In promotion of the Men Ultra range and as part of the Head & Shoulders #JUSTWATCHME campaign, football fans from around the world have had their say on football hairstyles to be remembered and those to be forgotten in World Cups past.
“Treating their scalps as blank canvases, footballers have long given their hairstylists full creative license in crafting artistic masterpieces that make statements, set trends and that grab the headlines when gracing football’s biggest stages,” comments Football hairstylist Landry Agres.
To celebrate the return of international football’s biggest stage, we thought we’d look at some of the hair styles that have grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the years and there are a fair few to choose from.
After Head & Shoulders put the question to pollsters from eight different countries, the results are in.
Football fans have given the unwanted title of worst hairstyle in international football history to Taribo West for the Green Bunches he sported in 2002. The Nigerian defender picked up 29% of the vote as the most disliked hairstyle.
While Colombian midfielder Carlos Valderrama’s Blonde Afro came a close second with 25% of the vote. Valderrama, known as El Pibe or ‘the kid’ was an iconic player in the late 1980s and was the only Colombian to feature in FIFA’s 125 Top Living Football Players list in 2004.
Abel Xavier’s completed the bottom three with his unique Bleached Hair and Beard Combination from the early noughties.
However when UK pollsters were asked what hairstyle they would least like to replicate the most common response was Scalp Art. The graffiti-esque hairstyle often modelled by Paul Pogba had a negative feedback rate of almost 40%.
As part of the #JUSTWATCHME campaign, fans can now visit www.headandshoulders.com for exclusive tutorials from Landry Agres.