Alexandra Jacobs
June 21, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Grant McCracken, a jovial, balding anthropologist and curator at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Department of Ethnology, champions the whimsy of women and hairdressers in highly unscientific style. His musings in Big Hair, which include a predictable taxonomy of blonds (Sharon Stone: ”Dangerous Blond”) and a chapter on Vidal Sassoon, are a far better document of individual haircuts (the Pixie, the China Doll, Sassoon’s renowned five-point cut) and key hair celebrants (Veronica Lake, Farrah Fawcett) than of hair’s various shades of sociological meaning. B-

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