How to Get Timothée Chalamet’s Glorious Hair
Last year, the moving initiation film by Luca Guadagnino, call me by your name, did two important things; he reminded us that there were good things in 80s fashion and he pitched breakout star Timothée Chalamet as the next big thing in Hollywood.
With parts in Country and Interstellar it wasn’t the first time we’ve seen Chalamet, but his performance as the love-struck Elio finally made the world sit up and take notice; earning him Best Actor nominations at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. Even with a remarkable talent like his, people rarely fall for Hollywood, and a casual dig into Timothées’ past reveals that this 22-year-old New Yorker comes from a privileged stock with many ties to the stage and the world. screen – definitely an advantage on his way to Success.
The other rather obvious advantage? Her hair. Bone structure aside, the heart of his enviable appearance is his ridiculously good barnet. He usually wears it medium to long length with a soft side parting pushed back from his face and just above his collar at the back. On paper it’s nothing special, so what is it?
Why is Timothée Chalamet’s hair so beautiful?
call me by your name captures the essence of the sun-drenched Italian Riviera, even though it was filmed in Lombardy, ostensibly during an epic “once in a century” downpour. Due to the clever cinematography and waterproof nature of Chalamet’s ‘do’, you’d hardly know it rained torrentially for most of filming. Heat and humidity are clearly no match for this epic hair; her relaxed waves refuse to develop that frizz-telling halo (from the famous kryptonite to a stylish mop) or curl tightly in a men’s perm. Off-screen, her hair constantly combines the tousled nonchalance of “I just woke up like this” while maintaining a beautiful shape. Simply put: these are hair texture goals.
Scott Ade, senior hairstylist at London’s Larry King salon agrees: “Timothee is one lucky boy when it comes to his hair. He has good thick hair with a bit of natural movement and waves in it. The kind of hair that would get a little curly and look great if he washed it and left it, or just as easy to blow dry a bit and style it for a straighter look.
So how can less genetically blessed mortals get this look? Provided you have hair of a certain length and density, this look is achievable with the following hair hacks. Hairstylist and makeup artist Karen Alder, who has worked with Chalamet on photoshoots, reveals her top tips for getting her style right.
What to ask
Disclaimer: All “effortless” hairstyles (that look good) involve effort. Sorry. This kind of style doesn’t mean you can avoid the barber, and you can’t look fresh from a hair salon either. To do this, “always ask for the ‘no haircut,'” says Alder. The goal is to keep the hair from looking like it’s been freshly cut, but not grown out so much that it’s starting to look unkempt. The optimal length seems to have been “cut a few weeks ago,” says Alder, which “involves cutting the hair into a point, so the ends aren’t blunt.”
At Larry King, Ade agrees that you should probably favor a salon over a street barber shop: “I would be very careful where you go to get the cut, so do your research. Barbers have come a long way in the past few years since the five-minute “short-back and sides” job, but only the most well-rounded barbers will be able to achieve this look.
“I personally think you’re better off going to a unisex salon to get it, because while you still want your hair to look masculine, the techniques used are more associated with women’s haircuts.” The length on top is the most important aspect for this look, so if your hair is short, start letting it grow all over the place.
How to style it
Anyone with finicky curls or kinks will understand that water can be the enemy. Wavy and curly hair really needs drying naturally to get the best look – fine in the summer, less workable in the winter. Heat styling with a brush often ruins curl definition and leaves hair fluffy and frizzy in between.
To combat this, Alder suggests co-washing. For the uninitiated, co-washing is short for “conditioner wash”: skip the shampoo step and go straight to conditioner. A cleansing conditioner can nourish and help hair retain moisture, keeping curls defined and frizz at bay. You don’t have to avoid shampoo altogether, just use it once a week to clarify the scalp and roots – or more or less frequently depending on how oily your hair is.
If ditching shampoo isn’t for you, a sulfate-free shampoo is a better option. Sulfates are the foaming detergent element in shampoo – often listed as SLS (sodium laureth sulfate or similar) – that can be irritating to the skin and scalp. Ultimately, it can strip moisture from hair, which is often worse for curly hair than it is for straight hair.
Scott Ade has an alternative styling method: “Start by washing and conditioning your hair. Add a small amount of the best golf ball sized hair mousse (without skimping) to towel-dried hair, then use a hair dryer to dry, shape and mold your hair to the look. A mousse is good because once dried it gives hold but your hair is still malleable so you have to put less finishing product; be it a clay, a wax or a cream. For me, brushing the hair is essential; you must be one of the lucky few with the right hair texture to achieve this look without a hair dryer.
Styling-wise, it’s a balance between taming flyaways and keeping hair soft to the touch. Drop the crackle-inducing gel and opt for one of these products instead. Karen Alder recommends leave-in products such as Jonathan Silky Dirt Shine & Define Crème (buy some on your next trip to the US), a vegan texturizing crème to control frizz and add shine, and our favorite, Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom, which she recommends applying to the ends of damp hair.
Avoid the roots when applying this type of product or it can make the hair greasy. Scott Ade’s product preferences are, “A little mousse and a clay or cream to finish is all you need for this look.” I recommend Redken Full Effect 04 All-Over Nourishing Mousse, Redken Rough Paste 12 and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer – it’s the best on the market.
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