Will Byers, Nancy Wheeler, Barbara Holland – thanks to the landmark success of Netflix’s Stranger Things earlier in the year, many of the residents that reside in Hawkins, Indiana are on the verge of becoming household names.
Barbara is the exception to the rule, of course, given the events that transpired in the murky netherworld known as the Upside Down, but in anticipation of Stranger Things season 2, hairstylist Sarah Hindsgaul has offered up some intriguing morsels of information regarding the shift to 1984, and how it affects the show’s visual style. Brace yourselves, folks, the perms and mullets will be on full display come 2017.
Chatting to Refinery29, Hindsgaul teased how the second outing of Netflix’s hit original series will “start stepping more into the ’80s.”
“This year it is very different — we start stepping more into the ‘80s, which is kind of amazing, visually,” says Hindsgaul. “Last year was ’83 and this year is ’84, and they’re still in Hawkins, Indiana — but people are starting to realize there are perms and mullets, so we’re using a lot of wigs this year, because no one wants perms and mullets.”
Taking place after the Demogorgon invasion and the fallout from Hawkins’ mysterious Department of Energy, many of those beloved characters will be a full year older by the time Stranger Things season 2 arrives, which aligns with early comparisons to the Harry Potter series in the sense that viewers revisited Harry, Ron and Hermione at various stages of their lives. Such a set-up with herald big changes to their appearance, with Hindsgaul highlighting Nancy in particular.
“It’s been a fun step,” she continues. “All of the characters have developed. Nancy has kind of a big hair turn this year, too — they decided to do something drastic… That’s all I can tell you.”
The second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things is expected to premiere midway through 2017, and there’s already chatter of a potential third season further down the line.