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27 March 2011 @ 07:48 pm
Meta Discussion on Sam's Hair, Part 4  
Of course there's more. Why would I stop with season 5? *g*

This covers up to what has been aired in the US - which is 6x16. After the rest of this season airs I will update it. EDIT 7/21/11: Now updated for all of season 6. As before, you are warned that I am obsessed. Do not mock. I am probably crazy, but I like to think I'm the good kind of crazy, lol. Somewhat image-heavy and obligatory spoiler warnings for season 6, again up to what has been aired.

So what's the state of Sam's hair in season 6? How is it different from season 5 and what does it mean in the meta sense?

In season 6, Sam's hair is still pretty long, only it seems straighter than it did in season 5. Like a continuation of how he had it in the last two eps of season 6. When it was revealed that there would be a year time jump between S5 and 6, some of us wondered if Sam would end up looking very different. And in fact he hasn't. Except for the fact that his hair seems straighter than last season, and ... not as full. Which in reality I think we can contribute to Jared himself slimming down quite a bit, especially in his face, and he doesn't need such full hair to balance it out. So Sam's hair is still long but straighter and thinned out a bit. He also seems to have it layered a bit more around his face, which is a good thing IMO. There have been times in certain episodes where his style bears a bit of resemblance to season 3 (probably the layering). Anyway, on with the pics... and I apologize for the crappy quality of most of these...

Exile on Main St... So yeah, Sam's hair isn't really too different from last season here. Like I said, maybe not as full, but... I guess once he got back from Hell he decided he liked his hair enough not to change it... lol.

The hair doesn't really change much in Two and a Half Men and The Third Man ... although you can see he's got more layering around his face

(um yeah... the hair just adds to certain other pleasant features ;D)

(kinda getting a vibe from last season with his hair here)

(posting this pic 'cause I can see a gray hair or two in it! Heh... not that that's a bad thing... in fact it makes me feel better about my grays – and I'm older than him... lol)

Weekend At Bobby's was the first ep they shot this season (w/Jensen directing). Sam's hair still blends in nicely with the past two eps and doesn't look all that out of place...

Not much different from Live Free Or Twi-Hard to Family Matters, except that it's starting to get straightened a bit more and maybe a bit longer toward the end. Again Sam is just used to having his hair like this the whole time and doesn't seem to have a problem with it. And maybe the straightened hair worn away from his face just goes more with his hardened, soulless persona...

(yeah, you can tell how much longer it's gotten in this pic...)

*dies from hotness*

In All Dogs Go To Heaven, it's really easy to see how long it's gotten. And of course the more his hair is straightened, the longer it looks (well, duh, I suppose...)

(because, you know, he's worth it... *g*)

(yep, back to looking like it did the end of last season... though the sideburns aren't as huge...)

In Clap Your Hands If You Believe, however, it appears that he's tamed it a bit. Given it a trim and especially trimmed up the layers a bit...

(although it's back to looking longer in this scene for some reason...unless he cut it after they filmed that or just straightened it a lot)

And let me just call special attention to something for a moment. This was the episode they were filming around the Chicago con last October ('10). I attended this con and at the breakfast, Jared had told us they were finishing up the episode the following Wednesday. Okay, look at this pic from Chicago con:

Now, look at this pic from Clap Your Hands If You Believe:

Seriously, this drives me nuts! Jared's hair is so beautiful when he does it himself. Look at how fluffy and flicky it looks in the con pic. In the show they straighten it and plaster it to his head and part it weird ways.... Gah. Every once in a while they'll go easy on the hair and it'll look nice, but really.... what hell the hairstylists have wrought.

In Caged Heat and Appointment In Samarra, it looks about the same except maybe a little longer...and in Caged Heat it's styled a bit more naturally as opposed to the stark, pulled-off-face look...

Starting with Like A Virgin, Sam has his soul back! How will this affect his hair? Well, since the stark, pulled-off-face look went along so well with the hardened, soulless Sam, you'd think there'd be a change .. as if the hair had new life breathed into it. Okay, my obsession is starting to sound scary, lol. But hear me out. His hair does eventually get that way, sort of. But first, in Like A Virgin and Unforgiven, it continues the same way it was before, just getting longer. And still quite straightened.

(posting because I love the strand of hair over his eye and his expression just makes me melt :D)

Starting in Mannequin 3: The Reckoning, I think we see Sam's hair start bouncing back to life, as it were. Even while it still seems straightened a great deal of the time, it's starting to get a bit bouncier and flickier.

