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The Human Hair Business Gets Downright Dirty

On lice, blood, and ethics

(Newser) - In the US, women and girls sometimes donate their hair to groups that make wigs—think Locks of Love—not because hair is hard to come by but because it is so expensive. But many also buy wigs and extensions made of real human hair—and chances are good that... More »

Bewigged Nurse Robbed Banks as 'Bad-Hair Bandit': FBI

Bail at $500K for one of America's Most Wanted

(Newser) - Once she was a jailhouse nurse; now she’s known simply as the “Bad Hair Bandit.” Alongside her husband, Cynthia Van Holland is being held for allegedly robbing 20 banks while wearing chintzy wigs. After she was caught this week in northern California, authorities want to make sure... More »

Phil Spector, Unveiled

(Newser) - What a difference a wig—or lack of one—makes. California released the prison mug shot of Phil Spector today, revealing him to be a rather ordinary looking bald guy, the Daily News reports. The renowned music producer, always seen in public (and court) with a very full head of... More »

Sarah Palin 'Do Is a Hit With Orthodox Women

Wigs a hot item in Jewish Brooklyn nabe

(Newser) - The Alaska governor's flashy signature 'do is a surprise hit with Orthodox Jewish women in Brooklyn, where the "Sarah Palin Wig" has been selling briskly—at $695 a pop—to women who keep their hair covered for religious reasons. “It's a very classic look, yet fashion forward,”... More »

British Judges Not Happy to Ditch Their Wigs

Lawyers, also hirsute by tradition, could be next, though change has foes aplenty

(Newser) - The sun may never set on the British Empire, the saying goes—so bald judges might want to watch out, as some are being forced to give up their customary wigs in October, the Los Angeles Times reports. They're also getting new robes by a designer associated with “funky... More »

Do We Have the Old Britney Back?

With dad in control, Spears is out of the spotlight and back in the gym

(Newser) - Britney Spears might be on the rebound, as the court-appointed custodianship of her father shepherds her back to her kids, the gym, and the recording studio, Reuters reports. Apart from a minor traffic accident, the pop star has been out of the news and out of the hospital, focusing instead... More »

Wig Out! Brit Courts Could Ditch The Hairpieces

Hair today, gone tomorrow for old look?

(Newser) - Judges and barristers in England and Wales have been wearing horse-hair wigs and black gowns to court since the 1600s, but that could all change depending on the results of an official survey seeking opinions from those who sport the hairpieces. The Lord Chief Justice will make a final decision.... More »

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