an Education," made popular by the movie Scent of a Woman

Your hair is long and wonderful;
      It is dark, with golden
      Lights in the length of it.
Long, lovely, liquid, glorious,
      Is your hair, and lustrous,
      Scented with summertime.
Beware when you are combing it,
      In the nights and mornings,
      Shaking its splendor out.
I bid you comb it carefully,
      For my soul is caught there,
      Wound in the web of it.
~John Robinson Jeffers, "To Helen About Her Hair"

When red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn. ~Mark Twain

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library? ~Lily Tomlin

Violet will be a good color for hair at just about the same time that brunette becomes a good color for flowers. ~Fran Lebowitz, "An Alphabet of New Year's Resolutions for Others"

And beauty draws us with a single hair... ~Alexander Pope

And I love the way your hair grows... And that one wee curl, always looking as if it were going to drop, but never dropping, is delicious. ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915

Each well-trained hair on his head was in its place... ~George Fitch, "Cupid vs. Geography," 1915

Hair is vitally personal to children. They weep vigorously when it is cut for the first time; no matter how it grows, bushy, straight or curly, they feel they are being shorn of a part of their personality. ~Charlie Chaplin, My Autobiography, 1964

The hair is of so much importance to the face, that the gracefulness of a woman's head, and the likeness of a man's portrait, depend in a great measure upon its arrangement. ~Auguste Alexandre Philippe Charles Blanc (1813–1882), Art in Ornament and Dress / L'Art dans la Parure et dans le Vêtement, "Personal Adornment: Hair-Dressing," 1875, translated from French

[W]hat a difference there is between a head dressed with feeling, and the same head when the hair is left to chance or ill arranged! No doubt the natural arrangement may be so admirable that there is no necessity for any alteration. It is thus that disordered hair may characterise the incessant absorption of a philosopher, always buried in problems, like Ampère—let us leave him with his hair all in confusion. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

Attired to please herself: no gems of any kind
She wore, nor aught of borrow'd gloss, in Nature's stead;
And, then her long, loose hair flung deftly round her head
Fell carelessly behind...
~Terence (c.195–c.159 BCE), The Self-Tormentor (Heautontimorumenos), translated from the Latin by Frederick W. Ricord, 1885

I will not deny
my hair
the wildness
of my age...
~Alice Walker, from "I Will Not Deny," Hard Times Require Furious Dancing, 2010

MARQUESS OF MERESTON.  You've got awfully stunning hair, Lady Frederick.
LADY FREDERICK BEROLLES.  D'you like it, really?
MERESTON.  The colour's perfectly beautiful.
LADY FREDERICK.  It ought to be. It's frightfully expensive.
MERESTON.  You don't mean to say it's dyed?
LADY FREDERICK.  Oh, no. Only touched up. That's quite a different thing.
LADY FREDERICK.  It's like superstition, you know, which is what other people believe. My friends dye their hair, but I only touch mine up. Unfortunately, it costs just as much.
~W. Somerset Maugham, Lady Frederick, 1907

The bleached blonde will never say die — she calls it "tinting." ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1908, George Horace Lorimer, editor

...this is California. Blondes are like the state flower or something. ~From the television show Beverly Hills 90210

They're not gray hairs — they're wisdom highlights. ~Author unknown

Your hair carries a lot of energy and memories... ~Lindsay Price Stone, Celebrity Watch Party, 2020  [S1, E7]

There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

Powerful itching of my head, lots of white dry dandruff — what is this d–mnable material. Perhaps it's the dust from the dry literary matter I've crowded into my noodle lately. ~Thomas Edison, diary, 1885

Mr Witwould:  Pray, madam, do you pin up your hair with all your letters? I find I must keep copies.
Mrs Millamant:  Only with those in verse... I never pin up my hair with prose.
~William Congreve, The Way of the World, 1700

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. ~Cicero, as quoted by W.G. Benham

Did you notice how her hair smells like fruit? Not the real fruit but the good kind, like in candy. ~The Middle, "The Core Group," 2016, written by Ilana Wernick  [S8, E1. Axl, to Frankie, about his girlfriend April. –tg]

...her smooth dark hair, marked here and there with a single thread of silver... ~Marguerite A. Power, "The Wedding-Dress," 1857

You collect your straggling hairs on each side, Marinus, endeavouring to conceal the vast expanse of your shining bald pate by the locks which still grow on your temples. But the hairs disperse, and return to their own place with every gust of wind; blanking your bare pole on either side with crude tufts. We might imagine we saw Hermeros of Cydas standing between Spendophorus and Telesphorus. Why not confess yourself an old man? Be content to seem what you really are, and let the barber shave off the rest of your hair. There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair. ~Martial (c.38–c.103 CE), "To Marinus, On His Baldness," translated into English prose, 1888

