How to style the Peaky Blinders Haircut

Peaky Blinders, the gritty gangster drama which first graced the BBC in 2013, is back on our screens, and we couldn’t be happier!

Now in its fourth season, the show, which is set in Birmingham, England, in the aftermath of the First World War, has been a massive success. In fact, it’s been successful enough to have an impact on men’s fashion; long overcoats are back in and top buttons on shirts have a purpose again. More importantly, there is a great amount of interest in lead character Thomas Shelby’s hairstyle.

Below, we’ve compiled all the information you need to get the classic Peaky Blinders look.

About the style

Underneath his razor-ridden flat cap, Tommy Shelby rocks a unique look that’s short on the sides and longer on top, creating the perfect disconnection. The style is cool and easy to maintain, which was vital in the 1920s, when men’s haircuts were rugged, practical and frequently hidden beneath hats.

According to Cillian Murphy, who plays the rakish ruffian, the look originated because men were trying to avoid getting head lice. Gross. It’s also rumoured that the undercut sides decreased the chances of having hair pulled during street fights.

Ultimately, the famous Shelby style allows for easy maintenance and looks spectacular when combined with a collarless shirt, fastened all the way up, a peak lapel long coat and some brogues.

How do you get this classic look?

According to Harrison Amos, a stylist at City Gent Barbers in Plymouth, Devon, you should be asking your barber for “a half grade on the back and sides, with some textured length on top.”

The hairstyle is relatively easy to maintain, but you’ll want to get the sides cut regularly to keep the fade looking sharp. To create the texture on top, Harrison says: “blow-dry your hair using a vent brush and use a matt clay to lock it into place.”

It’s important to remember that not all men are blessed with the same chiselled cheekbones that Murphy rocks, and so it’s a good idea to ask your barber how it would be best to style your hair to suit your own face shape first.

What about a modern variation?

Award-winning barber and charity founder Tom Chapman, who educates barbers and hairstylists all over the world, has kindly suggested a tamer approach to wearing the Peaky Blinders-inspired cut.

He says: “In modern life, barbering has moved on dramatically thanks to the introduction of new techniques and tools. While this style is awesome, I feel a modern twist using Cillian Murphy as the inspiration would be the best way to go.

“If you’re going to ask your barber for this cut, I would suggest disconnecting the sides and blending the top through the back, behind the ears, with a textured crop on top. Then you have the choice of having a fade or taper on the sides and back, giving you a more fashionable version of this iconic style.”

What products should you use?

To maintain the look at home, use either The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade or The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Clay, which will sustain the texture and hold, as well as The Bluebeards Revenge Vent Brush for styling.

All you need now is a fresh cut and a flat cap, and you could be looking as sharp as the Peaky Blinder boys in no time.

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