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HAIR LIKE A FOX

Sunday, 05.25.2008 / 1:35 PM / Features
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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HAIR LIKE A FOX
Denise Bolanowski
Jim Fox
Last week hockey analyst John Buccigross wrote a column on ESPN.com called "What’s In an NHL team name? Bucci Knows…" and the SportCenter Anchor and hockey expert would rattle off his "hair trigger thoughts when he sees a team name.'

For the Los Angeles Kings, Bucci wrote:
"Wayne, mullets, miracles, Luc Robitaille, Bob Miller, Jim Fox's hair, Game 7 in Maple Leaf Gardens, stick measurements and Zakk Wylde's "Guitar Hero"-like national anthem." Most of these items are pretty self explanatory. The one we decided to focus on today was Jim Fox’s hair."

That got us here at LAKings.com thinking about Jim Fox's hair and all of the different looks he has sported throughout his 28-year stint in the Kings organization.

So we searched through every photographic database we could think of and rummaged through the last 28 years of Kings media guides, through the team's collections of slides and just about any photo of Jim Fox we could get our hands on. In doing so, we were able to identify seven distinct looks that Fox has had over the years.

Now, we know hockey, however, we do not know anything about "style" and little about hair, much less hairstyles. But this being L.A., we figured we could procure the help of an expert and have that hair professional take a meticulous look at Fox's hair and let us know their thoughts.

For this exhaustive evaluation of Jim Fox’s hair, we have enlisted the help of talented celebrity hairdresser Denise Bolanowski, who works at the famous Ken Paves Beverly Hills Salon, which treats such celebrities as Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson to name a few.

If she is good enough for Eva and Jessica, she is good enough for Jim Fox...


"The 70's Jock That's 'Staying Alive'"
Jim Fox's 1981-82 team head shot.
Our first photo comes from the Kings' 1981-82 media guide, where a 21-year-old Jim Fox was entering his second season in the NHL. Fox was drafted 10th overall in 1980. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

This looks like a "70's Jock that's 'Staying Alive'" or should we say "Dirk Diggler?" Was Jim sporting the tube socks with this haircut? The part down the middle with that 70's feathered look around the ears was always priceless!

"The Richard Simmons Meets Mike Brady"
Jim Fox's 1982-83 team head shot.
Our second photo comes from the Kings' 1982-83 media guide, with Jim Fox coming off his first 30-goal (30-38=68 in 1981-82) campaign as an NHLer. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

This is the Richard Simmons meets Mike Brady cut...The rule in hairdressing is always use a comb with a perm. The question is what color perm rods were used and how long was the processing time? This is truly a "Beauty School" flash back. Thank god times have changed. I have never, in 10 years of my career, given a perm to a man, but Foxy obviously wanted some locks of love.

"The Semi-Mullet"
Jim Fox's 1987-88 team head shot.
Our next photo comes from the Kings 1987-88 media guide, with Fox firmly established as an NHL veteran. The Kings recently had changed uniforms to the Silver and Black and the franchise was definitely on the rise. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

This is our first "Semi-Mullet" for Foxy, a Spike on top and a party in the back. The true official "Hockey Player" haircut. Whenever I see a guy with hair on the collar I always think, "must be a hockey player."

"The 80's Hedgehog Who Loves His LA Looks Forming Gel"
Jim Fox's 1989-90 team head shot.
This next photo comes from the Kings 1989-90 media guide, Jim Fox's last season as a player as a knee injury prematurely ended his 10-year career Fox tallied 186-293=479 in 578 games with the Kings. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

When I look at this cut, I think 80's Hedgehog and LA Looks forming gel. This reminds me of Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka. I am from the midwest and I know this look is still in. Gentlemen, it is 2008 forget the gel and say hello to pomade!

"Hands Down This Is A Mullet"
Jim Fox's 1994-95 team head shot.
This next photo comes from the Kings 1994-95 media guide, with a retired Jim Fox entering his fourth season as the Kings color analyst. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

Hands down this is a Mullet. I have also noticed over the years that Jim has been experimenting with switching up his part. A round brush must have been used with a great blow dryer to create that amazing volume!

"Is That A Football Helmet?"
Jim Fox's 1996-97 team head shot.
This next photo comes from the Kings 1996-97 media guide, with Fox now established as one of the best television analysts in the business. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

Wow! At first I thought that Jim was wearing a football helmet...but then I realized it was his hair. Definitely no need for Propecia at this point. Wow! What a head of hair! He must have said no thinning shears for this cut!

"Look At That Trend Setter"
Jim Fox's 2005-present team head shot.
Our final photo comes from the Kings 2005-06 media guide, sporting Fox's present look. Here is what our expert had to say about his cut in this photo:

Look at that trend setter. As we look back at Jim's styles over the years, he finally settled into a fine looking haircut that suits him perfectly.

Still no thinning!!! What a head of hair and what a lucky guy!

So all in all, Jim has been a true leader in hairstyles over the years. Without a doubt, Mr Fox has been a fashionable "Risk Taker" in the sports world. His dedication to his gels, perm rods, hair sprays, curling irons and blow dryer has paid off.

He is truly a hair legend in the "Hockey World."

Thanks for being such a good sport Jim.

-Denise Bolanowski
Ken Paves Beverly Hills Salon
409 N. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90048
310-205-0087