A few weeks ago, a blurry video of Harry Styles unveiled by the American media TMZ alone caused a tidal wave on "X" (formerly Twitter). The reason? In these images of just a few seconds, we could see the singer attending the U2 concert in Las Vegas, his head completely balding. That was all it took to scandalize the fans of the former member of the group One Direction, who were shocked by this potential metamorphosis.
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If the poor quality of the video could leave room for doubt, this time, it's now official: the As it was singer shaved his head, as proven by a new photo of him, in high definition this time, posted on the Instagram account of his cosmetics brand, Pleasing, this Wednesday, November 15, 2023. The publication aimed to inaugurate the launch of the first fragrances in the range, but Internet users seemed to be much more interested in the artist's new hair style than in the products. Indeed, this change of head is radical for the man who has long sported a long curly hair that has become his signature.
This new look has deeply divided its community and caused a lively debate in the comments on the social network. Fans of the singer, visibly very attached to his long hair, had a hard time digesting the shock. "I can't believe what my eyes just saw", "Who is this man?", "This is no longer Harry Styles", "What trauma", "What have we done to deserve this betrayal?", "I'm in tears", "Delete! People are crying and fainting", "It's Photoshop, isn't it?", "May her long curls rest in peace", we can read in particular from outraged Internet users.
Others, more moderate, put things into perspective and mourn the loss of a bygone era. "Everyone misses his curls and we're going to miss them, but I love this new look, this man can wear anything!", "I think he's gorgeous as always and this new look really makes his eyes pop", "I can't lie, he's still so good-looking", "Hair grows back, and he's still so sexy", some argue.
Harry Styles at the BBC Music Awards in Birmingham. (December 10, 2015) Brian Rasic/WireImage/Getty Images
From ultra-long to extra-short
If some fans who have been following him for several years are to be believed, this change may not be as unexpected as it seems. Indeed, in recent times, the gradual shortening of the singer's hair has not escaped the eyes of his audience who seem particularly concerned about the idea of him going bald. It all started when Harry Styles cut his hair very short in 2016 for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, parting ways with his lengths for good. Then, the concern grew when he went under the scissors again in 2020 to star in Olivia Wilde's thriller Don't worry Darling, as well as in 2021 to prepare for his role in the Amazon production My Policeman. At the same time, comments about the alleged receding frontal hairline (which can be a sign of baldness, in some cases), have continued to create viral discussions on social media.
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So, is this new transformation taking place for the needs of a future film role? Is it a preparation for a possible hair transplant? Or did the 29-year-old just need a little refreshment? Whatever the reason, this obsession confirms the extent to which debates about shaved heads and male hair loss spark debates on the Internet. Prince William, Brooklyn Beckham, Måneskin singer Damiano David and Zayn Malik have already paid the price.
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