In 2003, the Eng­lish­man rad­i­cal­ly changed his image by turn­ing to his wife’s friend, who was a hair­dress­er.

The for­mer Eng­land mid­field­er was con­sid­ered the most styl­ish foot­baller of his time. He con­stant­ly exper­i­ment­ed with his image and changed his hair­cuts. Beck­ham wore a mohawk, grew his hair long and tied it in a pony­tail, bleached his locks and shaved them off com­plete­ly.

What hairstyle does Beckham think is the worst?

In 2003, Beck­ham gave him­self French braids. My wife’s friends per­suad­ed her to change her image while on vaca­tion in France:

“We were there with my fam­i­ly and one of Victoria’s friends, who works as a hair­dress­er. I asked if she could do any­thing with my hair. She asked: “Do you want braids?” I answered: “Yes. I don’t know what it is, but yes.” They were painful to do, but I liked them.”

Why is Beckham ashamed of this hairstyle?

In this image, Beck­ham arrived in South Africa, where he met with politi­cian Nel­son Man­dela. Now he regrets hav­ing this hair­cut before trav­el­ing to Africa — in the mod­ern world he would be accused of cul­tur­al appro­pri­a­tion.

“Peo­ple ask if I regret my hair. Although I don’t regret any of them, I do have some regrets about braids. I had them braid­ed on Sat­ur­day and on Mon­day I flew to South Africa with the Eng­land team for the match. I met the great Nel­son Man­dela. And in the pho­to I have of Nel­son Man­dela, I’m hold­ing his hand with his hair braid­ed. That’s my only regret,” Beck­ham admits.