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    Posted: January 11 2000 at 9:14pm
> Find someone to pony up the ten mil (cash in advance> of course!:)) and you can gleefully, smugly watch me> eat crow to you hearts content!! :)> Very best wishes to all,> DawnHey Dawn:For that kind of money you could easily hire someone to totally pampar you while your hair would grow back. lol Nice even number. I like it. lolDiane from Canada
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Find someone to pony up the ten mil (cash in advance of course!:)) and you can gleefully, smugly watch me eat crow to you hearts content!! :)Very best wishes to all,Dawn> Yeah, this was my question when I read about it. Like> I said earlier, there is a site on the web that sells> women's cut off pony tails....I have always wondered> what it is that people do with them? Maybe some buy> them for wigs?> Hmmmm. I guess this just has a tag on it that says> "zorak bait", right? And you would not ride> in the shuttle? Jeez, I would do that in a flash!!!> So things are not as "rock solid" as they> would appear? :-) It has always been my contention> that things are flexible and pliable....so even the> famous "iron will" is willing if the terms> are right? :-)> Z.
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> Yeah, this was my question when I read about it. Like> I said earlier, there is a site on the web that sells> women's cut off pony tails....I have always wondered> what it is that people do with them? Maybe some buy> them for wigs?Hello Zorak;I knew this guy that was interested in ponytails. He went to her house and found lots and lots of male ponytails. She claimed that she was only collecting them as a hobby. Sick weird hey!! I told that male to watch out for her.>
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> ...in Debra Jo's case, well, lets face it, her fans don't> really feel the same about her, she's more of an> object, a nice butt, some great hair, generally an> sexual fantasy and not much more. So just the thought> of what the (probably mostly) guys who would want a> piece of her hair are doing with it, or while they're> holding it is, major yuck, just plain creepy.Yeah, this was my question when I read about it. Like I said earlier, there is a site on the web that sells women's cut off pony tails....I have always wondered what it is that people do with them? Maybe some buy them for wigs?> Would I sell my own hair? Well, since I would never> cut it (thats right, never, there are lots of things> in life we can say never to, I would never rob a bank,> I would never commit murder, I would never ride in the> space shuttle)Hmmmm. I guess this just has a tag on it that says "zorak bait", right? And you would not ride in the shuttle? Jeez, I would do that in a flash!!!> the point is moot. On the other hand, perhaps some sultan> somewhere would care to offer five or ten million to test> my resolve? :) Payment up front, of course!So things are not as "rock solid" as they would appear? :-) It has always been my contention that things are flexible and pliable....so even the famous "iron will" is willing if the terms are right? :-)Z.
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A lightening disaster at my house has had me off line for more than two weeks, so I know I'm a bit late on this one, but I just can't resist since Debra Jo's hair was definately an inspiration so many years ago.But I have to say in this case, the whole thing is just too creepy. For example, lets say, heaven forbid, that Crystal Gayle was to cut off her hair and decided to sell it to adoring fans, you can just picture people buying it to keep a piece in a favorite locket as some treasured momento of an artist they love as a whole person, singer, woman, role model, whatever. But in Debra Jo's case, well, lets face it, her fans don't really feel the same about her, she's more of an object, a nice butt, some great hair, generally an sexual fantasy and not much more. So just the thought of what the (probably mostly) guys who would want a piece of her hair are doing with it, or while they're holding it is, major yuck, just plain creepy. I would say it doesn't exactly serve to heighten my opinion of her for doing it either.Would I sell my own hair? Well, since I would never cut it (thats right, never, there are lots of things in life we can say never to, I would never rob a bank, I would never commit murder, I would never ride in the space shuttle) the point is moot. On the other hand, perhaps some sultan somewhere would care to offer five or ten million to test my resolve? :) Payment up front, of course!As Diane said, nice to see you starting threads, Karen, interesting topic, and I'm so very glad that you're feeling better. Now that more of us know about your situation, I'm sure the prayers and well wishes will make you feel lots better real soon!Very best wishes to all,Dawn> OK,> It is 2:39 AM and I can't sleep. I could work on the> Boutique..OK I will get there in a minute..but I enjoy> this board the most so I decided to post about Debra> Jo Fondren.> Actually I want everyone to know that my post about my> thyroid made me feel better just to talk about it and> my hair actually seems better the last day or so. I> also have more energy (witness my insomnia - :-)> OK. So I read this article that Debra Jo Fondren who> was a Playboy Playmate of the Year and famous for> ankle length thick luxious blonde hair. She is back in> the spotlight after some absence and is selling pieces> of her hair as official "collectibles". UGH.> I am not the one selling my hair but I still felt> violated.> Jeff has a magazine that interviews her about selling> her hair, what she has been doing since she cut off> all her hair and of course the appropriate photos of> her in various settings.> I personally would have a hard time selling my hair.> While I am a big believer in heart and similar> transplants, my hair feels so much a part of me that I> just don't think I could sell it.> I read an interview with Portia De Rossi (Ally McBeal> TV show) and she is quoted as saying that she cut her> hair off after making the movie Sirens and she> immediately regretted it. She says that "hair has> a certain power I was not aware of".> Comments? Thoughts? Would you sell your hair as> "collectibles"?> While I don't always get around to posting here, I> will confess that I lurk more often hear than all the> other boards because I love the wonderful debates.> After all, this is hair politics. :-)> Best wishes,> Karen
