Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – Part Deux

Back in my days of blogging for my old newspaper, I came up with a list of five male celebrities with effortlessly perfect hair.  So did Liz.

Mine included Matthew Perry, James Gunn, Kyle Chandler, Michael C. Hall and Paul Rudd. Liz honored Matthew Perry (cause really, have you seen the dude’s hair?) John Corbett (I’m guessing Northern Exposure-era), Naveen Andrews, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogan and Gael Garcia  Bernal.

And that was that.

Until this weekend, when we watched Half Nelson, which is a great movie. But when all was said and done, and after we praised the film for its quietness, and for the great performances from Ryan Gosling and Shareeka Epps, and wondered if “half nelson” was some crack term we didn’t know about (we only know it from wrestling), we got down to the important stuff:

“Ryan Gosling is really, really hot.”

“I know.”

“And I know he’s playing a drug addict in the film, but…that’s pretty much my exact type – tall, skinny, disheveled.”


“I’m not sure what this says about me. It seems whenever someone plays a drug addict in a film [see – Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting] I find them really hot.”

This led to a discussion of his hair, which brought us back to our lists, and the mutual agreement that if we ever made another one, he’d be on it. (We really are intelligent, sophisticated, cultured women, I promise.)

The next night, I was having trouble sleeping and (like you do) started thinking of who else could be on the distinguished list of Effortlessly Perfect Hair.

Disclaimer before I start: No head of hair will ever be more beautiful and perfectly effortlessly executed than Kyle Chandler. I mean, c’mon.


It’s just a thing of beauty, is what it is.

So, without further adieu, here are my additional selections:

Ryan Gosling:
I admit it – Half Nelson was my first Ryan Gosling film. Yes, ladies, I’ve never seen The Notebook. And I am so okay with that. I’ve never seen Lars and the Real Girl or The Believer. (Though the latter two are on my to-see list.)  I knew he had been nominated for an Academy Award for Half Nelson, but I didn’t expect his quiet little performance to be as good as it was. Congrats, Ryan – you’ve graduated from “pretty boy” to “damn fine actor” in my book. And the hair…good lord the hair. So good. Add some tattoos and I am a puddle on the floor.

It’s good a little scruffy:

and a LOT scruffy

Michael Cera
Yes, he’s a little young for me – dude isn’t even 21 yet. (Seriously??) But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good head of hair. Think not so much George Michael Bluth as Paulie Bleeker and Nick (of Nick and Nora) – the more mature Cera, if you will. (If one can be mature at 20.) What I like about Cera’s hair is that it seems like he doesn’t use any product. He doesn’t need to. It stands well enough on its own. See:

(Don’t judge me. You know you all wish he was older.)

Ted MosbyJosh Radnor
It almost feels like cheating to put him on here – because Josh Radnor’s hair is so not effortless. (Well, Josh-Radnor-as- Ted-Mosby-‘s hair, anyway). There’s product. There’s scrunching. There’s even a whole episode of How I Met Your Mother dedicated to Ted’s hair vanity. And still, it must go on, because it’s fantastic hair and because it does LOOK effortless.

Say what you will about Ted as a character (I love him, but most don’t), dude does have an awesome head of hair.

Malcolm Gets
Yeah, that’s right. I’d say his hair is at least 20% of the reason he’s my new celebrity boyfriend. (Well, maybe not. But the hair is a part of the essence, and I’m all about the essence. Or something. Seriously… Shut up, his hair is amazing.) So, I’m not sure this is effortless either. But he does have that tousled “just got out of bed look” down. It’s long and there’s a hint of curl, but it’s not overly curly. Really though, he could be on here for volume alone. Just look at the volume.  As someone with thick, curly hair myself, I’m always impressed when one can wear it so well. Whether it’s in a movie (where clearly, there were stylists and such)

Or at an event (where it probably looks like he just got out of bed because he just got out of bed. That takes some balls, man. I can’t pull that look off.)

And, finally, we have the one, the only…

Taylor Kitsch
I know his hair is a THING, and everyone who watches Friday Night Lights LOVES HIS HAIR, but c’mon. He’s got to be on the list. Frankly, I’m embarrassed he didn’t make my list the first time around.  What is there to say, really? As Tim Riggins, dude makes stringy, greasy, unwashed hair somehow beautiful. And effortless? You bet. I don’t think Kitsch washes his hair or does anything to it when he goes on set.


Which reminds me – FNL comes back on next week, you guys! Watch! I will! And I can’t wait to finally actually talk about the season. It’s been killing me, holding it in, y’all. KILLING ME!

Video of the Day: Classic TV Clip
A shout out another great head of hair – Mr. Peter Krause. He can be an honorary member of this exclusive club. Here he is – with fabulous hair – in one of my favorite scenes from Six Feet Under.

3 thoughts on “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – Part Deux

  1. I should have known this was coming, after the “Nobody’s hair will ever top Kyle Chandler’s” comment as I was leaving. (You’re not wrong. Also, I have ALSO been pondering Ryan Gosling’s hair, because it truly is fantastic. And how much fun is it that his last name means “baby goose”?)

  2. Liz: Hee! I didn’t know that his name meant “baby goose” but that is fun. You should do another list, too…if you want. I’d be interested to see your other choices. (Ooh, you could do an all-time list, and then your BF Jimmy Stewart could make the cut.)

    Nicki: Right? Such sexy hair! And those weren’t even the best pictures I found.

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