Norman Reedus at the 9th Annual WIRED Store Opening

Posted on December 04, 2013

We’re not even going to pretend this is notably stylish or that his hair doesn’t look utterly ridiculous to us…


“The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus attends the 9th Annual WIRED Store Opening in New York City.

But he does fill out that shirt and pants nicely, we must say.

The last time we snickered at his hair there was a twitter fatwa declared but the fangurls need to calm themselves. We know it’s for the role. It still looks silly to us. We don’t understand why Daryl has to have such weird, wiggy boy band hair.






[Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images]

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  • Courtenay P

    does he? or doesn’t he? Only his hairdresser knows for sure!

    • formerlyAnon

      I feel that there is NO doubt whatsoever.

      (not that I’ve never been wrong, of course)

    • MilaXX

      Well he looks like he’s taking fashion tips from Stephen Moyer so I’m leaning towards yes he does.

      • formerlyAnon

        One of my recurring G rated fantasies (yeah, I have those too) is him & Moyer in the supermarket choosing boxes of dye for their boys’ night. Who caves and throws chips into the cart?

      • NinaBoo

        Aaah, how I love a good Stephen Moyer hair dye snark.

        That said, the valance isn’t matching the drapes, never mind the carpet. What is up with the godawful color selection?

        • Barb Ray

          And when did you get to see the carpet, pray tell?!

  • marlie

    I hate his hair (and I don’t care if it’s for a role), and I hate the patchy facial hair. And the too-long, crooked tie is making my eye twitch.

    • alyce1213

      I should have read yours first. Same here.

    • Sarah

      Well, considering I don’t watch that show, he sure isn’t recommending himself to me with that crappy headsuit. Sheesh that is a rotten haystack.

    • 3boysful

      Looks like he had to fend off zombies on the way in to the event.

    • If your real hair looks like a wig because of the part you’re playing, why not have nice hair in your day-to-day life and wear the ugly wig for the role? And it doesn’t even match his facial hair. I’m so confused.

    • tereliz

      I hate his hair, and the patchy facial hair, hate the effed up tie, and by God, I think he might even be shorter than me—DEALBREAKER—but he still fuels my engine. ROAR.

  • Jen

    That’s a tremendously skinny man belt… which is obviously the most noteworthy quibble.

    • Barb Ray

      I really don’t think that’s a man belt. Lest you think I’m snarking though, I’m not. I love the guy, in great part because he seems to be such a goofy weirdo in real life.

  • formerlyAnon

    Even if Daryl has to have such awful hair, there’s quite a bit that Norman (or some hired minion) could do to ameliorate the hideous impact of the awful hair, at least for events at which one’s attendance requires that one be photographed.

    Even though Mr. Reedus chooses not to bother, he’s still fine. Quite, quite, fine.

    But I still gotta wonder: shitty haircuts make sense, but under what scenario is maintaining a bad, flat, supermarket hair dye even possible, let alone a priority, during the zombie apocalypse?

    • marlie

      I was just thinking that… the haircut might be for a role, but that doesn’t mean that he has to wear Daryl’s hair STYLE in real life.

    • Sarah

      I was wondering this too. If it is zombie time, would not your hair look faded, at the very least, or, like, root-y, if you did indeed indulge in supermarket dye jobs before the Fall of Humanity? I don’t presume to know jack about the show, but his hair doesn’t scream “I’m a member of the beleaguered few humans left” but more “I’m an aging member of a British goth-punk band”

    • quiltrx

      I don’t understand the hair color at this point either. I’m betting he has some grey, and they want him to skew younger than Rick? But he’s got it in his beard, for cripes sake, and the hair color just looks silly against that.
      One would expect the hair to be lighter after the apocalypse, what with being outside more and getting those natural highlights. This is looking like that True Blood guy in its fakeness.

      • Meg0GayGuys6

        Yea, my problem with his hair is more in the color than the “style”. It’s wayyyyy too dark

  • alyce1213

    There is NO excuse for that hair while he’s out of character, ever. Not to mention scraggy facial hair, wrinkled shirt, tie askew. I’m officially grossed out. I would be wary to let my children speak to him.

    • songstarliner

      There’s really no excuse for it IN character either – no way, no how would any southern good ol’ boy (like Darryl Dixon) wear their hair that way!! Look, I love Darryl as much as the next person, but the hair is so utterly wrong.

