The 1980s were all about movement, according to Hindsgaul. I find the 1980s to be fascinating and liberating, but it can be quite challenging to avoid making it seem stuffy.
Hindsgaul considered it essential that each character's haircut matches their emotional condition and developmental stage as they negotiate the challenging environment of high school.
She noted that Lucas' (Caleb McLaughlin) high-top fade is a manifestation of his "eager[ness] to blend in" with Hawkins High's popular students and "seeking to break out from his group."
Meanwhile, Mike (Finn Wolfhard) is mostly inspired by his new hero, breakthrough favourite Eddie Munson, for his longer hairstyle this season (Joseph Quinn).