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  • Beauty parlors gave "antiperms," but the preferred method among teenagers was laying their heads on the ironing board and pressing their locks with a clothes iron.

    Futures Imperfect Willis, Connie 1994


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  • An anti-perm, or antiperm, is a hair-straightening technique. African-Americans used these heavily between the 1920s and 1950s. More natural styles like the Afro became popular for black hair in the 1960s, at the same time that performers like Joan Baez and Mary Travers made long-blonde-straight hair a popular fad with their audiences. Worth seeing:

    April 12, 2011