Why We All (Secretly) Want Hanson Hair

Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson
Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson
Taylor, Zac, and Isaac Hanson
Zac, Taylor, and Isaac Hanson
Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson
Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson
Taylor, Zac, and Isaac Hanson
Issac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson
Taylor, Zac, and Isaac Hanson
Zac, Isaac, and Taylor Hanson
Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson
Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson
Zac, Isaac, and Taylor Hanson
Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson
Isaac, Zac, and Taylor Hanson

So, we've found our new hair spirit-guides for the perfect, surfer-blond, shoulder-length, middle-parted hair: Hanson. And we're not alone. "So many downtown NYC girls come in begging for it that I want to put it on the service menu: ‘Childhood Hanson Highlights,’" says the hairstylist Michael Angelo, a man who knows a thing or two about blondes (he's tended to everyone from Carmen Kass to Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy). Why Hanson, and why now?

Young Hanson, Color: “Their hair represents literally every single request that I get regarding hair color. Clearly, everyone wants to look like a nine-year-old boy," says Angelo. "It’s a bit ombré, but in a way that looks natural, not in a way that’s like, ‘I went to the salon and bought me an ombré.’ The highlights are beachy and the base color is untouched. There’s no scary, orangey glow—it’s neutral and sandy, and not very ash. Hanson’s highlights look believable because they’re a result of being outside, playing at the beach, and being a kid. If you're going to your colorist, I would ask for natural, subtle 'wheaty' highlights. I'd also play it safe and bring a photo off your bedroom wall of your fave Hanson."

Young Hanson, Texture: “They were probably just stinky little boys, and stinky little boys have dirty hair that looks like Bumble and bumble Surf Spray. To get that texture in a ‘clean’ way, try using texture spray and maybe the tiniest, tiniest bit of Shu Uemura Shape Paste. So much of the trick is to air dry—you can’t blow dry hair into that. But if your hair isn’t that texture naturally, you need to straighten it and then add a wave by splitting the hair into two sides, twisting it, and heating it up with a blow dryer. That way, it’s not so fresh-blown straight. Don’t get in there with a curling iron because it will look too ‘done.’”

Young Hanson, The Part: “One of their defining characteristics when they were younger was that strong middle part. For the average person, I think it’s less about face shape—there are so many ridiculous rules about what should and should not be done when it comes to beauty, but if your hair doesn’t easily fall into a middle part, don’t do it. You have to look at the way  your hair grows. If it can naturally go into a middle part with no stress, then great, go for it. But you can easily recreate the young Hanson look with a side part.”

On Grown-Up Hanson: After 30, I think men’s hair needs to be above the collar. Men’s hair changes from childhood to adulthood. It’s thinner. It’s a little bit crumblier. The hair’s just not as lush and beautiful, so maybe that’s the rule of thumb: when the texture starts shifting away from that more youthful quality, it’s time to trim. The Hanson brothers have done that.

The Best Hanson Is... "It’s interesting to see how the three of them have grown up into their own type. Zac is kind of the hottie: he’s long-haired, hunky, has dreamy eyes. He’s a little Joey Lawrence and a little Tarzan. It’s a little bit cheesy, it’s a little hunk-o-mania, but there’s something so sweet about it that he can pull off. Isaac has a sort of Justin Timberlake hairstyle; he’s such a Williamsburg hipster. It’s definitely not soft, touchable hair. There’s a lot of gel and product and separation—it’s sculpted. Taylor grew up into a sort of River Phoenix, maybe a little of Brad Pitt in his early years. I think Taylor’s a real rocker. He’s probably got the most punk in him. He’s so handsome. I just want to tell him to go search through Johnny Depp’s wardrobe for inspiration. Taylor is definitely the cool one.”

