15 Famous Soccer Player Haircuts To Copy

The world’s international footballers are known not just for their athletic skills, but for their bold and fashion-forward style. David Beckham was one of the original soccer stars who became a style icon, and he’s embraced hundreds of different looks over the years. His influence goes beyond fashion – men all over the world have taken his photo to the barber. However, he’s not alone; today, soccer stars are often the first to jump on new trends and rock the coolest cuts around. So keep scrolling and find the most stylish soccer players haircuts that you will want to copy.

1. Antoine Griezmann

There’s good news for guys with naturally wavy hair: curls are back! Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann rocks his free-flowing locks. To copy the French player’s style, grow out your curls to mid-length and apply a light mist of sea salt spray for a beachy finish. If your hair tends to turn frizzy, you might need to use a curl-defining cream instead.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most famous soccer players in the world, as well as being a model for Armani. The Juventus star is as stylish in his grooming as he is when it comes to fashion. To get his neat, masculine style, combine a mid fade with a slick back. While fades are one of the most popular men’s haircuts today, the slick back gives this modern hairstyle an old-school cool touch.

3. Carlos Vela

For a hairstyle that’s sleek and cool, but still professional enough to wear to work, try Mexican footballer Carlos Vela’s side part. The LA FC star makes the most of his naturally thick hair by building on its natural volume at the crown. Combined with a side part, the result is a flattering style for his rectangular face shape. For a more formal finish, add pomade and comb the hair into place. Alternatively, leave some pieces free to create a casual look.

4. Zlatan Ibrahimović

The man bun has moved on from its reputation as the ‘hipster hairstyle‘. Today, it’s a versatile, fresh and practical style worn by men everywhere. One of them is Swedish LA Galaxy star, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His classic man bun keeps his mid-length locks off his face during games. At the same time, it makes him look sophisticated and put together.

5. David Beckham

He may have retired from the game back in 2013, but iconic soccer player David Beckham is still inspiring trends to this day. Becks has had every haircut under the sun, from a buzz cut to a bro flow, but one of his best looks is the fade with a quiff. The cut is a perfect complement to his English gent-with-an-edge style. It also lengthens his face and balances his square jaw.

6. Eden Hazard

He’s respected as one of the best footballers in the world and he’s a captain of the Belgian national team, so it’s no wonder men everywhere want to look like Eden Hazard. Just like his playing style, his haircut is all business. Rocking the short front, back and sides mean he always looks clean and professional and doesn’t have to spend time on styling his locks. Because of its universally flattering proportions and low maintenance, this cut is a consistent favourite for men.

7. Hector Bellerin

The bro flow is a cool and relaxed hairstyle with a carefree attitude. The style is all about working with your hair’s natural texture, growing it out without trying to tame it. The classic bro flow means keeping your locks at mid-length or longer. Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is a fan of the look. The Spanish footballer leaves his wavy hair to do its own thing.

8. Kylian Mbappé

One of the most valuable players on the French national team, Kylian Mbappé rocks the popular buzz cut. The cut gets its name from the electric clippers that are used to create its super short finish. While buzz cuts can be the equal length all over, one subtle and stylish option is to team it with a high fade like Mbappé. To ensure your buzz cut stays looking good, you’ll need to trim it often and visit the barber for regular line-ups to keep your hairline sharp.

9. Lionel Messi

Those looking for a bold new hairstyle should take their inspiration from Barcelona star Messi. The Argentinian forward takes his classic mid fade to the next level by adding white blonde highlights. The lighter strands create a cool contrast with his naturally dark hair and give his look an extra dimension and movement. To make the most of your highlights – or any color accents you add to your hair – make sure your locks are long enough; otherwise, you risk the dreaded ’90s ‘frosted tips’ look.

10. Mario Balotelli

For those wanting a haircut with an attitude that puts all eyes on you, the mohawk is the only choice. Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli is an excellent example of how to rock the style. His natural Afro-textured hair has built-in volume, thickness and shape, so is a perfect match for the straight-up centre of a mohawk. If you have straight hair, extra-hold styling products and heat tools may be necessary to get the same effect.

11. Miguel Almirón

Another soccer star who loves the fade with slick back is Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron. The difference between Almiron and Cristiano Ronaldo’s take on the cut is the type of fade and the direction of the crown hair. Instead of a mid fade, Paraguay-born Almiron opts for a high fade. Meanwhile, he slicks his hair straight back instead of to one side, creating a subtle mini quiff that adds some height and length to his round face shape.

12. Neymar

Brazilian footballer Neymar has tried many different popular hairstyles. However, one of the Paris St Germain forward’s best styles is the drop fade. Simple and easy to create, the drop fade still maintains some of the flair that Neymar displays in his other cuts. It also works well with his naturally curly Afro-textured hair.

13. Paul Pogba

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is known for his crazy haircuts, but the soccer star also looks good with a more conservative style. His taper fade with a super short afro makes the midfielder ready for action. It creates a similar effect as the crew cut on straight hair. It’s also flattering on his rectangular face shape.

14. Philippe Coutinho

The quiff is one of the most classic hairstyles for men. Brazilian Bayern Munich player Philippe Coutinho shakes it up with a modern interpretation. His style combines the quiff with choppy pieces, which makes his hair look thicker. Meanwhile, a subtle taper fade at the sides gives the hairstyle an on-trend feel with a youthful edge. To recreate the look, style your quiff with pomade then use clay on the pieces at the crown of your head.

15. Thorgan Hazard

Borussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard is the perfect model for the crew cut. A graduated cut, the style involves leaving hair an inch or so longer on top than on the sides, which taper down. It first gained popularity among university rowing teams, which is how it got its name. So naturally, this cut has an athletic and disciplined feel to it. For that reason – and also because it’s short, neat and easy to maintain – it’s the perfect style for a soccer player.


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Footballers are some of richest sportsmen in the world. Despite this, problems such as hair loss can still be an issue for these athletes. Here’s a closer look at the unique ways these world class footballers deal with their hair.

