When someone refers to a hairstyle as a “shag”, my mind immediately associates with Winona Ryder because that’s my generation – Winona, as “Lelaina Pierce”, in Reality Bites. She is what defines a “shag” for me. You may have a different shag in mind. Meg Ryan, for example. And, interestingly enough, some define Jennifer Aniston’s famous “Rachel” hairstyle as a glorified shag. 


Here’s Brad Pitt photographed yesterday in LA with Flea looking at a bike wearing his hair in a shag. We’d call that a shag, right? The shag, typically, is a shorter layer on the sides with the back hanging longer. Basically what happens when you grow your hair out from a shorter length, like a pixie.

Many of the headlines today about Brad are related to his hair, as are much of the conversations during lockdown these days – haircuts, hair colouring, all kinds of hair management – and the fact that it’s longer with people making Legends of the Fall references. The thing is, I’m not sure it’s all that different from his hair at the Oscars in February? 

Brad Pitt at the 2020 Academy Awards, February 9, 2020

Seems like it’s the same length, non? It’s been three and a half months, so if he hasn’t cut it, in theory it should be a lot longer. Since it’s not a lot longer…

Is he cutting it himself? Or does he have someone to do it for him? Is it Alia Shawkat? 

I don’t buy that this hair on Brad is out of necessity, like he’d wear it differently if not for the pandemic. This is his hair flow. That’s where he is in his life now, all chill and sh-t. Remember a few weeks ago when I posted shots of Julia Roberts and there was someone who wrote to me all like, her hair is fried! Her hair wasn’t fried but Brad’s is. Someone send him a hair mask. 

In other Brad news, Shiloh is 14 years old today! Man, how flies by. This moment in Gossip Nostalgia has been brought to you by PEOPLE Magazine baby covers of the 2000s. 

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and baby Shiloh cover PEOPLE Magazine, June 2006