Bob Ross’ wondrous Bichon Frise afro was full of magic, artistry and joy, but it was also full of hurtful secrets! The happy little trees are sad little trees today, because the world now knows that Bob Ross’ beautiful fro of perfection was nothing but a lie!
The painful truth came out of the mouth of Annette Kowalski, Bob Ross’ longtime business partner. Before the late ,great Bob Ross taught the people how to paint works of true art as host of PBS’ Joy of Painting, he was a struggling artiste trying to save some money. Annette tells NPR (via Esquire) that after Bob Ross got out of the Air Force, he came up with a way to save his coins. Bob grew out his naturally straight mane (GASP!) and created his signature puff ball hair by getting a perm. That stunning halo that we all thought was touched by the hand of God was actually touched by Ogilvie instead. Annette said these shocking words:
“He got this bright idea that he could save money on haircuts. So he let his hair grow, he got a perm, and decided he would never need a haircut again.”
When Joy of Painting became a success and he started his company, Bob Ross became a prisoner in that gorgeous ‘fro. Annette says that he had to say goodbye to his straight hair forever, because his afro of lies was his signature look:
“He could never, ever, ever change his hair, and he was so mad about that. He got tired of that curly hair.”
This is what Bob Ross looked like with straight hair. He’s giving me “Rick Astley as James Dean” hotness:
No matter what kind of hair was on his head, Bob Ross was still an important artiste and a master soother who could calm almost any soul with his gentle brush strokes. But I still wish he would’ve revealed his secret and also showed us exactly how he got his hair to look like a delicate dandelion that was plucked by the angels in the garden of heaven. He could’ve had another show called the Joy of Beauty. Imagine just how more beautiful the world could’ve been with happy little trees AND happy big ‘fros everywhere?
Pics: Bob Ross Inc.