Don’t know what haircut style name to ask for the next time you sit in the barbers? How about the “Peaky Blinders” or “Tommy Shelby?”
There’s plenty to love about hit Netflix show Peaky Blinders, its main character Tommy Shelby (played by Irish actor Cillian Murphy), and the rest of the Shelby family but who was to know that the early 1920s family criminal gang were to inspire the hairstyle desires of young Irish men.
If you’ve spent much time around men under 30 in either Ireland, the UK, or the US as the BBC original show has gained in popularity, then you may have noticed that Peaky Blinders hair has emerged from history into 2018 and has many people wondering what to ask for when they sit down for their next trim to ensure that they stand up again looking like a Shelby brother.
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With short shaved hair on both sides, the Birmingham Irish family taking over the English criminal world in the early 20th century has started the greatest new male fashion trend, an honor normally reserved for soccer players, who have been known for encouraging many a strange haircut choice among fans.
Although Peaky Blinders was originally commissioned for one season of six episodes, the popularity of the show has only grown with the fourth season released to streaming in the US on Netflix in December 2017.
Cork-born actor Cillian Murphy, 41, is the star of the show, telling the New York Post that the growth of Peaky Blinders was “like some sort of osmosis. When the second [season] came along it got into that zeitgeist-y kind of thing and by the third [season] people were walking around dressing as Peaky Blinders and getting the haircuts and listening to the [soundtrack] music.”
“It’s nuts,” said Murphy, who played his first big role in Enda Walsh’s “Disco Pigs” in 1998.
“I’m just constantly surprised how [‘Peaky Blinders’] continues to grow. Sometimes with these longform shows they tend to plateau, or dip, for a season, but ‘Peaky’ seems to have incrementally gotten stronger and I’m really proud of that. It’s a testament to [writer/creator] Steven Knight.”
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And while many others may now be sporting the Shelby hairstyle, apart from the four months a year he becomes Tommy Shelby, Murphy avoids the haircut so he can disappear.
“At the moment I’ve got long hair and a mustache, so I walk around pretty incognito,” he explained.
“It’s when you get the haircut that people start shouting at ya. When I don’t have the haircut I can get the bus quite unmolested.”
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