This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

November 8, 2009

“Good Hair,” Man-style

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — pprscribe @ 9:42 pm

Though I’ve yet to see Chris Rock’s Good Hair, I have been following a lot of the blog chatter as a result of it. What I have heard very little of, however, is the fact that Black women are not the only ones to “perm” their hair. I find this lack of discussion especially interesting given that Rev. Al Sharpton, himself the sporter of a perm, apparently makes an appearance in the film.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I came across this post commenting on the top Black Man Perms of all time, by a blogger who always wanted a man-perm but was to be forever kept from this fashion statement:

So, in my disappointment I turned to the study of man perms. Over the last twenty years, I have studied man perms extensively until I have emerged as an expert. And it is with that authority that I present you “The Greatest Man Perms of All Time: An Evolutionary History by Max Reddick.”

Of course, I’m a little ticked that Prince does not rate the number 1 man perm. I mean, surely he belongs ahead of Snoop!



  1. Please take a moment to check out my documentary film BLACK HAIR

    It is free at youtube. 6 parts including an update from London, England.

    It explores the Korean Take-over of the Black Beauty Supply and Hair biz..

    The current situation makes it hard to believe that Madame C.J. Walker once ran the whole thing.

    I am not a hater, I am a motivator.

    Plus I am a White guy who stumbled upon this, and felt it was so wrong I had to make a film about it.

    self-funded film, made from the heart.

    Can it be taken back?


    Comment by realitysurfer — November 8, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  2. Well Compton must be the Mecca of Perms! Every gangbanger I grew up with had a perm and there were a ton of them. So you are seeing the famous ones but I grew up with a lot of regular cats who had them like you might see guys with dreds or braids now.

    In fact most of the guys had a better perm than the women we knew. Check out DJ Quik when you have a chance and you know he should have been the spokesman for it! LOL

    Comment by FreeMan — November 8, 2009 @ 11:31 pm

  3. FreeMan, I wonder why the manperm was so popular out your way? Do you have any hypotheses? 🙂

    Thanks, realitysurfer. I have seen your work linked to on other sites.

    Comment by pprscribe — November 9, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    • A lot of our parents are transplants from the South. In fact 99% of everyone I grew up with family was from the south so maybe it just came over with them like some of our slang!

      Comment by FreeMan — November 9, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  4. Ah. Well, one drawback of man perms: the difficulty of upkeep while in prison. A lesson that Kat Williams may soon be learning the hard way…

    Comment by pprscribe — November 10, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

  5. that’s interesting…

    Comment by lovebug35 — November 11, 2009 @ 11:52 pm

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