Just three weeks ago Harry Styles chopped his signature locks off, sending shockwaves through his hordes of fans’ hearts. It wasn’t just a plea for attention. God knows he has that in spades. It all came down to cutting it for his role in Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan. In a noble gesture, Styles then donated his beloved hair to Little Princess Trust, which is a charity in the UK that creates wigs for kids who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments and such (like Locks of Love in the US).

At this point Styles’ mane was nearly as famous as he is, and chopping it off can probably be compared to when musicians like Chris Cornell and James Hetfield did the same. That’s right; we¬†just compared a One Directioner to a Soundgardener and Metallican (and just like that, two new words have been invented–you’re welcome). For those of you too young to fathom who those other guys are, view exhibits A and B:

 

Chris Cornell and James Hetfield with short hair and long hair

Seriously, Generation X cried over shit like this.

 

When Styles did the deed he announced it by posting a very teasing photo via Instagram:

Whoops. #Littleprincesstrust

A photo posted by @harrystyles on

 

But what then? What did he look like now? The curiosity was mounting. Fans were in a tizzy. A photo was snapped of Styles’ while attending the funeral of celebrity photographer, Matt Irwin. Fans were not thrilled with this invasion of privacy and saw the photo (posted by Irwin’s sister, whose daughter was with Styles in the frame) as being in poor taste.

Luckily, now we have an unsanctioned yet more appropriate look at Harry Styles’ hair style as he was milling around the set, in costume, for Dunkirk:

The official synopsis for the World War II drama as released by Warner Bros.:

‚ÄúDunkirk opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.”

Also starring in the film are Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Sir Kenneth Branagh. The production has just begun principal photography in Dunkirk, France, and is slated for release July 21, 2017.

 

Images via Matrix Media Group, Chris Cornell, Elektra