I may be late, but I recently stumbled on the hair trend called the Asian Afro Perm. Others may know this up and coming hairstyle as the ‘reggae perm’ or dred perm’. In South Korea, the Bombhead Salon started offering the Afro Perm years ago and people have been lining up to get kinky ever since! Afro perm is also popular with a Japanese trend called ‘B-Style’. Short for ‘Black Lifestyle’, this trend celebrates African-American pop/hip-hop culture, from head-to-toe.
What the perm does is takes the insanely straight Asian hair texture and transforms it into thick, coily hair. By creating hair bonds that make the hair curl, the hair stylist then uses different sized perm rods or rollers to allow the new shape to develop. With the newly ‘permed’ hair resembling that of the African-American texture the hair can then be worn free-form, braided, twisted and even in locs.
Although this may seem odd and possibly offensive to some, I do not think its a far cry from what most African-American women (as well as others with curly/kinky textured hair) have been doing to their hair for decades: relaxing their natural textures to mimic that of the Asian/Caucasian/European cultures. Irony at it best.
Personally, I think the fact that we have all influenced each other so greatly is a beautiful thing. Remember, imitation is the highest form of flattery.
What do you think of this ongoing ‘natural hair‘ trend?