Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Go on an Afro Safari

Women’s hairstyles have names. The ‘bob’. The ‘pob’ (ugh). The ‘Jennifer’ (ugh ugh ugh). But apart from the ‘combover’, or the quiff, men’s hairdos are less rigourously categorised. Except, it seems, in the 1970s, when Ebony Magazine took it upon itself to name popular afro-carribbean coiffs of the day. From The Blow-Up, The Secret Agent, The Perfecto, this hair has FLAIR. The 'do that dares speak its name... has scanned in a wonderful page from the publication. Do go and have a look. Maybe print out the page and use it to play hair bingo next time you’re out and about.

The weird thing is, facial hair for men has always been strictly demarcated. The World Beard Championships has many categories, from the ‘imperial’ to the ‘Fu Manchu’. If I were a man, or even a hirsute woman, I would try all sorts of facial hair. Like this man, Sir Percy Wyndham. Perhaps an unclassifiable facial hair arrangement, but still, raise your invisible hats to him.

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