Why does sculpting men’s hair strike us as strange?
This is not the most original insight in the world, but: gender is WEIRD. And there’s nowhere that’s more obvious than the field of grooming.
Women are expected, obligated to engage in elaborate rituals of prettiness-maximizing. Multiple industries exist just to sustain, supply, and enforce these obligations and rituals. Men, on the other hand, have the inverse obligation. (Ozy’s Law strikes again.) If we show too much attention to grooming ourselves, our masculinity is suspect. This closes off possibilities for men, of course; there’s entire categories of plumage that we’re simply not permitted access to.
Which is why an article like Guys With Fancy Lady Hair is so interesting. Sure, men can style their hair, put gel or hairspray in it, but the kind of full-on hair sculpture that one sometimes sees on women is beyond the pale. It’s outside the realm of possibility.
And yet here these fellows are. Look at their pictures and ask yourself what about them looks strange.