Story: Personal grooming

Natural hair, 1986 (3rd of 5)

Natural hair, 1986

Artists and writers (from left) Janet Potiki, Robyn Kahukiwa and Patricia Grace show two contrasting styles worn in the mid-1980s. Hair was long and down in both styles, but one featured masses of curly hair – a classic ‘big hair’ do. The other is a continuation of the 1970s long, straight style. Both styles avoid the heavy use of sprays, elaborate techniques and hair additions.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Ethnology-Maori-Arts and crafts-01

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Personal grooming - Women’s hair', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 Sep 2013