Remembering young George Clooney's ever-changing hair
Today, the name 'George Clooney' conjures a familiar image in the click-happy hive mind of pop culture. He's often besuited. Sometimes boasts a close beard. And he almost always resides below an impressive, neat crop of well-seasoned hair.
It takes quite some time to be so uniformly interpreted by the collective consciousness. Elephants, and Twitter, never forget. And yet forget they have, as Clooney - a man known for a classic wardrobe - took a long time to arrive at his current mop.
For back in the times of a pre-Batman George, in the heady days when he dated models that co-hosted British radio breakfast shows, the 58-year-old ran the gamut of era-centric haircare.
And lest we forget blonde George of 1998. And slick-back Jay Gatsby George of 1992. And, indeed, a series of Georges that explored every trend possible pre and post millennium. Of course, it's easy to sniff. But realise that without the Sunny D locks of an Out Of Sight-era Clooney - one of the first to indulge in the big bleaching bonanza of the early 90s - we'd arguably have no Zayn Malik reaching for the hair dye. The same could be said for Zac Efron, too. Or perhaps even a pink-haired Jonah Hill.
Because being young is to roll with trends, to explore new things before settling upon the style that truly, endlessly works. You're at a certain age now, says society, you should have 'found' yourself. But Clooney took his time and – by way of Disney prince curls, French crops and even platinum locks – took some risks too. That's the way to do it.