Heroes' super hair: How to get the look
As seen by the success of “Thor: The Dark World” — which dominated its opening weekend box office to the tune of $86.1 million — superheroes have a style all their own.
They are the mightiest heroes in the universe. They possess strength beyond mere mortals, the coolest gadgets, super powers and abilities that stagger the imagination.
The sources of their powers are well-documented through the comics canon. Their secret identities are common knowledge by fans everywhere. Only one secret remains: How do they get that super hair?
We reveal the Top 10 hairstyles in comics and the secrets behind their super styles.
The God of Thunder descended from Asgard in 1962 in Mystery No. 83. He protects his adopted home of Earth with his extraordinary powers, including control over the natural elements of lightning, rain and wind. No wonder he has such naturally wind-swept hair! His tool of choice is the powerful hammer Mjolnir, which only the worthy can lift.
But how does he give his hair that lift and strength? Another handheld tool, the mighty blow-dryer! Highlights to that blonde hair and a daily texture crème followed by a blow dry will give you the mightiest hair of them all.
2. Iron Man
Iron Man debuted in 1963 in Tales of Suspense No. 39. Tony Stark is a powerful and resourceful industrialist, philanthropist and billionaire playboy. He has used his incredible wealth and resources to build the Iron Man suit and its subsequent iterations. He has a confident swagger and the corresponding hair. He can match villains blow for blow, defeat alien invasions and never get a hair out of place.
But how to avoid severe helmet head when emerging from that suit? Use rock-hard gel to keep every strand under perfect control.
3. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman first appeared in 1941 All Star Comics No. 8. An Amazonian princess, she uses her prowess as a warrior to fight for peace, justice and equality. She is considered a feminist icon and appeared on the very first cover of Ms. Magazine, which declared “Wonder Woman for President!” She proved once and for all that a princess need not be a delicate damsel in distress, but could be a powerful force capable of not only defending herself, but also protecting society. She is strong, brilliant and beautiful in every sense of the word.
To hold your Wonder Woman-like hair's volume and strength, use a blow-dry, round brush and volume crème, then spray into place.
The big blue Boy Scout flew onto the scene in 1938 Action Comics No. 1. The last son of the destroyed planet of Krypton, he derives his considerable powers from the Earth's yellow sun. He is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and can leap tall buildings in a single bound — all while maintaining that iconic curl.
Considered by many to rank as the No. 1 superhero of all time, Superman's impact on pop culture is undeniable. His slicked backed hair and spit curl became his signature look. And although his hair is indestructible, the curl is a stylistic choice for Supes. Without the curl he is merely Clark Kent!
Because his hair can't easily be cut, he is able to maintain a classic style without much maintenance. For average Joes to attain the Superman look, finish with a generous amount of Layrite Pomade and a quick twist of the curl.
5. Captain America
Captain America joined the war effort in 1941 in Captain America No. 1, a full nine months before the United States officially entered World War II. A frail and awkward cartoonist, his attempts to enlist are rejected. But his strong resolve gets him noticed and soon he is injected with a Super Soldier Serum, making him a perfect specimen. He is the embodiment of patriotism and possessed the All-American Boy good looks, charming smile and blond hair!
When the mask comes off, Layrite Superhold can help maintain that super hair in the thick of battle.
6. Black Widow
Joining the Marvel Universe in 1964, Tales of Suspense No. 52, the Black Widow has served as a valuable team member of the Avengers. Originally a Russian spy, she defected to the United States and was recruited by Hawkeye to serve as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. While lacking traditional superpowers, she is a formidable fighter with extreme agility and the ability to seduce and manipulate with her skintight leather outfit and long tresses of red hair.
To maintain red locks, use a color shampoo from Davines, followed by a curl serum to keep curls in place.
Wolverine, aka Logan, first appeared in 1974 Incredible Hulk No. 181. An anti-social anti-hero and loner, Wolverine eventually joined a new incarnation of the X-Men. In his own words, he is the best at what he does, but what he does isn't very nice. He is a skilled martial artist with a keen intellect, and he possesses the fierce aggression of his namesake. His wit is just as sharp as his adamantium claws. He frequently removes the mask of his X-Men uniform to reveal his full head of hair with a slight unkempt wild looks consistent with his character.
To get this cool look, use a sea salt spray to add texture and volume, blow dry and run fingers through your hair. (If you are Wolverine, we recommend letting someone else's fingers do the work.)
8. Professor X
Professor Charles Francis Xavier made his mark as the founder of the X-Men in 1963 X-Men No. 1. Created during the height of the civil-rights movement, the wheelchair-bound professor assembled a team of outcast heroes in a testament to equality and the belief that we all have special power. He possesses a brilliant scientific and telepathic mind and proves that bald is truly beautiful. One of the first bald superheroes, his clean, domed look comes naturally as a side affect of his mutation.
To replicate the same look, keep up with a clean shave using Liquid Skin Care and a Gillette Fusion blade.
The King of Atlantis debuted in 1941 in More Fun Comics No. 73. A founding member of the Justice League, he rules and protects his dominion of the world's oceans. All that time in the water and on the shores has provided naturally sun-bleached hair. But sun and saltwater can do a lot of damage. As a superhero, he doesn't have to just protect the oceans, he has to protect his hair!
Follow a regimen of pre-shampoo conditioner, shampoo and a leave-in conditioner sprayed on throughout the day. For Aquaman, keeping chemicals to a minimum is important to protect the precious environment, so all-natural products are preferred.
10. Mr. Fantastic
The leader of the Fantastic Four began his super career in 1961's Fantastic Four No. 1. Funding much of their exploits through the patents on his numerous inventions, there is little Mr. Fantastic cannot do, giving new meaning to the term remaining flexible. With the ability to stretch and contort in unimaginable ways, he lives up to his name. He has an equally expansive intellect and a constant thirst for knowledge, which is perhaps his real superpower. The wisdom garnered by his experience is conveyed through his white temples, adding a bit of age to his otherwise youthful appearance. The temples gray first naturally and are a part of the aging process, but sometimes it's just best to embrace it.
Keeping up maintenance by getting regular haircuts will keep the hair from looking frayed, wiry and untidy. A good conditioner will help maintain that silver shine!
Joe Wos is executive director of the ToonSeum, Downtown, www.toonseum.org.
Brett James is a stylist, artist and owner of Brett James Salon, Downtown, 412-434-0510.