Try as we may to unplug, zombie-scrolling on Instagram is an inevitable reality of isolation for many of us. The best we can do to make it worthwhile is curate our feeds so that we’re mostly following accounts that spark joy—or, better yet, creativity. For this Vogue editor, Gentle Hair Dos, an account dedicated to “therapeutic hair styles,” has been doing just that, in spades. It’s become a constant source of both attainable and aspirational beauty inspiration for me during this strange time. The account not only captures the Weekend forecast Trekking with a chance of Drinking vintage shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this subtleties, nuances, and sheer beauty of different hair textures through enthralling, editorial close-ups (think: an Irving Penn close-up or striking detail shot from backstage), but also the experience of hair, from running a comb through it to tying it up and topping it off with a dreamy bauble. “For me, images that capture the way we touch, manipulate, style and move our hair, and bodies, create an emotional and sensorial response,” explains creator Lindyl Crabb. “You can imagine the weight, the feel, the shine, and that’s incredibly soothing.”
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