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Footballer Neymar and Hair Treatments

The Brazilian footballer Neymar da Silva Santos Junior plays for the Spanish team Barcelona and is known as one of the best strikers in the world. Out of all the football player hairstyles in the world, Neymar has certainly had some of the most interesting looks.

Famous for dying his naturally dark hair bleach blonde, Neymar’s hairstyles have ranged from shaved mohawks to tight braids on the back of his head. However, according to his personal barber, this costs him over 2000 euros a month.

Despite being known for his pitch-perfect hairstyles, this amount of styling apparently left Neymar’s natural hair in a pretty terrible state. His barber claims that the various changes he applied to his hair over the years meant that it was in a poor condition.

Going for a more subtle look, Neymar Jr’s new haircut is a shorter and more natural style. The dark curls appear a lot healthier than some of his previous haircuts and arguably suit him better. Although he has tried out many different styles, Neymar is lucky enough to afford a barber to look after his hair. Changing hairstyles so drastically can lead to hair breakage if you’re not careful.

Neymar Bald

Footballer Gareth Bale’s Bald spot

The Welsh footballer Gareth Bale is one of the most expensive players in the world. Famous for his distinctive man bun style, the Real Madrid player has recently shown evidence of balding. During the Euro 2016 tournament, Gareth Bale’s bald spot became increasingly obvious during matches.

Although Gareth Bale’s man bun may cover his hair loss most of the time, it may actually contribute to it. Tight hairstyles such as a bun, braids or dreadlocks can apply unnecessary tension on the hair follicles, which can ultimately contribute to the thinning of your hair. If, like Gareth bale’s hairstyle, you’re starting to show signs of male pattern baldness, then trying to hide it may not be the best course of action.

When Gareth Bale has his hair down we can see a much more natural and healthy style. Despite his natural widow’s peak, his long locks appear full and thick around most of his head. By using hair growth treatments such as Minoxidil and Propecia on his crown there is a possibility he could regain the lost hair.

Gareth Bale Long Hair

Christiano Ronaldo and Hair Loss

Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the most famous footballer in the world. Playing for Real Madrid, he is just as famous for his life off the pitch as he is for his skills with a football. When it comes to his look, Ronaldo’s hairstyles have always been an important talking point.

Although he probably doesn’t have to worry about hair loss just yet, all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s hair products could cause damage to his hair in the long run. Keeping your hair healthy is important for making it last as long as possible. Using large amounts of styling products and heat from hair dryers can damage hair and cause breakage.

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Wayne Rooney’s Hair Transplant

Since 2011, when Wayne Rooney had his first hair transplant, he has become a poster boy for hair loss treatments. The Manchester United striker has made tabloid headlines with the different ways he has attempted to combat hair loss. Although Wayne Rooney’s hairline became visibly fuller, there is a suggestion that, despite two hair transplants, he is suffering from hair loss again.

Wayne Rooney Before and After Hair Transplant

After the Euro 2016 tournament, people were confused at how Wayne Rooney’s hair appeared to become dramatically thinner in a very short amount of time. Other than raising the question of why he spent thousands of pounds on a hair transplant, it also suggests that Rooney has been using hair loss concealers.

Hair loss concealer is a short term cosmetic powder that works by making hair appear darker and fuller. Although this may be the reason for Rooney’s hair appearing thicker during matches it doesn’t address his hair loss problem. A possible reason for his thinning hair is because he hasn’t continued to use hair loss treatments after his transplant. This means that, despite the transplant, the hair continues to thin.

Wayne Rooney Hair Transplant

Football Managers Hair Loss

Jürgen Klopp Talks about his Hair Transplant

As the manager of one of England’s biggest football clubs, Jürgen Klopp knows what it’s like to be in the spotlight. With players like Wayne Rooney speaking publically about their struggles with hair loss, Klopp has joined them by openly admitting that he has also had a hair transplant.

According to the German website Klopp began wearing a cap during matches in 2012 and had a hair transplant to combat his receding hairline. Although Klopp maintains a healthy head of hair, as we can see with Rooney, aftercare is extremely important when you’ve had a transplant.

If left, your haircut after a hair transplant can quickly begin to thin back out. Although they may replace lost hair, transplants don’t stop the production of DHT, the main cause of hair loss in men. In order to stop this you must continue to take DHT blockers such as Minoxidil and Propecia.

Jurgen Klopp Hair Transplant

Chelsea’s Football Manager Antonio Conte Tackles Hair Loss

Since taking charge of Chelsea, the Italian manager Antonio Conte has managed to take the struggling team to the top of the league table. As well as managing one of the biggest teams in England, Conte also sports a full head of dark hair. However, back when Antonio Conte was a player, it was blindingly obvious that his hair was beginning to thin out.

Antonio Conte Bald

According to reports online, Conte regained his hair when he went for a hair transplant procedure in Canada. Although there are several hair transplant methods, the one that Conte most likely underwent is known as Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT). This involves transplaning a group of follicles as well as the glands, nerves, muscle and tissue from one area to another.

Although many people believe hair transplants are a quick fix, it’s important to understand the need for after care. The main cause of male pattern baldness is the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) affecting the hair folicules. Although transplants can bring hair back, the DHT will continue to thin it. Continuning to use DHT blockers such as Minoxidil and Propecia are therefore extremely important.

Antonio Conte Hair

On That Note

Although professional footballers are known for having impeccible hair it’s important to realise that they also have a ridiculous amount of money. Unfortunately, most people can’t afford to spend thousands of pounds on a hair transplant that might not even work. Instead, if you’re worried about hair loss, you should consult a professional or use medically tested products such as Minoxidil and Propecia.

13 Soccer Players With The Freshest Haircuts In The Game

I’ll never forget; the best haircut of my life came in Barcelona, when this Spanish dude literally came TO my friends’ study-abroad apartment with a pair of scissors and cut my hair in their living room.

“Do you want an axe wound,” he asked me.

Needless to say, I was kind of appalled. An axe wound? I had no idea what an “axe wound” was — outside of vulgar slang — so I asked him what he meant.

