Saturday, August 24, 2013

Hair - Undercuts, Deathhawks, Fauxhawks etc.

Lately I have been noticing that a couple of hairstyle trends that are quite popular amongst the gothy crowd. I am seeing undercuts and deathhawks everywhere it seems. Undercuts especially have been really taking off amongst the ladies, usually on just one side of the head.

While undercuts may be trendy right now, I would not advise just running out and getting them on a whim, as you may be stuck with the consequences for a while. Shaving one side, or part of one side of the head, will take a while to grow out if you end up hating it. There will also be that awkward phase when you are growing it out where one side of your head will have short hair and it might look weird for a while. Keep in mind too, that if you dye your hair different from your natural colour, the undercut side will need more maintenance, with either shaving or dyeing, as the roots will appear more noticeable. Keep in mind the thickness of your hair too, as your undercut will be more noticeable on those with thinner finer hair than those with thicker hair. Some of you may like this, while others may want to be able to hide it at times, covering it over with other hair.

That being said,if you've thought about it and you really want it, you should go for it. You only live once and after all it is just hair that will, in time grow out. It wi also give you some interesting hairstyle options, including the afore mentioned deathhawk.

A deathhawk is (as shown above on the lovely Razor Candy) usually teased and swept over to one side, a sort of fuller relative to the Mohawk. These and undercuts were popular in the 90s and seem to have come back around again. If you do not want to commit to a side undercut, but would still like to sport a deathhawk at times, you can always go for the faux deathhawk, which involves combing the hair over to one side and teasing, for a similar effect.

Of course the very daring can go for a full undercut and Mohawk, for that a true punk rock style.

Of course there is the Fauxhawk as well for those who want to try it out without the drastic haircut.

Personally I am not brave enough to go for an undercut and it's not really my thing, although I did have a purple and white fauxhawk when modelling at a hairshow years ago and it was fun. But I think these styles look great on others. What are your thoughts on these hairstyles?

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Victorian Children at Play

It's been a busy summer, so I'd like to thank everyone for continuing to follow my blog, as my posting has been somewhat sporadic as of late. I am getting back on track though, now that some more time consuming projects are done.
One of the fun summer things I've been up to is taking the kids (my step kids are 4 and 5) to the playground to run around and enjoy the lovely weather. In doing so I wondered about Victorian era kids and where playgrounds started from.

The idea for children's playgrounds actually started in Germany during the mid 19th century and were built in connection with schools. The first British playground opened in 1859 in Manchester and the first US playground was in San Francisco and opened in 1887. The playground included swings, a slide, a carousal under a roman style dome, and a cart pulled by a goat. Why playgrounds still don't have goat rides is beyond me.
As the Victorian era gave way to the Edwardian period, playgrounds in large cities became more common. Concerns about safety also naturally arose. In 1912 New York banned climbing apparatus in playgrounds due to fears of children falling and getting hurt. I guess over protective patents existed back then too.

Most Victorian kids did not have the luxury of a playground. Rich children had nurseries, and a large house and large gardens to play in. Girls had dolls made from porcelain, and ornate doll houses, while boys had tin soldiers, wind up toys, and wooden rocking horses.

The vast majority of children did not have fine toys or spacious houses to play in. They often lived in cramped houses and many had to work, as child labour was unfortunately all too common. They did play outside on the street though, or in fields. Street games like tag, hopscotch and catch were played. Balls could be made from rags filled with sawdust and a bat from a wooden stick. Some kids had marbles, tops, skipping rope, or dolls made from clothes pins or rags. There was also the classic wooden hoop thing you chased down the street with a stick.

These days kids have all sorts of toys and gadgets, even more variety then what I had as a child, and definitely more than what kids 100 years ago or more had. Somehow though they still seem to get the most out of simple things, like a ball, or a doll, some blocks and of course the classic large empty cardboard box (now playing a rocket ship currently).

What were you favourite toys as a kid?

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