Harry Styles Goes Bald, Enters 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' Era

It's such a shame for us to part with Harry's hair

Photo: Harry Styles by Lloyd Wakefield (left)

BY Sydney BrasilPublished Nov 16, 2023

My deepest condolences go out to any Harry Styles fans who are only in it because he's hot. A dear friend and I once deduced that the worst thing that could happen to a woman in her 20s is her situationship shaving, and now, many other men-attracted people have experienced the same thing en masse.

Rumours that Styles had shaved his head started circulating online earlier this month, but the pop star finally hard-launched his buzzcut on Instagram yesterday (November 15). While some are mourning the loss of his curly locks, the Exclaim! staff have made a more pressing revelation: he kind of looks like Chris Martin circa 2001.

You might be thinking to yourself, "Of course the resident (early) Coldplay apologist of Exclaim! would publish this," but this duty was bestowed upon me via our Online Editor, who made the comparison herself. She wouldn't be caught dead in the Coldplay beat, so here I am doing the lord's work.

Anyway, have you seen the music video for "In My Place?" This is where the comparison is most apt, though it's pretty apparent throughout most of the A Rush of Blood to the Head era. The market for sensitive British heartthrobs has truly never waned, and the girlies have always just wanted a little soft boy as a treat. History is now repeating itself — proving that hair doesn't determine whether or not your parasocial crush would gaslight you.

For the record, Styles doesn't look that bad — in fact, it kind of works. Where soft rock's finest emulates a weird-but-harmless hippie uncle who doesn't know when to wear shoes, his pop star counterpart is giving fashionista who can admit when his hairline is too far gone. Honestly? We respect it.

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