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Whether you feel that Patrick Dempsey is the sexiest man alive or not, his hair is undeniably fabulous. He is Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, on the popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and for good reason. He is tall, dark, handsome, and something many women dream of getting to know a little better. Although Derek Shepherd left the show in season 11, he is still talked about by many as we head toward season 18 — mostly in relation to his hair.

What is it about Derek Shepherd’s hair?

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd from 'Grey's Anatomy'
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd from ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ | Scott Garfield/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Perhaps it is the ability to watch every season of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, or just the fact that Derek Shepherd’s hair is almost as famous as the character. We aren’t sure what triggers it, but even recently people have taken to Reddit to discuss Dempsey’s hair. People want to know, “How does Derek get his hair so wavy, it never moves or shifts, it’s just perfect all the time.”

This has spawned a conversation that delves into how many hair products he may use, what types of products, and even how he had an afro until his college years when he discovered hair products. There are also some who guess that he had a full-time hair person on the set to help him “fix” his hair between takes.

One person even asks that someone tweet the conversation to Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) on Twitter to see if she knows his secrets. However, there really isn’t a huge secret. Dempsey’s real-life wife is a celebrity makeup artist.

So how does he maintain his beautiful locks?

The truth is, Derek Shepherd’s hair is a lot easier to get than most of us realize. It is a hairstyle that is enjoyed by many men, and women who find them sexy. Dempsey wears his hair about medium length, cut in layers on the top and back razored to give it ample texture. This makes it appear to be very thick, making it not an ideal cut for men with thin hair.

He has a nice, natural wave so all he really has to do is apply a small amount of pomade to his hands and then run his fingers through his hair. This keeps the locks tame and the style sleek no matter how much time he spends in the race car or on the set.

Why did McDreamy leave ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

Hearts of women everywhere broke when McDreamy left the show in 2015, in a horrific car accident after being a hero who used MacGyver-like skills to save four lives on the side of a deserted road.

In his final episode, and after seeing everyone safely into rescue vehicles and on their way to the hospital after they were in a massive accident, he climbed into his own car. While making a turn around to presumably head home, he realized he dropped his phone. He bent down to retrieve it, sat up in the driver’s seat, and saw a large truck coming at his side of the car.

The next time we saw him, he was in the hospital with a group of doctors that were unsure how to best treat him and already slammed by the first four victims that he saved. It was heartbreaking when combined with his internal dialog telling them the steps that they should take, but knowing that he will not survive.

Dempsey left the show to “Have more control over his schedule.” Grey’s Anatomy was taking a toll on his private life with his wife, Jillian Fink, and their three children. In fact, the couple nearly divorced in 2015.

In season 17, March 2021, fans of Grey’s Anatomy (and Patrick Dempsey), were delighted by a surprise visit from the grave. Dempsey returned to the set of Grey’s Anatomy as he joined Meredith on her beach. They laughed together, talked about the kids that he hasn’t been able to watch grow up, and reminded everyone of the outstanding chemistry they had.

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