How Will Justin Bieber’s Haircut Affect His Career?

On Tuesday (February 22), the Internet was abuzz with a fascinating development in the pop music world. Justin Bieber, perhaps the most famous 16-year-old on the planet, decided to trim his signature swooping hair style in favor of something a little shorter and sharper. Under normal circumstances, getting a haircut shouldn’t play into how the world receives his music, but Bieber had a lot riding on that signature mane. (Luckily, he has plenty of skill to fall back on.)

The history of pop culture is littered with stars who have attempted dramatic hair transitions. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, which is why MTV News has crafted this handy visual guide to the celebrities who have scored with their new hair and those who have stumbled.

As you can see, there is no real rhyme or reason to who survives changes in hair style and who doesn’t. On the left side, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl cut off his long locks right around the time his band was becoming one of the biggest in the world, but Metallica’s reign of world domination began to slip right around the time frontman James Hetfield (and the rest of the band) got rid of his metal hair. Eminem changed his hair color as a nod to his more mature outlook, while Busta Rhymes hasn’t been nearly as big since he shed his dreadlocks. Actress Keri Russell famously shed her long curls for a game-changing episode of the teen drama “Felicity” (the show was never the same), while Justin Timberlake left his curls behind with his *NSYNC days right around the time he became a huge cross-cultural superstar.

Bieber’s new style isn’t as dramatic as Britney Spears’ shaved head or Halle Berry’s re-jiggered look, so it’s likely that he’ll end up on the left side of the image. Plus, the universe seems to love the new shorter look, so it seems like Bieber is on the right track, follicle-wise.

What do you think of Justin Bieber’s new haircut? Let us know in the comments!

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