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They say New York was the fifth character on Sex and the City, but Natasha Lyonne's hair was the first character on Russian Doll. As Nadia, a gravel-voiced game coder who can't seem to stop dying on the night of her own birthday party, Lyonne sported a fiery, irrepressible tangle of curls, set apart from all of TV's other, far-too-perfect curls by a curtain of wild bangs. It was the season's best TV hair by a long shot.
Russian Doll was a surprise highlight of the TV season: a barbed, funny, philosophical time loop story about the pain and triumph of putting one foot in front of the next. It's Groundhog Day with better hair. As Nadia tries to unravel why she keeps dying and what's bringing her back to life, she wrestles with her own self-destructiveness. She tries to determine if she's worthy of taking up space in the world. But her hair is already taking up space, billowing up and down the same flights of stairs again and again and again. Her hair is big in a way that looks almost haunted, like it's animated by the ghost of something hovering around her.
Hair - Nadia - Serves - Purposes - Face
Hair as big as Nadia's serves dueling purposes: to hide your face and stand out at once. It's a way to be seen for something about you — something superficial — rather than for who you are at your most vulnerable. But if Nadia's hair is like her armor, it's also an open wound. In the seventh episode of the season, as the show begins to peel back the layers on Nadia's traumatic relationship with her mentally ill mother, a flashback shows Nadia's mom (Chloë Sevigny) pulling a scrunchy from her young daughter's long red curls. "It's your crowning glory," she says. "Look at that beautiful hair."...
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