Modern Living: Going Ape

It looks like a pile of leaves partially eroded by blight, or like a wet mop, upended, after a hard day on the kitchen floor. But this particular disaster area is no accident; it is a hairstyle, the purposeful creation of coiffeurs who see "the Ape" as the newest, most chic head around.

Other styles have been wispier (the Char), wilder (the Afro), more exaggerated (the Artichoke) and harder to maintain (the Poodle). But until now, women had not seriously considered a hairdo based on a multitude of lengths, from very short on top,...

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