Your thin-sown hairs on any side
      With dextrous care you cull;
      And rob your temples of their pride,
      To thatch your shining skull.
Repell'd by ev'ry puff of wind
      They take their former stand,
      And then your desert poll they bind
      With locks on either hand.
So, 'twixt two tuzzy youthful pates,
      One Halmyrotes sees.
      Throw ridicule no more such baits:
      The bare old-man will please.
But, that at length you may seem one,
      The shaver quick be call'd;
      And let him o'er the remnant run:
      Belock'd! oh shame! and bald!
~Martial (c.38–c.103 CE), "To Marinus," translated by James Elphinston (1721–1809)  [a little altered —tg]

Gray hair is a blessing — ask any bald man. ~Author unknown

HAIR. The fur that pays a temporary visit to a man's head for the purpose of falling out later on. ~Noah Lott (George V. Hobart), The Silly Syclopedia, 1905

Every day it happens to us to fail to recognise our friends when they have cut their hair in some unusual manner, when they have shaved or allowed their beard to grow contrary to their ordinary practice. This proves what effect these natural ornaments have on a man's appearance, and how they fix themselves in memory. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

...the sun was glinting down on her brilliant head, making her hair glow like fire.... Suddenly she smiled, and her beautiful face became almost as radiant as her hair.... It was bound up in a braid and coiled atop her head like a length of rope, but he could discern hues from the brightest copper to the deepest red, like the leaves of autumn after the frost. Unbound, he knew it could reach her waist, like a waving, living banner of flame. ~Catherine Hart, Night Flame, 1989  #redheads

It is not pleasant to anger a man who has red hairs on his chest. ~Frank Belknap Long, Jr., "The Desert Lich," in Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine, 1924

But if the nose is unequally short and turned up, the hair admits of still more fanciful arrangement; it may be whimsical, surprising, even set off with a little disorder. A stray ringlet, a careless bit of ribbon, an aigrette on one side would be allowable, or a falling spray of flowers, or a single curl on the face. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

A hair in the head is worth two in the brush. ~Ethel Watts-Mumford Grant, Oliver Herford, and Addison Mizner, The Altogether New Cynic's Calendar of Revised Wisdom for 1907

The few hairs left on the heads of the middle-aged always remind me of unwilling guests persuaded to remain for the smouldering cigarette-butt end of a party. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885

Darlin', give me a head with hair, long beautiful hair...
Give me down-to-there hair...
I want it long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy,
Ratty, matty, oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming,
Streaming, flaxen, waxen, knotted, polka-dotted,
Twisted, beaded, braided, powdered, flowered, and confettied,
Bangled, tangled, spangled, and spaghettied...
Biblical hair... like Jesus wore it, hallelujah, I adore it...
~Gerome Ragni and James Rado, "Hair," 1967

      [T]he forehead, if high—if longer than the nose—should be concealed a little, and the face only uncovered near the temples. Long curls, such as Lawrence's figures wear falling on their cheeks, have an expression of sentimental reverie which may suit certain romantic ladies; but, in a general way, the cheeks left bare and the hair turned back is more graceful and natural than these drooping ringlets which the most chaste and tender kiss would disarrange. Why display beautiful curls on the cheek when they look so elegant on the nape of the neck or the shoulder? To conceal a part of the face, is it not to make people suspect some defect, or to lead them to believe more than really exists? Women who hide under corkscrew curls their faded complexions, or the marks which the finger of time has left on their faces, make themselves look old by this very precaution. Sincerity is best.
      As regards young girls, they are always charming when they display the whole of the face. Youth is such a skilful hairdresser!
      ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

Her hair possessed so powerful an animal odor and was so electrically stimulating, that its mere contact with my skin instantaneously made me forget fever, fatigue and pain... and I immediately felt heroic ardor and new strength flowing and surging through my veins. ~Octave Mirbeau, "The Garden," The Torture Garden, 1899, translated from the French by Alvah C. Bessie, 1931

A man has gray hair; a poet has locks as silvery as long-lost treasure. ~Terri Guillemets

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald. ~Proverb

The arrangement of the hair being indispensable to beauty only in woman, man, without actually handling the scissors and the curling tongs, ought to be his own hair-dresser; and if so, we may be sure... that his character, careless or careful, impetuous or calm, timid or resolute, stiff or unreserved, will show itself in the way in which he usually cuts and arranges his hair. But woman needs to be adorned with profound skill, and it is not easy for her to dress her own hair. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875

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