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Ice-T’s Ultra Perm: Throwback Thursday

I really do love Throwback Thursday. It’s my favorite. I found a picture of Ice-T and it made me weep with nostalgia (and because of his hair).

Ice T Perm

I NEED you all to get into Tracy Lauren Marrow’s (yes that’s his real name) ultra perm and GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE! He looks like his name is Head Usher Tracy¬†right here, don’t he?

The fact that anyone let Ice-T’s thug cook and flourish when he was walking around with the Church Mother’s roller set though… I appreciate that. His masculinity was NOT threatened because he looked like the head usher in charge of church announcements about the scalp.

Hair was SANCTIFIED like a Psalms reading. I’m here for it. I think my mama had the same style through the 80s. She never missed her weekly appointment at her hair dresser’s. And neither did Ice-Tracy.

WERK, SIR! He got that good perm too. The kind that still holds up after 7.5 weeks and you know since you didn’t have time to make it in early enough on Saturday so you gotta make it work for the next week and a half til your hairdresser can see you and fix your complicated roots. Yes. You know that one. All he had to do to freshen up this style was use about 10 rollers and go to sleep with his chin in his hands. And then when he woke up, he gave it the life it needed with 2 sprays of “Pump It Up” Spritz.

Gone With the Wind Fabulous

This picture looks like it was in some Black History Month series next to the caption “Led the first church bazaar that actually added to the building fund.”

I love it. In the words of Darrell J. Hunt, you can’t outdo Black people.

Are yall getting what you need from Ice-T perm or is it just me?

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  1. April 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Is it me, or does it look like he’s wearing a Tour de France cycling jersey in his Olan Mills church directory photo?

    • October 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

      It so ain’t just you.

    • October 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      So not just you

  2. dee
    April 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Who had the better set, though? Ice or Al Sharpton? The latter has been in the news lately and the NY Post had a picture of him that made me stop and think just how ‘done’ his hair was back in the day.

    • Milaxx
      April 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Definitely Ice. Al would sometimes look like he waited one week too long for his touch up.

  3. M
    April 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    You have to throw Prince in the mix. No one kept their edges straighter than his purple highness.

  4. Dee
    April 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    It’s bad enough that my father had a Soul Glo Jeri Curl back in the day. I would have been pissed as hell if I came up short on my pink rollers ’cause Daddy had them in his hair. -_-

    • Kwan
      April 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Both my parents had jheri curls back in the 80s and you can see it on this big ass family photo in our living room. It hangs right above our piano and it has that black vignette. Olan Mills had them looking right lmao. Thankfully I was born a decade later.

  5. LalaRochelle
    April 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    but remember those West Coast thugs walked around with a roller-set with the rollers still in and said “I dare a mufukka to to test me”

    • Shakira
      April 11, 2014 at 2:25 am

      I’m from Oakland and back in the day there was MANY a thug walkin around with the rods (don’t forget that shower cap!) in their hair and not NAAN muhfucka said a THANG, you hear me? lmao

    • J
      April 11, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I saw a an interview with Ice and he talked about his hair. He said back then the size of your rollers was status. The bigger the rollers the better. This is not the work of sponge rollers.

      • Joylissa
        October 9, 2014 at 10:06 am

        “This is not the work of sponge rollers.” I am on the damn flo!!!!!

  6. Moni
    April 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    That’s the kind of roller set that when you took the rollers out, you combed it all back, and then pushed it forward again. You go, Ice-Tracy!

    • Danielle
      April 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      YES!!! That was the Black woman hair style, and don’t forget you had to tease it just a little with the end of the rat tail comb.

    • lurker
      April 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

      roflol *reminiscing and dying slowly*

    • Adjpants
      April 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      And THAT is the comment that ended my life LOOOOOOOLLLL!!! Yes! Luvvie, this post was everythang!

    • MsZ
      April 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      I remember Mom doing this! LMBO!!

    • Cicely
      October 9, 2014 at 10:05 am

      LoL…I remember my momma doing that!!!

  7. Eve Tey
    April 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Wow, he took texlaxing to a whole nother level!

    • Absurdist
      April 11, 2014 at 2:51 am

      And then told Chris Rock all about it.

  8. Malcolmisha X
    April 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Ice out here looking like his hair done come out a 3D perm printer.

    • April 11, 2014 at 8:27 am

      You will NOT make these accurate comments on THIS day! No, you will NOT!

    • Christie
      April 13, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Hair laid like Claire Huxtable.

    • Noey
      October 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Please…no…stop. I just cried laughing at that.

  9. Absurdist
    April 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    That perm? Check those arms!


  10. Mrs Moultrie
    April 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This makes me wanna say “screw my natural” and go get a perm! But deep down I know that it’ll never look as good as Ice T’s! Never.

  11. jimmy
    April 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I’m sorry but he looks like a sassy catfish.

    • Shakira
      April 11, 2014 at 2:27 am

      This comment has me in the fetal position lmfao

    • beth
      April 11, 2014 at 4:37 am

      “Sassy Catfish”….you win!

      YOU. WIN!!

      • Adjpants
        April 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        …And now I’m sobbing and cackling…

    • Elle
      April 11, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Everyone in my office now realizes I’m not working cuz of you.

    • Tracey
      April 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      LMFAO you will not make me laugh this hard at work!

    • KayMac
      October 9, 2014 at 11:11 am


  12. Tamika B.
    April 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I bet he set his hair with pink sponge rollers and used end papers, lol!!!

  13. Shakira
    April 11, 2014 at 2:26 am

    I died @ “Church Mother’s roller set”. Lawd help me! ctfu

  14. Coquinegra
    October 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Y’all are young. The best hairstyles are on the late, great Nick Ashford and Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire. Go Google, I dare you

  15. iDIDhair
    October 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    His hair is set on rollers the size of soup cans. But don’t he look like he still suck his thumb????? Ijs

  16. Shar
    October 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I refuse to can at this post. Cacklin hard at “church mother roller set”! Harriett Tubman ain’t got nothing on Mother Tracy! #dead

  17. Christy
    October 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I could NOT be happier that I work from home, after reading this post AND these comments!! And, I’m re-thinking his parents…I know that Tracy or Lauren can be boys names, too, but…together? Were they hoping for a girl?

  18. KayMac
    October 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Nope….I’m getting AAAAALLA my life from Detective Tutuola’s Ultra Perm!!!! You can’t tell him he wasn’t the thug shit with that roller set!!!!

  19. Elle Henry
    October 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    That’s Grandma fresh roller set polyester suit Olan Mills 1979 picture Realness…

  20. October 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I’m so glad he isn’t wearing this style anymore. He definitely was wearing new hairstyles than me.

  21. Claire
    October 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Not “Ice-Tracy” though! *dead*