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It is often said that a person is defined by their appeal.

The fragrance that you wear can also tell a lot about your character, and more often than not, people can easily tell if you are in the room by your trademark perfume.

The same also applies to one’s hairstyle.

While in the past the formal type of hairstyle became the trademark for most of our celebrities, it seems the trend is shifting to the more bizarre and quirky types.

This has rubbed off onto the fanatics of these celebrities, and this is evidenced by the hairstyles that we often see people sporting on the streets.

These (forgive the pun) are head-turning hairstyles.

According to one lifestyle coach and guru Mitchele Anderson, a person’s hairstyle tells a lot about them.

“The way you cut and style your hair provides clues to the rest of the world about how you see yourself, the cultural tribes you pledge to (either consciously or subconsciously) and what’s likely to be in your wardrobe. So before you arrive for that next interview or drop a line on that blonde across the bar, do yourself a favour and find out what you’re announcing with your ‘do.”

Some hairstylists also said hair colour is an identity.

“When you change it, you can become a different person. Fugitives tend to go dark because they want to hide and disappear, while most celebrities tend to go lighter and lighter because they crave the constant spotlight,” said Cherise Mwale from Namibia.

Mwale, who was in the country for a hair show, said she was happy how local celebrities are maximising the opportunity of being trendsetters with their hairdos.

“I am not only a hairstylist but through hair you can see the character. In fact, a lot of clients come to see me when they’re going through life changes. Sometimes it actually helps bring out what they are feeling inside — or how they want to feel. I see so many women drastically changing their colour at the end of a relationship that I’ve coined it the ‘break-over’ — instead of a makeover.”

She thinks it’s an intricate part of the healing process.

“The right hair colour can give confidence, enhance your mood, and make you feel sexy again. I don’t have scientific proof, but I know people feel better when they get up from my chair,” she said.

However, one of the most common scenarios in a beauty salon is a woman coming in with a picture of a Hollywood celebrity, asking the stylist to copy a hairstyle.

Since the time of Princess Diana, women from all parts of the world have been taking their hairstyle cues from popular personalities, music artistes and celebrities.

In Zimbabwe, Pokello Nare, Sulumani Chimbetu, Mai Makandiwa, Mai Chisamba, Winky D, Dudu Manhenga, Edith WeUtonga, and Mbira Dze- Nharira among others have continued to maintain their trademarks.

Such celebrities have maintained their hairstyles to the extent even if their music, fashion or dance lifestyle flops it is the hair that talks.

“I remember that months back the Mai Makandiwa hairstyle caused a stir among most women. If you check closely most women now prefer the low-cut hairstyle with some curls courtesy of the prophetess. To us business is booming because we work with the trends,” said one hairstylist.

If there is one personality who has influenced people of all ages with his weird hairstyle, then it is none other than Italian soccer player, Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli — also nicknamed Super Mario because of his bizarre and super actions on and off the pitch — sports his hairstyle in fancy and bizarre ways, especially the Mohawk type.

This is a reflection of is temperamental, mercurial and rebellious attitude, his desire to stand out from the rest and always the need to always be in the public eye.

In Zimbabwe, Balotelli has inspired many people, especially youths, who, according to one barber in Harare, are always coming requesting to have a shave based on the Balotelli craze.

“The hairstyle has been in existence in many parts of the world for millennia. The body of a warrior occupying one of the Khurgas had been scalped earlier in life and wore hair prosthesis in the form of a Mohawk.”

The Big Brother Hotshots representative and presenter Butterphly has her own hairstyle that leaves jaws dropping.

She accessories her hair with a crop of eiderdown which she tinges with a golden colour that screams for attention.

If Butterphly is good for this, then pop singer Lady Gaga is worse for her bizarre hairstyles that tell a lot about this quirky musician.

Urban grooves artistes Roki and his ex-wife Pauline Gundiza are also good for their bizarre hairstyles.

Roki usually plaits the hair on the sides of his head and leaves a mane that falls between.

Pauline, on the other hand, vacillates between small spikes to some bizarre bramble of unkempt mane.

If you know Soul Jah Love, then you know one of the “baddest”, “weirdest” hairstyles in dancehall music.

However, most women cringe at the thought of switching up their tried-and-tested hairstyle. Could it be those distant memories of a haircut gone bad? Or are you afraid you just won’t feel “yourself”?

Our identities are intricately linked to the face we show others.

“Finding the right style not only empowers you but makes everyone who sees you feel confident about your abilities,” said Noku of the famous Hairbride.

She said celebrity hairstyles communicate who they are at a glance.

Remember, it is the hair that talks.

Source : The Herald