Neymar’s Frosted Tips And More Good-Hair Game At The 2014 World Cup

Greetings from Brazil! For the past few days, I’ve been hanging in Salvador, paddleboarding at the beach, listening to a whole lot of bossa nova, and, oh yeah, watching more soccer than I ever have in my life. Honestly, I’m a World Cup newbie, and as a style writer, one of the things that’s caught my eye is all of the attention to HAIR. Past all of the splashy kicks and colorful World Cup kits (that’s sports code for “uniform”), I’ve learned that hair is really where the players stylistically ~flex~. And there’s been a whole lot of flexing. A week into soccer’s quadrennial tournament, every team has played at least once, so we’ve gotten a full look at all of the hairstyles. Here’s the best of the World Cup hair.

NEYMAR — BRAZIL

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Neymar, who’s emerged as the face of the Brazil World Cup, made his hair his signature well before the tournament began. But yesterday, he upgraded his mohawk-bangs-hybrid for his team’s game against Mexico with some Aaron Carter- and Lance Bass-esque frosted tips. I’m guessing Neymar is a fan of ’90s boy bands?

DANI ALVES — BRAZIL

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IMO, Brazil’s whole team pretty much kills it in the hair department. I hope they got a group discount at the salon when Neymar and Dani Alves showed up to get their bleach on. But Alves, who also debuted a blonde ’do at yesterday’s game, might have had different inspo in mind, like America’s Next Top Model’s Jay Manuel and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal. Or maybe they were just paying tribute to the 1998 World Cup when all of Romania’s team showed up with bleached hair.

BENOIT ASSOU-EKOTTO — CAMEROON

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Benoit Assou-Ekotto hasn’t gone blonde (yet), but he’s had pretty much every other non-dyed hairstyle you can think of: braids, a ponytail, and full-on fro with a headband, which is what he’s been wearing this tournament. Been listening to a lot of LMFAO, Benoit?

KYLE BECKERMAN — UNITED STATES

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Naturally we’ve got to give it up for the USA. Not only did they slay Ghana the other day, Kyle Beckerman once again championed dreads. The fact that he’s still wearing them in 2014 without looking like he sells incense for a living is almost as impressive.

CRISTIANO RONALDO — PORTUGAL

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Even if you don’t obsessively follow soccer, you’re no doubt aware of Cristiano Ronaldo, the David Beckham of Portugal’s World Cup team. Recently, he’s been sporting a slicked over and side-shaved hairstyle that’s become a trend among soccer players. The USA’s Geoff Cameron wears it just as well.

RAUL MEIRELES — PORTUGAL

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Raul Meireles, who plays alongside Ronaldo for Portugal, has come up with a hairstyle that’s completely his own: Taxi Driver up top, Bon Iver on bottom.

JACK WILSHERE — ENGLAND

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With the Old Teddy Boy look popularized by Morrissey and more recently Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, England’s Jack Wilshere has one of the more refined hairstyles of the tournament.

YOICHIRO KAKITANI — JAPAN

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LBR, Japan has always been way ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to style. Their World Cup team’s Yoichiro Kakitani lives up to his country’s progressive aesthetic with his bright orange hair.

ASAMOAH GYAN — GHANA

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Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan has really learned how to work around the confines of a uniform. With his mohawk and bleached number 3 on the side of his head, he’s giving the rest of the players a lesson in how to keep your ~personal brand~ on point.

PAUL POGBA — FRANCE

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At the World Cup, at least one thing is for sure: There’s no shortage of mohawks. How you make the mohawk your own is key. So, France’s Paul Pogba opted for a bleached lightning effect in the middle of his along with bleached stripes on his shaved sides.

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