Shockwaves

Hairstyle Police

Join the hairstyle police and report crimes against taste! When you find or take pics of dodgy hairstyles you can upload them to Shockwaves Instagram and compare them with other hair horrors.
edited on Jun 25, 2013 by David Simoes-Brown

BeckyC Jun 24, 2013

I've loved this idea all along! I can't really see a downside to it, I would just spend the rest of my life trawling through the pictures and laughing myself stupid :')

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tinkadele Jun 24, 2013

I'm with Becky that I've been a supporter of this idea from the start, I do like the new name though "Hairstyle Police" - very fitting! #CrimeAgainstWonkyFringe #CrimeAgainstNapoleanDynamite'Fro ...I want to see it now.

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Mel Strange Jun 25, 2013

I loved the new name as well! I think it fits it really well!

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Katie100 Jun 24, 2013

I like this idea too, but I have a slight worry, which is that the kind of people that bully others at school will have another outlet to humiliate classmates - am I being too negative?

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tinkadele Jun 24, 2013

I think there is an element of that with this idea. I wouldn't love to find myself outed by the hairstyle police but I wouldn't mind sharing the photo and humiliating myself - it's different when you're in control, it could be insulting when someone else says it!

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Mel Strange Jun 25, 2013

I think there would have to be a minimum age for the person in the photograph (say, 16?) so that the idea of humiliating classmates can be removed somewhat? And have each photograph moderated before being put live on the site as well, as this might help eliminate the idea that the photograph could cause any problems. Or, I suppose, faces of anyone under 16 could be blurred?

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monkeybear2010 Jun 25, 2013

bullying can happen at any age and even in workplaces, there are lots of examples of people being picked on for numerous reasons. There also seems to be a legal argument too about the idea of people having their picture taken without their permission and then scrutinised online and as I mentioned originally, I can only see the way around their being making it a "self" picture submission only.

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monkeybear2010 Jun 25, 2013

I had a similar concern that it could result in bullying and given the high number of internet trolls out there, I wouldn't be surprised if there were at least a severe cases which then led to police complaints and negative media coverage for the brand

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Jenn3Jenn Jun 24, 2013

So long as it is in a humorous way I think it would be a good idea to implement. There is the worry of it being bullied as Katie said, but there could be a slight comforting factor of so many others being on there too. And that you're only human, everyone has bad hair days!

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Gaby Jackson Jun 25, 2013

This idea is original and fun but it could turn out nasty, maybe there could be guidelines that the photo has to meet? For example, blurring the face or taking a picture from behind so that the person cannot be recognised? This way everyone can still have fun without being embarrassed.

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CatR Jun 25, 2013

Yeah I have a BIG concern that people would take images off sites such as twitter and take the mick out of them like 4chan or something like that and it could turn into bullying, once that's done to a person even if shockwaves act quickly on it, it can still effect a person really badly! I feel that shockwaves is more about a nice community etc and it would be better if it was constructive criticism and not completely negative which is why I don't like this idea. Maybe hairstyle police and giving suggestions as to how someone could fix their hair like help hair. But I don't feel as if that would work.
But if a user was posting their bad previous hairstyles, it could work like poking fun at themselves but then again people could get overly mean about it.
I don't like the whole naming and shaming of people as it could potentially upset people a lot I don't think it would be as fun if people were to blur faces.

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monkeybear2010 Jun 25, 2013

Hi, I share pretty much all of the concerns you have raised and it makes me think of those groups on facebook which pop up now and again where people are ridiculed for different reasons such as naming and shaming bad intimate partners and I could easily see this going down a similar road.

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CatR Jun 26, 2013

Thank you haha I reckon it would just go into looks and it could turn so nasty. I hate those groups.

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Wads Jun 25, 2013

This is brilliant and I could definitely see it becoming popular. However I agree it could become seriously nasty. To solve this you could make it so that pictures are sent to an administrator who then ensures that faces are blurred or people are unrecognisable in the same way that posts on sights such a Lamebook are edited first. This would stop anyone being able to use it in a viscous way.

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monkeybear2010 Jun 25, 2013

great idea Wads - adding anonymity would resolve a lot of the issues associated with this and might help go some way to making it work :D

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CatR Jun 26, 2013

I can't see it being as fun with blurred faces in complete honesty - you might not be able to see the hair properly if the face is blurred etc

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Wads Jun 26, 2013

I get your point but if it was literally just eyes nose and mouth area blurred it would be enough to distort the face and make it unrecognisable but shouldn't have an effect on most hairstyles

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CatR Jun 26, 2013

I guess so i dunno we'll see

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monkeybear2010 Jun 25, 2013

If this was for an independent website which didn't have any legal concerns, I think this would be brilliant and very funny.

Because this is for a brand which wants to retain a positive image and comply with the applicable laws, I can't see this feature lasting too long when someone photos some ones disaster and then they make a complain that this was done without their permission and it escalates into an argument of bullying etc

That said, if this was adjusted to involve people taking their own disasters then I would then support it because it would seem less risky for the brand and also more practical in terms of being allowed to exist without external pressure.

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kelly513 Jun 27, 2013

I don't think this is a terrible idea but I don't think it is a good idea. It seems they are mocking people because of their hairstyles, It is true that it would be funny and amusing but it's each individuals own style. Maybe if this idea was with pictures of bad celebrity hairstyles it would seem less personal. What if you thought your hair looked good then you went on instagram and saw a picture of yourself with people commenting on how horrible your hair looked, is that fair..? I would also be worried it would give the idea shockwaves promotes bad hairstyles which for a hair styling company is not great.

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CatR Jun 28, 2013

Exactly! It looks as if it could turn into bullying and yeah maybe it would work with bad hairstyles for celebrities but there's only so many of these as they're prepped and looked after beforehand. Like with the celebrity idea it could be changed so you give an opinion and not just complete negativity?

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Abby Jun 27, 2013

Not so sure i like the idea of someone being allowed to make fun of your hairstyle. It's what makes you feel comfortable not what other people say. It depends on the direction they decide to take it. If people are willingly posting pics of mishaps that they are happy for people to commennt freely on then i see no problem but some people can be very nasty when it comes to commenting on the appearance of others.

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Beth57 Jun 27, 2013

I think this would be a good idea if people didn't get offended by it! Maybe upload fictional characters like cartoons instead?

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Mel Strange Jun 27, 2013

I think actors portraying characters with bad hair might work better than cartoons, but I do like this idea all the same!

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