Hair that looks like molded plastic begs for a return.
They say that fashion trends are cyclical which is why I invested all my money in foals. Our reporter Masanuki Sunakoma is however betting on the iper regent hairstyle. This is the ‘do seen in classic’ 80s bad boy tales such as Be-Bop High School.
The name “iper” is the abbreviation of “iron perm” which refers to the extreme straightening of the hair with an iron until it looks like something you might find on a GI Joe or Ken doll. “Regent” is a general style often called “pompadour” in English in which the front hair is brushed into a wide curve which swells.
In order to stay ahead of this wave, Masanuki visited Hair Studio Guys in Tokorozawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. This salon specializes in Showa Era hairstyles such as regents and punch perms.
The Suzuki owner is particularly good at ’80s hairstyles.
Last November, he even played an iper on Mitsuhiro Shirai, the actor who played Teru in Be-Bop High School, for the first time in 35 years.
▼ A montage of scenes from Teru made in a parody of a famous Japanese children’s program
The epitome of the iper regent is the classic back, in which the pompadour front takes an extremely steep curve to a flat triangle-like top. Suzuki is also a highly regarded artist in the classic back style, but Masanuki was not ready to go so deeply into the culture.
In fact, he was concerned that such a traditionally antisocial hairstyle might hamper his investigative reporting in the hinterland of Japan, so he requested a one-day temporary iper regent instead of the normal chemically treated perm that lasts. usually about a month.
Suzuki’s first task was to make Masanuki’s hair symmetrical so that they were all pushed back and converged at exactly the same point. This required repeated smoothing and trimming.
Oil was then liberally applied to the hair, both to protect it from the heat of the iron and to help smooth it out. Suzuki explained to Masanuki that the success of the iper regent largely depends on the hair itself. Thick, strong hair will make a powerful regent while thin, brittle hair might not work.
Masanuki wondered if that was the reason she was considered such a manly hairstyle at the time. Only those with the strongest hair can pull it out. He had time to dream about this stuff because during the whole styling time our report had to be tilted and he couldn’t see himself in the mirror.
It was only at the end that Suzuki lifted the chair and Masanuki finally got to see his new look …
It was indeed a powerful hairstyle, but it still needed to be stronger. Suzuki added another coat of wax with an ointment stick.
This was then reinforced with an abundant coat of lacquer.
And finally a pair of sturdy sunglasses to complete the look.
Immediately afterwards, Masanuki regretted not having the full month’s style because he liked how intimidating he looked. He felt even the wind would part and get out of its way as it came up the street.
Naturally, he must have posed for some photographs in real manga style, with his body deformed in a way that, while unrealistic, really seems to come out of a panel.
For such a stiff hairstyle, he could feel its radiant personality. However, since he was at least a few weeks ahead of the trend, people might not be sure what kind of statement he was trying to make.
Unlike Masanuki’s past makeovers such as The Blond Regent, The Nepalese Special, and Kim Jong-un, this one really seemed to have the potential to make friends and influence people – and if not, he’ll crush them!
Hair Studio Guys / ヘ ア ス タ ジ オ ガ イ ズ
Saitama-ken, Tokorozawa-shi, Midoricho 3-12-19
埼 玉 県 所 沢 市 緑 町 3-12-19
Hours: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Closed: Mondays, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesday
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