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> Actually I want everyone to know that my post about my> thyroid made me feel better just to talk about it and> my hair actually seems better the last day or so. I> also have more energy (witness my insomnia - :-)Karen...this is the best news of all!! Keep fighting, you know we are all behind you!> I personally would have a hard time selling my hair.> While I am a big believer in heart and similar> transplants, my hair feels so much a part of me that I> just don't think I could sell it.Agreed. We aren't exactly talking about bone marrow or blood now are we? One can physically exist without hair...ask any bald man. Yes, losing hair to chemo and the like is a horrifying experience, but there is no wig shortage or anything like that in this country. Most hairpieces are high-tech polymer fibres, not real human hair. Blood or marrow tissue however cannot be synthesized.Hair IS a part of you.Your hair contains trace metabolites of everything you ingest in your body...food, drugs, etc. While a lab can't determine which night last week one had chicken, it can identify whether one has a vegetarian diet or not. Its validity for testing for drugs or medicines is superior to most tests because not only is hair highly accurate, it provides a time reference as to when a substance was digested.So no, I won't sell my hair. I won't give it to charity. I certainly wouldn't allow some crazed or disturbed fan to get a lock of it. No thanks.Related Link:Picture
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God forbid anything should happen to my daughter, but if she were ill and lost her hair, I would cut mine to make a wig or hair extensions for her.Now, of course, I have to *grow* my hair so I would actually have it to cut... {grin}
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> Why is it that these make-over segments love to chop> off long hair anyway? At first it appeared this lady> would have bra-length hair, but by the time the guy> finished, it was barely below her shoulders!!I think I remember this one. Was this where Oprah showed her different styles with a virtual makeover program? Seemed like Oprah (and the audience) were rooting for the woman to have her lovely hair cut to chin legnth, but she wasn't having any of that.Kestra
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I was inspired by a knee-length haired woman who donated her hair to an organization which makes wigs for children who lost their hair after kemotherapy. I don't think I could part with many inches of my rear-end length locks, but if they'd take an inch or two at a time, I'd be happy to do the same. The poor woman was crying and I'm sure she was sad to lose a part of herself. After a while, it just seems like another appendage doesn't it? (no offense to those who have lost a true appendage)Why is it that these make-over segments love to chop off long hair anyway? At first it appeared this lady would have bra-length hair, but by the time the guy finished, it was barely below her shoulders!!
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> Even if a person had no such "emergency fund," there are> lots of legal ways -- and plenty of potentially saleable> assets from which to choose -- to quickly generate some> cash, if so needed.Before the advent of the "credit society", people of humble means often had little choice when they were desperately inneed of money. Witness the (now considered horrible and banned by law) practice of making poor children work 12 hours a day in gross conditions.....In the past in the USA it was a very common practice for a woman to sell her hair as a way to make money. Many families expected that their daughters would sell their hair when it was long enough to "harvest". Even today in poorer countries like in the far east or in south America, it is common for women to sell their hair for money.Times change. Now credit is easy, jobs are relatively easy to find (in the USA anyway) and it is not as common for a woman to sell her hair for money, but obviously it does still occur.BTW, did you know that in ancient Rome it was common for a rich woman to buy a slave girl just to cut off her hair and make a wig out of it? Rich women in Rome coveted the blonde hair of germanic and gaulish slave girls....the extra household labor was a nice "extra" when a slave was bought to make a wig.....Zorak
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If you watch the movie ... you can pick up on Amy's attitude of herself vs. Jo's. Jo was the tomboy and not fussy as Amy was. For example, Amy's wearing the clothespin on her nose to make it shaped more attractively..Jo was the bookworm/author/tomboy who wanted to go off and fight with the men.. Amy was made to be the prissy one..one who knew she would marry rich.. Meg the mature one.. Beth the sympathic and tragic one. Jo had too much pride to ask the rich aunt for money so she sold her hair.. showing alot of sacrifice...Her father was injured in the cival war and money was needed for train fare for the mother to get to his side.Hollywood may have picked a too pretty of Jo for it's movie compared to what the author intended.. The newest version is superb tho..I bought a copy as soon as it came out.. love it at Christmastime. Cher~Hi Ed. I know the hair-cutting incident was in the> book "Little Women", and that Jo's hair was> supposed to be her "one beauty." It was a> very touching gesture; she was such a tomboy, and her> hair was the only thing she was vain about.> It is hard for me to imagine the situation arising in> this day and age, but if I needed the money for a> loved one, certainly I would make the sacrifice. Hair> grows back (however slowly); people are irreplaceable.> I don't know if that particular incident was taken> from Alcott's life.> Kim
