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Why Kenny G's Hair Is the Most Dependably Great Thing In Music

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The master of smooth jazz is as recognizable for his ringlets -- so glorious they make a case for bringing back the ubiquitous perm of the '70s and '80s -- as he is his tiny saxophone. Okay, maybe they don't make the case for the perm -- you can plumb your family photo albums to see those monstrosities. But in Kenny's case, it's real and it's spectacular. He's been delivering his hirsute light jazz to the public since 1982; let's take a look at the non-evolution of his majestic Jew-fro from then to now.

The '80s: Proto-Kenny

In this one, Kenny seems like he's trying to go out of his way a little to embrace a jazzy look. It's one of the rare pics where he doesn't look like he just walked off the deck of a sailboat, having saxophoned the Swarovski-bedazzled panties off a group of Bravo TV's Real Housewives.

It's a different kind of casual Kenny, rocking the funky goggles and jeans. Hair, though, is essential Kenny -- long curls -- with only the curly bangs separating him from the style that we've come to count on.

The '90s: Peak Kenny

Here, we find him in 1992, bangs having been done away with for a good few years now. This era marks the beginning, hair-wise, of the Kenny we can count on. The locks are both light and tight and arranged in a side part, with the bulk of his mane favoring the right side.

Gone, also, is that groovy-jazz-guy factor; lost are the hip glasses and the profile shot that emits a little mystery. It's Kenny G in full tilt, facing the camera all windblown and smiling.

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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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