*now, you see this pic? His hair pretty much stays like this for the next few episodes. It still looks flicky from time to time, but this is basically the style of his hair up through 6x16.

The French Mistake is the first episode they filmed after Christmas break, and it looks like Sam's had a little trim. The layers around his face are a bit shorter, as well as around his ears. But it's still looking pretty nice and flicky much of the time (and just plain straightened the rest of the time). Seems he's also started parting his hair a bit more on the side instead of closer to the middle. This style continues through And Then There Were None.

(posting this pic because in some way he kinda resembles season 3 Sam to me... I think it's the hair and the shirt. Look at pics from around A Very Supernatural Christmas, like this one. Doesn't he look a bit similar here? Maybe it's just me...)

Something happens to Sam's hair in My Heart Will Go On that I can't quite describe, but I quite like. In the first picture here, it's tousled and he's got his hair partially in his eyes. Almost like... bangs? Er, if the bangs were shorter and covering more of his forehead? *g* But even the style going on here reminds me very vaguely of season 3 (check out this image from Mystery Spot). It's not so restrained and fuller around the face. I really like it. :)

Now, his hair in this scene is pretty much how it stays for the rest of the season. Yeah, it's more restrained than it was in the previous picture, but it's still nice and the length is pretty good, too.

Frontierland was actually filmed as 6x17 but its order was switched with My Heart Will Go On, so it was filmed right after And Then There Were None. I have to say Sam's hair was really working for him in this episode. I wasn't all that crazy about it in much of the previous ep, but it looks nice here. And the addition of the cowboy hat makes it look even better. I guess his hair really agrees with the Old West :D
(without hat)

(with hat)

Mommy Dearest pretty much continues the style from My Heart Will Go On. It appears straightened quite a bit throughout much of the episode, although I want to call special attention to the beginning when they question Lenore the vampire.

Look at how flicky his hair is here. It's getting a tad longer and the flickiness just makes you want to grab it and play with it. *g*

Again, his style in the rest of the ep is pretty much how it appears from now on.

Although, there are times when it still flicks up and looks pretty.

And posting this pic, just cause... both he and the hair are lovely here. :)

Sam wasn't in The Man Who Would Be King much, but for the time he is in it, his hair looks pretty. Due to filming some new “flashback” scenes that take place during the final scene of Swan Song (with the newly returned Sam looking in on Dean), they've tried to make his hair look as much as it did in that final scene, and I think they did well.

His hair looks nice the rest of the episode as well. It's got the length, the body, no stark greased-back look at all. It looks nice and healthy (eek, I can't believe I'm talking to this extent about it, lol his hair just does crazy things to me... there, I've admitted it).

(yes, even Sam's hair is pissed that Cas brought him back without his soul...)

And now we reach the season finale, as Let It Bleed and The Man Who Knew Too Much were shown back to back. Sam's hair has reached the pinnacle of prettiness this season. It's grown longer but it's layered nicely and again has some nice body to it. It's also different in The Man Who Knew Too Much to reflect the three different 'Sam''s that we see – Regular!Sam (who then becomes Amnesia!Sam), Robo!Sam, and Hell!Sam. Regular/Amnesia!Sam looks... pretty much the way he should look, with hair as pretty as we've seen it lately. Robo!Sam has pretty hair, too, but it's more starkly worn off his face as it was when he was Luci in Swan Song and the way we've seen it for much of the first half of this season. And finally, Hell!Sam is just totally beaten to a pulp, all bloody, burned, and weary. His hair looks dirty and drab and really reflects that.




And here's our Sammy put back together again.

I think for now we can say that Sam's hair hasn't changed a whole lot from the way it looked last season, except that it's not as full as it was. Still long, although quite straightened most of the time continuing the theme at the end of season 5. The cold, soulless hunter he's been during the year away from Dean would probably have hair on the long side and pushed back from his face. It looked pretty nice the first two episodes, though, and it makes me wonder if he kept it nice to sort of “lure” Dean back ... into thinking it's the same old Sam (or not... LOL). He couldn't keep that up, though. Since he's got his soul back, his hair seems to have perked up a little, as we can see. He's got a lot of the flickiness/flippiness back most of the time. Also, his sideburns seem to be not as pronounced as they were last season.

