Friday, May 25, 2012

Natural is SO Over. Break Out the Manic Panic — Savannah, 5th St, Society Hill

Over the course of the late '90s and early '00s, "hipster" began to give way to "hippy," or some millennial approximation thereof. We traded in the boozing, nightclubbing lifestyle for urban beekeeping and artisanal cheese-making. Piercings came out. Body hair came back. Hair colors went au naturale. That trend is over.  

Piercings are back. And so is fake hair. Only this time they come with short shorts and leg tattoos. And perhaps a little artisanal cheese-making to round it all off. It's no longer necessary to choose between natural and fake. The two categories are no longer mutually exclusive. We grow increasingly comfortable in the space of contradiction. So head down to your local salon supply store and stock up on dyes that look like food coloring agents. And pick me up some organic, dye-free shampoo while you're at it.

Savannah is a burlesque dancer and pin-up model, living at the edge of South Philly. She told me that her pink hair is a recent "whim," and that she gets stopped for photographs by street style photographers all the time. It's part of the job, she explained. 

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