David Alaba Hairstyle: How to Straighten Curly Hair Like Him

Rogelio answers a question on how to straighten curly hair to get the hairstyle of David Alaba, a mixed-race soccer player who has kinky hair which he straightens in the same manner as fellow soccer superstar Neymar Da Silva.

How to straighten your curly hair like in the hairstyle of David Alaba

Hi, Rogelio!

I am a male Tanzanian with Afro-textured hair type V. I have had the usual crew cut all my life, and I want to know how you straight your hair.
I don’t want so long hair like Neymar has, but if you search ”David Alaba hair” on Google, then you can see how I want my hair to look like. But you can also see when he was younger and had a normal crew cut hair. I want to make the same ”change of style”.

Can you answer me these questions:

1) How do you straighten your like I said?

2) Which hair gel do you need to style it like David Alaba?

3) And what kind of products do I need to actually straighten my hair?

4) What are the steps to do this?

Regards,

Eli (Tanzania)

Hi Eli,

Very interesting question. I didn’t know who David Alaba was so I’ve searched for his pics and can see now what you’re referring too. For those who don’t know, David Alaba (born 24 June 1992) is an Austrian soccer player who is mixed race: David Alaba is half black and half Filipino.

This is what David Alaba’s naturally curly kinky hair looks like:

David Alaba with his black men hairstyle in an Afro

And this is how David Alaba usually wears his kinky hair as:

David Alaba with his kinky hair straightened with a flat iron

Not much of a difference, huh…

Essentially, David Alaba straightens his hair with a hair straightener; he is doing the same as Neymar does: grow the top a bit so that it goes from a Crew Cut to an Ivy League, and then grab the kinks and straighten them with the hair straightener. I’ve seen Alaba’s pictures of him young; David Alaba has a classic Type V curly hair (afro textured, very curly hair).

Having said the above, I believe David Alaba used a keratin hair straightening treatment (i.e. Brazilian Blowout) prior to using a hair straightener for his daily retouching of his kinks.I can tell that David Alaba probably chose to do a Brazilian Blowout prior to using a hair straightener as David Alaba is always seen (except for pictures of him younger) with his kinks straightened. Straightening one’s kinky hair with a hair straightener alone will very soon lead to hair that is beyond damaged and needs to be cut.

How to style your hair like David Alaba

This is how to get the same style as David Abala:

  • Grow your hair evenly as if growing a conventional Afro hairstyle; get some good 3 inches of length. In fact, the hair length on the first picture of Alaba is a good length to aim for.
  • Once you get to the aforementioned length, go to the hair dresser and ask for a Brazilian Blowout or for a keratin hair straightening treatment. Both names mean the same, but some hair professionals call it one name and other hair professionals call it the other name. I recommend you to get your hair cut prior to that so that you get the sides and back buzzed and only the top of the head is straightened.
  • The hairdresser will proceed to straighten your hair with the keratin hair-straightening method; one keratin hair-straightening session will last about 3 months at a time (i.e. your hair will be straightened for 3 months and then it will lose the perm).
  • Whenever you want to go out or play a football match, grab a hair straightener (i.e. flat iron) and straighten the locks of hair desired. You can only do the hair on the middle of the head so as to form a rest, like Neymar does, or you can do the hair on the front of the top of the head as David Alaba does.
  • After your straighten the specific locks with the hair straightener, use strong hold gel to define the hair and you’re ready to go!

The take-home message so as to imitate David Alaba’s hairstyle is to first get your kinky hair permanently straightened through a Brazilian Blowout. Once the Brazilian Blowout is performed, use a hair straightener to further define any specific locks (i.e. front of top of the head), using hair gel as the hairstyling product to give the hair its shape (put some hair gel on your fingers and style away).

The only problem with the above method is that constant use of a hair straightener will damage your hair excessively. However, the good news is that, since your curly hair will be kept short, it will be very easy to outgrow any damaged hair that occurs from the constant use of the hair straightener. My advice is to buy a high-quality hair straightener and use the lowest temperature possible when straightening the hair. Furthermore, ensure to use a heat-protecting product prior to straightening the hair with the straightener.

For the keratin hair-straightening treatment, I recommend you to do the first one in a hair salon. It is very easy to screw up or fry your hair when doing a Brazilian Blowout for the first time without the supervision of a professional. Thus, I recommend you to go to a good hair salon, get yourself the keratin hair-straightening treatment (i.e. Brazilian Blowout) and then, if you’re feeling adventurous, buy yourself the Brazilian Blowout kit and do it yourself at home.

The product will come with instructions, which you must follow to a T. Furthermore, to be able to do a DIY keratin hair-straightening treatment, you must have a hair straightener, so do also purchase the aforementioned hair straightener on Amazon or buy this other one on Amazon. And, while you are at it, buy my second bestselling book, The Men’s Hair Book, as I dedicate a good section inside the book to hair straightening and I also talk about hair relaxers (i.e. chemicals used to permanently straighten curly/kinky hair).

David Alaba with his kinky hair straightened and parted to the side

You will certainly get your hair to look like that of David Alaba (or Neymar, for that matter) if you follow the above method and instructions. Incidentally, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who, with his curly hair, popularized the straightening of curly hair in soccer players, which was then followed by equally-famous Neymar Da Silva, and then the rest of international soccer players followed suit.

So there, get straightening, cool cat!

All the best

Rogelio

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Rogelio

Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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8 Responses to David Alaba Hairstyle: How to Straighten Curly Hair Like Him

  1. Remy Stephenson on December 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Rogelio,

    Firstly loving the article. I’ve been trying to find something similar for some time now yet yours appears to be the only one which covers all the basis and is professional, it’s been a major help!

    I’m a mixed race male (Black Trinidadian, White British) and looking to change my hairstyle to something similar to David Alaba’s. My hairs always been low maintenance so not too familiar with hair products. I would want the same style as above but a little bit more low key by having more of a matte finish as opposed to gloss. Can you recommend a matte finish product that is capable of doing the job just as good as a strong hold gel?

    Regards, Rem

  2. jaycee on December 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Hi do your hair to be long very long or just medium long I’m a black amrican from south africa

  3. Shezz on October 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Hey, thanks a lot, this really helps! Should i use relaxer for ladies or texturizer for men? Which is best to use before the Brazilian blowout?! or should i even bother (Im a male Nigerian btw) Thankss!!

  4. somto on September 29, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Hey Rogelio, I was wondering if the Brazilian blowout would be recommended for a black African ?
    Can I use a ladies relaxer to straighten my hair ? (in from Nigeria )

    • Rogelio on September 29, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Hi,

      Absolutely, a Brazilian Blowout can be used by any male regardless of hair type or ethnicity. And yes, you can use a relaxer advertised for women, it will work just as great for men.

      Best

  5. Spencer on June 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I want to thank you so much for writing this article. I’ve been searching for straightened looks for curly haired guys for literally months. I wasn’t sure if a Brazilian would actually help straighten my super curly mixed-race hair. This gives me new hope! THANK YOU.

    • Rogelio on June 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Spencer,

      Sure it will. The Brazilian blowout is actually a pretty good way to straighten your hair that doesn’t damage it as much.

      Let me know how it goes.

      Best

  6. Tam on May 19, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Hey Rogelio, I have type V coily hair and i was just wondering how to loosen my curls without a texturizer or any other chemical treatment. Any suggestions?

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