I like Russell Brand too, and I want his hairstyle also. But as I recently discovered, getting the "Russell Brand look" isnâ€™t as simple as not cutting, not washing your hair, not styling and not shaving. Actually, itâ€™s the opposite.
Heâ€™s all over the place right now and he seems to get the ladies so I thought to myself: I want a little piece of my own little Russell action. I let my long hair get a little longer, I chucked-out my shampoo so my hair would be a bit more matted, I threw out my hair brush (I mean, I stopped using my girlfriendâ€™s), and I changed my pillow cases from silk to cotton in an attempt to intensify my bed head. And I didnâ€™t shave... for a long time.
The result: people not only refused to talk to me, but they wouldnâ€™t even look at me. I was doing a great impression of a starving hobo; I could have given a basement kidnap victim- locked away for 2 years- a run for their money in a "Most Desperately Needed Makeover" competition. It was a disaster. Chicks werenâ€™t digging me.
So I booked an emergency appointment at my local menâ€™s hair salon and in-between flicking through FHM, watching wrestling out of the corner of my eye on a giant plasma and sipping low-carb beer, my stylist filled me in on how to make my hair more like Russellâ€™s.
The key to Russellâ€™s hairstyle isnâ€™t neglect but high maintenance, she said. First of all itâ€™s quite a complex haircut: subtle layering has been added through the edges of the back and sides and the top was jagged-cut short to create height, width and shape. Next it takes time and dedication to style, everyday. Russell mousses, blow-dries, teases, moulds, styles his bangs to the left, lifts his roots, applies product for texture, and then adds smoothing shine and lacquer. Oh and he clips and shapes his beard.
All of a sudden I was remembering stories from Perez about how Russell took longest in makeup on the set of Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
As it turns out, if you want to look like youâ€™re having a bad hair day- like Russell- it takes time and effort. Of course! Because if you donâ€™t want to look like youâ€™re having a bad hair day then it usually happens naturally and continually all day long. I thought (as I glanced down at my ripped and faded- I mean "engineered"- jeans): I should have known better.