How to get the Penn Badgley haircut for You. Credit: GQ

    How to get the Penn Badgley haircut for You. Credit: GQ

    How ‘You’ Can Get The Penn Badgley Haircut & Hairstyle

    by Zheelana Cottam


    It seems Penn Badgley has a knack for playing the villain as many will remember him as the know-it-all Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl. However, these days you probably know Penn as everyone’s favourite psychotic killer Joe Goldberg from the Netflix thriller series ‘You’. The show aired its first season back in 2018 BC (Before Covid) and released its third season this year (2021). Let me tell you, fellas…it was iconic! The show has certainly boosted Badgley into an official pop culture icon after his performance left audiences feeling conflicted about whether or not they wanted to support the anti-hero antics of Goldberg. After all, most therapists would not recommend locking people up in your glass cage when you don’t agree with them. It’s just not healthy.


    How to get the Penn Badgley haircut – Joe Goldberg from You
    Credit: Netflix


    It seems Badgley has been blessed with two abilities: The first being his incredible acting skills and the second being the ability to grow a gorgeous head of thick and curly hair. It’s textured, tousled, and definitely steals the show. So, we have done what we do best and put together a style guide on how you curly haired fellas can recreate the best Penn Badgley haircuts. 


    Hairstyle 1: curly fringe and side parting

    How to get the Penn Badgley hairstyle – curly hair side parting and short sides
    Credit: Getty Images


    When it comes to recreating the Penn Badgley haircut I would suggest going to a barber who is experienced at handling curly hair and ask for a side parting with short back and sides. The key to this look is leaving a generous amount of length in the top of the hair. We recommend you show the photo (above) for reference so they can get a general idea before they start. 

    For the top of the hair it's good to leave around 5-6 inches on top and gradually taper the hair down towards the back of the head. For the back and sides you will want to start with a #2 at the base of the neck and gradually move up into a #3. Finally, go in with scissors and clean up the hair around the ears. 

    This hairstyle goes well if you’re clean shaven, rocking that 5 o’clock shadow, or even a full on beard. Badgley does it all! 


    How to style: 

    • This hairstyle will go better if you wash your hair first. We suggest using a product without parabens or SLS like our all natural  NO GUNK Shampoo. Lather this product into your hair to help nourish it and lock in moisture. 
    • Towel dry your hair until it is damp but not dripping. The add some Funky Flex Cream as a pre-styler. Scoop up a small amount of the product onto your fingers and warm the product well. Apply it throughout your hair starting from the back and moving to the front from root to tip. Using a hair cream will help give your hair a firm hold without weighing down your hair.
    • Let your hair air dry naturally to preserve the integrity of your curls. If you do not want to wait then use a hair dryer on a medium heat and use your fingers to crunch your hair. Once it's dry, quickly blast it with the dryer on the cold setting to keep everything in place. 
    • If your hair has started to frizz from the heat give run your hands through your hair to get rid of any leftover product and to get everything looking tidy.


    Hairstyle 2: slicked back haircut

    How to do the Penn Badgley haircut - slicked back hairstyle
    Credit: popsugar.com 


    This haircut is very similar to the previous one but you will have to ask your barber to make a few stylistic changes. Keep the length on top. In fact, go a little longer than the previous cut by an extra inch then ask them to put in some soft scissor cut layers. This will help create the required texture for your hair. For the back and sides you will want the same length. 


    How to style: 

    • Start with clean, towel dried hair. Remember you want it to be damp, not dripping.
    • Since this is a longer hairstyle you will need to use some Funky Flex cream as a pre-styler. Apply it In the hair from root to tip. This will make your hair mor manageable when it comes to styling and tame any stray baby hairs in the process.
    • Next you will need a comb and a hairdryer. Set your hairdryer to medium heat and blow dry your hair from front to back. At the same time use your comb to brush the hair back in the same direction until it stays in that position. 
    • To create that glossy wet look you will need to apply a high shine wax. Grab your Styling Funk and apply it to your hair from root to tip. This will also keep your hair style lasting all day.
    • You will need your hair dryer and comb one more time. Put your hair dryer on cold and once again blow dry your hair from front to back. Run your comb through your hair once more to create texture and you’re done!


    With these fresh styles the most handsome fella in the room is you.

    Zheelana Cottam
    Zheelana Cottam


    Zheelana is a writer based in Cardiff. She has a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing and is a certified TESOL teacher. When she isn’t out hiking in the lush Welsh countryside, she fills her days with reading, journaling, and going out for food.

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