National Hair Creator’s Day has been observed every July 12 since 2021. Created by Zotos Professional, part of the Henkel Company’s leading hair care professional unit, it recognizes self-taught stylists all over the country who love to showcase their creativity in styling hair. It promotes self-expression and helps encourage the artistry of budding hair creators. It’s an opportunity for everyone to put their hairstyling skills on display.
History of National Hair Creator’s Day
Hairstyling was alive and well in ancient times. In Egypt, people sported short hair due to the hot weather. Special ceremonies called for heavy black wigs with golden ornaments. Long hair, pulled back into a chignon, was popular with the Greeks. Embellishments like fresh flowers, jeweled tiaras, and gold powder were added during special occasions. The Plains tribes of North America favored traditional, long braids. Warriors headed to battle from the Mohawk tribe shaved their heads. During the European Renaissance period, hair was kept long and pulled back with ornate hair coverings for upper-class ladies such as ribbons, jewels, and pearls. Nobles in the 18th-century royal courts used elaborate wigs piled sky-high with decorative curls. Some of the expensive ones were topped with windmills and birdcages! These were a source of pride for the hairdressers and the affluent ladies who wore them.
Hairstyles also reflect the times. The Victorian hairstyles were restrained. Hair was kept long and neat, curled into ringlets secured at the nape of the neck. Low buns covered by a snood or decorative hair net were also in fashion, along with understated hair ornaments like ivory combs and black bows. In the Jazz Age, young women cut their hair short and styled them into bobs with soft waves as a sign of rebellion. Movie stars inspired the looks of women during and after World War 2. Plastic hair rollers helped them recreate glamorous styles. Natural hair became huge in the 1960s and 1970s. Long, free-flowing hair and the Afro were all the rage. Later on, hairspray made a comeback with puffy, teased styles.
Who knows what other hairstyles will be big in the future? What’s certain is that hair will continue to change along with the world around us.
National Hair Creator’s Day timeline
Wigs gain popularity as a low-maintenance alternative to hair.
Owners of the Poro Company Annie Turnbo Malone and Madame C.J. Walker market hair growers and hair straighteners for African American women.
The Toni Company produces the first home permanent wave kit.
The punk movement popularizes using hair gel to create spiky hairstyles like the mohawk.
National Hair Creator’s Day FAQs
What’s the difference between haircut and hairstyle?
The act of cutting hair usually done by a professional (a barber or hairstylist) is called a haircut. The style in which the hair has been cut and arranged is the hairstyle.
How do you know if you have too much hair product?
Some obvious signs are dullness and a sticky feel. If you can’t take the extra product out by light scrunching with a towel, just rinse your hair and start over.
Why is a hairstyle important?
The right hairstyle can enhance a person’s look. It can give someone confidence and give them a positive boost in personality.
National Hair Creator’s Day Activities
Try a new hairstyle
Create a new look for yourself by trying a new hairstyle, product, or color. You may just discover a brand new look that will suit you better.
Tip your hairstylist generously
Hairstyling is an art that involves technical skill and an understanding of the individual. Those abilities deserve to be lavishly rewarded.
Book a salon date
Go with your friends or your significant other and spend time at a salon. Experiment together with a new cut or color.
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Almond and castor oil
Egyptian women would massage these oils onto their scalp for protection against the dry climate and promote hair growth.
Lizard tallow and swallow droppings
Renaissance women from around 1300 used hair gel made of rendered animal fat and bird droppings.
Fire and iron bars
In 1500 B.C., Assyrian kings curled their hair using iron bars heated in a fire.
Hair pomade with lard
In the 1600s women set their hair in animal fat.
Wigs doused with flour
Lice were rampant in the 18th century, so men would shave their heads and wear wigs that they kept fresh white using flour, starch, or sweet-smelling oils like lavender.
Why We Love National Hair Creator’s Day
A hairstylist and client have a special relationship
Hairstylists become confidants for many people. They also help their clients feel beautiful inside and out by taking care of their hair.
Our hair gives us confidence
Our hair plays a big part in how we present ourselves to the world. The condition of our hair, its style, and even how much of it we have on our heads can affect us positively or negatively.
It celebrates creativity
Hairstyling combines technique, artistry, and innovation. This is a day to go all out and experiment by trying something new, at home or in the salon.
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