David Beckham has Very Good Hair. This is news to exactly no one. But, for much of his career, the legendary footballer has opted for styles that aren’t exactly easy to emulate. His much-lauded pompadour? It takes real work. That shag he was rocking for a while there? It’s not for everyone. But his latest ‘do is something that most guys can copy with ease. And that is Very Good News.
The last time Becks’ hair was on full display for all the world to see was at Wimbledon, so we’re going to focus on that particular moment in follicular history to help you achieve the look for yourself. And, because it all starts in the barber’s chair, we decided to bring in an expert: Tony DeAngelis, head barber at Brooklyn-based Blue & Black. To get Beckham’s not-too-fussy cut, “I would ask for a short scissor cut on the sides, and tell them to leave about two inches on the top,” he says. “You definitely want some texture up there. Ask them to point cut the top, or use a feather razor.”
The idea, DeAngelis explains, is to “keep things looking natural but clean. You don’t want it to look like you just had your hair cut.” Once you’ve laid the groundwork, styling “is fairly easy,” he says. “You don’t even need a comb! I would apply a medium-hold, matte styling product on towel-dried hair.” Options in that space abound, and you might already have a go-to. DeAngelis, for his part, recommends Malin + Goetz’s pomade.
Even though Beckham’s style isn’t a particularly difficult one, there are a few things to keep in mind. DeAngelis cautions that it’s best for people with straight hair, as those with thick or curly locks might have a little trouble. And if you have a rounder face, “you may want to ask your barber to not round the top as much, or to keep things ‘square.'”
Other than that, it’s pretty smooth sailing. DeAngelis cautions not to wash your hair too often—once or twice a week, while rinsing daily—and then check in with the barber again in four to six weeks for a trim. “The great thing about this style,” he says, “is that it’s low-maintenance and grows out nicely.”