In 2016, Millie Bobby Brown rose to fame playing the telekinetic Eleven on Netflix’s massively successful Stranger Things with a buzzcut that became the character’s signature look. As the show progressed, Eleven (also referred to as Elle) integrated with the Hawkins crew and ultimately grew her hair out.
But, thanks to some simulations/flashbacks, the latest season of the show sees Eleven back on the buzz once again. However, Millie herself is very much not. So how did they create a shaved head look for the star, who skipped picking up the razor for this installment of the series? And how did they make it look so realistic? Well, the series’ hair designer and TikTok have the answers.
Stylist Sarah Hindsgaul, who has worked on Stranger Things since it premiered, shared the secrets behind the faux buzz they created for Mille in a series of recent Instagram posts. According to Sarah, MBB’s wig for Stranger Things 4 required a time-consuming process, with three artists working to attach it to Millie’s head.
Sarah broke down the entire process explaining that, firstly, the team made sure to wrap Millie’s hair tightly so the closely buzzed wig didn’t look bulky or awkward. “The most important is a tight wrap of her own hair so her head shape is as natural as possible with no bulk. For that we wetted her hair down and slicked it with a gel tight to her head placing her hair in a flattering manner,” she wrote. “Afterwards her head would be wrapped tightly in an elastic material and we would put her under the heat to dry for 15 min.”
Next, artist Rob Pickens sewed in silk pieces to make the wrap look like skin, as you’d see the scalp through the hair. Beauty journalist Kirbie Johnson talked to Sarah about the process, noting that the whole thing took about 30 minutes from start to finish and there were three different wigs used with slightly different hair lengths.
“I cut the wig down short, comb over scissors, after that, I buzzed it on an open 3/5 guard,” Sarah shared in another post on her Instagram. “This is by far the hardest wig challenge I have ever been given.” Clearly, she and her team knocked it out of the park, as the wig looks so natural and realistic. Sarah shouted out her team for their intricate work in crafting such a pivotal piece and also shared some love for Millie in her caption, saying, “Millie my love thank you the most for always trusting me, you have my heart forever and ever.”
If you are more of a visual learner, you can see Sarah’s videos (featuring Millie) of the wig installation below.
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