Every haircut tells a story
From Beirut to Tokyo, London to Johannesburg, a simple haircut can spark conversations about race, sexuality, age, class and dreams.
Step inside these salons to eavesdrop on some surprising, moving, funny and frank stories.
Department store worker Mami goes to a salon where her dog Mini can get a trim at the same time. But Mami's love for her pet masks a story of longing.
Miriam is colouring her naturally curly hair a deep red. It's an act of minor rebellion in Lebanon where the style is for ultra-glamorous sleek, straight hair - and plastic surgery to match.
When Daniele lost her hair during chemotherapy, her altered appearance challenged her sense of identity. It was a painful experience for Daniele and her hairdresser husband Graeme.
One of the first things I thought was, ‘Oh my God, I'm going to lose my hair' Daniele
In London, Cameroonian CeCe explains to stylist Pearl why she wants a natural hairstyle to show the world she is African. But the definition of "natural" is up for debate.
Zimbabwean Sharon has set up a salon in a shipping container in her shanty town community in Johannesburg. She has plenty of clients but life as a migrant worker is tough.
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