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Chewbacca's High-Maintenance Hair Routine

Think Chewbacca’s luxurious brown mane is wash-and-go? Guess again. Allure beauty writer Jenna Rosenstein recently interviewed Maria Cork, the Jedi Master—ahem, supervisor—of the hair department in creature effects on The Force Awakens. Cork detailed the Wookiee’s elaborate hair care regimen, which requires way more than just a good combing and the occasional blow-dry.

Wookiee costumes are about seven and a half feet tall. They’re made mostly from yak hair, which is long and silky and similar to human hair. Of course, this means it’s prone to tangles—a problem Cork remedies with a special brush called the Tangle Teezer, which is reportedly a favorite with beauty insiders. The Tangle Teezer helps loosen the snarls caused by Chewy’s pouch rubbing against his hips—a condition that’s affectionately referred to as “Wookiee butt.” Cork also softens wayward Wookiee mats with an oil moisturizer, which she applies at night.

Once the Chewy outfits are smooth and glossy, Cork boosts their body with a curling wand, and puts loose strands into place with two kinds of hair spray. Of course, all that heat can damage the follicles, so Cork makes sure to mist the galactic creature’s tresses with a heat protectant spray.

Finally, since excessive washing can strip hair of its natural oils, Cork and her co-workers use an astringent tea-tree oil and vodka mixture to spruce up the Wookiee suits between heavy shampoos. When the Chewy costumes do get a bath—which occurs about two or three times during filming—they’re treated to a moisturizing conditioner.

Goes to show, it's not always easy being a fuzzball.

[h/t Allure]

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Listen to What Darth Vader Sounded Like On the Star Wars Set
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The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of the original Star Wars movies. But James Earl Jones wasn't the actor wearing that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6'5" and a former body-building champion).

George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse's voice, but it's still a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader's helmet. Here's video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue.

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A New Roller Coaster is Whizzing Through Colorado's Rocky Mountains
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There are plenty of ways to explore the majestic Rocky Mountains, but few offer the adrenaline rush of the Rocky Mountain Coaster, a brand-new roller coaster that sends riders soaring along the range’s natural twists and turns.

As Urban Daddy reports, the Rocky Mountain Coaster recently opened at Copper Mountain, a mountain and ski resort that’s located near the tiny town of Frisco, about 75 miles west of Denver. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the vacation spot is ideal for hikers, skiers, and mountain bikers. Now, visitors looking to enjoy the surrounding scenery without breaking a sweat can cruise for roughly a mile down to the resort’s high alpine Center Village.

The ride’s raised track “runs along the natural curvature of the mountain, with zigs, zags, dips, and 360-degree turns for guaranteed thrills,” according to a press release. Each personal car is equipped with manual hand brakes to control the ride’s pace, but the coaster does feature a 430-foot drop, so be careful with your phones while Instagramming the view.

The Rocky Mountain Coaster is open-year round, though it will initially mostly only be open on weekends. Solo rides cost $25, and a two-ride pass can be purchased for $35. (Resort guests get an exclusive discount.)

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