Ah, typecasting. We tend to think that the term is exclusive to certain actors/human beings. Cameron Diaz will always play a zany character, Judy Greer will always be the quirky best friend of a main character, and Zooey Deschanel will always portray serious quirkiness at its finest. But what about all of the stereotypical hairstyles in movies and television? Think about it. If Owen Wilson sported a crew cut, how could he play a freeloading partier?
Here are nine hairstyles that let you know exactly what you’re getting from a fictional character right off the bat.
1. Buns = Uptight
Okay, perhaps this is a strong example as the grandma in Flowers in the Attic is just sliiiightly more severe than just “uptight”. Because she’s a demented sociopath. But buns let you know that this character is so serious and just needs to let her hair down to relax!
2. Curly = Crazy
Curls are so wild and unpredictable. They just need to roam free until they find someone just as wild to run with. Curls mean the character is, like, so unpredictable.
3. Scraggly = Laid-back
Though I really, truly hope The Shag’s ship has sailed both on-screen and off, it does serve a higher purpose. And that’s to let you know that the main character likes to drink/smoke weed/freeload/party/sleep around/not hold down sustainable employment.
4. Side-parted = Suave, sophisticated
How would a character, male or female, be able to convey true sophistication and unattainability if there was no sleek side-part involved? I mean, come on.
5. Bangs = Innocence
You had ‘em when you were a kid, I don’t care who you are. They represent innocence. Specifically the kind of innocence and naiveté that needs a strong, dark, handsome man to guide you to a path of sexual awakening and the illusion of self-confidence (ahem. Fifty Shades).
6. Blonde = Fun
Blondes like to party! And dance! And do fun things like ride in convertibles with their hair down and wear red lipstick! They’re just like Marilyn Monroe, guys.
7. Brunette = Serious
Brunettes are so studious. They take life seriously, and they’re usually lawyers or teachers. They need a Fun Blonde Friend (see above) to show them how to loosen up and make bad decisions.
8. Redhead = Vivacious
Before Christina Hendricks came on the scene in Mad Men, I will say gingersnaps probably didn’t get the attention they deserved. So, well done, Joan Holloway. Even I have a crush on you.
9. Shaved = Bad-ass
Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Bret Michaels… they all have one thing in common: they’re bald. It’s just that the first three are also consistently cast as tough, bad-ass guys in all movies.