As far back as 2011, when the then-teenage heartthrob first sent fans spiralling by chopping off his flowing side-swept fringe, Justin Bieber has enjoyed a complicated relationship with his hair. In the years since, the Canadian pop star has bleached it, buzzed it, and, in one especially controversial move, had groomer Florida twist his long blonde ends into locs. This past May, he even made a bombshell announcement: "I'm going to grow my hair down to my toes," he told his 102-million Instagram followers. ("LONG HAIR DONT CARE AND MY STACHE IS GORGEOUS," he also said at the time.) Whoa!
Now, those plans have changed... by a couple of inches, at least. Bieber and fiancée Hailey "Bieber-To-Be" Baldwin (who, it has been confirmed, does not find her betrothed's facial hair very gorgeous at all) made a trip to Cutler Salon (Baldwin is a client of hairstylist Ryan Pearl there) in New York City yesterday afternoon so Bieber could get a dusting on his overgrown summer hair.
There's nothing out of the ordinary about a celebrity getting a haircut — in fact, it's a very popular subject. But what is unique in Bieber's case is the rollercoaster of emotions he experienced while getting the trim (and also being photographed, repeatedly, through a large window in a not-exactly-private setting). It's like we were right there with him, wearing that salon-provided smock, sipping on a glass of seltzer while someone combs our damp hair. The story of a 24-year-old superstar getting a haircut he probably didn't even want in the first place is a surprisingly visceral one, and you can follow along, ahead...
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He knew in this moment, with his hair freshly washed by Armond, that his toe-length hair dreams were about to be behind him, splayed out on the floor for all the world to see. But was he ready?
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After easing his worries with an ice-cold cup of water (a plastic straw, really?), Bieber is content. Change is a good thing — at least, that's what Hillsong taught him. And Hailey, who's sitting as close as humanly possible to ensure nothing goes wrong and also that he doesn't just get up and leave in the middle.
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One inch too far and Justin knows: He will be dangerously close to having his fiancée's exact bob haircut. She knows it, too.
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Freshly trimmed, finished, and ready to pick up a fresh dozen eggs at Whole Foods. Oops, forgot Hailey!