Explains the trending ‘broccoli haircut’ that is everywhere on TikTok

Broccoli Haircut: What Is Men's Hairstyle And Why Is It So Popular With Gen Z?

Short at the sides, but with lots of body on top – such is the broccoli (Photo: Getty)

What goes around comes around. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

A few years back, the ‘ice pearl’ haircut was a point of ridicule that marked the wearer as a certain type of person, someone who takes fitness selfies and wears shoes without socks.

Recently, a new controversial style has swept gene Z men who reap the same scorn while also growing in popularity … but it’s not really new.

The broccoli haircut, also known as the zoomer perm or bird’s nest haircut, resembles the indie-inspired look of the 00s, with shaved or faded sides and a whole lot of volume and length on top.

The silhouette of this cut is slim around the neck and ears, with curls and back-combed parts used to create height when styling – similar to the stems and bouquets of the vegetables.

You’re most likely to see a broccoli on TikTok, where creators – and unofficial poster boys for “do” – Sebastian Bails and Trey Lander post videos of themselves and their huge children.

It definitely makes them stand out, and the fact that it’s a moving, touchable style makes it work well in videos.

That, or perhaps they follow Dolly Parton’s mantra: ‘The higher the hair, the closer to God.’

But do not let TikTok e-boys’ lip bites and awkward scripts deter you, this crucifixion can be flattering and adult when done right.

Ricky Walters, founder of SALON64, tells Metro.co.uk: ‘The broccoli cut consists of maximum contrast to create a striking shape.

‘Super tight faded sides from a “0” or smooth skin, densely faded up to a medium length at the top. The shorter the sides and the longer the top the stronger the look. ‘

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The look is popular with teenage stars on social media like Jacob Sartorius (Photo: JB Lacroix / WireImage)

You do not need to have naturally curly hair to work with this look, although those with straight hair need to put in a little extra work.

Ricky recommends using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with ingredients like sugar beet and ginger (like SALON64’s Vive La Moisture) to nourish and define these coils.

He adds: ‘A little curl cream at the ends then helps keep the curls looking great for longer. I always recommend applying to wet hair and drying using a diffuser at hot heat and slow speed. ‘

If your hair is straight, Ricky says that ‘a soft or loose permanent that keeps it as natural as possible’ can give you the volume you are looking for.

Try giving volume to hair dust, dry shampoo and texturing spray to add some hold, which will help add height (especially if you are combing the roots back) and keep the ‘do’ in place.

According to Ricky, an advantage of the broccoli clip is how easy it is to maintain.

He says: ‘Once the top is in place, it’s just a matter of keeping the sides as tight and tidy as possible.

‘When the look grows out, it simply becomes soft and becomes more subtle. A fresh dish every few weeks lasts longer. ‘

For those who really want to make a statement, Ricky’s advice is to give color. A full scalp bleach or some beachy highlights add even more drama and movement to your gravity-defying style.

Although the broccoli slice may be nicknamed zoomer-perm, but that does not mean it is reserved for the young.

“Age is nothing but a number,” Ricky says. ‘This look is about hair type. If you have medium to thick hair and think your hair needs a little extra attitude, this is the look for you.

‘Seventeen or seventy, it’s just as much. Own it! ‘

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