Man getting a Fusey haircut

The Fusey Haircut: 4 Things You Need to Know

All you need to know about the hairstyle that's now reached iconic status.

Say hello to the Fusey haircut – the iconic hairstyle favoured by fashion-forward gents.

In a nutshell, the Fusey hairstyle involves a shaved back and sides, combined with a longer quiff top – think Joey Essex from The Only Way is Essex.

But what exactly is the Fusey haircut and where did it come from? Ahead, we delve further into its history and reveal some tips and tricks for those thinking about joining the gang.

1. It’s a modern take on the pompadour

Man at barbers
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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 backward, the pompadour was made famous by 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’

Joey Essex hair cut
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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 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. Wow!

3. It’s all about the cut

Man at barbers
Credit: Defina Pan from Unsplash

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

Man with fusey hair cut.

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 TRESemmé Volume and Lift Mousse as it gives hair extra body and lift.

TRESemmé Volume & Lift Mousse Front


You’ll also need to make hairspray your BFFE to help keep your ‘do in place. When styling your locks, make sure you blowdry in the direction you want your hair to sit and apply 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 TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray, which dries instantly, giving you relentless control and hold.

TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray Front


So what do you think: could the Fusey haircut be your new look of choice?

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