How to get the David Beckham haircut - Crew cut & fade. Credit: Joe Raedle
David Beckham, one of Britain’s national treasures, whose hair is as remarkable as his footwork on the field, has been influencing men’s hairstyles for close to four decades now! Men everywhere are obsessed with this footballer turned fashion icon, following the evolution of his hair very, very closely.
So, we have put together a style guide on two of this dapper gentleman’s more modern hairstyles for you to recreate.
When you get to the barber, instruct him to keep the hair on top quite long. You’ll want around 6-8 inches in length specifically in the front (when it comes to styling it’s important that there is enough length to work with) with the hair getting shorter towards the back stopping at around 2-3 inches. For the back and sides, you’ll want a fade starting at a #0.5 from the bottom till you reach the tip of the ears then taper the hair gradually until it blends in with the top.
TIP: To be just like Becks, shave down those sideburns to a neat #0.5 to blend the beard and hairline together.
TIP: If you want a more modern Beck's take on this hairstyle mess up the front a little and allow a few strands to fall forward as pictured below.
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Talk about an early 2000’s throwback with this one. David Beckham’s latest haircut is a homage to one of his earlier looks back when he played for Manchester United. You know which one we’re talking about. The Beckham buzz cut that shocked the nation and made the footballer a headliner as ‘SKINHEAD BECKHAM’ in the Daily Mail. This inevitably led to thousands of men across the globe rushing to their barber to get the next hot Beckham haircut.
Beckham posted this newest 2021 look - another bleached buzz cut - to his Instagram with the caption: “It just had to be done.” So, it’s time to follow in Beck’s footsteps once again and ask your barber to #1 your back and sides and subtly move into a #2 at the top of your head so you don’t see too much scalp.
It’s not easy being one of the most handsome fashion icons of the modern age but it's not a skill that blooms overnight. Here are two noteworthy hair-mentions to put a smile on your face and remind you that we all start out as ducklings before we become swans. Even Becks himself.
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Zheelana is a writer based in Cardiff. She has a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing and is a certified TESOL teacher. When she isn’t out hiking in the lush Welsh countryside, she fills her days with reading, journaling, and going out for food.