He pointed to the line that was etched into his own hairline, you know, similar to the one Larry Johnson had when he played for the Hornets in the mid ’90s (except less centrally located on the forehead). Oh, that — the “line.”

Obviously, I said yes.

The second-best haircut of my life came in London, about a month or two after graduating from college. My friend and I purposely didn’t get haircuts for weeks prior to coming to Europe, with the sole intentions of getting a fresh “London cut.” And that was exactly what we did.

“Do you want a Bale?” the woman asked me, as she finished up my sides.

What the f*ck is a Bale? A Bale of what? She pointed to the line that was etched into the hairline of the stylist working on my friend, at the chair next to me. Oh, that. I realized she was referring to Gareth Bale — who had recently fled North London for Madrid.

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Again, obviously, I said yes.

Despite having slightly different vernaculars for their hair-styling excellence, it’s no surprise that two of the best haircuts I’ve ever gotten came in two different European cities. Anyone who watches football — and, by football, I really mean soccer — on a weekly basis understands how seriously European lads take their lettuce.

Surprisingly, in the time that’s passed since I was last in Europe, I’ve actually noticed that some of this style-consciousness has rubbed off on Americans. Now, every corner you turn in Manhattan, it’s likely that you’ll spot a dude wearing Zara with a trendy European-looking haircut.

But, still, it’s not the same.

Trust me, I’ve gotten numerous haircuts stateside and have asked for both “axe wounds” and “Bales” — and they’ve simply never been able to hold a candle compared to the true European way of doing it.

It’s funny — lately, my hair’s been resembling Jim Morrison, and people keep asking me if I’m trying to grow a “man bun.” The answer to that question is no.

I’m just deplorably lazy, for starters, but I’m also waiting for the next time I go to Europe, so I can actually get a quality cut. I’m not sure what style I’m going to go for, at least not yet, but I’ve got a few options in mind — for whenever that day comes.

Here are 13 football players with magisterial haircuts who just might serve as inspiration.

1. Marco Reus

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The 26-year-old midfielder from Dortmund, Marco Reus, has one of the most classic footballer hairstyles in the world. He’s got the swept-over-top and tight fade on the sides. I think he might even have some highlights on the top, Here are 12 football players with magisterial haircuts who just might serve as inspiration in the Premier League this season.

2. Leroy Sané

20-year-old German Leroy Sané is one of the most promising players in all of the Bundesliga. During matches for his club, Schalke 04, Sané is known to wear his hair in a variety of different ways — from Latrell Sprewell braids to a poppin’ ass afro.

3. Graziano Pellè

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Graziano Pellè’s hair is a work of art. I’m not sure how much mousse he puts in before each match, to ensure that every hair is in its right place — but it has to be a lot. Pellè, one of the best goal scorers in the Premier League, is clearly focused on scoring off the pitch too.

4. Paul Pogba

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Pogba clearly has got swag; anyone who’s ever seen him play football knows this. He’s got insane skill with the ball and can launch shots from pretty much anywhere on the pitch.

But his game isn’t to be outdone by his own style. His signature look is a spiked-up mohawk with dyed-blond highlights and etches in the sides — but this past weekend, against Roma, he showed off his new joint: a mohawk with cheetah imprints on the sides.

5. Raheem Sterling

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Sterling has caught a bit of flak lately as a result of his new hairstyle, but personally, I respect his ambition.

Although I’ve seen some memes drawing comparisons to Whoopi Goldberg, I think the braids are fresh. He looks like he could be the athletic third member of Rae Sremmurd or something.

6. DeAndre Yedlin

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Yedlin, one of the few Americans on this list, has been getting major minutes for the Premier League club, Sunderland, in 2015-2016. And whenever he’s on the field, you can best believe all eyes are on his hairstyle — which is one of the zaniest in all of English football.

It used to look like there was a light-colored critter on top of his head — and it had a little Trump-thing to it – but it’s still unique and certainly scores originality points.

7. Stephan El Shaarawy

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“The Pharaoh,” as they call him, has been playing professional football since he was 16 years old. The Italian-born Egyptian is famous for both his skill as a player, as well as his eccentric hairstyle.

I’m not sure how, exactly, he does it, but El Shaarawy gets his hair to stand up perfectly straight — à la Gerald from “Hey Arnold!” — for entire football matches, in spite of the elements.

8. Olivier Giroud

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“Boy Band” Giroud has been having an incredible season for the Gunners, as they quest for their first Premier League title since 2004. Aside from being a key part of their attack, Giroud also flaunts a world class haircut.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Ronaldo is the reigning back-to-back winner of’s “Salon D’or” — or the “best haircut of the year” award in football.

It shouldn’t really be too surprising that Ronaldo is on this list because, well, he’s Cristiano Ronaldo. That line in his hair is simply iconic.

10. Neymar

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Neymar’s kind of interesting because he’s clearly going through a transitionary period with regard to his hair in 2016.

He’s shaved most of it off, right now, but when he’s in top hair form, he sports one of the most distinct and creative hairstyles in world football. In fact, I’m not even sure how he does it.

11. Yannick Ferreira Carrasco

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Atléti’s starlet winger has a very strong head of hair. After dipping Ligue 1 for La Liga, the 22-year-old Belgian has made his presence known, rocks a variety of flamboyant hairstyles, including man buns and super high fades.

He’s one of the most exciting players in La Liga, and his hairstyle usually follows suit

12. Antoine Griezmann

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Little Antoine Griezmann is one of the most precise goal scorers in the world. In addition to his scoring ability, his hairstyle is also usually on point. Although in 2016, we’ve seen him go for a more subdued crew cut, last season he was rocking a platinum blonde dyed do’ that wasn’t to be outdone.

13. Paulo Dybala

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Dybala, Juventus’ young starlet, sports one of the neater haircuts in world football. With some stellar flow on top, Dybala rocks the sides completely shaven (half-mohawk running down the back of his head, optional.)

One of the my favorite players in the world, Dybala also rocks one of the freshest hairstyles out there.

