The World Cup has already thrown up plenty in the way of surprises – not least when it comes to some of the more bizarre barnets sported by the various footballing stars on display.
From Neymar’s rather fetching straw bonnet of a hairdo through to Dele Alli’s snazzy dye job, striking hairstyles have always been part and parcel of the World Cup whether it’s been the divine ponytail of Roberto Baggio or the big and bouncy locks of Carlos Valderrama.
And with the finals now in full swing, loaded decided its high time to get a proper verdict on the ‘dos we’ve seen thus far from someone in the know.
With a client list that includes Xabi Prieto, Alfred Finbogasson, Carlos Vela, Yuri Berchiche, Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann; French hairstylist and Head&Shoulders ambassador Landry Agres is one of the most in-demand hairstylists in world football.
Currently ensuring his clients look sharp for their #JUSTWATCHME moments, Agres casts his expert eye over some of the haircuts on show this summer, picking out his top 10:
“We’ve seen some interesting hairstyles in the opening week of the World Cup, but Neymar’s blonde spaghetti is certainly the most spectacular. Whether they’ll go down in history alongside Beckham’s Mohawk or Baggio’s braids remains to be seen, but full marks for effort.”
Neymar’s hair has been mentioned over 20k times on Social media by football fans.
“Known for his traditionally sharp haircuts, Lewandowski’s lightning bolt scalp brave creation against Senegal lit up the pitch.”
“The South Korea goalkeeper is getting a lot of love on social media for his trim – graded sides contrasted with significant length on top and some interesting colouring going on.”
“I’ve been working with Alfred since he was at Real Sociedad and gave him his pre-match trim for the Argentina game – graded sides exposing the scalp, but leaving length on top. I was absolutely delighted when he found the net and I keep telling myself I had a hand in his performance.”
“Behrami was known for his outlandish hairstyles from his time in England and he’s still clearly still at it with this latest creation, featuring a shock of swept back blonde highlights.”
“The sharply-dressed Cisse exuded effortless style on the touchline, complimented by his impressive dreadlocks. Certainly my favourite hairstyle out of all the coaches I’ve seen at the tournament so far.”
“The Iranian right-back has really caught fans imagination with this variation on the traditional mohawk – shaved sides and an extravagant polished pompadour on the top, matched with neatly groomed facial hair.”
“The Mexican stopper has a great head of naturally curly hair, offset with his trademark headband.”
“Alli always looks sharp and has become known for the shaved line in the back of his head during this season, but I really like the recent addition of highlights on top.”
“I’m a bit biased as I count Antoine as a client and a friend, but I love this traditional cropped look (a departure from the more experimental styles he’s adopted this season) and it really suits him. It was also great to see his Atletico Madrid teammate Kevin Gameiro show his support for him by getting the French cockerel shaved into the side of his head.”
This mascot in the Poland v Senegal game featured the most spectacular mullet I’ve seen since Chris Waddle. As a huge Marseille fan growing up in the early 90s, I have a lot of time for this look and it’s amazing to see the next generation embracing it.”
— AJ Kissh (@aj2quick4u) June 19, 2018
As part of Head & Shoulders #JUSTWATCHME campaign, football hairstylist Landry Agres is giving fans exclusive football hairstyle tutorials so they can replicate some of the beautiful game’s most iconic hairstyles this summer.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.