Depending on where you live, it can cost you a few hundred dollars to get your hair cut — Ii you’re a woman, that is. If you’re a man, it can cost you just $10 to $20. That’s generally because a) you live in a ridiculously expensive area (think Manhattan or San Francisco), and b) women get fancy things, like layers, in their hair, while men just get it cut.
But why is it that women have all the fun on top of their heads? Some men have long hair, too. Why are men relegated to just a ponytail if they yearn for something different — and, perhaps, special — up there?
Jessica Saia, for one, isn’t putting men into a hair corner. Nope, the San Francisco-based writer (for The Bold Italic) wants to “change the way we look at men’s locks.” So she took some of them to a fancy-schmancy salon in that city by the bay to get them some “fancy lady updos.”
The result? “Babys-breath taking,” Saia writes.
Take a look at Guys with Fancy Lady Hair:
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Thanks to Jessica Saia for letting us feature these fab and fierce fellas.
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Of the eight men Saia saloned (yes, it's a new verb, and yes, it's a keeper), "only one guy [pictured above] wore his hair out of the salon." she told Babble. "Sadly, I wasn't there to see the reactions as he went about his day. I'm sure it was incredible."
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And, the rest of them?
"After struggling within the unfamiliar realm of bobby pins," Saia said, " [they] waited for one of the stylists to professionally free them."
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According to Saia, the men didn't collaborate on what happened on top of their heads.
"They were excited but definitely guinea pigs," she said. "The stylist came up with a 'story' for each guy and got to work as soon as they got in the chair."
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As for the final product?
"We all just couldn't stop laughing," Saia told Babble.
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"The 'after' photos were definitely a struggle to keep a straight face. Most of the guys asked us to take a photo of them on their phones so they could show their friends. They were all amazing sports."
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When asked if the men's attitudes were changed as a result of the experience, Saia said, "I don't think any of us anticipated how popular the project would be once it went up. The guys have since emailed me about certain celebrities that have tweeted about their 'dos and how fun that is."
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"I think what's cool is how so many other people's attitudes have changed about man hair because of the project," Saia said. "There's been so many comments along the lines of 'Guys should totally do more fun things with their hair!' And they should! A low pony tail just seems so lackluster now. I love that this project, somewhat accidentally, uncovered how unfair it is that women get to style their hair in countless awesome ways, and guys haven't yet gotten in on the fun."
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It's the corkscrew curl in the front that makes this 'do a definite.
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All he needs now is one of these numbers and he's good to go.
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For more guys with fancy lady hair, click on over to The Bold Italic.
All photos used with permission from Jessica Saia
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