4 Classic Game Day Hairstyles & How to Get Them

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Game days are always a great time, and they necessitate easy, relaxed hairstyles that still look super cute. Why stress about hair when you can be grabbing food with your friends and catching up before the game?

A couple weeks back we shared our favorite easy hairstyles for college, and today we’re sharing a few hairstyles for game day specifically.

You’ve seen these looks before and you love them — there’s nothing ultra complicated or difficult to achieve here. You will, however, look amazing at the next game. The best part about these looks is that you can wear any of them with a hat to rep your team.

The High Pony:

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The high ponytail is an amazing look. It’s simple, sporty, glam, and preppy all in one go, not to mention familiar and oh-so easy. The thing about high ponytails is that they lift your face, and make you look youthful and energized. It reminds us of cheerleaders and fun and on game days, you’re going to be doing a ton of cheering and hopefully having a ton of fun. High ponies are easy enough to pull off with no mirror and you can make them as sleek or messy as you want them to be.

For a sleek look, use a hairbrush or comb to pull your hair back before using an elastic to tie it up. Add a drop of serum beforehand as well to give your hair some extra shine, and some hairspray afterward to keep everything in place.

For a messier look, simply tease the base of your ponytail and play with your roots until you get to the level of messiness you would like to achieve.

The Double French Braids:

Yes, you know this look too. It’s a classic. This is the look you wore to all of your “battle of the classes” events in high school or powder-puff games. This is another sporty, but girly look and will definitely go with any jersey-face paint combo you’ve got going on.

For those of you who don’t know how to French braid, don’t panic. It’s simple, and with some practice, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep. (As always, youtube tutorials like the one above will help!)

Start by parting your hair in the middle with a comb. After separating your hair into two sections, it’s time to french braid each of the two sections individually. See the tutorial above for full instructions — it’s easier than it looks, promise!

If you have curly hair and would like a sleeker braid look, I would suggest brushing your hair well beforehand. However, if you would like your texture to show through, then skip this step.

The Classic French Braid:

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An easier version of the look above, the single french braid is another classic. It never gets old and always looks cute.

This is one of my favorite hairstyles because there’s usually a ton of bonding involved as friends gather around to try to French braid each other’s hair before a big game. It’s girly and fun and keeps your hair out of your face while you’re cheering on your favorite team.

For this look, follow the same steps as the double French braid, only without parting your hair in the middle. Instead, you’re going to bring all of your hair back, so that you have no part, and start the braiding in the middle of your head. Here’s a great video that shows you step by step.

The Half-Up Half-Down Ponytail:

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The half-up half-down high pony is one of my favorite looks to wear anytime, but especially on game days. For those of you want a little bit more glamour in your life, this look is for you. It’s youthful and fresh, yet beautifully dramatic. Bonus glamour points if you rock this look with hoop earrings. Just grab whatever amount of hair you’re comfortable with from the center of your head and pull it into a high, high, ponytail. Once secured, tug it a little to give it a little life on the tail. I find that the less hair I use for the actual ponytail, the more glam it looks.

What’s your favorite game day hairstyle?

These are our four favorite classic game day hairstyles, sure to keep you looking good all day. Remember to have fun with your friends and family, be safe, and indulge to your heart’s content on grilled food and potato chips!

How do you do your hair for game day? What’s your go-to game day hairstyle? Tell us in a comment below.

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Football is in full swing, and fans everywhere are excited to see where this season is headed. Trying for a sporty look to match the mood of game day can be a daunting task. Finding the perfect balance between functional and stylish is even more of a challenge. Whether you’re watching the game from the big screen or sitting in the stands, a cute hairstyle can help keep the hair out of your eyes so you can ensure your entire focus is on the game. Popular among football fans for their efficiency and versatility, here are three game day hair trends you can try out on a Sunday.

High textured ponytail

Any kind of updo is ideal for warm weather and hot stadium seating. A high, textured ponytail is great for game day because it keeps flyaways at bay and keeps you feeling cooler.

How to style: With a ½ inch curling wand, style your hair into loose waves. To add texture and redefine your look, apply dry shampoo, and tousle your hair with your hands before tying up your ponytail. Pull out a tiny strand of hair and wrap the strand around the base of the ponytail to hide the band. Tuck the end of the strand back under the band, and voila! You’ve got yourself a fashion-forward look.

Simple french braid

This classic, yet sporty look pairs wonderfully well with a baseball cap and a sports jersey. When worn with an open back shirt, this braid is sure to make it into the highlights reel! Whether you have short or long hair, the French braid pulls hair away from the face and gives your scalp room to breathe.

How to style: Begin by parting your hair down the middle. Start with a small section of the hair from the top of your head. Divide this section into three strands like you would to create a classic braid. Begin by braiding as you would a traditional braid, and slowly add in small strands of hair every time you cross a section over. Continue this method until the braid is complete.

Messy, textured fishtail updo

A unique twist on two traditional hairstyles, the braid and the ponytail, the fishtail half-up/half-down look is unique and eye-catching. Pair this layered braid with an off-the-shoulder top to accentuate your look.

How to style: Start by separating a small top layer of your hair and braiding this section into a traditional braid. Using the remaining hair, braid a second messy fishtail over the small traditional braid, so the two portions are layered. Section one portion of this second braid off using a hair tie to create an elongated braid look. Braid the rest of the second braid, and tie the end with another hairband to complete the look.

Now you have three easy to style and distinctly casual looks to try out on three separate sporting occasions. Enjoy the game and the admiring glances, ‘cause you look Game Day GREAT!

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Football Game Hair | Show Your School Pride!

August 30, 2016

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It’s football season, so let’s talk game hair! You can show your school pride with quick braided hairstyles that showcase your football team colors. This style is awesome to add to your school spirit day ideas, too!

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Friday night should have been the second football game of the season for us, and you know my family doesn’t miss a game. Ok, so maybe I just go for the half-time show (Pooh’s in marching band!), but Coach and Tigger actually enjoy football, too. My brain just doesn’t do football, y’all. Please don’t hold it against me!

