It’s one of the hottest looks of the moment for men, though equally, you’d be forgiven for knowing very little about the increasingly popular fusey haircut. After all, one minute it wasn’t making so much as a dint on our radar, and the next, an iconic style favoured by fashion-forward gents the world over.
In a nutshell, this hairstyle involves a shaved back and sides, combined with a longer quiff top. But what exactly is the fusey haircut and where did it come from? Ahead, we delve a little further into its history before revealing some essential tips and tricks for those contemplating joining the gang.
1. It’s a modern take on the pompadour
Think of the fusey haircut as a more edgy, modern take on the pompadour. Typically worn with short sides, while the top section is swept upwards and backwards, the pompadour was made famous by none other than the King of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley. Surprisingly, this was actually a female haircut until Elvis adopted it as part of his signature look!
2. You may also know it as ‘The Joey Essex’
If you’re wondering how the fusey went from zero to hero in a matter of months, the answer lies with Joey Essex. The star of The Only Way Is Essex and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here pretty much propelled the hairstyle into the spotlight back in 2013 and, although it was labelled by some as ‘bizarre’ at the time, it soon became one of the most popular looks around. Now an iconic look, it was rumoured that Joey even insured his fusey hairstyle for a pretty impressive £1million!
3. It’s all about the cut
This isn’t a look that can be achieved by simply parting your hair in the right place or adding a bit of texture on top. When it comes to the fusey, it’s all about the cut.
To achieve the look, your hair should be left longer on top (so if you’re currently sporting a shorter cut, you’ll need to grow some extra length before it can work). The front section of the hair should be the longest, gradually tapering towards the back, plus you’ll need some layers cut in. The sides can either be cut short, or even shaved if you want a more extreme contrast.
4. Products are your friend
We’re not gonna lie: a structured look like the fusey needs a certain amount of styling to ensure it looks its best. So if you’re a low-maintenance sort of guy, you might want to sit this one out. To keep your haircut in tip-top condition, you’ll need to invest in a good foam product, like the VO5 Extreme Style Thicken Up Styling Gel Foam (£3.99*) as it specifically gives hair extra body and lift. You’ll also need to make hairspray your BFF to help keep your ‘do in place.
When styling your locks, make sure you blowdry in the direction you want it to lie and apply your mousse before drying. To inject a bit more body into your look, try backcombing or teasing the top once it’s dry and finish off with a spritz of hairspray to keep it looking on point all day long. We love the TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray (£12.50), it dries instantly, giving you relentless control and hold.
So what do you think: could the fusey haircut be your new look of choice?
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