Asian Beauty Detail
Back in 1997, when I first met my most recent ex, one of the biggest trends among queer Asian men in SF was bleaching one’s hair blond. Lest it be seen as a knee-jerk reaction to queer people of color wanting to be white to be more accepted by queer white people like I discussed previously, it was actually very popular among Asian men who identified as preferring other Asian men. Despite the burning scalp, the eventual turning of the hair orange if you used cheap-ass materials, it was simply a fashion trend to shock an already shocked Asian mainstream that we queer men existed. I got rid of it a few months later, sick of having to use conditioner on my fried hair, and also because it soon became popular among straight Asian men, which is an immediate sign that it’s passe.