- "Gladwell is pale skinned but famously Afro-haired."—Tim Adams, The Guardian, November 16, 2008.
- "Gladwell, who is slight of build, with an exuberance of hair and an oddly diffident manner…" Jerry Adler, Newsweek, November 15, 2008.
- "Slender, with elfin cheekbones and a distinctive bloom of spirally brown hair, Gladwell is one of those clever people who actually looks clever."— Lev Grossman, Time Magazine, November 13, 2008.
- "Gladwell was a soft-spoken guy with a cafe-au-lait complexion and a halo of frizzy hair."— Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, November 13, 2008.
- "Gladwell is a poufy-haired showman with a knack for explaining anything to everybody, from dog whispering and fads to disposable diapers and snap judgments."—Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly, November 12, 2008.
- "Beneath the crazy hair, the slobby-chic clothes, and the buzzword-filled vocabulary is an old-fashioned guy who grew up among Mennonites in rural Ontario, didn’t have a TV until he was 23, and still prefers to do most of his research at the NYU library."—Jason Zengerle, New York Magazine, November 9, 2008.
- "When you see Malcolm Gladwell for the first time, standing barefoot at the entrance of his breezy Tribeca apartment, you are struck by how young he looks. He’s 41, but seems closer to 30. His slight build is that of a high-school runner, his halo of bushy brown hair evokes Lenny Kravitz." —Danielle Sacks, Fast Company, January 2005.
- "The hair may be more suggestive of an otherworldly academic but Malcolm Gladwell is currently being taken very seriously in the business world."‚ CNN, March 29, 2005.
- "Slight, shoeless and sporting the large head of curly hair that’s become his trademark, Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, was sitting at the kitchen table of his apartment in a West Village town house."— Rachel Donadio, The New York Times, February 5, 2006.
- "[W]when people meet Malcolm Gladwell, he’s often not what they expect. ‘I have an old man’s name,’ he explains. ‘They imagine me to be this tweedy, white-haired guy.’
"The reality is a 42-year-old who could pass for 30, with a spirited Hendrix afro."— Johnny Davis, The Independent, March 19, 2006.