  • JR Labrador

    Head Waiter at the Punk Rock Cafe.

    • formerlyAnon

      Two drinks and three cigarettes into waiting for his girlfriend the assistant manager to finish closing at the end of a looooong, hard shift.

      • Barb Ray

        Somehow that scenario goes from trashy to hot with the addition of a little Norman Reedus.

        • formerlyAnon

          During the phase in my life when I might have worked in that restaurant (well, except for the fact that I was a shitty waitress – don’t have the memory for it), it was just hot.

          I was usually the friend of a waitress or bartender, waiting alongside him. Drinking coffee if the place was well run (because it was free) or alcohol if it was not well run & the bartender poured friends freebies.

  • jw_ny

    I find nothing redeeming to say about this entire look whatsoever…

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, I offer “it’s on Norman Reedus?”

      Yeah. I think he’s attractive, borderline hot, and with that hair & patchy facial scruff, even I have trouble finding that redeeming.

  • “We don’t understand why Daryl has to have such weird, wiggy boy band hair” that makes him look older because his facial hair is so light.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Pffft. His hair has always been weird.

  • lunchcoma

    I think he’s my I Just Don’t Get The Appeal guy. Even before my partial Cumberconversion, I could see what others saw in him. But as much as I try, I just don’t see what people are seeing in Norman Reedus. Don’t get me wrong, Daryl’s a great character. He just didn’t seem like a viable crush object to me.

    In any case, I hate the hair. It’s for a role, but he could have made some effort to style it a little bit. And if he absolutely must have messy hair, I think he needed to do something a little smarter-looking with his clothing to compensate. That unbottoned collar isn’t going to dress anything up.

    • I don’t watch the show, so I can’t even go with “he’s a great character”. Although he does do some kitten rescuing stuff which makes him endearing, I believe.

      • lunchcoma

        Hmm. Google indicates he owns a black cat, and I do appreciate a man who admits he likes cats. But I can approve of him as a human being without acknowledging any hotness or tolerating those messy clothes.

    • MilaXX

      I agree. I wish his clothes on the RC looks less Goodwill bin, more I’m on a hit show.

    • Supernumerary

      I’ve enjoyed Reedus since he was in Boondock Saints, but cannot for the life of me understand his supposedly sky-high hotness quotient these days. He’s fine on TWD, but even there he looks pretty skeezy — it just has the benefit of being in character on TWD.

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  • Imasewsure

    So he works at the new Wired store, right?
    Sorry but how does this wonky dude have a rabid fangurl following? Don’t get it

    • MilaXX

      I can’t explain it. I find his entire look to be sloppy and scrappy looking but I still find myself attracted to him. I think secretly I want to help him figure out how to style his hair on the RC that works with the fact that he has to have it long for the show.

    • formerlyAnon

      In my distant youth, I lived in a part of the country where weedy, scraggy, Appalachian-esque boys were a recognizable genetic type. Some of them played sports or did farm work and were appealingly lanky rather than weedy. I find him to have a grown up version of that appeal, (which virtually none of those boys have, in adulthood.)

  • quiltrx

    This is the kind of guy that I always ended up attracted to when I was in undergrad (and it was usually a bad idea), but never exactly dated them.
    The hair is rattier (and dyed?) than usual, but he still sort of gets my motor running…I can’t help it.
    Remember that PERFECT magazine spread of him in fabulous clothes? Yeah, we need another one of those.

    • formerlyAnon

      I remember that magazine spread extremely well.

  • Leah Hennen

    He can do what he likes on his own time, but this hipster douchebag ‘do (which probably takes an hour and lots of “product” to arrange) is ALL WRONG for redneck Daryl—so much so that it’s making me love his character less.

  • Mismarker

    I am one of the biggest Walking Dead fans out there and I love his character, but Norman Reedus does absolutely nothing for me. The hair is batshit insane.

    • The Counselor

      I’m a lower-tier fan of the show (I get annoyed by many of the same things the TLo reviews point out), but I absolutely co-sign your other three opinions.

      • Mismarker

        Haha! Thanks for qualifying your approval of my statement. I usually disagree with the reviews but I enjoy the back and forth in the comments. Everyone is usually pretty smart (and funny) with their commentary!

  • nannypoo

    I don’t know what show he’s on or what role this hair could possible be for, but there must be a better way to style it for public appearances.