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What my brain does comprehend is game hair! With two young daughters, I’m always thinking about hair for girls, cute school hairstyles, and quick braided hairstyles. One braid hairstyles are the best, because we always seem to be in a hurry to get to school, or the football game, on time.

This past weekend was a little different, since the game got rained out (ok, lightening-ed out) on Friday and rescheduled to Saturday night. We actually had a little extra time to get ready, and the weather was much more agreeable on Saturday for some cute game hair! I decided to play around on Tigger’s hair and give her a cute one braid hairstyle that showed off her school pride. With all that extra time, I even broke out the curling iron!

I started by curling her hair with my favorite 1-inch curling iron from Hot Tools. This step is certainly not necessary, but it definitely made Tiggs happy. I used my favorite setting spray, Redken Hot Sets, on each section before curling. to make sure the curls would hold. Tigger’s hair doesn’t hold curl for too long, but even in this lovely Deep South humidity, Hot Sets helps hold them a little longer.

Ok, maybe not that long….

To make sure her school pride was evident, I worked in a ribbon with our football team colors…we’re the black and gold Bobcats! This cute gold metallic ribbon was perfect for braiding in, since it’s small and lightweight. You can find perfect ribbon for this look in all kinds of football colors on Amazon, like this one and this one. Those links are to my favorites; I have tons of American Crafts ribbon variety packs like that and it’s the exact size you’ll need for small braids.

I’m going to show you how to do this adorable game hair, so your kiddos can display their team colors in their quick braided hairstyles, too!

The how-to

  • Drop out a section of hair from the top of her head down to the ear, maybe 3 inches deep, and then grab a hunk (about a 3-inch wide hunk to be precise) of hair behind that to braid. I started by securing the section I planned to braid in a small elastic with the gold ribbon, just to make sure it wouldn’t slide out. Braid that piece with the ribbon included on one of your sections, but don’t worry too much about the ribbon just yet.
  • Once your braid is complete, go ahead and secure the tail with another little elastic, but not too tight. Start at the bottom and gently fluff up the braid sections with your fingertips, working your way to the top, but stop fluffing about 3/4 of the way up. This is when you can pull your ribbon to the top and make sure it shows! This method makes the braid appear fuller and gives it a softer look.
  • Drop the braid now, and starting from the opposite side, smooth the top half of hair back and pin in place (this is when you’ll want one of my super-awesome magnetic bobby pin bracelets…it’s so handy to have those pins right at your fingertips). Use a criss-cross method to pin that section securely. Now take that section of hair from the other side that you left out in the beginning, and smooth it back, as well, making sure to cover up the top of the braid where the elastic is, and pin that over the first section. Yes, your pins are showing, but the braid will fix that!
  • Watch with dismay as teen child hands phone to pre-teen child to hold while teen child does something else. Wait while pre-teen child takes selfie.
  • Resume. Pick up the end of the braid and use the whole braid to cover those pins, tucking in the tail and pinning it underneath. Pin it all securely, making sure to hide all the bobby pins underneath the braid. You’re done with your cute game hair, and your football team colors are on display!

Isn’t that adorable? What’s funny is Tigger had no idea she had a gold ribbon in her hair until one of her friends spotted it at the game and pointed it out. Ha! I’m sneaky like that.

I hope you’ll try this out, and add it to your game hair repertoire, or your school spirit day ideas! Quick braided hairstyles are so on trend, and one braid hairstyles are a super-fast way to get the looks you and your girls love!

What did I do to Pooh’s hair, you ask? Well, a few things…each of which she destroyed before wearing her hair down and wavy to the game. She’s 14, y’all, so I am a complete hair idiot! And I thought all that expensive training and behind-the-chair experience meant something! Ha! She looked gorgeous, as usual, and did a fantastic job on the half-time show and in the stands.

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How Soccer Players’ Hair Became So Influential

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Paul Ullrich, a 33-year-old assistant registrar from South Bend, Indiana, doesn’t think about hairstyles very often, but he has twice brought pictures of professional soccer players into his local salon as inspiration for cuts.

One of the pictures was of David De Gea, a goalkeeper from Spain. De Gea’s hair is short and tight on the sides, longer and slicked back with a generous dollop of product on top. He’s been accessorizing it lately with a beard and a scowl. “It was a pretty clean look but also felt like it added an imposing nature, which I felt could be helpful in goal,” says Ullrich, who plays goalie in an indoor soccer league. He lived in England for several years as a child and developed a lifelong love for the sport.

Olivier Giroud in May 2018. Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesDavid De Gea in August 2017. Photo: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Ullrich’s second soccer haircut inspiration came from French player and confirmed dreamboat Olivier Giroud. Lately, Giroud is also wearing his hair in a buzz cut on the sides and a tasteful flop to one side on the top, with a dense beard. Ullrich wanted Giroud’s cut — sans beard — at the time because “his hairstyle was clean, looked professional enough for my work, and frankly, because he was regularly identified as attractive, hot, gorgeous, etc. by female fans of soccer, and probably anyone who saw him.” Ullrich had the style for about two years, though he isn’t wearing any soccer-inspired haircuts now “due to the preferences of my fiancée.”

As the World Cup gets underway in Russia, all eyes will be on the players for the next month; fans will be admiring their grace, gaping at their athleticism, and, yes, coveting their hair. We will be presented with 32 teams’ worth of hairstyles that may eventually show up on the heads of everyday guys, possibly to their significant others’ dismay. Soccer hair — and dissecting it publicly — is now as much of a beloved tradition in the sport as screaming, “GOAAAAAL,” in whatever language you speak.

Why is soccer hair a phenomenon?

Male athletes don’t generally get a lot of attention for their hair, unless people mock it or are dissecting how long it is. And let’s not even get into hockey mullets. Generally, when conversations happen around hair, it’s usually about a player standing out in some way. But soccer is different. First, and most crucially, players do not wear hats or helmets. Their hair is on display for a full 90 minutes.

