‘Stranger Things’ hairstylist squeezes Joe Keery’s hair ‘like a cat’
- ‘Stranger Things’ star Joe Keery is one of the few stars on the show who doesn’t need a full wig.
- The head of the show’s hair department told Mashable that she uses a “cat’s paw” technique to do her hair.
- She uses a “kneading” motion like a purring cat in order to achieve the right texture.
Joe Keery may not need a full wig like his costars in “Stranger Things,” but he still has to undergo a ritual in the hair and makeup chair every day on set.
“We put products in [his hair] and then you squeeze like a cat,” Sarah Hindsgaul, head of the Netflix series’ hair department, told Mashable in an interview last week.
Mashable reporter Belen Edwards said Hindsgaul “demonstrated by kneading her hand like a cat’s paw.”
“I put all the texture in there and dry it hard in her hair to get that wavy texture,” Hindgaul said. “Otherwise it gets really direct.”
Keery’s bouffant hairstyle is an integral part of his character’s endearing appearance. Throughout the show, he jokes called “Steve ‘The Hair’ Harrington” by classmates and friends. Hindsgaul said she sometimes adds extensions to the back of Keery’s head in order to add to the mullet shape, but those puffy bangs are all Keery.
The actor recently told The Daily Beast that he doesn’t understand all the hype around his hair, both on the show and on red carpet interviews.
“I have a career, so I have to be like, ‘Who cares? I’m going to take it,'” Keery said. “But it’s also not something I’m interested in at all. Yet people seem to really care and fixate on it, for some reason. It’s so stupid, honestly.”
For more of the behind-the-scenes magic of “Stranger Things,” read our roundup of 19 Filming Secrets and Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.