Euro 2020: How to bleach your hair like Phil Foden at home

The great thing about Foden’s new Gazza-inspired ‘do is just how easily he can be spotted on the pitch.

If you’re not a football fan, England player Phil Foden bleached his hair and styled it to look like Paul Gasgoine playing during the Euro 1996 tournament.

‘The Foden’ is now the male ‘Rachel’ hairstyle of our youths, with men across the country sharing TikToks and Instagram posts of their home bleach jobs.

Normally, we would never recommend bleaching your hair at home, mainly because the risk of breakage and damage is so high.

However, if you have short hair and don’t mind a buzzcut if/when you get bored of blonde, there’s far less risk of a dye mistake that screws up your summer/life.

We’ve provided a step-by-step guide on bleaching your hair for the Foden look.

Please always do a patch test before dying your hair, and follow instructions on the box or bottle.

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What you’ll need

  • Bowl
  • Tinting brush (or wide, flat paintbrush)
  • A bleaching kit (such as Jerome Russell or Bleach London)
  • Cling film
  • Platinum or purple toner (these are available from high street stores in a variety of colours – choose the one you’d prefer).

How to do it

Again, we must stress that if you have long hair, it’s best to get this done in a salon. Similarly, if your hair has been dyed before, steer clear of home beach as the result can be inconsistent.

If you are taking the plunge, though, here’s how:

  • In a bowl, mix your bleach. This will usually be a liquid developer with a powder bleach.
  • Brush the mixture onto your dry hair with the tinting brush. Use a mirror (or rope in a pal) to ensure the back of your head is fully covered.
  • Don’t be shy with the mixture here, you can brush backwards and forwards on short hair to cover each strand.
  • Developing time varies between brands, but as a rule of thumb never leave it on for longer than 45 minutes. Short hair might need as little as 15 minutes to lighten.
  • Rinse off.
  • While hair is still wet (but not sopping) cover your head with toner this time. You can use the tinting brush for this, or gloved hands.
  • Wrap your whole head in cling film and leave for the recommended time.

You can keep your hair looking icy white with a purple shampoo like those sold by Fanola and Pro:voke.

Darker hair may be harder to get to white blonde a la Foden. Avoid re-bleaching (at least for a few weeks), as you’re likely to fry your tresses in the quest for blonde.

And always use nourishing hair products to keep the hair healthy until the next style trend comes around.

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