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The Weeknd's drastic hair transformation explained

Published 23/09/2016

The Weeknd
The Weeknd

The singer/songwriter created the new look to fulfil a specific professional purpose.

Musician The Weeknd cut off his iconic dreadlocks to further his art.

The Hills hitmaker unveiled his new angular high-top hairstyle on Wednesday (21Sep16), while promoting his upcoming album Starboy and although fans were delighted by an update on his fresh music, many took to social media to express their complete shock over his new 'do.

A source tells Us Weekly the look was created as a companion style for his forthcoming release, with hopes the updated hair will serve as a visual representation for the essence of his Starboy songs.

“He cut his hair for the new album, to give it a fresher look to match the feel of the album,” the insider explains. “It was a deliberate decision... New album, new look. He has been trying not to be photographed to unveil it all in a very deliberate roll out.”

The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, has previously spoken about the importance of his hair. The star, who is currently dating supermodel Bella Hadid, looked to late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat for inspiration while he was crafting his signature dreadlock look.

"I want to be remembered as iconic and different," he told Rolling Stone magazine in 2015 while explaining his choice to grow out his locks four years before the interview took place. "So I was like, 'F**k it, I'm gonna let my hair just be what it wants'."

His former dreadlock look made waves in celebrity circles, with The Weeknd recalling pop star Taylor Swift was a big fan at the Grammy Awards last year (15).

“She was kind of, like, petting my hair?" he remembered. "I think she was just drawn to it - she must have been a little gone off a few drinks. And of course I'm not going to be like, 'Hey, can you stop?' I mean, it felt good!"

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