Time for another episode of
“This Is A Real Thing”
Today we’ll be discussing human-hair wigs shaped like animal heads.
Until this morning, I had never heard of this fantastical fashion phenomenon. I was doing some casual Google image searching when I stumbled upon a whole menagerie of photos depicting models whose hair had been cut and styled into the three-dimensional shapes of animal heads.
I was shocked. What is going on here? Why didn’t I know about this? Who is designing these hairstyles, and are they Japanese?
I found out quite easily by typing a few key words into Google that the answer to that last question was yes. The artist behind these animal-shaped “hair-hats” was Nagi Noda, an artist/director from Tokyo who passed away in 2008.
Which means that sometime before 2008, these incredible wigs were created, placed atop the heads of models everywhere, then photographed, and I had no idea that any of this was going on until today. Man, am I behind on my hair-hats!
To further explore my new diversion, I read a number of articles and blog posts about Nagi Noda and her animal heads. I also read the comments underneath them, which I found almost as interesting as the hairstyles themselves. I gathered up some of my favorites to share with you.
“I think they’ll be huge for prom this year.”
“Absolutely FANTASTIC where can I get one done?”
“I think they are good for famous people, but verry, verry weird. and i dont have any idea on how to make any ones hair look like that!!!!”
“If animals could talk and offer their consent, could we imagine a kind of reverse scenario of animals modeling human haircuts?”
“I think they’re all from Alaska.”
Well now, we know that that last one is just wrong. I mean, anyone who knows anything about hair-hats knows that they’re made in Japan.