Looking for some zines to check out? Here are some zines about *drum roll* HAIR-- hair on your scalp, your face, and your body. Maybe you'll get some inspiration to change up your look, think about your politics, and read through the thoughts and experiences of some bold zinesters!
All of the zines mentioned in this zineography can be found at the LeFrak Center in Barnard Hall or requested from offsite to be read in the Barnard Archive and Special Collections. You can browse the open stacks for our circulating zines and borrow them from the circulation desk.
If we only have one copy of a zine, it is non-circulation and must be read in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections reading room. To request access to a zine, email firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 AM Wednesday for use on the following Friday-Thursday.
This 3-part zine orbits around the topic of hair. The first component discusses the power structures embedded in hairstyle and body image, especially in women of color, and how social policing urges one to conform to the dominant style. Second, the Asian-American author includes a timeline of her hairstyles and her experiences that involve her hair. The last piece is a story of a woman coloring her grey hair as she recalls memories and attempts to cope with the loss of her dying husband.
Whitney French and Josiane Anthony H compile poems, photographs, quotations, paintings, and prints by Canadian Black women for this zine dedicated to Black natural hair. The content is divided into four parts, "her power is in her hair," "I am a traveller on a quest," "as if I forget my roots," and "don't edit your exotic." There is a note from each editor as well as short biographies about the contributors who are identified as Trinidadian, Asian, Persian, Central Asian, mixed race, Cherokee, Jamaican, and Ghanaian ancestry.
This ribbon-bound art zine is comprised of photographs of Japanese girls and their unique hairdos. What little text there is is mostly in Japanese.
Astro Delight is a cut and paste zine dedicated to hair, hairstyles, and the hair history of its creator Erica and her multicultural friends. It includes comics about hairstyles, stories of hair fiascos and successes, and a picture of Jody from Team Dresch's hair. The author also includes record, zine, and comic reviews.
This perzine, written by a blind biracial Black woman, includes essays on insomnia, hair, glasses, feminism, food, her mixed race background, gossip, and the word "no." The zine also has hand drawn self-portraits, accompanying the text. The second issue, written when Brittany was 26, continues the format of its predecessor with a series of essays and hand drawn images. This particular issue addresses religion, natural hair, bras, emotions, womanism/feminism, the internet, and glasses.
In this issue of this cut-and-past zine, 23-year-old Lala focuses on her dream girls from popular culture, who are generally bald or short-hair girls in television and movies. Lala also recounts her awkward encounter with a Miss America. More political topics include miscegenation and immigration rights for gay and lesbian couples. The author, a native of Ecuador, provides some Spanish language content and lesbian sex illustrations.
Liberte. “Fixing her Hair.” Chicago. 2002.
Liberte, a devoted Ani DiFranco fan, shaves her head and shares her thoughts on the boundless possibilities of gender and sexuality. She and her gender-fluid partner participate dyke Internet pornography, and have a polyamorous relationship.
Ashlee collages color advertisements from magazine, promoting a rise of African-American women wearing their hair naturally. She offers handwritten critiques of products to "relax" or straighten black hair, instead calling for the community to evolve and embrace curly hair.
The second issue of The Life and Times of Butch Dykes is about Le Tigre "sex symbol" JD Samson. The zine talks about Samson's ownership of her facial hair, subversion of traditional feminine/masculine images, and work as a musician. The series itself is a collection of hand-drawn and written mini zines that document the lives of famous lesbians across the world. The first volume is about musicians.
This compilation zine "for bearded ladies and other gender outlaws," contains personal stories about facial hair, queer and transgender identities, being the "right kind" of woman, and being a person of color with facial hair. Notable contributors include Sari of Hoax zine and Australian zinester Maddy Phelan.
This zine tells the story of a little mustache who fell in love with roller derby after watching the film Whip It and tried her best to learn how to skate. The text is handwritten and is accompanied by hand drawn and markered in cartoons.
With content overlaid on collages of cats and other patterned backgrounds, Portland-based, queer femme Shelley constructs this zine that discusses her personal minutiae and social challenges. In issue 7, the 31 year old articulates the effect of Facebook on self-confidence and the need to not beat ourselves up over not always being happy, gives a tribute to The Monkees and attends their most recent concert, and grapples with her facial hair. The zine also contains music and book recommendations as well as scanned images memorabilia.
Ladybeard is a perzine about the author's experience learning to embrace hirsutism caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Issue 1 was written when the author identified as a bearded heterosexual female, and isse 2 details evolving gender identities as the 23-year-old author changes names, comes out as transgender using "fag" as a self-descriptor, and explores new identities while learning to ignore prejudice.
"Written from the perspective of a radical feminist and regular shaver. This zine is an exploration of the whole concept of our relationship with our hair"--No. 1, p. . This is an illustrated fold out zine about female body hair and the (lack of) options women have when deciding how to style it. The author describes herself as a radical feminist.
Issue two, the "Hair" issue, discusses body hair, baldness, hairstylists (and their stereotypes), how to cut your own hair, and being a hirsute woman in a hairless world.
This compilation zine brings together stories about body image. These personal essays are on topics such as being seen as too skinny, too fat, unfeminine, too hairy, or unable to look pretty without makeup. The writers (Mitsuko Roesmary Brooks, Ocean Capewell, Marissa Falco, Kismet, Theresa Molter, Ceci Moss, and Judy Panke) combat these societal judgements by sharing their own body acceptance and discussing how it feels to be judged by parents or schoolmates or people on the street. This zine contains clip art and hand-drawn comics. Some of the anecdotes are handwritten.
Several Canadian writers contribute to this political zine about body image, especially regarding people's views of shaving and body hair and later motherhood. Issue three focuses on the idea of parenting, especially motherhood. Contributions include an essay written by Nadine's mother and another by Colleen's father. There are also poems, photographs, and art. The creators focus on the difficulties and rewards and parenting, as well as an account from a survivor of an abusive parent.
In this handwritten and illustrated zine, one woman investigates the historical origins and modern opinions of pubic hair style, maintenance, and removal. Through online research at thelasttriangle.com, she discovers that art and porn are the core perpetuators of complete pubic hair removal. She discusses how the media has dictated how women should feel about their vaginas, even culminating in genital alterations, or labiaplasty. In contrast to her analysis about the mass media, she includes responses from real women about their pubic hair maintenance.
14-year-old riot grrrl Judy Panke gives fashion advice, writes about her sexuality, questions beauty norms (hairy armpits!), provides candy reviews and talks about her guitar skills. This feminist zine also includes a paper doll centerfold, Mad Libs about going to a punk show, zines reviews, and a quiz about The Simpsons.