February 16, 2009

"He is totally bringing the male perm back. Though I’m not sure it was ever in, necessarily."

"Oh, yes, it was; my dad had a perm in the late '70s."

13 comments:

ElcubanitoKC said...

Why???

EDH said...

I spent most of the 1970s trying to straighten my natural curly hair.

Go figure.

kynefski said...

In the 1970s, I was a respectable young man with long straight hair. A permanent was recommended to me on more than one occasion as a way I might look more presentable. So, yeah, it wasn't uncommon at all.

Triangle Man said...

Guy with a perm fetish looking for an excuse to get curly.

William said...

This is why I continue reading Althouse. It is very easy for a news story like this to fall through the cracks without anyone commenting on its true significance. I await further enlightenment in the comments section.....I'm thinking of making an avanti fashion statement with my nasal hairs. So many men just trim them, but I'm looking to demonstrate a kind of Daliesque flair with them. I have got virile, bristly nasal hairs--they're perhaps my best feature--and I mean to do something with them.

Buford Gooch said...

I suppose there could be something more frivolous than a man getting a perm, but it has to be right near the top.

MadisonMan said...

I have naturally curly hair. People with perms look effin' stupid.

Of course, my naturally curly hair is thinner and thinner these days -- it used to be so luxuriant and beautiful! -- so it's short short and you don't see much curl.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

He is doing it for a very un-frivolous reason. Read the article.

Synova said...

I got a perm before Christmas and Cassie (she owns the hair place) sat me down and put her fists on her hips and gave me this stare... and then asked me why I wanted a perm, because she usually does two of them in a *year* and she'd done six in the last two months and had to order extra stuff.

I didn't really want to tell her that a person has to go get their hair done less often if it's *supposed* to look like a misshapen mass of curls.

So... what was happening, economically, in the 1970's?

Skyler said...

You admit that your dad had a perm, and mention it as though that makes a perm for men acceptable? Yet you think men shouldn't wear shorts?

Aesthetics are inherently personal, but I really think your tastes are a bit "out there."

Michael H said...

Not me. My hair has gone into remission.

former law student said...

Male perm ever in? Sure, for Brady Bunch fans:

http://cdn-write.demandstudios.com/upload//1000/600/20/6/31626.jpg

RR Ryan said...

One of my best friends in college let his girlfriend convince him to get a perm circa 1982. The poor man looked like a blonde poodle. And a whipped one, at that.