Published: 16:58, 09 July 2021
| Updated: 18:44, 09 July 2021
It is a haircut which could be donned by England’s entire Euro 2020 football squad in just days’ time.
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But Kent schoolboy Shea Power has already taken the plunge, replicating Man City and England attacking midfielder Phil Foden’s bleach blond style after a bet with mum Sara during England's semi-final 2-1 win over Denmark on Wednesday.
His cut was carried out by staff at Purdy and Power salon in Cranbrook where the price of the look ranges from £92 to £104.
Foden recreated England legend Paul Gascoigne’s bleached look from Euro 96 ahead of this year’s championships, with Foden saying he doesn't mind being called the “Stockport Gazza”.
“I remember watching highlights on the TV of Gazza – unbelievable player," Foden told The Guardian.
"The nation knows what he means for the country and what he did. It wouldn’t be too bad if I try to bring a bit of Gazza on the pitch.”
On comparisons to the former midfielder and being dubbed 'The Stockport Gazza', he added: "I don't mind that at all. He's a great player."
The style has built in popularity over the summer - with England’s squad believed to have all agreed to replicate the 21-year-old’s trim if they beat Italy on Sunday.
And 16-year-old Shea, a student at Bethany School in Goudhurst, is one of the latest to have donned the look, having got his haircut at Purdy and Power by older sister Alanis who manages the salon, based on Cranbrook High Street.
Shea is the first to get the style there.
The teen, who is from Thurrock, Essex, but lives with his in-laws during the week in Cranbrook, says he is thrilled with how it looks.
“Oh, I love it. Everyone I have shown has said it looks really good,” he said.
“Everyone has been saying to keep it like this for a while, and I have been thinking about it.”
Explaining how she did the haircut, Alanis said: “What we would do first is cut the hair into the style because there is no point colouring the hair that we are going to cut off.
“Then we would bleach the hair with bleach lightener. We would make sure it is as blonde as possible. Some people might need one bleaching service, some might need two, depending on how dark their hair is.
“We would leave it on for around an hour but it is a case of watching to see how it goes. After this, we would wash the lightener out of the hair and treat it at the basin.
“Then afterwards, we would do a toning service which is a neutralising service - so any unwanted warmth comes out of the hair naturally. That part takes about 20 minutes.
“After that, we would wash it off, dry it and style it with some wax or gel.”
The 24-year-old, who runs the salon on behalf of her mum and aunt Gabriella Power, explains getting the trim does take a lot longer than getting most cuts, though.
She said: “Usually, a haircut takes 30 to 45 minutes.
“But usually, this will be about three hours in the salon. So bring some food with you!”
In terms of how to treat the hair afterwards, she added: “There are some simple things people can use at home, like purple shampoo and purple conditioner. Then in four to six weeks, Shea will need a touch-up on his roots.
“I think it will be the in-trend for young boys. Over the last couple of years, the boys have wanted permed hairstyles.
“It kind of depends on how Sunday goes but, even if we don’t win, I still think the look will take off.”
Chelsea supporter Shea admits, having broken up for school for the summer holidays, now was the ideal time to do it ahead of the final as he got the cut for free.
Sunday's final will take place at Wembley, with kick-off at 8pm.
He said: “I have spoken to quite a few people and one of my mates said, out of everyone he knows who has done it, he thinks I have pulled it off the best.
“I’m really loving it at the moment.
“But school probably wouldn’t allow hair like this. I don’t think headteacher Mr Healy would be very happy about it.
“But after we broke up, I just thought ‘Let’s do this’.”
It was also a strange experience for Alanis as she gave her younger sibling the unusual trim.
She joked: “It is alright, he can be my guinea pig. No, it is nerve-wracking because you never know if someone will like it.
“But it is rewarding when they do like it.”
Alanis also says anyone wanting the ‘Phil Foden’ will need to come in for a skin colour test, 48 hours prior to the haircut.