This article is for those who are obsessed with ‘Supernatural,’ Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) and of course one of his top attributes -- his hair! Have you ever noticed that Sam’s hair changes in every season? It starts out short, then gets long, then it’s short, then it’s super long -- it’s quite the hair pattern. Well, I took it upon myself to analyze why Sam’s hair changes, and to of course stare at these photos of one of TV’s hottest and favorite hunters. Warning: dimples, buffness and dreamboatness are ahead.
Season 1: The Naive Cut
At the beginning, Sam was a little naive about his hunting “career,” and his hair clearly showcased that. He wasn’t prepared to take on hunting full-time with his brother Dean (Jensen Ackles). At first, Sam was all about school, becoming a lawyer and romancing his girlfriend Jessica. His hair was looking all short and sleek and professional for his career-driven life. He had to keep it clean for his future, but that soon changed.
Season 2: The Revenge Mane
During the second season, Sam started embracing hunting even more, especially so he could get revenge on Azazel for killing his mom and Jessica. As you can see, his hair is slightly longer, but still pretty refined. You can tell he was getting into the hunting spirit, but remained true to his roots. Just check out that product in his hair. It really added to the waviness. Sam’s hair demonstrated his struggle between hunting and what he left behind at school.
Season 3: The Savior Coiffe
Sam and Dean are constantly trying to save one another. Season 3 is where issues got even more complicated for the Winchester brothers, especially since Dean had only one year left to live before heading to Hell. Well, Sam went above and beyond to try to save his older brother and this showed in his hairstyle. His hair lost volume and gained more of a messy look. Well, when it comes to saving your family who has time to focus on hair?!
Season 4: The Lying Hair
Sammy, Sammy, Sammy, Season 4 was not your year to be loved by the fans. Not only did Sam lie about drinking demon blood, but he also chose demon Ruby over his own brother! Sam really came into his own and embraced his monster-like powers, which is probably why his hair looked cleaner than Season 3. Also, he had to keep it tamed so he could woo his now wife Genevieve Padalecki nee Cortese (she played Ruby).
Season 5: The Devilish Do
Lucifer and Sam definitely had an interesting relationship. In Season 5, the stress in the Winchesters lives grew exponentially, especially when they dealt directly with the devil. Sam had to make the tough decision in becoming Lucifer’s vessel and throwing himself into Lucifer’s cage, which reflected in his hair. It’s messy and longer in length -- but in a good way. When life throws you challenges, your hair just isn't as important. Random thought: who doesn’t want to run their fingers through his hair?
Season 6: The Soulless Style
Season 6 illustrated an entirely new Sam aka soulless Sam. Hunting, lying and sexual escapades became his life! Not only did his hair become even longer and smoother, but his body became even buffer. He was an entirely new man, in a good way physically, but emotionally and mentally he had issues with Dean. Despite the complicatedness, his confidence boiled over and exuded through his hair and style.
Season 7: The Leviathan Cut
When the Leviathans came out, so did a new hairstyle with massive sideburns. As you can see from the photo, Sam’s hair took a different turn in Season 7. It’s quite hard to believe that he kept those sideburns trimmed nicely, especially when he was seeing Lucifer and literally going crazy. He might have had a hard time determining what was real and what was a hallucination, but one thing remained true: he didn’t have a problem maintaining those amazing sideburns.
Season 8: The Trial Style
This is the longest Sam’s hair has ever been -- and I like it! Not only did the brothers have to deal with Dean’s return from Purgatory, Sam’s decision to NOT look for Dean and once again, the lies they told one another, the hunter duo also had to deal with the trials to close the gates of Hell. No wonder Sam’s hair got longer and messier, along with his sickly appearance. Poor Sam!
Surprisingly, those motel showers do Sam’s hair justice -- am I right? I can’t wait to see Sam’s hair in the upcoming ninth season! Which is your favorite Sam hairstyle?