NPR just broke the news that popular TV painter Bob Ross' afro was NOT real. According to the public network, Ross ― freshly retired from the Air Force ― was in the midst of a career transition when he settled on his very specific hairstyle. He’d yet to break into the hard and fast industry of televised painting instruction and was a little tight on cash. So, acting according to some mighty questionable logic, he got a perm in order to avoid ever having to pay for a haircut again.
“He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, got a perm and decided he would never need a haircut again,” Ross’ former business partner Annette Kowalski explained to NPR.
Like most hair-related decisions, Ross came to regret his chemically-treated ‘do. Alas, before he could change it, that murky brown globe became his signature look. So much so that his company decided to use it in its logo. As a result, “he could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that,” Kowalski said.