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The Stranger Things star debuted a shiny bowl cut at a Chanel dinner in Los Angeles last night, and the internet has gone predictably mental in response. Here, our Style And Grooming Director delivers his (read: the official) verdict
It's a personal thing, but I find Netflix's hit teen sci-fi romp Stranger Things particularly difficult to watch.
It's not, as you might expect, due to the fact that Millie Bobby Brown is inordinately irritating on screen. Nor has it got anything to do with the fact that I never seem to have any idea what's going on at any given moment, in any given episode.
No. The reason I find Stranger Things so difficult to watch is primarily down to character Steve Harrington's hairdo. Played with expertly misplaced bravado by 27-year-old actor Joe Keery, Harrington's varsity outfits may be pitch perfect and his comedy timing above average, but his giant brown bouffant – a do that both the Bouvier sisters (Jackie and Lee, rather than Patty, Selma and Marge) would have found tricky to pull off – is, in my opinion, the strangest thing in the entire show.
Ever so slightly greasy and with less movement than the masthead of a glossy magazine, Keery's was less a hairdo, more a helmet, less Samson's power, more cheese strings frozen in time. And for that reason, it offended my more subtle grooming-related sensibilities.
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Stands to reason, then, when I woke to the news this morning that Keery had, in fact, debuted an entirely new look at a Chanel dinner in Hollywood last night, I was relieved. In the place of his oversized beehive, Keery sported a glossy bowl cut-cum-bob, and the change did not go unnoticed by the internet.
On Twitter @Keeryluv lamented "Joe Keery what did you do to your hair? [Cry face emoji]," while @moonyclouds digitally cawed "Who the fuck used scissors on Joe Keery's hair? I'm gonna come to your house and use them on you."
Apparently, the reason Keery has cut his hair is because he's moving into the music biz and is trying to carve a hot new identity for himself. Given the high-shine bowl cut he's opted for he's clearly planning on following in Pete Doherty's indie footprints (debilitating heroin addiction notwithstanding, one hopes).
Though I'm not entirely blown away by the quality of Keery's cut – the slightly wispy, mismatched strands hanging over his forehead look a little ill-considered – his head no longer looks like it's alive with a million creatures from the Upside Down, which is alright with me.
One thing to note is that given the thickness of Keery's mane, this look is going to be difficult for him to to maintain (he'll need to keep plenty of moisturising serum at hand). If you're planning on going in for a bowl cut like Keery's, be sure that your hair is on the finer side of thick and that it responds well to having texture cut through it. Oh, and your face – like Keery's – should be on the squarer end of the spectrum to offset the entirely rounding effect of the cut.
Or you could just opt for a short back and sides – because sometimes simpler things are better than stranger ones.
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