Get the Cut: Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet's Call Me by Your Name '80s Hair
One of the most buzzed-about summer/vacation films this is Call Me by Your Name, a drama that stars Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. It’s based on the André Aciman novel of the same name, and focuses on an interloper (Hammer) who intrigues the young protagonist (Chalamet) at his family’s Italian summer home. Both actors are garnering critical acclaim for their performances, which we're sure is well deserved. But those of us who write about grooming also find both actors’ hairstyles worthy of similar praise.
To break down their hairstyles, we spoke with NYC-based celebrity stylist Oscar Blandi, as well as Herve Bauge, a senior stylist at Blandi’s NYC salon. Hammer's hairstyle is great for guys with straighter hair, and Chalamet's works for those with wavier or curly hair. Here is advice from Blandi and Bauge on how to get and style each cut.
How to Get Armie Hammer’s Cut
What to Tell Your Barber: Blandi suggests three things when getting this cut: Tell the barber to contour the hair around the ears, to keep it longer on top than on the sides, and to avoid any fading or buzzing. You don’t want to go very short anywhere; keep roughly 1-1.5 inches on the sides, and 2-3 on the top. (But the top should be visibly longer.) “I would suggest not using clippers, and opt for scissors instead to avoid the risk of going too short,” Blandi says. “This look reminds me almost of a preppy kid’s hair who has begun to grow up a little bit. It has that ‘grown-out but clean’ look.”
Bauge says that you should plan on a touch-up every four weeks to maintain the cleanness of the cut, particularly around the ears and above the brows. “Avoid taking too much off—an inch at most—during the cleanups, because it needs to keep that certain level of volume in the front that cannot be achieved if it’s cut too short,” he says.
Style It Like This: Blandi says to start with a volumizing mousse applied to wet hair, then blow dry it while using your fingers to lift it gently. “After that, mix a drop of hair oil mixed with a small dab of hair gel just to give it that more natural look with a bit of texture. Do not use a heavy gel because it will look too greasy and ‘too perfect.’” Finally, Blandi says, comb the hair in the front to get the same "wave" that Hammer has.
Disclaimer: You need fairly straight hair to get this look. “For this cut, you would ideally have medium hair in terms of density and thickness,” says Bauge. “But the look can work for people with thin to medium hair, too, as long as the texture is not too curly.” (In terms of texture, it’s best for hair that is straight to slightly wavy.) If your hair is beginning to thin, you can also achieve the look, to some extent: “The front wave would bring some volume across receding hairlines.”
How to Get Timothée Chalamet’s Cut
Tell This to Your Barber: “Ask him to leave it long, and texturize as much as possible to get the curls out, and so the ends don’t look too chunky,” Bauge says. “For this look you want to play off the natural curls and texture and not cut too short.” But, don’t let your barber give you anything too clean. The goal here is rugged and sexy, unlike Hammer’s more academic look.
You’ll need to revisit the barber every six weeks, says Bauge, but you can also wait up to eight. “When a look like this is well cut, it grows out nicely,” he says. “You get that cool messy look that keeps the style.”
Style It Like This: Before styling, condition the hair, since curly hair is always dryer than straight hair and needs extra nourishment and hydration. “When the hair is damp, you can apply a beach wave product, like a salt spray followed by a little bit of texture cream,” Blandi says. “Do not wash your hair too often, just twice a week,” he says. “Instead, try dampening it in the morning and using a dry shampoo to give it some volume. If your hair is too clean, it will become too puffy and will compromise the style.” Disclaimer: This one is better for guys with textured, wavy hair. “For this look, your hair will need to be thick with wavy-to-curly texture,” Blandi says. “The hairline doesn’t matter as much because the curls will go wherever the hair falls.” That said, avoid the style if you have major recession or thinning, or a cowlick, which will make it frustrating to style.