Jersey Shore's finest, Pauly D, shocked fans over the weekend after he ditched the infamous hair gel to reveal his natural locks... And, let's just say, it's not what any of us were expecting.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1980, Paul Delvecchio is pure reality television gold.His lack of boundaries, loud and brash sense of humor and rather odd ability to make everybody fall in love with him makes him the perfect reality star.
He rose to fame on a little show called Jersey Shore.The series, set around eight Italian-American roommates staying in the party town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, first aired in 2009, and became an immediate cultural sensation.
There were a few key reasons for the show's success.But it's likely that a key one was that it gave viewers an insight into a very specific culture that, until then, the world had known very little about. Oh, and all the fighting and relationship drama, of course.
And one important aspect of this culture?A very niche set of trends. The physical appearances of the Jersey Shore cast absolutely blew people's minds - with one particular look standing out above the rest.
Pauly D's hair.The style was unlike anything most of us had seen in pop culture before - almost a cylinder of lacquered hair that stood directly upwards from his head.
It really is something.How does someone's hair stand up so solidified like that? Asking for a friend...
His hair-do long been a subject of public fascination.Here he is getting touched while filming The View in 2010. We have to say, we're pretty curious as to how that gelled 'do feels, too.
Pauly D is dedicated to the blowout life.He has claimed to wash his hair every single day and to spend upwards of forty-five minutes blowing and gelling his hair into position. He also gets a trim around once a week.
The blowout lifestyle isn't without compromise, though.His strict hair regime means he can't do a couple of everyday tasks, such as wearing headphones, for example. Here he is rocking the "headphones under the chin" look while recording with Radio Andy earlier this year. All to protect that crazy hair.
But he's proud of how resilient his style is.When asked on Jersey Shore by his gelato shop boss to wear a hairnet, he hit back, "My boss seems to think that my hair is going to fall off and go into the ice cream. This hair ain't moving, my dude. 150 mph on the highway on a street bike... It doesn't move! What makes you think it's going to move in a gelato shop?"
In fact, he's made some pretty bold claims about his blowout."My hair didn't even move an inch and I was in and out of the water. My hair's windproof, waterproof, soccer-proof, motorcycle-proof. I'm not sure if my hair's bulletproof. I'm not willing to try that," he's joked.
And there's something else that fans have noticed.While the other Jersey Shore stars have all undergone something of a transformation in the ten years that they've been in the public eye, Pauly D just hasn't changed - including that hairdo.
Over the years, we have seen him with some other styles.In season 4 of the show, when the gang visited their homeland of Italy, Pauly dressed up as a "typical guido" - including a fauxhawk. But this look was still heavily gelled.
And, in 2013, he shocked fans with this Instagram post.
He's also tried out a shorter 'do.
But none of these styles are quite as different as his latest transformation.
@DJPaulyD 😍😍😍 https://t.co/4qaQPaMco6— 𝑪𝒓𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑹𝒐𝒔𝒆. (@𝑪𝒓𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝑹𝒐𝒔𝒆.)1560363712.0
While in quarantine, Pauly has decided to somewhat relax his aesthetic.And his hair has finally been given a breather from all that relentless hair gel.
But, before his hair was given a transformation...His famously clean-shaven face was.
Pauly first decided to grow a beard.And fans were loving it.
This is a whole new Pauly D, and we are here for it.Though he admittedly looks like a completely different person, most people are huge fans of the beard.
Now, Pauly has never even been seen with a five o'clock shadow...
So his bearded face has certainly shocked plenty of his fans. Thoughts, anyone?
Quarantine Beard......... https://t.co/hHMJPqHGBv— DJ Pauly D (@DJ Pauly D)1587754154.0
And, while his beard flourishes...
The reality star has evidently decided to give his natural hair a little TLC, too.
I’m here for @DJPaulyD and his facial hair rn😍— Kenzi (@Kenzi)1589766683.0
Yes, the day has finally arrived...Pauly D has (temporarily) ditched the hair gel and revealed what his natural hair looks like... And it isn't what any of us were expecting.
It turns out that Pauly has a full head of thick, curly hair.
Now, this is a far cry from the slick, rigid do we're all used to.
I really want Pauly D to let that hair gel GO— mighty mouse (@mighty mouse)1589650670.0
And he looks totally unrecognizable.
Fans have been going crazy since Pauly gave a glimpse at his natural do... Pauly, is that you?
Just saw a video of Pauly D without gel in his hair and I didn’t recognize him— ant ⚡️ (@ant ⚡️)1589511056.0
He shared his look in a TikTok video...And, though we don't get the clearest view, we can still get a glimpse at those thick and curly locks.
It turns out that he has amazing hair!How does it look so healthy after being blitzed with gel for decades?
But, at the end of the video...Pauly's head is suddenly glistening with gel again.
It seems that his au naturel look sadly isn't permanent...
But we can all hope and pray for a comeback, right? For more on how the rest of the Jersey Shore cast are looking these days, keep scrolling...
So comforting that Pauly D still wears excessive amounts of hair gel. Some things never change♥️— Ella (@Ella)1589719740.0