Justin Bieber’s hair is like a mirror into his soul. At the top of the year, when his relationship to ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez was still in play, the pop star appeared relatively groomed. Then, he seemed to face plant into messy post-breakup lengths, replete with an ill-fitting bandana and some questionable facial hair. Now, Bieber’s ‘do has a brand new identity. Sure, it’s still tousled, but more grunge-tastic—a voluminous take on caught-up hair, like some sort of mad scientist. (Back to the Future’s Emmet “Doc” Brown, anyone?) This time, it’s clear Bieber’s can’t-be-tamed strands isn’t out of mourning. In fact, the newly engaged pop star looks as if he is trying to keep the air of his recent getaway to the Bahamas—where he first proposed to his fiancé Hailey Baldwin—alive through his overgrown tresses.
Another fun observation? It also appears that Bieber is slowly transforming into Baldwin, with the duo’s strikingly similar beauty look currently consisting of shoulder-length bobs and peroxide blonde dye jobs—not to mention a shared penchant for sporty hair accessories (a baseball cap for him, a no-frills scrunchie for her). It’s not the first time that a famous couple has boasted twinning manes, either. Think: Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘90s-era bleach blonde pixies and Victoria and David Beckham’s spiky noughties locks. So, if anything, let’s embrace Bieber’s frazzled look; consider it a declaration of his love for Baldwin, and his hatred for combs.
This article first appeared on Vogue.com