BEST FOOTBALL HAIRSTYLES 2016/17
By Sam Higgins, 24 May 2017
With our season’s stylish XI selected, our attention turns to this year’s grooming gods. Although you wouldn’t expect a place of physical activity to be a hub of hair inspiration, the footballing world actually offers clever tactics for keeping your ’do intact. So, with that in mind, we asked our pals and barbering experts at OS Barbers to give us the low-down on this season’s strongest styles.
You’ll do well to find somebody with more immaculate hair than Liverpool’s midfield general, Emre Can. Even when bounding about after his opposite numbers, not a single hair of his voluminous pompadour seems to leave its post.
'Emre’s pompadour with a low fade is a popular choice in the world of football,’ explains Joe Steven of OS Barbers. ‘To achieve it, you need to blow-dry your hair to add the desired volume, use a matt wax to create texture and then finish with low-shine hairspray for extra hold (on or off the pitch). But make sure you get your hair cut and textured regularly to maintain the shape and style.’
Although he only managed one start for Chelsea in the league this year, Michy Batshuayi’s on-trend dreads have been an ever-present feature of the Premier League season.
‘If you’ve got dreads like the Batman, maintenance is fairly simple,’ says Steven. ‘Use a specialist shampoo to keep them in check and ensure the back and sides are shaved consistently to make the hair lighter and more manageable without losing the look.' To add some fresh colour like Michy here, check out our video on DIY home bleaching.
Unlike his outfield counterparts, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has to wait for some action in his own box before he can remind everyone of his classic, Nordic-blond locks.
‘This short-to-mid-length cut is super versatile and can be worn slick or textured,’ explains Steven. ‘To achieve the look, use a comb to roughly part hair, then blow-dry the back before using a matt clay to add texture and hold.’
A sterling Euro 2016 campaign and two strong La Liga seasons has seen Antoine Griezmann catch the eye of the Premier League’s biggest spenders, but our eyes have been on stuck on the evolution of his now-flowing locks.
‘Long locks that touch the shoulders is a haircut that’s back in a big way,’ says Steven. ‘It’s perfect for low-level maintenance and all it takes is to towel dry hair and use a leave-in conditioner to remove any annoying tangles. We recommend a monthly trim to remove dead or split ends and to go easy on the styling products – avoid anything too heavy: a light wax for texture and hold should do the trick.’
His team may have underperformed this season but at least Manchester United stopper Marcus Rojo has a table-topping haircut to boast about.
‘For Rojo’s trim, the sides should be clipped short or shaved, and the top left long,’ says Steven. ‘Shaving right up to the parting creates a dramatic contrast between lengths and then, to achieve the slicked-back wet look, style using a comb and pomade before finishing with a gel spray for maximum hold. Make sure you book in regular visits to keep the sides looking fresh.’