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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The World's Best Scrunchies Are From Zurich. Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says So.
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The scrunchie is back in fashion, but for some, the hair accessory never went away. That includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice and pop culture heavyweight long known for her lacy collars and fancy jabots.

Ginsburg's longtime scrunchie look has gone underappreciated for years, but now, The Wall Street Journal reports (as we saw in The Hollywood Reporter) that her collection of the grandiose hair accessory is growing almost as large as her stockpile of trademark collars.

Where does a Supreme Court justice get her scrunchies, you ask? As you might expect, Justice Ginsburg doesn't run down to Claire's or Urban Outfitters for her hair ties. RBG fans trying to copy her look will need to grab their passports and buy a plane ticket to do so.

"My best scrunchies come from Zurich," she told The Wall Street Journal, no doubt sending a certain type of fashion-loving law student off to research flight prices to Switzerland. "Next best, London," she decreed, "and third best, Rome." (Do we think the justice pays $195 for her luxury scrunchies?)

Ginsburg—whose other trademark accessories include a purse-sized copy of the Constitution, which she carries everywhere—may not be single-handedly bringing back the '90s fashion trend, but she's certainly a great argument for the fluffy fabric hair ties being the perfect professional look. If it's good enough for the Supreme Court and visits to Congress, it's definitely good enough for the cubicle.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]

Fictional Place Names Are Popping Up On Road Signs in Didcot, England

Driving along the highway in Didcot, England, you may notice something strange: the road signs point the way to places like Neverland and Middle-earth.

The names of these and other fictional locales from literature were seamlessly added to road signs by an artist/prankster using Transport Medium, the official font of British road signs.

After some sleuthing, BBC News found the man responsible, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity. He told the BBC that he's been orchestrating "creative interventions" all over England for about 20 years under different pseudonyms, and that this project was a reaction to Didcot being labeled "the most normal town in England" in 2017, which rubbed him the wrong way. "To me there's nowhere that's normal, there's no such thing, but I thought I'd have a go at changing people's perceptions of Didcot," he said of the town, which he describes as a "fun" and "funky" place.

Oxfordshire County Council isn't laughing; it told the BBC that although the signs were "on the surface amusing," they were "vandalism" and potentially dangerous, since it would be hard for a driver who spotted one not to do a double take while their eyes were supposed to be on the road. Even so, thanks to routine council matters, the signs are safe—at least for now—as the Council says that it is prioritizing fixing potholes at the moment.

Jackie Billington, Didcot's mayor, recognizes that the signs have an upside. "If you speak to the majority of people in Didcot they're of the same opinion: it's put Didcot on the map again," he told BBC News. "Hopefully they'll be up for a couple of weeks."

There are five altered signs in total. If you fancy a visit to the Emerald City, you're pointed toward Sutton Courtenay. Narnia neighbors a power station. And Gotham City is on the same route as Oxford and Newbury (and not, apparently, in New Jersey, as DC Comics would have you believe). If you want to go see the signs for yourself before they disappear, you'll find them along the A4130 to Wallingford.

See the signs here and in the video below.

[h/t BBC News]


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