Punch Perms ( Japanese Afros) Only in Japan

A punch perm (パンチパーマ panchi pāma?) is a type of tightly permed male hairstyle in Japan that was popular among yakuza (mafia), chinpira (low-level mafia), bōsōzoku (motorcycle gang members), truck drivers, construction workers, and enka singers, from the 1960s till the mid-1990s. This hair style probably got its name from “needle punch carpeting”, a type of floor covering with a short and tightly curled nap.

The punch perm began to fall out of usage as a result of its general association with the yakuza, as well as normal fashion trends.

[edit]Variations

A variation of the punch perm that is worn primarily by bōsōzoku is called “aippa”: both sides of the forehead are shaved to create a cross between widow’s peak, an afro, and an exaggerated sculpted early 1960s pompadour.

Another variant is the “iron perm”. While a punch perm is created with rollers and chemicals, an iron perm is created with a heated curling iron. This hair style often involves singeing the hair.[citation needed]

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments to “Punch Perms ( Japanese Afros) Only in Japan”

  1. Reblogged this on Kultural Yakuza and commented:
    This is an older hair style from 60’s to the 90’s…

  2. This was a great find, I was trying to describe the Punch Perm, this was perfect graphic. Funny Stuff…

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