Then, of course, there’s the fact that it’s a sport played around the world in pretty much every country, so no matter what a fan’s hair texture, there is likely someone playing the game whose head they can relate or aspire to. Because of the sheer diversity of humanity, the game’s popularity and ubiquity, and the ability to showcase their heads, soccer players, more than any other athletes in the world, are well positioned to be influential to fans.

Lionel Messi and Neymar in September 2016, with bleached tops. Photo: David Ramos/Getty Images

Because the players all look the same in their (mostly red) jerseys, hair is a way to stand out. “Players have decreasing opportunities for flamboyance and self-expression when they’re doing their job, so hair is a great way for them to exert a little creativity,” explains Simon Doonan, the creative ambassador at Barneys, a lifelong soccer fan, and the author of the just-released book Soccer Style: The Magic and Madness. “Why not? You’re young, you’re making plenty of money — why wouldn’t you have a crazy haircut?”

If a player thinks he looks good, he’s likely to feel more confident in his play on the field too. Dennis Mero, a hairstylist in Orlando, counts several professional athletes as clients, including the soccer player Dom Dwyer, who plays on the Orlando City team and the US men’s national team. “Looking good makes them feel good, and they’re then going to play well,” he says.

Finally, let’s not discount the effect of knowing you’re going to end up on millions of screens every day for a month, both on and off the field; vanity is a strong motivator, according to Nikky Okyere, a London barber. He counts as clients Christian Benteke, Bakary Sako, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (who all played on the London Crystal Palace team and are not going to the World Cup), plus multiple players on the Nigerian and Senegalese teams. A cut he gave to Sako, featuring a fade with twists on top, was his most requested after he posted it on social media last year.

William Troost-Ekong practices with the Nigerian team in Russia in June 2018. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/Getty Images

“Every man is very particular about their hairline, not only footballers. Everybody wants to keep their image up because image is very important,” Okyere says. “And know they’re going to be on camera, so they want to look good.” He also brings up the point that if you’re wearing $2,000 worth of designer fashion after the game, as many of these guys do, the quality of your cut better match up.

In a BBC video featuring Okyere, one of his pro soccer clients says earnestly, “Barbers are so important!” Okyere says he is planning to travel to Russia for week two of the World Cup, to freshen up cuts.

Soccer hair has meaning, okay?

Hair is almost never just superficial, a thing Ullrich consciously picked up on when choosing De Gea’s “imposing” goalie cut. Doonan points to Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose slick, middle-parted man bun is a signature for the player, who just released his own grooming line. “His hair speaks volumes about the way he approaches the game, with a sort of ninja warrior attitude,” Doonan says.

Brazil’s Ronaldo infamously showed up to the 2002 World Cup with his whole head shaved except for a small triangle in the front. He revealed recently that he did it because he’d had an injury and he wanted people to focus on his bizarre hair and not his bad leg. And yes, kids copied it at the time, including current Brazilian player Roberto Firmino.

Some players use their hair as literal symbolism, like France’s Paul Pogba. He’s known for his frequent hairstyle and color changes. He’s had flames, stripes, and stars, all in a rainbow of colors. In April, he dyed it blue in honor of playing a match on the French national team (nicknamed “Les Bleus”) but was then mocked for leaving it blue when his Manchester United team played a rival whose jersey color was … blue. Going into the World Cup, his hair is cropped short, a natural color, and features some subtle carving on one side. Perhaps a message that he’s taking it all seriously?

Paul Pogba in March 2018. Photo: C. Steenkeste/Getty ImagesPaul Pogba in June 2018. Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images

Hair can definitely project a certain gravity. Robin Yee, a 31-year-old data analyst from Chicago who also does not follow hair or fashion trends and once chopped his hair to look like Germany’s Marco Reus, says Lionel Messi’s hair evolution projects personal growth as he became his team’s leader. “He started off with long hair and now he’s pretty groomed. It signifies maturity in a sense,” Yee says of the Argentinian.

Facial hair can function in the same way. Okyere says that he has young players who are purposely trying to look older. He tells a story about a Nigerian player whose mother had been hounding him to cut off his beard, but he didn’t want to shave because he thought he looked too young without facial hair. (Hipster beards, also a big soccer trend, are a discussion for another time, however.) The player ultimately defied his mom and kept the beard.

The David Beckham effect

The player named overwhelmingly as the original soccer hair influencer by people consulted for this story is, not surprisingly, David Beckham. The man has had multitudes of hairstyles, including mohawks, mullets, and man buns. (He’s also had a few missteps, like wearing cornrows to meet Nelson Mandela in 2003.)

Jillian Halouska, a celebrity hairstylist and groomer who has styled Jared Leto, John Mayer, Nick Offerman, and Paul Bettany, says Beckham is a frequent request of both the famous and non-famous. “He just has such good style that it’s an easy reference for most men,” she says.

David Beckham in January 2018. Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty ImagesDavid Beckham in 2002. Photo: John Peters/Getty Images

In its 2015 oral history of Beckham’s hair, GQ even credits the player with making soccer in the UK cool again in the 1990s, basically because of the dazzling force of his hair. Doonan agrees. “David Beckham is the patron saint of soccer style. It’s absolutely impossible to express the vastness of his influence, starting with little kids back in the ’90s running into the local barbershop clutching a picture of his latest haircut right away,” he says. While a lot of the world’s players had been famous for their expressive hair (see: Colombia’s Carlos Valderrama and his bleached coils in the ’80s and early ’90s), Beckham loosened up the American and English audience.

Those ’90s kids are grown up now and still asking for the Beckham, which is a bit of a nebulous request these days. He, too, has matured and rarely sports a cut that is too showy or outrageous. But Beckham’s now become a style touchstone, an amalgam of bleach and undercuts and faux-hawks all tossed together — a living totem of the Platonic soccer hair ideal, at least for white men or those with straighter hair textures.

Individuality is important, but a lot of soccer cuts do look awfully similar

This year, there will be as many dramatic flops on players’ heads as on the pitch. While there are still many cultural divides in this world, there are two haircuts out there that work on practically every hair texture, giving a sense of human commonality to the proceedings. Expect to see them everywhere on the field.

