Jared Leto Shaves His Beard (But Keeps a Very Questionable Mustache)

06/17/2014 at 03:15 PM ET

Jared Leto hair mania has calmed a bit since award season ended, but PEOPLE editors are always keeping an eye on the actor’s grooming practices. His hair is just too pretty not to gush over. So is his face, at which we’re now getting a good look in a new photo that he posted on Instagram. Did he shave off his scruff? Is he rocking an ombré mustache? Well, that’s what we thought, but the master of the hair fakeout post has tricked us once again.

Jared Leto shaves beardCourtesy Jared Leto (2)

The Oscar winner posted a selfie on Instagram, with a new clean-shaven look, except for his very interesting, very straggly handlebar mustache. “How ya like my #stash!,” he captioned the above photo. But the snap happens to be from about a year ago, and he didn’t give us the throwback heads up. (So breath ease, that facial hair pattern isn’t happening right now.)

We do think Leto looks younger without a beard (very Jordan Catalano of him) and you can see his bone structure better, but the patchy, dip-dyed ‘stache wouldn’t quite fit with this look now. His flowing mane has become such a signature look for him; however, the 30 Second to Mars frontman is no stranger to changing up his locks — sporting everything from platinum mohawaks to orange highlights to mini mullets. And it is summer, so it’s possible he wants to avoid “sweaty neck” à la Mindy Kaling.

What do you think of Leto’s new look? Are you loving the mustache or should he shave that too? Share your thoughts below!

–Brittany Talarico

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bitsy on

The man is FINE,FINE, FINE and I don’t believe he could look bad ever. Love him!

Tammy on


nina on

I used to have a huge crush on him, way back when he was on My So Called Life….but now he just creeps me out!

cocoayo on

Shave the tache Jared. Unless it’s for a role…

Joanne on

You idiots. This is an old picture.

Ashlee on

He’s doing it because he’s reading for the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel’s new movie. I think it looks awesome and I hope he gets the part! He’d be a way better Doctor Strange than Benedict Cumberpatch.

mrsmass on

ughh gross. this guy was hot back in the 90s, now, not so much.

Holly on

Noooo Jared, why?!?! From hot to creepy in 60 seconds flat :-(

carrie on

This isn’t an old photo. Jared posted on his FB page last night as well.

Jane on

He looks just like Courtney Cox in the second picture.

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