“A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction…
[Does] more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.”
– Robert Herrick, “Delight in Disorder”
I close my eyes, and there she is again. Another late evening and a girl has captured my heart. There’s nothing to do tonight but think, think and drink, so I drink a glass of wine and I think about her, and about that delightful mystery: What is it about this girl I like so much?
Her personality? Perhaps. She’s bubbly and a little childish, the kind of girl who wears a bike helmet to prevent the “ouchies,” and who says so with zero irony. She’s smarter than she lets on, too. But I don’t think this is it.
Her body? Well, she’s certainly got one. But no, that’s not right either. What could it…?
Ah. Wait. I know.
Yes! Just look at that hair!
Some people call this “sex hair.” That’s a marvelous description, very fitting: A messy, wild look, which somehow looks all the wilder because it’s so short. It brings to mind unpredictability and passion, the distilled essence of a late morning with a girl wearing a man’s dress shirt, nursing a hangover with a cup of coffee. Or a date that ends with a fantastic kiss and a “call me.” Many fun associations, when it comes to sex hair.
But it gets even simpler. Science says that we’re attracted to symmetry– For example, people rate symmetrical faces as more attractive in tests, and babies tend to stare longer at symmetrical pictures than asymmetrical ones. (This sort of thing also applies in the mating habits of birds, in case you were wondering.) But in the world of aesthetics, the opposite is so often true.
A beauty mark, a playfully tilted cap, a sexy lip piercing. There’s a good reason why pick-up artists are instructed to “peacock,” wearing frilly collared shirts and other silly things in order to be more noticeable. Symmetry may be attractive, but the asymmetrical gets our attention.
I see this hairstyle often in real life, especially in places like Shinsaibashi where all the chic girls go. This wildness, however, is artifice: The hair of the Japanese is normally straight and black, and so a perm with a touch of color is just the thing to do. But I suppose I shouldn’t complain. If Yi’s weakness is thick, luxurious curls, then this is mine.
Ah, Ryuuko. You’re perfect.
About the Guest Author:
2DT is a brilliant, well-respected, and lovely anime blogger who shares his insights over at 2-D Teleidoscope. It was a pleasure and an honor to have him as a guest author here at Listless Ink.