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  • Coolekat

    Maybe I’m just old fashioned but I see a handsome man who someone has styled to look like a greasy, state employee who is on his way to lunch at Burger Doodle. An actor may have to have a certain hair style for a role but this haircut certainly could be styled handsomely? And, with such a fine form as noted by TLo, why not dress him in something fabulous rather than this mess?

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  • YoungSally

    Man — greasy and flyaway — I knew the ninja hillbilly had real talent…James Franco and R Pattinson could learn a few things from Norman

  • Why does he look better on Walking Dead when who knows the last time showering was possible? I find him sponge worthy on WD but never on the red carpet. That’s just so wrong.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I like to think that Norm was being a kind, generous soul who had just dumped a load of acorns in the park, and in turn was mobbed by hysterically happy squirrels who swarmed his head.

    • formerlyAnon

      Made me laugh out loud, literally.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        My pleasure!

  • rumcg66

    Not to mention it’s ridiculous for the role, because where the fuck is he plugging in a flat iron in the zombie apocalypse?? It’s totally stupid. He looked amazingly hot in the first season with his shorter, apocalypse-appropriate hair.

    • pookiesmom

      Not to mention that it looks totally dyed here. Weird weird weird.

  • Trickytrisha

    I suspect the character he plays, Daryl, being extremely “cool” with the ability to handle just about any situation in the most manly way possible transfers its attraction to the actor. I find him a fascinating character on the show and it rubs off on Norman. He’s got the Daryl mystique, partly from keeping the hair the same.

  • kat89

    I get that he has to have the hair for a role, but he can run a comb through it when he’s not filming. Unless he is standing on the set of his show, there is no excuse for that hair. I’m sorry. He looks like a slob.

  • Arjay Gallo

    I don’t even care if he has to keep it for a role. Couldn’t someone in his circle INSIST that he slick it back or SOMETHING?

  • MK03

    So…Wired celebrates the anniversary of their store opening? Is that what this event is for?

    • formerlyAnon

      I skimmed right over that on purpose. Either he’s being paid to appear at an utterly ridiculous event, or I am even farther away from understanding modern commerce and pop culture than I had thought. Unprofitable musings, no matter which is right.

  • willworktomorrow

    I guess I really am a lesbian, because no matter how hot his body was, I could never ever get past that face and that hair.

    • tintashoopa

      Gay or straight, bathing is always preferred!!

  • TV hair worse than Bill Compton’s. I wouldn’t have thought it possible.

    • veriance

      looks like they both use the same lady Clairol wielding “stylist”

  • Apparently hair dye is very easy to come by in post-apocalyptic zombie world. The gov had the same issue.

  • Fatima Siddique

    His hair looked best right at the end of Season 2. The writers need to work a haircut for Dixon into the storyline.

  • MoHub

    To quote AbFab: “Is your hair on purpose?”

  • ojosazules

    His hair is the scariest thing about that show.

  • Badriya Al-Badi’a

    If he’s going for a grittier look (which is just fine with me), he’d be better served by letting some grey show, or at least something to break up the monochromatic hair, which definitely detracts at this point.

  • valerie747

    Looks like the guy who said —>”Excuse me Ma’am. My wallet was stolen and I need some cash to buy gas so I can get home. Can you help me out?” <— I already had this conversation this week.

  • Brandon Taylor

    I can’t get past his hair. =| Why does it exist?

  • Coleen

    He needs to go sit in the corner with Stephen Moyer. They can discuss the merits of Garnier vs. Clairol.

  • Anplica Fiore

    I imagine him getting out of his limo, thinking to himself “Tom & Lorenzo are going to HATE my hair, but hopefully it will distract them from my skinny tie & belt!”

  • bellafigura1

    He has that hair because that is the very definition of hillbilly hot.

  • Rebekah B

    Yeah, I don’t get the appeal with this one.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    But you know what – IS it just for the role? Because he was in a 2006 episode of “Law & Order SVU”, and the hair looked exactly the same! So I’m not sure. He could just be that utterly sexy man with bad hair that no one can do anything with.

    • formerlyAnon

      You are crushing me.

  • Therese Bohn

    I hope it’s just for the role — but in public I wish he’d comb it out of his face! He shouldn’t have to look like Daryll 24/7

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Why does he look like he is preventing a small bird from flying out of his mouth?

  • Jacob Bowen

    Wait….he’s supposed to be “sexy” even with good hair? Not getting this one.