Harry Styles might be known for his glamorous, gender-fluid fashion sense, gorgeous voice, and that cute little band called One Direction, but he’s also known for his hair. Yes, we’re talking about his occasionally-lengthy-but-always-striking mop top of curls, which basically qualified as the sixth member of `1D all along. It’s a huge part of his look, obviously, and that’s why it’s utterly shell-shocking to say that he’s just cut it all off.
On September 1, a Harry Styles fan account on Instagram posted some selfies (the source of which are unknown) of fans posing with Styles, who is sporting a very polarizing new hairdo. The ear-length curls he’s worn on and off in the spotlight for the past nine years are gone, and what’s left is a ’60s-inspired crop with short bangs. This is a given for Styles, but it screams “Mick Jagger.”
Though he hasn’t made any public appearances or posted any of his own pictures of the cut, word spread rapidly among his fans — and many of them are not cool with this. While plenty have swarmed the Internet to say he still looks great, others are getting very real about just how much they hate the fact that Styles’s curls are gone. Twitter is basically about to throw a riot over this dude’s hair.
People are asking him if he’s all right, demanding he grow his curls back, and even going so far as to say they might not continue to be fans (a little dramatic, but OK). But what those who are still on the bandwagon have pointed out is that this is not the first time Styles has forayed into this very choppy hair territory. He’s had Jagger-inspired haircuts in the past, and he looks good in pretty much any style. He is, after all, Harry freaking Styles.
If you’re bummed that Styles’s curls are no longer what they used to be (understandable), look on the bright side: It’s hair. It grows back. And 1D fans are all very aware than Styles’s hair grows pretty quickly. In the meantime, plenty of photos of his longer hair are there and ready to be fawned over.