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> In the movie Little Women, Jo has her hair cut short> to sell it in order that her mother can go and get her> papa. I guess in this case, and when you're poor, Jo> felt she had no other choice - it became a question of> what was more important to her - family or her hair.> It was a sacrifice, but one she was prepared to make.> Would anyone on this board NOT be prepared to make> this sacrifice for a loved one?Hi Ed,The issue (in the storyline) was a perceived immediate need formonetary resources to fund the means to "go and get her papa." I'mnot familiar with the storyline -- was it was a matter of life anddeath, or of rescuing him from some type of grave danger?As I have prepared for a financial "emergency," I myself have noreason to even consider such a course of action.Even if a person had no such "emergency fund," there are lots oflegal ways -- and plenty of potentially saleable assets from whichto choose -- to quickly generate some cash, if so needed.I think of proactive preparedness for a potential emergency as a goodway to avoid putting one's self into a potentially compromising position.> What was cruel though in the movie was the reaction of> her youngest sister who said when she saw what Jo had> done that Jo had sacrificed 'her ONE beauty'. Wow....> what a cow!!!!Her comment was, on one hand, a compliment, and on the other, an insult.Dave
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Hi Ed. I know the hair-cutting incident was in the book "Little Women", and that Jo's hair was supposed to be her "one beauty." It was a very touching gesture; she was such a tomboy, and her hair was the only thing she was vain about.It is hard for me to imagine the situation arising in this day and age, but if I needed the money for a loved one, certainly I would make the sacrifice. Hair grows back (however slowly); people are irreplaceable.I don't know if that particular incident was taken from Alcott's life.Kim
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> There is a lot to say about the subject. I am certain> that someone could write that very original PhD thesis> on any number of topics related to hair.> DaveI am aware of one serious, scholarly research activity going on right now, focused on hair and sexuality. The researcher is actually focused on men's haircutting, and is distributing a questionaire on the subject. You may be interested in contacting the researcher, or filling out the survey (certainly the locals at this site would give very different answers than those from The Haircut Site... ;~)email version: http://www.thcsite.com/survey_a.htmlprint version: http://www.thcsite.com/survey1.html
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This is a bit morose, but I have been wondering.I don't really see that anyone who wants to buy hair and pay for it is exploiting others as Dave put it, since it is down to the individual choice of that person selling their hair and a question of what value they ulitmately put on it and how much the person buying is willing to spend. I remember as a school child, one boy who bought a ball of ice from another kid for a weeks allowance and then saw it melt away into nothing as the school afternoon proceeded. Value is in the eye of the buyer and seller.... the magic of capitalism.What motivated Debra Jo to sell her hair. Was it cashing in on fame. Was it that she was going to cut it anyway and thought, hey there are some mugs out there who will pay for this, rather than it just going into a trash can. Or did she truely want to share something very personal with her fans who were prepared to pay for it.Ultimately though she was in control of this.It has made me wonder though whether the next of kin of a deceased celebrity might have the same idea and hack all their hair off before they are finally put to rest. Yuck. Sounds gross doesn't it, but then again I am sure there are people out there who might pay for say a lock of Elvis's hair... or some time in the (hopefully distant) future Crystal Gayle. Now what are the ethics of this and what about the people who might buy it. And where might it all end???Ed
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In the movie Little Women, Jo has her hair cut short to sell it in order that her mother can go and get her papa. I guess in this case, and when you're poor, Jo felt she had no other choice - it became a question of what was more important to her - family or her hair. It was a sacrifice, but one she was prepared to make.Would anyone on this board NOT be prepared to make this sacrifice for a loved one?What was cruel though in the movie was the reaction of her youngest sister who said when she saw what Jo had done that Jo had sacrificed 'her ONE beauty'. Wow.... what a cow!!!!By the way, has anyone read the book? If so, was this in the book and does anyone know if the event really happened in the author's childhood... I believe the book is based on her childhood, but is not necessarily an autobiographical account.Ed