Belgium’s Toby Alderweireld, wearing a fadey undercut. Photo: Peter Lous/Getty Images

These cuts are the fade and its lazier yet more dramatic sibling, the undercut. There’s a blurry line — sometimes literally — between them: The fade, as its name suggests, is a gradient cut that gives the impression of going from lighter to darker from the ears to the top of the head, where there is usually more volume. Doonan charmingly calls this cut “the cockatiel.” An undercut is usually uniformly shaved on the bottom and has an obvious line that separates it from whatever is happening on top. The fade is a more technical cut that requires a lot of experience to execute correctly, according to both Mero and Halouska. (Please see basketball player Kevin Love to experience what happens when a fade goes bad.)

The top is where the individuality happens in both cuts. Twists, bleaching, pompadours, rampant hair product abuse — the possibilities are endless. Mero even has a female soccer player client, Ashlyn Harris, who has the cut. He calls it “unisexy.”

Neither version of the cut is new. Newspapers of record have been documenting modern versions of the cuts since the early 2010s, when it gained the name “the Hitler youth” cut, as sported by white men. The fade and undercut have roots dating back to Victorian England; apparently the cut made it easier for men to wear hats. And yes, undercuts were also adopted by Hitler and the Nazi army.

The cuts became more close-cropped in later years; the military called it a “high-and-tight.” Black barbers then elevated the undercut and fade to an art form in the ’80s and ’90s, when it became a common style in hip-hop, and it still is. But it looks like high, flat-top fades (think Kid ’n Play) have died out.

Another technique you’ll see a lot on the pitch are super-sharp geometric edges and lines razored in. Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who is arguably next in line for David Beckham’s hair crown, currently has an “edged” part. A part is made and then razored to appear more prominent, according to Mero. Okyere is known for precision cutting and very straight lines in his barbering. It’s a look that requires upkeep, and that means a fresh cut every week or two for his players. “Nobody wants their hairline to be wonky,” he asserts.

Christiano Ronaldo with an edged-in part. Photo: Francisco Leong/Getty Images

Whose cuts will you start seeing in your neighborhood?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba are definitely heads to watch, if only because they can be delightfully unpredictable with their cuts. “We’ll be talking about whatever boy-band look Ronaldo wants to do this year,” says Ullrich. Yee says that Ronaldo has “defined what masculinity can be worldwide.”

Okyere says a cut that Pogba, who is not a client, wore last year, featuring a fade, bleached top and a line razored in, was one of his top requests from everyday men. Doonan thinks the Brazilians are a team to watch, saying they “always deliver in the style department.”

You also can’t ignore the players who have signature styles but don’t traffic much in trendiness: the glorious natural curls of Mohamed Salah, Marouane Fellaini, and David Luiz; the floppiness of Luka Modric; the man bun of Gareth Bale.

One certainty is that soccer hair will remain influential, because while you can’t buy talent, you can buy a haircut. As one of the hairstylists in the Beckham oral hair history said: “I’m sure there are many straight men who were having bromances in their heads with him before they’d even invented bromances, and his hair is one of the things they could mimic.” This still holds true now.

Doonan writes in his book: “Footie players are nothing if not influential. Legions of young supporters think nothing of chopping and changing and bleaching their locks in a frenzied attempt to keep pace with the changing styles of their idols.”

The whole thing has a purity and earnestness to it that adds to the universal narrative of soccer as the world’s favorite game.

“It’s very fun. If a player feels that his hair looks on point, he plays better, he feels better,” says Doonan. “Obviously if a hairdo goes horribly wrong then it could have the reverse effect, but in most instances, vanity for sportsmen is a very life-affirming thing.”

Whether you’re playing on the field, cheering from the stands or watching from your couch at home, you’re going to want to check out this collection of soccer hairstyles. Soccer hairstyles, more commonly known as footballers hairstyles in some areas of the world, are ideal for whatever level of involvement you have in the game. These footballer hairstyle favorites will stay put as you sweat through a long game or jump up from your seat when your team scores a point. Read on for a list of our fave soccer hairstyles that are fit for both the players and the fans:

1. Gelled Back

Keep your hair out of your face with a stronghold gel.

Comb your hair back and use Dove Men+Care Control Gel to make sure it stays in place throughout the entire game.

2. Spiked Up

Style your hair up and away from your face.

Another way to keep your hair up and out of your face is by spiking it up.

3. Medium-Length Curls

Grow your curls out into a medium length style.

Grow your curls out and give them an extra dose of volume by combing Nexxus Exxpand+ Volumizing Whip through them when they’re freshly washed and still damp.

4. Wear it Long

Wear your curls below your shoulders.

Grow your hair out and hold it back for the game by throwing on a beanie or tying it up in a man bun.

5. Lighten Up

Go for a lighter shade!

Lighten up your overall look by dyeing the tops of your strands a bright shade of blonde.

6. Swooped

Learn how to create this classic swoop style.

Use a touch of water and your favorite comb to style your hair in a classic swoop.

7. Fade

Cut your hair into a classic on-trend fade.

Stay classic and on-trend with a fade haircut.

8. Natural Twists

Work with your natural texture.

Work with your natural textured and pair your twists with a classic fade.

9. Combed Back

Keep it simple for game day.

Start with fresh hair on game day and wash your strands with AXE Max Hydrate 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner for a boost of fresh hydration.

10. Classic Cut

Trim your hair into a classic cut.

Trim your hair into a classic cut that’s easy and low-maintenance as far as styling and upkeep go.