Some Closing Thoughts: I feel like a creep, but I am obsessed with Hanson right now. They were the cutest kids and they had the most beautiful hair. Most people’s dream hair is the hair that they grew up with that their moms told them was perfect and gorgeous. They probably started messing around with their hair color in high school, but once they settle down as adults, they need something that looks pretty—that’s when they come calling for Hanson highlights! [Laughs]”

Our conclusion? The Hanson bros may have matured into babes, but it's their flaxen hair that we’re still pining after.

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  • Danielle Nordahl

    This is really creepy...not the wanting Hanson hair part, the me getting my hair done exactly like this YESTERDAY. Now I at least know where my desire came from.

    Picture is pre-Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, obvi.



  • Lana


  • Lucy

    This is disturbingly true. I really do just want Taylor from Hanson hair and always have.

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  • Madison Bryan

    Oklahoman artists, ftw.

    • Sarah O Taylor

      They never came back though, did they, or stood up for this state when interviewers would ask "How did you stand growing up in a hick state?". Give me the Flaming Lips guys any day! The members from OK are not only proud to be Oklahomans, but still live here in OKC :)

  • Michelle

    Now I have Mmmbop in my head, save me...

    • Sarah O Taylor

      Oh yikes, that is bad! I have a feeling it'll get me too :)

  • Jin

    Anyone notice that zac looks so much like the olsen twins when he was young?

  • Prenouveau

    Lookin' good fellas.

  • http://dressupwithlola.com/ Lola

    how funny! but you're right, they do have that perfect surfer look nailed (or at least did) i am now going to have to put mmmbop onto my ipod xx

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    My friend's brother has the Hanson look and I've always been jealous. There's something so effortless about the look. I loved how Mr. Angelo wrote off some of those beauty rules. I think it's important to not limit ourselves, because in the end and despite it seeming selfish, this should all just be relevant to what makes us feel better.

  • Ivey

    I cut my hair like this a month ago and told everyone I looked like the 4th member of Hanson....this is hysterical.

  • Kelsey
  • caitlin willard

    i want to have zac's hair, skin and lips in the 4th picture. in the least creepy way possible.

  • neonseattle

    this is hilarious. if i had similar colouring, i'd totally be asking for Hanson hair too. also, I must admit MMmBop is a guilty pleasure of mine.

  • Debs

    Never thought I would see a post about my favorite band on one of my favorite websites. thanks :D

  • Laarni Tadeo

    OMG. Very nice! haha!

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Top Shelf Suggestion: Brooke Candy...now that would be something very different. She's so awesome. And I would recommend Grimes although she is at some unknown location in Canada with no phone, the last I heard.

  • Hansonlover

    Best ITG Article Ever.

  • CFH

    I am so grateful for this post -- I had no idea what these guys looked like now!


    Hanson hair ftw! http://www.nouvelle.dk

  • Hayfa

    Hanson's hair? Really?
    This is just ever so slightly disturbing. Hilarious though.


  • Jane

    Lol at pic 16. Why were they posing with hangers?hehehe. Anyway, young Hanson is the cutest band of brothers ever!!!! Very natural, simple and truly had fun. Now, they look gorgeous, and of course, they are always talented. Brilliant article! It's funny, everytime I see a pretty or hot blonde - whether a guy or a girl - can't help,my mind immediately registers Taylor Hanson. Like I'd by default immediately subconsciously compare a beautiful blonde actress, for example, to Taylor, and I'd find Taylor to be prettier!:) Taylor Hanson is the epitome of pretty, blue-eyed blonde! Seriously, he has a unique kind of beauty - like it's universal - he is pretty as boy or as girl.

    Hey, I share your love for Hanson too! =) They are so creative, passionate and driven, they formed their own record label a decade now. Beautiful music I am very grateful for!

  • Duff

    Great styling tips for those of us with white-girl 'fros who crave curling-iron-free beachy hair.

  • Jojo

    So true, there's something about this kind of hair I absolutely love. I think they're beautiful too, especially Taylor, I've had a soft spot for him since the first time I saw the Mmmbop clip, the guy is so insanely gorgeous xD


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