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In picking what article to go out with before our Comic Con induced hiatus, there was one thing that was nagging me for so long it just could no longer be ignored. Pouring through all the clips and pictures of my vast collection, I set out to uncover the mystery. I'm talking about the enigma known as Sam Winchester's hair.
Just like Sam, his hair has been wandering from place to place, never finding a real purpose in this world. We have to wonder if Dean's consistent clean cut look and Sam's ever changing mess is a reflection of the paths their characters have taken. Nah, I'm reading way too much into that. Still, hair doesn't lie. Let's go through the seasons and see if there's any plausibility to that theory.
Not half bad. Sits nice, has a bit of wave, and definitely makes him look like the younger brother. A good way to kick off the series. It makes the statement, "I'm Sam, an ordinary guy, but I have a good idea of who I am." Boy, does that change.
Sam loses control fast. His lack of care could be blamed of grief, but all that's needed here is common sense. By cutting the top shorter, the bangs are meant to hang down evenly now. Too bad they don't! Plus, the top looks matted half the time, kind of like hat hair, and the sides look like theyâ€™re fighting each other, taking any direction they want. Sadly, this look sticks for a while.
This is the "Sam needs to fire his stylist" hair. The jagged layers flop on top in a disorganized clutter, there's some sort of curly action going on in the back that's hardly flattering and most of the episode it looks like he just got out of bed. Granted, both Jared Padalecki and Eric Kripke said in interviews for most of season one they had no idea who Sam really was. I guess they found the hair to match that. It still makes him look like a pup though.
Skipping forward a bit, Sam has indeed fired his stylist by this time because it doesn't look like the hair has been cut all season. There's one side effect to growing out the top layers like that. When he combs his hair (like on his date with Sarah), he looks like one of The Beatles, circa 1964. While the look works for comedic pleasure with Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, here, um, no.
Devil's Trap Hair
Yikes! He's totally given up. I get that Sam's face looks like he went a few rounds with a two by four, which he kind of did, but does the hair have to suffer too? Parts are flat and matted, one side flies away like he stuck his finger in a light socket and there's no sign of even a vague attempt at style. Just get to a barber and at least do something about the split ends. Heck, use Dean's machete. Anything!
Next page, Season Two, aka, the vast improvement.