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Alex Turner's hair evolution

By Matt Glazebrook, 20 August 2014

With a bucketload of early hype and the fastest-selling debut album ever, Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys have been seriously famous pretty much from the moment they became known outside of Sheffield. In that sense, this weekend's headline sets at Reading and Leeds Festivals count as business as usual.

But in most other respects, it's been quite a journey for young Al from High Green: from the urgent punk clatter of I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor to the heavy-hitting swagger and groove of fifth album AM, and from awkward teenage upstart in a trackie top to today's suited and booted rock god. But nowhere is the growth between 2005 and now more apparent than on Turner's head – a hair-volution we've helpfully charted for you below.  
 
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The mop top
Alex's early hairstyles were like his band's early singles: a little scruffy round the edges, but full of rockstar potential.

alex turner

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The mod turn
Turner celebrated his youthful ascension to the British rock canon with a bit of classic Mod-flavoured sideburn sculpting: de rigeur for every Brit guitar slinger, from Paul Weller to Noel Gallagher.

alex turner

Picture: Rex

The shaggy rocker
The first big step change in the Arctic Monkeys' style and sound came with their third album and move to America. Out went the Britpop mop and in came some seriously shaggy, yet surprisingly lustrous, stoner rock locks.

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The quiff
AM heralded another left turn, and another delve into the classic rock playbook: a sharp-as-you-like 50s greaser quiff.

alex turner

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The widow's peak
And so to today, where the rockabilly pompadour has been tamed slightly, into this super sharp, slicked back widow's peak. And as Alex and band strut off into the Yorkshire sunset on Sunday night, we'll just have to wait to find out what tonsorial (and musical) delights the next album cycle will bring.

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