Gwen Shamblin's hair sparks Twitter confusion in HBO's The Way Down

Molly Young October 1, 2021
Gwen Shamblin's hair sparks Twitter confusion in HBO's The Way Down


Following HBO Max’s recent release of The Way Down, US dietician Gwen Shamblin’s hair has sparked Twitter confusion as viewers react to her volumised up-do on the new docuseries.

The evolution of Gwen Shamblin’s hair

HBO Max’s new docuseries The Way Down centres around health expert Gwen Shamblin and her involvement in a Christian-based diet programme that preached slenderness as next to godliness.

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On 29 May 2021, the American author tragically lost her life in a plane crash in Smyrna, Tennessee.

The docuseries on her life, however, seems to be more interested in her hairstyle. Ironically opposed to the title of the show, Shamblin’s hair seems to have been constantly styled upwards, especially towards the end of her career.

Many describe the evolution of her hair and, as her fame and church community grew, so did the hairstyle.

In the 1990s, Gwen Shamblin’s hair seemed to have been naturally styled, with her short blonde strands straightened inwards to frame her face.

From that point onwards, however, her hair began to gain height.

Shamblin’s hair expansion eventually led to her final style – a volumised up-do with immense height positioned directly on top of her head.

A Twitter user shared a collection of images displaying the contrast between her developing hairstyles.

Twitter viewers respond with confusion

After watching the docuseries, viewers soon took to Twitter with questions surrounding Gwen Shamblin’s hairstyle.

HBO Max’s The Way Down explored

The Way Down series is entitled The Way Down God, Greed And The Cult Of Gwen Shamblin.

It follows the lives of the Shamblin family and their involvement in the Remnant Fellowship Church.

Gwen Shamblin Lara founded the Tennessee-based church and rose to fame with her Weigh Down Workshop, a Christian-based diet programme.

Stream the docuseries now on HBO Max. It is available in various regions.

@gwenshamblinlara previously described herself on Instagram as a health expert, pioneer of faith-based weight loss, and a best-selling author.

The official Instagram of @weighdown is still available to explore on social media.

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.