Could teen-sensation Justin Bieber be the new Jennifer Aniston? Of course, we all know the famously well-coifed starlet had about five friends, while The Biebs routinely closes down strip malls and inspires frenzied teenage riots. But, consider their distinctive dos. In fact, according to the New York Times, much like a Tiger Beat-approved version of Jen’s long-layered shag, prepubescent boys everywhere are now flocking to salons in the quest to score their own head of heartthrob hair.
“Boys are embarrassed” to ask for the cut by name, said Cozy Friedman, the owner of Cozy’s Cuts for Kids in Manhattan, but she says the carefully combed side-swept bangs are a total give away — they want The Bieber. More, they want the screaming girls the cut seems to inspire. “Girls always play with it in class,” said Tommy, 14. “It’s kind of frustrating sometimes. I’m trying to skateboard and they want to touch my hair.”
Critics of the so-called Flow also lament the androgynous, eye-obscuring cut poses a potential safety hazard and induces way, way too much flirty flipping. Plus there’s always the issue of whether you’ve really managed to recreate “The Bieber” in all its medium brown, carefully combed, pubescent glory. Thankfully the Times reports that if you’re flipping confused, there are more than a few YouTube videos devoted to the cuts many nuances — including a hypnotic clip in which The Bieber (in the flesh) towels and flips like a long lost member of Charlie’s Angels , but with nary an aerosol can in sight.
For his part, high-end stylist Oscar Blandi, isn’t all that impressed. “It’s really the old Linda Evangelista look, the gamine look.” he said.
Well, as they say everything old is new again — though you’ve got to love 12 year old boys lining up to look like Linda. The Trinity strikes again.
[Ed Note: I cannot actually believe this was an article in The New York Times. Are we sure it wasn’t satire? Also: can’t stop laughing..]