The ‘Play Button Haircut’: China’s Hottest New Hairstyle?

By Julia Vihinen, January 11, 2019

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A Chinese man became an overnight Internet sensation after pictures of his ‘fresh’ haircut went viral on Weibo. The man’s new hairdo features a triangular shaved patch on the right side of his head, the result of showing his barber a paused video of the look he wanted. (Those pesky play icons!). 

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The haircut he wanted... Image via Weibo

According to a Weibo post from a user familiar to the story, the unidentified man came across his dream haircut while viewing a video on his phone. The man then paused the film and showed it to his barber for reference. Sure enough, the barber was able to copy the hairstyle – and the play icon – on the screen with admirable accuracy.

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The result. Image via Weibo

The barber allegedly asked his client whether he wanted the triangle shape to be included in the cut, but the man was confused by the question and answered yes without fully understanding what was being asked. 

Pictures of the aftermath attracted tens of thousands of likes and comments online, with netizens praising the barber’s dedication to following instructions. Some even declared the look a hairstyle trend for the upcoming year. 

Popular US television program Late Night with Seth Meyers also took notice of the man’s fashion statement, featuring his haircut on a segment of the show. 

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Screengrab via Weibo

Luckily, the customer didn’t seem too upset about the misunderstanding at the barbershop. A follow-up video shows him goofing around and fully embracing his unique new hairdo.

[Cover image via Weibo]

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