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Glee's Mark Salling on His Hair: "I Hate the Mohawk"

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Mark Salling, 27, who plays resident bad boy and high school jock Puck on Glee, isn’t so fond of his character’s signature hair. “I’m so over the mohawk, I’m not gonna lie,” Salling reveals. “I hate the mohawk.” The hairstyle which made him unofficially known as “the guy with the mohawk” first came about four months before his Glee audition when he had knee surgery, then he shaved it again when he auditioned for the musical comedy, and now he’s stuck with the cut. “It was cool for a while, but I’ve had it for like a year, you know I’m kind of over it,” Salling says. “I feel better when I don’t have it.” Over the past few months, he didn’t have the ‘do while the show was on hiatus, but he was spotted with it again last Thursday at Bryant Park in NY at the Marshalls and T.J. Maxx’s “Carol-Oke” Contest. The actor, who was recently featured in PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive issue jokes that the mohawk’s powers have helped him achieve his spot in the issue, “It’s the secret.” But don’t just chalk up his sex appeal just to his hair do. The actor is a self-described hopeless romantic and has a few tricks up his sleeve to win over a girl’s heart. “In high school I had a girlfriend, “ Salling says. “There was this field near where I lived. I took little plate-sized rocks and arranged them in a heart under a tree and didn’t tell her. I just took her out there and was like, ‘look where we are.'” Ladies, as you swoon over his romantic side, see if you fit his type: “I like a girl who doesn’t play any games.” Salling says. “I like a very sweet girl.” — Aileen Wong