His heartbreaking dying left Hollywood with a big empty barber chair. Others like Leonardo DiCaprio tried to fill it, and typically succeeded. However for River followers, no hair will ever fly greater than that of the ascending Phoenix.—Cintra Wilson
The Mr. Clear
• Each man underneath 50 who’s purposely bald has been touched by the lengthy arm of Michael Jordan. Relatively than try to
go off his filmy shadow of vellus as actual hair, Jordan accepted Mom Nature’s will—then he shoved it again in her face, shaving his head clear. All of a sudden he seemed much more athletic. Veins rippled backward when he strained. The curves of his clean dome mirrored these of his biceps. The impact was biggest when he sweated, which made him look as if he had been carved from marble and polished to a excessive sheen. Gatorade executives beheld that glistening head an noticed precious promoting house; they coloured Jordan’s perspiration fluorescent orange and turned it right into a advertising marketing campaign. With the swipe of a razor, Jordan not solely created an iconic silhouette for himself; he shaved the way in which for generations of untimely baldies.—Caity Weaver
An Open Letter From GQ to Tiger Woods
Expensive Tiger, You’ll by no means win one other main with that hair. We all know it’s normally hidden underneath your Nike cap, which we assume you might be contractually obligated to put on even whereas sleeping, however nonetheless. You’re pulling a large hair bogey. See
Michael Jordan up there? He had the precise concept. Be like Mike. Thanks, GQ
Deal with Your Scalp to a Spa Day
• Until you’re cool with a crosshatch of head scars, don’t simply seize a Bic and let it rip. Bear in mind, your scalp is product of pores and skin—like your face. Discover a skilled who’ll provide the full-service remedy: shave, shampoo (to wash your newly shorn scalp), head therapeutic massage, scorching towel, moisturizer. For at-home touch-ups, use an electrical trimmer and go away a tiny little bit of stubble—and don’t stroll out the door with out sunscreen.
Sudden Hair Gods
“If I have been to begin taking good care of my grooming, I’d now not be my very own self.”
The Finger within the Socket
Einstein’s unruly wilderness of a hairdo isn’t merely the product of a frenetic and simply distracted thoughts. It’s a stylistic expression of the uncontainable pleasure he took in his work, a follicular manifestation of unbridled discovery. (Both that or simply he didn’t give a shit. “If I have been to begin taking good care of my grooming, I’d now not be my very own self,” he wrote to his second spouse, Elsa, in 1913.) In any occasion, his look, which fell someplace between “auspiciously raveled” and “at the moment chewing on an electrical fence,” turned the archetype for each Mad Scientist and the notion that genius is neither organized nor predictable. Einstein, in any case, was additionally a violinist, pianist, crusing fanatic, and all-around champion of play. He not often wore socks. He didn’t simply rewrite the legal guidelines of physics; he additionally, via his hair, destroyed the misperception of science as a stiff, antiseptic enterprise, laying the groundwork for cheerful descendants like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and the MythBusters. All these years later he reminds us that regardless of how vital our work is (or we expect it’s), it’s essential to retain that contact of insanity.—Jeff Vrabel
The Wave Runner
The Do’s and Don’ts of Harry’s ’Do
Do: Have it trimmed each three months (sure, even if you happen to’re rising it out). When your hair is that this lengthy, the ends can
get dry and broken. In case your hair is thick, ask for refined layers to take away weight and density. In any other case you’ll look all bushy.
Don’t: Shampoo every single day. Strive each three days as an alternative. You need that contact of grunge.
Do: Double-dip on merchandise. Model with a grooming cream (which you’ll have already got) and sea-salt spray (which you don’t have already got, however which is an actual factor).
The Radical Pure
For those who wished to politicize your hair within the 1970s, you grew it into lengthy, straight, face-framing curtains that spilled down your shoulders and again. Until you have been a black man—then the Marcia Brady look was powerful to drag off. So you probably did what Sly Stone did: As an alternative of rising down, you grew broad, in each route, just like the rays of the solar, permitting the kinks and curls of your pure hair to dictate its form, gloriously unrestrained. Sly was already a musical prodigy when he made his first foray into the enterprise, as a clean-cut teenager singing doo-wop. However it wasn’t till he grew out his hair right into a perpetual black halo that he remodeled right into a pioneer of psychedelic soul.—C.W.
Sudden Hair Gods
“Have a look at me—I couldn’t be something apart from a rock singer with this hair.”—Rod Stewart, The Peacock
At 71, the Miami Warmth president (and two-time GQ cowl star) displays on his signature coiffure.
GQ: When did you first begin carrying your well-known look?
Pat Riley: I used to be in between jobs—I’d simply retired as a participant—and I spent a few weeks on the seaside. And through that point, I began to comb it again whereas it was moist. It’s been that approach since I used to be 35, so a very long time now.
What’s your routine?
First you’ve gotta get the lower proper. It’s gotta be a layered lower, completed by any person who actually is aware of what he’s doing. It may possibly’t be greater than three and a half inches lengthy. Then you definately bathe, shampoo, spend little or no time with a dryer. You place no matter goop you want via it after which finger-comb it. I not often use a brush or a comb. You’ll know you’ve bought the precise haircut when you possibly can finger-comb it and it stays again.
What merchandise do you employ?
“I’m a Paul Mitchell man—I truly knew him a little bit bit, he lived out in Malibu. There have been some days I needed to make it like a helmet; that’s once I’d go along with the Sebastian Hello-Distinction Gel. Agency.”
Did the gamers ever offer you shit about being in GQ?
After I was on the quilt in ’89, Mychal Thompson instructed me, “Coach, you may get too a lot of these issues and make the gamers jealous.” I stated, “Don’t fear, there received’t be many.”—Nick Marino
John Travolta Is Additionally a Flat Circle
One other man’s infinite hair odyssey from fame to infamy to fame to…
Bob Marley & The Weeknd
The Previous and Future Dreads
• All hair is religion—you comb it, shave it, fashion it, level it in a route, and pray that others will imagine as you do. However dreadlocks are totally different, extra literal. The Bible says, “He shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head develop.” So there’s Bob Marley—nonetheless younger, newly returned from America and the Chrysler plant through which he labored, again in Jamaica, devoting himself to reggae and Rastafarianism. He let the locks of the hair of his head develop. He was saying: I’m a believer. He was saying: Have a look at God.
Then there’s The Weeknd, nonetheless younger, popping out of anonymity and the Toronto shadows, lastly able to put a face to his identify, carrying his hair like a crown made out of coral. “I need to be remembered as iconic and totally different,” he instructed Rolling Stone final 12 months. “So I used to be like, ‘Fuck it—I’m gonna let my hair simply be what it desires.’ ” This, too, was an act of religion, if a extra secular one. He was saying: Have a look at me.—Zach Baron