Chip Gaines' Hair: A Timeline
Twists and turns, highs and lows, dramatic reveals—Fixer Upper fans have seen it all (on Chip’s head).
The last four years have been a wild ride for the Gaines family. Magnolia Realty has grown into an empire, Fixer Upper has grown into must-see TV, and Chip’s hair has—but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ll give those tresses the walk down memory lane they so richly deserve.
Season 1, Premiere: The Newbie
Lewis and Clark led the first American expedition to cross the continent and explore what is now the western United States. Their awe as they forged across the land, every horizon new and strange...was not unlike the way we met Chip’s ‘do. Such uncultivated potential! Consider this its natural state, and imagine the adventures to come.
Season 1, Episode 2: The Lounge Lizard
Host Chip Gaines shows Charmaine and Chuck’s daughter Charlie how her new karaoke machine works by singing Charlie a love song. Charlie is not impressed with Chip’s singing, but she is excited her new room on the third floor, complete with a stage, a reading nook, a desk for doing homework, and a table and chairs. Hosts Chip and Joanna also made a custom dollhouse for Charlie, as seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. (action-reveal)
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Crooning and grooming go hand in hand, and Chip’s head suit underwent its first set of alterations for his debut at the karaoke machine. Charlie, his clients’ young daughter, seemed less than convinced by his love song, but we’re confident she would have preferred this Sinatra-like clip to the grunge-rock locks he sported an episode ago.
Season 1, Episode 6: Blue Steel
Chip, for one, knows the clean look is working for him—check out those assertive lines, and that gaze. Derek Zoolander would be proud.
Season 1, Episode 7: See No Evil
Common sense tells us that this good-natured missionary is covering his eyes in anticipation of a first peek at his newly-renovated home, but is he aware of—and prepared for—the structural changes afoot right beside him? Grip that hand tightly, sir. The hair is escaping the shackles of civilization once again.
Season 1, Episode 9: Man, Buns
This is what we in the business call foreshadowing.
Season 1, Episode 10: The Flowbee
Is it actually windy? Does it matter? Chip and Jo’s clients are getting back to their Texas roots after a sojourn in Oklahoma and looking for a home with local flair that’s informal, but not too “buckaroo.” For his part, Chip is ready to roll with the tumblin’ tumbleweeds.
Season 1, Finale: The Swoop
What time is it? Time for Chip’s bangs to begin their takeover. Buckle up, friends.
Season 2, Episode 4: Mister Darcy
In Season 2, Fixer Upper viewers got a sense of how the BBC’s Jane Austen fans must have felt when Colin Firth took his famous dip in Pride and Prejudice. No? Okay, they got a bit of background on how Chip gets his hair just so. The secret ingredient: “Boot juice.”
Season 2, Episode 5: The Rogue Wave
Chip went a little heavy on the boot juice in Season 2.
Season 2, Episode 13: Party in the Back
Jo’s ostensibly checking out a fancy new light fixture here, but there are some proto-mullet festivities going on behind Chip’s ears, and we all know it. Soon enough, he’s gonna swing from the chandelier (from the chandeli-e-e-er). (Please don’t tell Chip how Sia wears her hair.)
Season 3, Episode 6: The Handlebars
Chip saluted his rancher clients’ livelihood by coiffing himself like a longhorn steer. Thoughtful, no?
Season 3, Episode 7: Helmet Head
Chip took an honorary flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds after Waco named him its Hometown Hero. Ever a proponent of safety and proper equipment, he prepared a dense, protective layer of bangs for the occasion. And...a mustache? How much of that five o'clock shadow is actually shadow?
Season 3, Episode 14: Santa Gaines
This is what we in the business call foreshadowing.
Season 3, Episode 16: Joanna’s Angel
We’ve seen this look...somewhere.
Season 4, Episode 3: Kicking It Up a Notch
Beginnings of a beard: Check. Industrial-strength sideburns: Check. Joanna knows the beginning of a big change when she sees it: New Chip is on the other side of this wall, and the wall is coming down.
March 2017: Action!
In what one might call a manscaping cliffhanger, Chip's chin-tufts celebrated the end of Fixer Upper's fourth season by laying claim to his face, prompting one Instagrammer to compare him to Chuck Norris. Will the takeover continue over the summer? We know that, like Chuck Norris himself, Chip's look doesn't sleep: It waits.
July 2017: Capital Gaines
Joanna: “How can we make a splash when we appear on the TODAY show to talk about the new book?
Chip: “Hold my beard.”
July 2017: Totality
As the cast of Hair sang in 1967: “Oh say can you see / My eyes if you can / Then my hair’s too short.” Chip Gaines is living his best life.
August 2017: Lucky (Hairstyle) Number 16
This is a man who loves his look, and we have a feeling he won’t be shaking the Wooly Willy board for a while. Then again, we’re talking about Chip Gaines: Who knows what’s in store on this season of Fixer Upper? Pull up a (barbershop) chair: New episodes kick off Nov. 28 and 9|8c.