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Pop culture has had a consistent influence on how we wear our hair. Who could forget Farrah's wings, Elvis's pompadour, or Dorothy Hamil's wedge? The new art exhibit, HAIRevolution, traces hairstyles through the ages and explores our consistent hair-raising fascination.

Hairstyles of the future as envisioned by present-day greats.
Hairstyles of the future as envisioned by present-day greats.

The exhibit opened with a fabulous reception held in July at New York City's Parsons School of Design Fashion Education Center. HAIRevolution was organized by DeeDee Gordon, co-founder and co-president of Look-Look, a Los Angeles-based marketing research firm, and sponsored by Finesse in celebration of its 20th anniversary. "We're looking at both the how and the why of the evolution of hairstyles," says Gordon.

The show traveled to five cities nationwide and can now be viewed online at www.finesseHAIRevolution.com. Highlights of the exhibition include interactive experiences such as sing-along with the cast of "Hair" karaoke and a wind filled room for viewers to see what it's like to be on location as a supermodel. The show also provided a historical diorama of sorts looking at famous hairstyles that were cause for mass emulation, using displays with videos, music, and classic styling tools.

Products from the past and hairstyle accessories on exhibit with HAIRevolution.
Products from the past and hairstyle accessories on exhibit with HAIRevolution.

Opening night in New York took a fashionable leap into the future. Celebrity stylists Gad Cohen, John Dellaria, Charles Dujic, José Eber, Mark Garrison, Brad Johns, Harry King, and Edward Tricomi each presented their vision of what hair would look like in the year 2050. Creativity truly reigned free in this celebration of hair in all of its wacky glory.

Celebrity stylists fast forward to what they think hair will look like in 2050. From left: John Dellaria, Brad Johns, José Eber, Harry King, Mark Garrison, Edward Tricomi, Gad Cohen, and Charles Dujic.
Celebrity stylists fast forward to what they think hair will look like in 2050. From left: John Dellaria, Brad Johns, José Eber, Harry King, Mark Garrison, Edward Tricomi, Gad Cohen, and Charles Dujic.
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