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He ran out of conditioner.
To shower himself with good fortune before a tribal hunt.
To nourish the mold on his ceremonial head gear.
To maintain that fashionable mushroom shape.


You won't find any fingers running through this hair. Touching it is forbidden among Huli bachelors of New Guinea, who grow their hair into a mushroom style supported by a bamboo frame. Sanctified water dripped from leaves keeps it in shape. Before too long this bachelor's hair will be sheared off in a single piece to make a wig he'll sport for the rest of his life.

Why is this man watering his head?

Photograph by Jodi Cobb

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