We leave season 6 on a cliffhanger, and presumably this is where season 7 will pick up (not trying to be spoilery, just speculating). If it picks up on this very moment or close to it, we should expect Sam's hair to look about the same. Based on pics of filming season 7 that have recently been released, this would seem the case. But we shall see. I will try to continue this in a new part for season 7 after it returns. I thank you for reading, and for putting up with my unhealthy obsession (What? Don't look at me like that! ;)).
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Yellowbulmayellowbulma on March 27th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
I wish they'd let Jared do his hair himself on the show. ^_6

jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Mar 11 Van Airportjessm78 on March 27th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Me too! He looks gorgeous :)
mcsheploversmcsheplovers on March 27th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
As before, you are warned that I am obsessed. Do not mock. I am probably crazy, but I like to think I'm the good kind of crazy, lol.

Hahahaha me too!

I agree, they should let Jared do his own hair. The way he does it always looks better!

jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Mar 11 Van Airportjessm78 on March 27th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
*high fives you*

Amen! I couldn't believe it when I first saw his hair in the first scene of Clap Your Hands If You Believe. I kept thinking "but, but... his hair at the con!!"
shadowc44shadowc44 on March 27th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm sure some of it must be the lighting, but it seems like his hair always looks lighter at cons or personal appearances. A lot of the time on the show, and in a majority of these pics, his hair is very dark. I suppose it's because so much of the show is filmed at night, or in very dark lighting conditions.

That's one thing that seems to change a lot in different episodes, not only the length of his hair, but the color. Sometimes it's more chestnut, with what seem like red highlights, and other times it looks almost black.

This is obviously a matter that deserves serious consideration. Is Sam's hair lighter more often when he has his soul, for instance, and isn't drinking demon blood? Is his hair darker when he's soulless or drinking demon blood? Or am I imagining it?

ETA: Clearly I'm imagining it, as his hair in several of your "early season" pictures at the very beginning is very dark, even though he's in full daylight. Still, the how and why of the coloring seems worthy of discussion.

Edited at 2011-03-28 01:37 am (UTC)
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Smile 2006 photoshootjessm78 on March 27th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've noticed that, too. His hair really seems to be lighter in the scenes where he's out in the sun (like the one I used from Two And A Half Men). I've heard rumors that he gets his hair highlighted, but I've noticed it before in years past, so I think at least some of it is natural. My hair is kinda the same way. It's really a more medium/dark brown with reddish highlights that really show up in the sun. But if I'm in a darker room my hair looks almost black.

Ooh, that's an interesting topic of conversation. *ponders*

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Winchesters and J2, what else is there?: Sam puppy is on to you avi LAV by savedewinsangel on March 27th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
You did a great job with this Jess! I love your obsession cause it's my secret obsession with Jared (shhhh don't tell my deangirl friends) lol. My fav is the pic from when he was doing pullups - and I don't like it when he tucks it behind his ears.

I think his hair looks best when he does it himself - it looks much more natural and suits him (they should let him do it right?) But I know they have to give him a certain look for different parts.

Looking forward to the rest of the season and the saga of Sam/Jared's hair. :p

Edited at 2011-03-28 01:40 am (UTC)
jessm78: Supernatural: Puppy Sam in 6x16jessm78 on March 27th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! lol I'm so glad to find someone who shares in my obsession! I loved his hair in that scene. &hearts I never cared for it when he tucks it behind his ears. I think that was the main reason I didn't like his season 4 hair much.

I agree, I really wish they would let him do his own hair for the show. I think they probably do all that - style it a certain way and put product in it - to keep it looking consistent from scene to scene since they usually film the scenes out of order.

Hee... me too! Come on April 15th, get here!
CeCe Away: haircutcece_away on March 27th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Guess it's just me, but I like the straightened look with layers, esp. when they are flippy just a bit in the back. I'm loving this newest look.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on March 27th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)
Nope, not just you. I'm really liking his newest look, too. I love the flippy bits. Really looking forward to seeing more of this in the remaining eps this season.
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on March 27th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
I love you for sharing your obsession--I notice over the course of a season that Sam's hair is different, but I don't have the observational skills to figure out why. And your meta theories seem to fit perfectly :)
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Mar 11 Van Airportjessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you :D lol, I guess my obsession is good for something. ;)
erickajaneerickajane on March 27th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
I'm personally all about season 1/2 Sam hair; it might be a nostalgia thing lol. But I agree, Jared's hair is awesome if he does it himself. The hair/makeup department should let him do it or hire the people from Friday the 13th, because it looked awesome in that movie too lol.
jessm78: Supernatural: Jared S2 Promo (smile)jessm78 on March 28th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the season 1/2 hair myself - I think it's my favorite of his styles. Oh definitely - his hair looked amazing in F13. If they can't hire any of the hairdressers from there, the SPN stylists need some pointers from them!
I breathe therefore I writesandymg on March 27th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Fun observations. The straightening is a funny/odd thing to do with this character. I mean, do they really expect us to believe Sam Winchster carries a straight iron in that duffel? And takes the time to use it? But clearly his real hair is wavy (as seen in cons, etc.). I don't mind it really straight as it is a sexy look. But it doesn't necessarily make story sense and I've wondered about that for a while.
jessm78jessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
Thanks. :D Heh, I totally agree. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense as far as the character goes. Unless he is so preoccupied with whatever he is doing that he doesn't wash his hair as often as he should, so it gets dirty and limp (and thus straight)? But I really cannot see him having a straight iron either.
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CaptainLon: Sam/Gen || Love || SPNcaptainlon on March 28th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
I guess I'm just not seeing the details you do, but I def. don't usually have much against Sam's hair either. I don't really pay much attention to how much different it is to how he does it in real life. I can see it's more fluffy, but... details LOL. Oh well XD