Sporty hairstyles need to stay in shape, perspiration and motion notwithstanding, and must persevere in training. Here are a few tips and tricks for proper hairstyle discipline for professionals:
The equipment
World champions: Hair elastics are widely used in sporty hairstyles – often to accompany a classic ponytail or chignon. A hair band is ideal to keep the fringe and other short hairs from falling into the face. Unlike the Alice band, the elastic hair band is also suitable for headers. And: Thanks to different colours, the hair accessory can be matched to the outfit.
Let the game begin!
Warm-up: Top-notch footballer hairstyles require the right preparations. Mousse is needed to keep the hairstyle in top form. From the undone chignon to the braided style or short cut, a bit of mousse lends natural hold and volume to the hairstyle.
Play: Change tactics and try a new sporting hairstyle often. This prevents hair from being stressed by clips and elastics in the same places all the time. Tie the hair at the crown, at other times at the back of the head, or braid it on the side.
The final: Secure the finished style with some hairspray. This ensures even better hold and prevents loose strands of hair from distracting you.
Final whistle:
Regenerating care: Brush hair before washing to loosen strands knotted by sports and remove residues of styling products. A conditioner revitalises your hair and gives it new strength. Stressed hair needs to be cut regularly so it falls well and maintains a healthy gloss.

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    Whether or not you’re watching the World Cup right now, there is no denying it: Male soccer players’ hair is a symbol of unbridled masculinity at its finest. The rugged, sun-drenched coifs often come grown-out and untrimmed, slicked down by sweat and sopping with testosterone. And while their hair might be an attractive asset, it can, of course, get in the way. So, just how does one tame Fabio on the field? Players have long looked to the quick-fix headband.

    The once feminine hair accessory kept David Beckham looking just right in the early 2000s, après his shaved-head moment and before his Mohawk phase. Fun fact (if paparazzi photos are to prove anything, that is): Beckham first debuted a headband, a zigzag one no less, not on the field but rather on the street, his wife, Victoria, on his arm in 2002. A year later, he took the same piece onto the field so as to pull back his boy-band hair. And as he approached the end of his athletic career, Beckham wore it shimmied down toward his hairline—setting trends along with it.

    And, of course, it’s not only the footballer turned grooming mogul who winningly wears the accessory. Spanish central defender Sergio Ramos ventured into the world of logomania with a sandy-hued, Nike-emblazoned headband that paired perfectly with his Adidas jersey. Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho has long worn a wide headband to pull back his luscious, chest-skimming curls. Want a fashionable take on it? Israel’s Lior Refaelov once matched his royal blue headband with his jersey stripes. And while Swedish player Zlatan Ibrahimović is a powerhouse forward, his taste in fashion is more light, preferring a baby blue incarnation to an otherwise bold hair statement. Of course, there is Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s more than dabbled in the headband game, using a minimalist black version to manage his tough and tousled hair for years now.

    Here, the top soccer players who can pull off headbands as deftly as any fashion It girl. Not a bad look, indeed.

    Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has been kicking ever so much butt in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, having shut out both Chile and Thailand — the latter by 13 goals, five of which were scored by forward and proven badass Alex Morgan.

    If you have been paying attention, you might have noticed that the Olympian and recent Sports Illustrated cover model always wears a pink headband during matches. And while it doesn’t match the colors of any of her national or Orlando Pride uniforms, Morgan has a very good reason for sticking to this particular hair accessory.

    PopSugar reports that Morgan has been seen wearing a pink headband since her college days at University of California, Berkeley, where she met the fellow soccer player who’d become her husband, Servando Carrasco. According to the Major League Soccer (MLS) website, Carrasco’s mother, Gloria, was diagnosed with breast cancer around this time — the first of two times, both of which she survived. As a show of love and support for her mother-in-law, Morgan has worn the headband in the color so closely associated with breast cancer awareness.

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    But the meaningful headband actually isn’t a headband at all. While, from a distance, it may look like one of those skinny, elastic bands that so many athletes rely on to keep hair out of their faces, it’s actually made of a special kind of athletic tape called prewrap (or underwrap). In a 2012 YouTube video for prewrap manufacturer Mueller, Morgan explains that she rips off a piece the gauzy, sticky material long enough to wrap snuggly around her head, knots it securely, and sets it in place. It eventually rolls up a bit, creating the look of a skinny headband.

    Interested in trying Morgan’s prewrap headband hack? You can get a roll — in pink, of course — for just $5 on Amazon.

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    If you’ve watched the US women’s national soccer team compete in the 2019 FIFA World Cup, you’ve probably noticed a pink headband in Alex Morgan’s hair — you couldn’t miss it. You would have also seen her signature accessory during the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as well as the 2011 and 2015 World Cups (yeah, she’s got a lot of experience). The forward, who’s turning 30 on July 2, officially reached 100 career goals this year, and guess what she wore during the match where it happened? A pink headband made of prewrap.

    What Is Prewrap?

    Prewrap is thin, semisticky foam material typically used on athletes as a base layer under sturdier medical tape. It can also secure ice in place, protect skin from unwanted chaffing, and — as Alex demonstrates — act as a headband to hold your hair back. I used it all the time on my ankles at gymnastics practice (I suffered from a right high ankle sprain in middle school, which led to overcompensating on the other foot, so I taped both for years after that). It would go like this: loop two layers of prewrap around each ankle from the bottom of my shins to a few inches above my toes (without covering my heels), then follow that same pattern with regular sports tape to add support. It kind of looks like you’re wearing very stiff socks, and for me, it really did help ease the impact of tumbling on floor or dismounting off bars.

    Why Does Alex Morgan Wear Pink Prewrap in Her Hair?

    Alex married LA Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco in December 2014 after they met in college and dated for nearly seven years. They are a soccer power couple, and Alex started wearing pink prewrap in her hair during her sophomore year at University of California, Berkeley, to support Servando’s mother, who was battling breast cancer at the time. According to the official MLS Soccer website, Gloria Carrasco was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2006 — she broke the news to her son while he trained at an Argentinian soccer camp that Fall. Gloria survived a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation, but was diagnosed with a form of uterine cancer two years later. She reportedly beat that cancer, too, according to MLS Soccer.

    Ahead, check out how Alex makes her pink headband out of prewrap (hint: it’s super simple) and photos of her wearing it throughout the years on the field. Plus, you can read through everything you need to know about her here.

    How do soccer players keep their hair perfect?

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