In a world of soundbites, it is reassuring that many of you have told us how you enjoyed the breadth and depth of our stories. We have many more in progress, but in the meantime we hope you find these new ones inspiring.

Some of you have asked about what actually happens here at Hairstory Studio where we create these stories. Casting to consultation to execution is a collaborative effort during a week of shooting. Casting is often done in person in the streets of New York, but mostly through social media administered by Gina. A consultation with us is a bit like having several doctors discussing your case and debating a course of action. You’ve met our lead haircutter Wes, colorist Roxie, producer (and dancer) Cat – but now meet hairstylist Tony Kelley and makeup artist Yuui Vision, both independent artists like those who now sell our products across the country, and two reasons we understand and support independence in the hairdressing industry.

Our epic journey creating products that fly in the face of everything we thought we knew about hair is ongoing, but we’re celebrating a major milestone by releasing Hairstory products to the world (well, the US for now, but we’re working on the rest.) Not only will they help your individuality shine, but your bathroom and shower will look a lot better without the clutter of needless products, and you’ll buy and use less – a huge boon to the waste less movement. Fan Club members will discover that apart from the ease and convenience of subscribing to our products, they’ll make a significant ecological statement by using refillable packaging. Click on shop to learn more.

Our models, as usual, have compelling stories to tell. Several people talk about going gray, naturally and otherwise; Grace discusses practically shaving her head; Paulette undergoes a dramatic and emotional cut; Alannah reveals life as a redhead and is the subject of a Kamikaze cut, and in closing, I speak out in defense of short hair.

Welcome to Edition 2.  

– Michael Gordon, Editor-in-Chief  

Ed.2, Ch.1 | Minnesota, Aveda, Prada, Banana... Read

Ed.2, Ch.1.1 | The wonderful world of wig craft. Read

Ed.2, Ch.2 | Coloring outside of the box. Read

Ed.2, Ch.2.1 | Gray: The controversial color (or lack of one). Read

Ed.2, Ch.3 | Growing up and getting put-together. Read

Ed.2, Ch.4 | Four women discover new hair with New Wash. Read

Ed.2, Ch.5 | Teenage model and lifelong redhead. Read

Ed.2, Ch.5.1 | Michael and Wes give a Kamikaze cut. Watch

Ed.2, Ch.6 | Asking for help, paring down, and staying focused. Read

Ed.2, Ch.7 | Blonde to blue to black and back again... Read

Ed.2, Ch.7.1 | A bowl cut, the Beatles, Hair Balm, and blue hair. Read

Ed.2, Ch.8 | Gina, Andrew, Meaghan, and Julia describe the career-altering choice to join Hairstory. Read

Model Talk: Grace Yang

Ed.2, Ch.9 | Attitude and Androgyny. Read

Ed.2, Ch.9.1 | Is short hair, or even a shaved head inherently “tough?" Read

Ed.2, Ch.10 | Summing up Hairstory styling products. Read

Ed.2, Ch.11 | A well-dressed dog, a well-read blog, a brand-new blonde. Read

Ed.2, Ch.11.1 | Wes on balance; Roxie on Beige. Read

Ed.2, Ch.12 | Makeup, cake, mistakes, and magic. Read

Ed.2, Ch.13 | See what the magic combination of Wes, Roxie and New Wash can do. Watch

Ed.2, Ch.14 | Short, shorter, shortest: from waist to chin. Read

Ed.2, Ch.14.1 | Big changes? Big emotions. Read

Ed.2, Ch.15 | A photographer on empathy, emotion, and color that heals. Read

Ed.2, Ch.16 | In praise (and defense) of short hair. Read