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Hi Zorak,> It is interesting to note that all those who found the> idea of selling one's hair repugnant are those who> have a dedication to growing their hair long. Hmmm....Doesn't seem surprising. Cutting/selling one's hair is inconsistent with a dedication to growing it longer, right?> Anyway, I guess that I really don't see a problem with> the idea: women in the far east have sold their hair> to wig makers as a matter of course for centuries.I read once that it was done extensively in Europe, too.> There is a web site (something like phd4u.com, I> cannot really remember) where girls who cut off their> long hair actually auction off their pony tails to the> highest bidder....I kid you not!> Of course, one wonders what the purchasers of these> pony tails use them for.....If not for wigs, then what? Fetish, perhaps?> But hey, if you have something that you no longer want> to keep, and someone is willing to pay good money for> it, why just throw it away? Why not get whatever money> you can for something that would normally just be> swept into the trash?Sure. Sometimes, though, people are induced to consider/decide to cut because a certain sum of money has been waved in their face. It's a temptation to sell out.And makes me question the motivations of those who make such offers.> Zorak> BTW, I have been doing some research on hair power,> politics, fetishes, etc. I have found many fascinating> things, from a story of sacrificed hair immortalized> in the constellations, to people who are "coming> out" as hair fetishists after years of thinking> they were weird or gay. Maybe one day I will post a> compendium of the new knowledge I have gained.> The psychology of hair is enough for one to get a very> original PhD thesis out of!!! Doesn't this message> board kind of prove that to be true anyway???There is a lot to say about the subject. I am certain that someone could write that very original PhD thesis on any number of topics related to hair.Dave
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> Comments? Thoughts? Would you sell your hair as> "collectibles"?I think it would depend upon how much the buyers wanted to pay me! :-) I wouldn't LOVE the idea, but if the buyers could pay off a few of my college loans, I might learn to LIKE it as long as I didn't have to go SUPER short or shave my head! The buyers would have to be quite wealthy, though!As far as the Debra Jo thing goes, Debra Jo in a sense did sell a part of herself when she posed for Playboy in the first place. To me, selling nude pictures of your body is a bit more serious than selling pieces of your hair! I'd feel more violated knowing that millions of men were drooling over me than I would knowing someone owned a piece of my hair!After I cut my hair awhile back, I did donate it to Locks Of Love, a charity that makes wigs for kids w/ hair loss. Since I had a lot of hair in very good condition, I thought I might as well donate it instead of throwing it out w/ the garbage.DawnRelated Link:Dawn's Secret Garden
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> OK. So I read this article that Debra Jo Fondren who> was a Playboy Playmate of the Year and famous for> ankle length thick luxious blonde hair. She is back in> the spotlight after some absence and is selling pieces> of her hair as official "collectibles". UGH.> I am not the one selling my hair but I still felt> violated.It is interesting to note that all those who found the idea of selling one's hair repugnant are those who have a dedication to growing their hair long. Hmmm....Anyway, I guess that I really don't see a problem with the idea: women in the far east have sold their hair to wig makers as a matter of course for centuries. There is a web site (something like phd4u.com, I cannot really remember) where girls who cut off their long hair actually auction off their pony tails to the highest bidder....I kid you not!Of course, one wonders what the purchasers of these pony tails use them for.....But hey, if you have something that you no longer want to keep, and someone is willing to pay good money for it, why just throw it away? Why not get whatever money you can for something that would normally just be swept into the trash?ZorakBTW, I have been doing some research on hair power, politics, fetishes, etc. I have found many fascinating things, from a story of sacrificed hair immortalized in the constellations, to people who are "coming out" as hair fetishists after years of thinking they were weird or gay. Maybe one day I will post a compendium of the new knowledge I have gained.The psychology of hair is enough for one to get a very original PhD thesis out of!!! Doesn't this message board kind of prove that to be true anyway???
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Hi Briony (and everybody else),> Hi Jade21!> I think the movie you saw was a version of the story> "Gifts of the Magi" (not sure,however). In> that story, which I read 5 yrs ago, the woman sells> her floor length hair to buy her husband a watch fob> for his most prized possesion -- his old gold watch.> Unbeknownst to her, he has sold his watch to buy her a> pair of beautiful hair combs because her hair is her> most prized possession, which with very short hair she> will now not be able to use. It is for Christmas, and> they have no money. I have often thought of the story> and found it heartbreaking.Me too! And I agree with you Kim, on your assessment of thewoman you knew who romanticized cutting her hair as takingthe story out of context!> I have also known two people who sold their hair while> I was in high school, one male and one female. Neither> had any problems with it and were happy to have some> extra spending cash. Just my two cents.> BrionyI have been asked more than once if I had considered orwould consider cutting my hair and selling it for money.The idea of doing so has absolutely no appeal -- I look atmy JOB as being my source of income!Dave
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