I have a friend who was hooked on makeover shows. She still talks about an episode in which a hairstylist was about to cut the blond dreadlocks off a girl's head and instead leaped backwards as though she were staring down Medusa's snakes.
Apparently, the makeover subject had smeared ashes into her fine hair to form the dreads. Her scalp looked like a fireplace after a harsh winter. But from the ashes rose a beautiful phoenix.