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So Pete Wentz Has Legolas Hair Now

Pete Wentz Photo-Illustration: by The Cut; Photo: Getty Images

2020 has been ripe with random, surprise hair transformations. It’s only fitting that we end things with a bang, courtesy of the King of Emo Bangs himself, Pete Wentz.

The Fall Out Boy bassist and recently crowned Hot Dad was spotted gracing an L.A. tennis court with a new do that’s quite the departure from his really red hair and really tall hair of yore. He is now brandishing long blonde locks reminiscent of Legolas, our favorite Woodland Realm resident. Wentz has accented the look with some visible roots (very on trend) and a dark Aragorn beard to match.

Pete Wentz playing tennis earlier this week. From left: Photo: GC ImagesPhoto: GC Images
Pete Wentz playing tennis earlier this week. From left: Photo: GC ImagesPhoto: GC Images

Concocting a hair look that combines the signatures of two LOTR sex symbols with such opposing vibes is impressive on its own, but the years of growth it took for Wentz to get here is equally stirring. Growing out one’s hair is no easy feat. It is a battle of the will and the mind. It requires the strength to trudge through the awkward stage, the self-assuredness to wear a lot of hats and low buns, and the resilience to keep going, even when the shears look tempting. He has emerged victorious.

There are many ways to convince your hair to grow longer, but meditating on this timeline of Wentz’s hair growth over the years may be the thing that gets you through to the final stretch. If you’ve been struggling on your personal journey, pop two hair gummies and scroll on for some assurance that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how random your style goal may seem to everyone else.

July 2016. Photo: Getty Images

In 2016, things were short and spiky up front.

August 2017. Photo: Getty Images

By 2017, the top part had begun to grow out, so much so that it was vertical no more, and rested comfortably and horizontally atop the head.

October 2017. Photo: Getty Images

The floppiness that often accompanies length begins to build.

January 2018. Photo: Getty Images

In 2018, the top portion is now able to tickle the back of the neck with its new length.

June 2018. Photo: Getty Images for Disney

By the summer, the hair begins to hang down, as a lob of sorts.

January 2019. Photo: GC Images

In 2019, the hair reaches a milestone: shoulder length. Accessories begin to enter the picture to keep things interesting.

June 2019. Photo: Getty Images

By the summertime, the hair is long enough to pull into a low bun.

August 2019. Photo: GC Images

And a low ponytail.

From left: August 2019. Photo: GC ImagesSeptember 2019. Photo: GC Images
From left: August 2019. Photo: GC ImagesSeptember 2019. Photo: GC Images

As we move into fall, the ends slowly inch themselves beneath the shoulders.

January 2020. Photo: GC Images

At the start of 2020, Wentz’s hair is long enough to execute the cozy collar-tuck.

March 2020. Photo: GC Images

By March, the hair is getting cozier with the chest.

September 2020. Photo: GC Images

By fall, the hair is really feeling itself and flowing in the wind.

October 2020. Photo: GC Images

The next month, Wentz’s hair is a bright shade of blonde, and it’s long enough to comfortably be tied in a messy bun at the middle of the head.

Earlier this week, 2020. Photo: GC Images

And voilà.

So Pete Wentz Has Legolas Hair Now