The single most culturally significant event of the 2014 Academy Awards was not a performance or speech, but the moment Jared Leto took to the stage with his long, dip-dyed and perfectly greased locks to receive his award. Rock stars win Oscars? The world, you guys, has come so far. It has indeed been in the hair department that the popular view of what a mainstream heterosexual man should or could look like has seen its biggest evolution over the past thirty years. Never mind the flamboyant pop stars of the 80s or the grunge movement of the 90s. It was when the hunks of the silver screen started experimenting with their ‘dos that the conventional masculine image really got a makeover. While Jared Leto seems to have been alive forever without ever aging, he of course isn’t by far the first leading gentleman to shake things up via hair, but rather the result of a line of hunky sex symbols, who pioneered the pretty boy hair affair a long, long time ago. Here are the male hair gods of Hollywood.
He doesn’t really qualify for the list, being less than an A-lister and all, but he does have the most famous golden locks in showbiz. A real red-blooded Italian playboy, Fabio Lanzoni made a name for himself as the most sought-after romance novel cover star of the 80s and 90s. Titles he covered include Love Storm, Golden Temptress and Savage Betrayal, and had it not been for his aptly conditioned mane (and, perhaps, his aptly conditioned chest) Fabio wouldn’t be the sex symbol he is today. In 1993, the romance novel readers incorporated at Cosmopolitan named him no less than The Sexiest Man Alive, and at 55, he’s still got it: his own hair and all the muscles. Fabio once nearly got in a fight with George Clooney, who had to back down admitting that Fabio could take him any day. Brute vibes aside, Fabio isn’t just a man’s man and an Adonis, but a true trailblazer amongst hair gods.