The hair I scrutinized was of a female that had been sitting in DB. This hair was somewhat long reaching down to just below the middle of her back. I took note of how it was shortened by the use of a ponytail and without it would probably extend beyond her back. The ponytail was pink and raised her hair above her head. This style of ponytail allowed for emphasis on the highlights that were displayed. These highlights were blonde, which contrasted her seemingly natural brunette color. This color of blonde is considered ‘dirty’, which allowed for less of a stark difference between the two colors. I took appreciation of this thoughtful transition that many would overlook. This hair was obviously quite nurtured. It appeared to be damp in a way that showed she had recently showered. The hair was also frizzled that gave the impression she had been in a rush that morning. I assume she took a brief shower, threw her hair in a ponytail and headed out the door. This degree of frizziness showed that the sun had played a major role in drying it. She had not accounted for all the hair within the ponytail. This was evident by the two strands of hair that had been freely dangling on the sides of her face. Her strands in the front hadn’t been nearly as long as the hair in the back, even with the ponytail. This made we wonder whether she had extensions, but I am not one to know much about that. I imagine that the hair is knotty because of how it was treated that morning. I can see many skewed strands of hair, which gives evidence that she had not combed throughly or at all. This hair was of a moderately bright hue. This volume allowed for a went along nicely with the darker shade of blonde highlights. I found that this woman’s hair was not your average natural look. In summary, it was clear that she had put time and effort into styling it. However, I must have caught her on a day where she hadn’t had time to show off its potential.
This had been my first time spying on a stranger while taking notes. When I first learned the assignment I thought it would be awkward and worried that I would be caught starring too much. I situated myself at an empty table in DB and began glancing about the room. I saw many prospects that I could write about. The dining area was sparsely occupied which heightened my risk of being caught starring. I saw people with many different hair styles that had potential, but I wanted someone with many different aspects to there hair. This way I could easily write a lot about them and maybe learn something while doing it. Once I found my target, I began taking many notes with ease and the process felt natural. It was not difficult to go under the radar. Taking notes of not just the hair, but everything in my environment gave me a different outlook. During a normal visit to the dining hall, I tend to miss out on taking in the subtleties of my surroundings. With all the chores of the day weighing in on one’s mind, it is uncommon to stop and digest what is really going on. As humans we become desensitized to our usual surroundings and eventually develop tunnel vision. Sitting at that table and taking in everything helped me understand more of what can be easily missed. The people surrounding you and the conversations taking place are all part of the experience. I understand now that the art of storytelling is being able to close portray a scenario that you experienced to someone who has not. Being able to paint a clear picture of what its like is part of the skill that takes great practice to master. This exercise helped put into perspective what we should be focusing on for our investigation projects. Helping the audience understand what these people do and why is my task that I will strive to fulfill.