And I still don't see the grey hair. I just don't lol.
I bet Sam looks like s3 Sam in that final photo because he's been looking quite younger lately XD

*Points at icon* Me loves his hair there!
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on March 28th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
LOL - I am a detail madwoman! ;D I'm just not as in love with it when he's got it all swept off his face. I know they have to style it like that so it looks the same in every scene, but once you've seen the hair in person I guess you cannot go back, LOL

Hehe it is kind of hard to see in that cap I chose, but it's at the bottom behind his ear. It's easier to see if you're watching the scene I guess.

I think so too! Mmm, love how he's been looking younger!
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jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Mar 11 Van Airportjessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
I agree very much, hon :)

Mmmm I have to say that the sideburns can be sexy sometimes!

LOL! I think that's a great reason! Makes perfect sense :D

I would like to send them pretty postcards with lots of pics of Jared's hair!

Thank you so much! :)
ckll: pic#jaredckll on March 28th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
Dear Sam,
Don't frown so much and i LURVE your hair.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
I agree :)

*pets Sam's hair*
anastdean: picSammy pull ups s6 promoanastdean on March 28th, 2011 07:48 am (UTC)
I looooove his hair and I'll go with ckll on the frowing part. Hugs honey.
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going with both of you :D
jenni_fromtexas: Sam & Deanjenni_fromtexas on March 28th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
I really like the idea of Sam possibly having kept his locks tamed in order to convince Dean that he was all right; I hadn't thought about his appearance like that. Pretty keen observation.

For me, I melt whenever I see him with his hair nicely flattened while he's waring a suit and wavier while he's being more aggressive / emotional. Of couse, Jared has such great facial features, bone structure and all, he just looks good no matter what.

Grays?! What grays? Ack! LOL ;) Aaah, but, yes, our boys aren't exactly young'ins any more. Sadly. XD

Great spam, btw. Made me smile!
jessm78jessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) It never really occurred to me when I was first watching, but after looking at all the screencaps from the episodes since the premiere, I saw how different he looked in the beginning and thought, "there has to be a good reason!"

Oh, I totally agree. He looks amazing in both circumstances, and Jared can really carry it off.

LOL! Thinking on that some more, I have to admit the fact that I saw grays on him now makes me feel pretty old! I think my reasoning was that I first started to notice my grays when I was about his age or a year younger, so I figured maybe it's not so bad if he's getting them around the same age I did. ;)

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Edited at 2011-04-03 11:38 pm (UTC)
meesasometimes: Sammeesasometimes on March 28th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
I love when crazy comes together to be more than a sum of it's parts!
I love Sam's hair straight and tucked and pushed back off his face, as seen in "Free to be me and you". It could just be he looked so amazing at the bar slicing lemons I could see no bad in anything. Or it could just be that it's my favorite Sam ep ever, the one that turned me around.
I'm just a Deangirl, my opion is null and void here *G*!

...am using icon of flying flinging OUT OF CONTROL Sam hair. It's a close second.

jessm78: Supernatural: Sam in BDBRjessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
lol... I admit the sight of Sam in the bar slicing lemons, and his amazing wardrobe there ... if his hair was bad at all it would have been totally overshadowed by that! Aw not at all! All opinions are welcome! :D

Mmmm, flying out-of-control Sam hair... ESPECIALLY when it's in his eyes... *fans self*
Amy: SPN - Sam - Cute Looking Upames1010 on March 28th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Always lovely to see Sam/Jared hair!! Thank you, my love!!!
jessm78: Supernatural: Shirtless Sam (6x03)jessm78 on April 3rd, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
My pleasure, bb!!
*pets Sam/Jared's hair*