CONTEMPORARY IDEAS FOR THE HAIR SERIES

There is no singular description for the choices of hair styles. Hair is as difficult to categorize as it is easy to change. It takes dye---or doesn't take it in funny ways. The choices are harder to describe than any other category because "hair", is not easily categorized.

Color in your hair comes from melanin, which is produced by a melanocyte at the bottom of each hair shaft (in the bulbous bit that is rooted in your scalp). During the process of aging, whether because of aging, which I guess is acceptable, or not. It seems as if it has nothing to do with aging. this color-producing bit stops working, meaning no pigment goes into the shaft at all. Hair is made of the same stuff as nails. What color are your toenail clippings? A whiteish shade of pale? Exactly.

The Gray Hair Series of individuals you see here is an ambition to include as many variations that I can conveniently find of this regal and honest indicator of time that can show as grace, style, sophistication, class and age. Beauty is expressed in all kinds of ways and at all ages. I hope that these images indicate that. I continue to learn as I photograph the subjects with a lot of anecdotes and information that have helped me to learn more as I photograph members of this huge segment of the American population.

Gray hair is not really gray but a variation of several shades of a gray spectrum as well as silver, platinum, smoke, metallic, bronze and golden grays. There is no set pattern that is absolute to the graying of the world. The loss of pigment in the hair follicle can take place as early as the teenage years and some hardly show a touch of gray at their latest years. This contradicts the idea of one gray generation.

Just as there is that loss of pigment to produce gray hair, there is also the diametrical shape of the follicles that produce straight or curly hair. This is a physical range of the relative round to oval to flat sided hair follicles.

The concept of gray hair is another one of the great equalizers of the world. Another way to illustrate that people are more alike than different is a large part of a world philosophy. It knows no boundaries of gender, race, class, religion, or attitude. Even heredity can contradict this characteristic. When the hair is dyed, it is just a covering of the outer shell of the follicle thus it is a cover-up. Even Osama Bin Laden was affected enough to believe that he needed to dye his gray hair in order to appear younger when it was not necessary.

The ages and the generations that we all represent appear and are probably younger in attitude and maturity than ever compared to our parents' generation and we may be younger than they were at our age.

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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California May 2021
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California May 2021
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California April 2021
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California February 2021
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"The Spectrum of Hair", El Sobrante, California January 2021
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Richmond, California December 2020
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California June 2020
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California February 2020
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Richmond, California January 2020
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Richmond, California November 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California November 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Emeryville, California August 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Albany, California July 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", El Cerrito, California July 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California June 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California May 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California April 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California March 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California March 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California January 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California January 2019
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California August 2018
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California June 2018
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California May 2018
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California August 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California August 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California July 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California July 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California Juy 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California June 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Ftrancisco, California June 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California June 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California May 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California May 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California May 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California May 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Amsterdam, Holland May 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Amsterdam, Holland April 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Essouerra, Morocco April 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California March 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California November 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California September 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California November 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Richmond, California October 2017
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Richmond, California September 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California August 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California August 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California August 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California July 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California July 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California July 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California June 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Montclair, California June 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California June 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California June 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California June 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California May 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Emeryville, California May 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California May 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California April 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California April 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California April 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Emeryville, California March 2016
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California February 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California December 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California November 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California November 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", New York City, New York November 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", New York City, New York October 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California October 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California September 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Houston, Texas August 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California August 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", El Cerrito, California Juy 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California July 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California July 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Sacramento, California July 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Sacramento, California July 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California June 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California June 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California June 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California June 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Maui, Hawaii May 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Maui, Hawaii May 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California May 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Oakland, California April 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California March 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", San Francisco, California March 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Montclair, California March 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Richmond, California March 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California February 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California January 2015
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California October 2014
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California October 2014
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California October 2014
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California September 2014
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"The Spectrum of Hair", Berkeley, California September 2014
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