Stranger Things Finally Revealed the Surprising Secret Behind Steve’s Great Hair – Allure Magazine
Quick — what comes to mind when you hear the words Stranger Things? Demagorgons? Unblended pastel eyeshadow you’d rather never relive ever again? Binge-watching in bed all weekend with an empty box of cracked pepper Triscuits by your side? (Is that last one just me? OK, just checking!) Given that the show is set in the heyday of the ‘80s, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking “hair inspiration.” After all, this was the decade where mullets were cool.
And yet. There is Steve.
Steve Harrington, Nancy Wheeler’s douchey boyfriend, your douchey boyfriend, my douchey boyfriend — the one with the puppy dog eyes and the really great hair, which we will heretofore address as The Hair. Yes, Steve, played by Joe Keery, is pretty insufferable in season 1 of the hit Netflix show, but who among us hasn’t had a terrible relationship in high school? And, like most nightmare exes, there is a possibility of redemption. Because in Stranger Things season 2, we not only see Steve grow as a person, but we also finally — finally! — get the secret to The Hair.
Now, if you haven’t started watching, just beware because I’m about to hit you with a few little spoilers. The moment comes in episode six of the show, after we have established that Steve has changed a lot since we last visited Hawkins, Indiana. By now, Nancy has told Steve she doesn’t love him while she’s drunk at a Halloween party. He is sucker-punched by this revelation, doubly bowled over by the fact that Nancy might be into Jonathan Byers, and, oh, he’s got a mullet-wearing bully named Billy dogging his every move. Poor Steve has a lot to deal with! So the heartbroken teen has teamed up with Gaten Matarazzo’s Dustin to catch a rogue demagorgon the preteen has named Dart. (Season 2 is weird, let’s just roll with it.)
Dustin, if you will remember, is awkward. He’s just about to step into the world of puberty! And as an only child with a seemingly single mother, he could use a little guidance with regards to navigating his body and this crush he has on the new girl in his class, Max. Steve sees this, and understands that being a 12-year-old is tough. So as they’re laying a meat-chunk trap for Dart to follow, he gives him a little life advice about girls.
“I feel like you’re trying way too hard,” he tells Dustin, who has admitted that he kept a baby demagorgon in order to impress Max.
“Well, not everyone can have your perfect hair,” Dustin retorts, which is true.
“It’s not about The Hair, man,” Steve says. “The key to girls is just acting like you don’t care.” It should be noted that Steve’s advice about girls is generally terrible. Would it work on me? Probably. Is that reason to actually try this in the wild? Absolutely not.
Yet while Steve says that the key to girls is all about waiting to feel the “sexual electricity” before making a move, he admits to Dustin how, exactly, to achieve The Hair.
“Faberge,” he says after a beat. “It’s Faberge Organics. Use the shampoo and the conditioner, and when the hair is damp — it’s not wet, OK? When it’s damp — do four puffs of the Farrah Fawcett spray.”
Of course, he follows up the admission with some classic fragile masculinity: “You tell anyone I told you that, and your ass is grass, you understand?” Great language, babysitter! Way to go! We were really bonding with Dustin before you went and ruined it.
So what do you do if you want Steve’s hair? It’s unclear what the Stranger Things beauty team uses on Joe the actor’s hair, but let’s continue to live in the parallel universe of the show for a moment. One, you can try to find the product on eBay, but it’s pretty hard to find: one bottle sold for $150 because these are wild times we live in. Two, you can find plenty of tutorials to feather out your hair Farrah-style — last-minute Halloween costume, anyone? Grab the dry shampoo and get ready to tease your roots.
Still, the moment has a major effect on Dustin, who we later see smuggling a can of Farrah spray into his room. (The poor thing has yet to learn that products marketed to specific genders are largely a social construct and that the drugstore is really your oyster when it comes to products that work. Yours truly is a fan of the Kiehl’s men’s face lotion, for example.) He preps his hair for the middle school dance, and slicks it back into a rough approximation of The Hair, curly edition. Alas, it doesn’t work: his female classmates largely rebuff him, until Nancy steps in and saves him from the ire of judgmental preteen girls.
The moral here? Well, one: that Steve was right to warn Dustin not to fall in love. (“She’s only going to break your heart and you’re way too young for that shit,” he says. True, Steve!) But secondly, if Netflix wants to sign Joe and Gaten up for a buddy comedy and/or beauty vlogger series, I would 100% watch either option.
Also, if someone wants to revive Farrah Fawcett spray for the masses, I’d buy it. Steve does have great hair.
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