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Woman's Hour

The explosion in creative and colourful hair trends

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

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Grey hair, pastel hair, 'hidden rainbow' hair... In the last few years there has been an explosion of creative and colourful hair trends, which have taken Instagram by storm. Why is there such a demand for 'rebellious' unnatural hair colours, or is creative colour becoming normalised? Sophia Hilton is the owner of Not Another Salon in Brick Lane, London is behind several of the creative hair trends. Sophia explains the reality behind these Instagram hair 'transformations'.

A week today Ireland will be voting YES or NO in the Referendum on the 8th Amendment. Essentially voters are being asked whether they want to change the law on abortion or whether things should stay the same. Currently a pregnant woman can only have an abortion if her life is at risk. When Ireland had the referendum on equal marriage 3 years ago many Irish people living and working abroad went home to vote, and there was a real party feel. This time round, voters are returning, but it's hard to say if there's the same kind of mood. Our reporter Siobhann Tighe has been speaking to two women in their twenties, Lauren and Karen, who live in London but are gearing up to travel home.

Be prepared to be transported back to the Palace of Versailles and the court of Louis XIV when Les Kapsber'Girls perform some forgotten French 'popular' songs from the 17th century. The four female musicians who make up the ensemble, Alice Duport-Percier, Axelle Verner, Barbara Hunninger, Albane Imbs, first met at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon, where they were studying. They decided to create Les Kapsber'Girls in order to promote overlooked compositions which have fallen out of classical fashion and offer an updated version of 17th and 18th century vocal and instrumental songs.

A study by the National Childbirth Trust in 2015 found that 38 per cent of new fathers were worried about their mental health. Earlier this year Jonathan Davies identified himself as having postnatal depression and decided to take action. He tells Jenni his experiences after the birth of their first child and how opening up to his wife was one of the most "nerve wracking things" he'd ever had to do. Dr Alain Gregoire, a consultant perinatal psychiatrist, who has spent his career researching and treating postnatal depression joins them.

Jane Harris, and her husband Jimmy Edmonds, produced, directed and edited the feature length documentary A Love That Never Dies after their son Josh was killed in a motorbike accident in Vietnam at the age of 22. Exploring the complex process of grieving for parents who have lost children they travelled across the United States speaking to others who had also lost their offspring. Jane joins Jenni to explain why she and Jimmy decided to make their road trip.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Kirsty Starkey. Show less


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