GQ Grooming Shrink: ‘How Do I Get Timothée Chalamet's Haircut?’
Timothée Chalamet is The King. On screen, yes (his latest role in the Netflix drama is now proof of that), but also in every thread of his personal life: fashion, etiquette, grooming, you name it. But we'll zoom in on grooming, because since the actor's breakthrough role in Call Me By Your Name back in 2017, the world has constantly been asking just how he maintains such an extraordinarily good head of hair. Not too long, not too short, perfectly lustrous and as free-flowing as we all wish ours could be, his mop sits among the greatest grooming moments of the decade. And we want to emulate it, stat.
As part of our brand new Grooming Shrink column, we've enlisted the help of Joe Mills (of Joe & Co barbers) to find out just how we can re-create that carefree (but carefully created) hairstyle. Over to his top tips...
Which kind of hair does this look suit?
Thick, wavy hair in an ideal world. If you have medium to thin hair, it's possible to create this look, but you will be using a lot of product. Sea-salt spray will be your friend. If you have curly hair, then you can smooth them out as well to get this look. Unfortunately, if you have straight hair this isn’t a look for you, unless you think about a perm!
Which kind of face would this do suit?
As this has volume and width, pretty much all face shapes except rounded will work really well with this hairstyle. Although, having said that, if you smoothed the sides down so it sits closer to the head it could work.
What kind of haircut do you ask for?
This cut has length on the top and is shaped slightly into the neck. It is a pretty classic shape, but I always recommend giving your barber a visual reference so that they can see what you are after more clearly. Your hair needs to be over the ear and it needs to sit just around collar length at the back, plus plenty of length through the top.
How do you style it? What are the steps?
The key to styling curly and wavy hair is to work with the curl and not to brush it or run your fingers through it too much, as this tends to make it fluffy and un-styled. Shampoo with Davines Love Curl Shampoo. This will add moisture to your hair. Towel dry but do not over-rub your hair, as this makes it frizzy. Then use a tangerine-sized amount of Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse and apply evenly throughout the hair.
Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse, $31 at kevinmurphystore.com
Then, using your fingers, push your hair back off the face and over to the side. You can leave it to dry naturally, but for the best effect use a hairdryer (Parlux or Dyson) and a diffuser. This spreads out the airflow and helps the curl and wave stay structured. Use a low speed and medium heat and don’t rush it, as it will look better.
Parlux Powerlight 385 Diffuser, $17 at lookfantastic.com
Finish by applying a small amount of Davines Medium Hold Pliable Paste through the hair with your fingers to give it a cleaner styled edge. Don’t forget: less is more. Don’t overload it too much... you can always add more.
Davines Medium Hold Pliable Paste, $29 at davines.com