William Gao: Brushed Back 90s Inspired Hairstyle

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His hair on Heartstopper is seriously divisive, but William Gao’s IRL ‘do – this brushed back 90s inspired hairstyle – is giving MFH boyband heartthrob vibes.

And that’s no bad thing…

MFH says

William Gao’s brushed back 90s inspired hairstyle is a shorter take on his Heartstopper character’s Season 1 hair.

His character, Tao Xu, divided the internet with his centre-parted bob hairstyle that came to just below his ears. (It seems many people objected to how it flipped out at the ends).

But, spoiler alert, he does get a bit of a trim in Season 2.

Talking to Teen Vogue recently he admitted to missing his character’s marmite hair and being able to flick his hair around.

Though his shorter, IRL ‘do still has a nice amount of length on top, so MFH reckons William would be able to do a fair bit of fringe flicking if he so desired.


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  • If you’re keen on William Gao’s brushed back 90s inspired hairstyle ask your barber to point cut your hair, which will give some texture.
  • A little bit of texture will make it easier to style.
  • William’s hair is long on top – at least 4 inches.
  • Depending on your hair type, your barber may use thinning scissors to get rid of any excess thickness so it doesn’t look too ‘puffy’ at the top and sides
  • The back and sides of William’s hair is more tightly cut into a well blended taper.
  • William Gao’s brushed back 90s inspired hairstyle isn’t a hard look to achieve if you have straight hair.
  • Apply a 50p sized amount of volumising mousse, through the roots of the hair.
  • Blowdry your hair upside down for about 30 seconds to give it a bit of volume and oomph.
  • Finish blowdrying the hair while using your hands and/or a wide tooth comb to sweep it back gently.
  • Finish with a little pomade to sort out the shape.
  • Spritz on some light hairspray to help it stay in place.



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