The most famous man in the world? Quite possibly. We take a look at the hairstyles that have made the man, or the man that has made the hairstyles. Either way, if you want to know how to get David Beckham's hairstyle then look no further than The Idle Man's definitive guide to golden balls best barnets and how you can achieve the look.Read more Men’s Hair features.
The envy of men and women the world over, he's mastered his art, has a net worth of $300 million and a head of hair that's seen more styles than we'd care to remember - some far better than others. Since he graced our screens as an unsuspecting 19-year-old midfielder for Manchester United in 1995, sporting poster worthy bleach blonde curtains - the envy of teenage boys and the infatuation of teenage girls everywhere - David Beckham's hair has really been through it.
There are few hairstyles Becks hasn't tried, from the man bun to the mohawk, admittedly some hairdo's really were doing it for him and some just... weren't. When we take a look back at some of Beckham's barnets it's hard to see why he is such a grooming god, but then we see all the times he got it right and we marvel at how hard it must be to make a mullet look good because somehow, he did.
Since the mid '90s, David Beckham has kept us on our toes with his constantly changing hairstyles that paved the way for men's grooming. Now, you didn't need to trawl the pages of hair magazines or watch style segments to see where your next hairstyle was coming from - all you had to do was look to what Beckham had done with his hair that week. With a fresh faced Victoria Adams - aka Posh Spice - clinging to his arm wherever he went, Beckham soon transformed from gangly Premier League hopeful into celebrity 'It' boy with unprecedented style.
Over the past 20 years, Becks has put his best left foot forward and created an empire. An early loan to Preston North End and a dubious early contract with Brylcreem came to lay the foundations, and through the good styles and the bad, his hair has been there every step of the way.
David Beckham Short Hair
When Beckham first started out as a fresh faced lad, boybands were at the height of their popularity, the 90s were in full swing, and curtains were a mainstay of your typical teenage boys grooming regime. This may not be your most desirable of David Beckham's hairstyles, but it was iconic nonetheless and no definitive guide would be complete without it. Believe it or not, with the recent resurgence in popularity of '90s fashion and culture, curtains are not a million miles away from appearing on the walls of your local barber shop.
Back in the day, the likes of Leo Di Caprio, Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt were no stranger to those wet look, combed back curtains - Christ you probably had them. Becks was only following in the footsteps of giants and with his mousey brown do, baby face and agile left foot, he paved the way for us Brits to do the same. Nowadays, the curtains are making a comeback, so what better time to grab your comb and texturising clay?
Guide on Styling Short hair
If you feel like harking back to the good old days of Becks '90s curtains, it is worth bearing in mind that this style is best suited to straight and wavy hair types. Requiring movement, mid-long hair is the easiest to work with to achieve this style - too short and the style will stick up looking awkward and rigid.
Start with damp, towel-dried hair and comb hair from the front to the back of the head. With the palm of your hand, gently push your hair forward from the crown of your head until the hair begins to naturally part at your hairline. Finding your centre part, divide the hair into 2 sections and comb one left and the other right, creating a straight centre parting down the middle of your head.
Apply texturising product into your hair and roughly blow dry the separated sections with the nozzle of your dryer facing down. We don't know what hair products David Beckham uses, but you won't go wrong with a light texture clay if you've got thinner manageable hair, and a thicker clay if your hair needs a little more control.
David Beckham Braids
Oh wow. Well what can we say about the cornrows other than that - David Beckham went and got himself some cornrows. And just in time for his visit to meet Nelson Mandela in South Africa, handy. DB has recently condemned himself for getting the traditionally African style braiding, claiming he must've been drunk when he agreed to that one.
We're not really sure what the cornrows were all about. The vino's flowing, the sun's shining and David's mate the hairdresser is pretty good at doing cornrows so you know what, David gets some cornrows. I think we can all agree the reality of the cornrows set in when he'd sobered up back on British soil, but nonetheless they happened.
How to Style Braids
In general, it's best to avoid taking on David Beckham's braids unless you've got the hair type to pull it off, which unfortunately Becks just didn't. You can, however, achieve a similar, but less intense, look by honing the braiding vibe and merging it with the man bun look. Now before you think you'll end up looking like a little girl on her first day of school, or just, well, a dick, then fear not, because there are ways to pull off this style.
The first rule is to go minimal at first. You can start off with just one braid running alongside your updo, or just use it to separate the different sections of your hair. You don't have to go as complex as the above examples, but taking on some ideas can boost your hair style.
David Beckham Buzzcut
A new Millenium saw in a drastic new style for Becks. His curtains were left in the '90s and with 2000 came a brave new hairstyle no one was quite expecting. By now, he was awarded his first England captaincy, was soon to become a Dad and had recently married Victoria. And of course to mark all this, Becks made the bold move and rid himself of his trademark blonde tresses.
Dubbed the 'Short Becks and Sides', DB's new do reportedly set him back £470. Admittedly, there wasn't much imagination required with this one, but it was brave and it kind of worked. The buzzcut - or close shave - was the shortest of all his hairstyles - a more mature look for Becks, plus it was a style that everyone could emulate, whatever their hair type.
The Idle Guide on Styling The Buzzcut
The 'Short Becks and Sides' - more commonly known as the close shave, buzzcut or skinhead style- has never really been 'in fashion' but then again it's never really been out of it either. Undoubtedly the easiest of David Beckham's hairstyles to achieve, this hairstyle works for all hair types and lengths, as long as you're daring enough to commit.
If you own an electric razor, you can do this one at home totally for free. When it comes to clipper blades - or guards - the lower the number the closer the shave so you'll be wanting to opt for a number 1. Starting at your hairline, slowly move the razor in a fluid motion from the front of your head to the back, continuing this repetitive movement until all hair has been removed.
You can actually go for a number of looks when it comes to buzzcut depending on how short you decide to go. Take the faux hawk look for example, which can work with long hair to the tiniest stubble.
Worth noting when contemplating a close shave is that the look is extremely easy to maintain, however - and this may sound odd - you must honestly consider the shape of your head. They are great for receding hairlines, as they mask your natural hairline and blur it into a close cut, but not so great if your head has an irregular shape.
Which Face Shape Suits The Buzzcut?
The buzzcut can be a striking look and it's not for everyone. Whenever you're contemplating a new haircut it's always good to think about the shape of your face and if it would suit the cut you're thinking of. This is especially true for something as drastic as a buzzcut. Overall a buzzcut suits those with;
Straight, angular proportions and a wide jaw.
Strong features that can compete with the sparse and striking look of the cut.
A matching stubble can help bring the look together if you're not doing for a full 0 buzzcut, so guys who practice good beard care could pull off this cut
Hair Clipper Guard Guide
If you're unsure on which clipper guard to use - that's the attachment you've fixed to your electric razor - then this guide is a great way to find out. So if you were to chose clipper guard 1, you'd be left with one eight of an inch of hair growth; if you were to chose clipper guard 3, you'd be left with three eights of an inch of hair growth. The higher the clipper guard, the longer your hair will be. Guards 5 and 6 are used to taper the hair and do not leave one even length of hair.
David Beckham Mohawk
Just when we thought Becks was done with intrepid ventures into the realms of daring hairstyles, 2001 brought us the mini Mohawk.
Perhaps Becks most controversial 'do, the mini Mohawk - or faux hawk - was a nod to Robert DeNiro's manic depressive and schizotypal character in Scorsese's psychological thriller Taxi Driver. He was inspired to The latest news from style, life, arts, and culture and everything in between. Whether it's a new brand arriving into our style, our latest drops and editorials. You will never miss a beat with us.