It never ceases to amaze me how an interest in one thing can lead to many new areas of focus. It can happen with just about everything in which we become involved. Think of an area that you have had a desire to learn more about. As you delved into the study of that subject, other related things may have appeared which then piqued your interest further. It is like exploring exciting new paths off the “main road” of our interest.
My long time appreciation for long hair and interest in long hair styling has added many new facets to my life. One particular stimulus that is at the forefront of many of these new discoveries has been Longhairlovers.com. This wonderful website, created by Jennifer Bahney, has something for just about everyone with an interest in long hair, whether it is information for growing hair longer, maintaining hair health, styling help for appearances sake, or just admiration of its beauty and the way it adds to the persona of an individual. For any newcomer to LHL.com, this website is like finding an encyclopedia of long hair related subject matter. Exploring all the pages of articles, information, photos, discussion boards, and links only makes us anxious to discover what else of interest is found there.
How it starts!
The one good thing about online auctions is that we do have a chance to see and possibly own items we would never find in our normal travels. One of the unexpected joys of this new pursuit was finding and joining the Antique Comb Collectors Club International (ACCCI). Jennifer had a link to the club and I joined a few months after she did. I think it always helpful to find other people who share something in common, especially when one has just started a new area of interest. It was the same when I first joined my car club twenty-one years ago. For the most part, these people are so willing to share information and knowledge that it makes it much more enjoyable to have this interest. I went to the ACCCI biennial convention, held last April in Michigan. I made quite a few new friends who are very enthusiastic comb collectors, many who have had this passion for most of their adult lives. They are a super group of people. It was a very fun weekend filled with valuable information about combs, materials, related subject matter, plus the great camaraderie enjoyed by all. I even took a second place award with my small display of hair combs and four mannequin heads with long hairstyles incorporating combs as decoration. Especially after that convention, I know that comb collecting will be something I will enjoy pursuing the rest of my life.
Collections of others
Neil Anderson is an artist and cosmetology student specializing in long hair care and styling. He has contributed many beautiful updos to the Longhairlovers