The Tenth Doctor, played by actor David Tenant in the BBC TV series Doctor Who, has an iconic style. Getting his hairdo right could be just the thing to set apart your cosplay outfit or Halloween costume from the rest. To imitate his hairstyle, you may need to let your hair grow out a little bit or get a trim first. But once you have the ideal length, you’ll be ready to style your hair just like the Tenth Doctor.
Grow out the front of your hair.
The ideal length of hair will vary from person to person. Generally, your bangs should hang just above your eyebrows when straightened and unstyled.
Cutting your own bangs is doable, but a challenge. A barber or stylist may be your safest option, if you need a trim.
Even if your hair is on the shorter side, you should still be able to pull off this look, though it won’t have as much volume as the typical Tenth Doctor hairdo.
Cut the sides of your hair short.
The hair on the sides of your head should be cut short, but not so short your scalp is revealed. Your hair also shouldn’t fall in front of your ears.
If you get your hair cut at a barber or stylist, bring a picture of David Tenant in his role as the Tenth Doctor to provide a template.
Shave your sideburns to the bottoms of your earlobes.
The Tenth Doctor sometimes had sideburns all the way to his jaw, but in most episodes they only reached to the bottom of his earlobe. If you really want to imitate the Tenth Doc, you’ll have to grow and cut your sideburns to at least the bottoms of your earlobes.
If you have trouble growing sideburns, you can purchase fake ones at costume stores, Halloween stores, or online costume suppliers.
Wash your hair.
Oil and dirt accumulate in your hair over time and can have a negative impact on the products you’ll need to use to really nail this hairstyle. Hop into the shower, lather up with your normal shampoo, and rinse off before attempting this look.
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Towel dry your hair.
Rub a towel thoroughly through your hair until it’s only slightly damp. Damp hair usually styles and shapes more easily once you begin applying product. If you don’t have a towel on hand, feel free to use a blow dryer.
Your hair doesn’t need to be damp before you start styling; you should be able to mimic this hairstyle even if your hair is dry.
If you really want your hairdo to be authentic, leave your hair a little damp. This will give the finished product a slightly gelled look, just like the Tenth Doctor.
Comb your hair.
After washing and drying your hair, it’s time to break out your medium-toothed comb. Use it to comb the hair on the top of your head forward. When that’s done, comb the hair on the back and sides of your head down. It might not look like it, but you’re well on your way.
If your hair is straight, you’ll only need to comb it in this fashion before moving on to adding product. Curly hair, however, will need to be straightened beforehand.
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Straighten your hair when necessary.
Set your straightener to its lowest heat setting. Clamp your hair in sections with the straightener and pull in a smooth, up-and-outward motion. Move section by section from the front to the back until the hair at the top of your head is completely straightened.
When the straightener clamps down on your hair, you should immediately begin pulling up-and-outward. Clamping hair too long in a straightener can cause frizziness.
You should stop straightening where your hair shortens and begins to get close to your scalp. Trying to straighten these areas is usually ineffective and can result in burns.
After straightening, comb the top of your hair forward and the back and sides downward again. This will help you see which areas need a little more straightening.
Rub a small amount of hair concrete between your clean hands.
Wash your hands before applying product to your hair. Scoop enough concrete onto your pointer finger so the tip of your finger is covered. Wipe the concrete onto the palm of your opposite hand and rub your hands together vigorously.
Rub your hands together thoroughly for about 30 seconds or so. When there are no large clumps of concrete and it’s spread in a thin, invisible layer on your hands, it’s ready to apply.
Less concrete is better than more. Too much will weigh down your hair and ruin the look. You can always add more, but you’ll have to wash your hair and start again if you add too much.
Work the concrete into the back half the hair at the top of your head.
With an open palm and spread fingers, apply concrete to the back half of the hair at the top of your head. Tuft the hair into a standing-up position.
Only use a single hand (either your right or left, not both) to style the back half of the hair at the top of your head. This will help evenly distribute the concrete.
Remember to work the concrete into the roots of your hair as you tuft the hair so it doesn’t get weighed down at the tips.
As you tuft, it might help to also use a back and forth motion with your hands. Hair that’s especially stubborn might require you to pick at it.
Distribute the concrete through the front of the hair.
Using the same motion but the opposite hand, apply the concrete to the front half of the hair at the top of your head. Spread your fingers and run them straight backwards through the front area. Ruffle it back and forth.
When the long hair at the top of your head is standing completely straight up, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Try to work the concrete evenly into your hair. Globs will look unsightly and can be difficult to remove.
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Shape your hair into a fohawk.
The fohawk shape will lead nicely into the next phase of this hairstyle. Use your fingers to push your hair upwards and towards the middle-line of your head. As you do, pull your bangs forward to point out over your forehead.
Flatten the back and sides of your hair with your hands.
Where your head begins to slope and transition to the back/sides, take your open palm and ruffle the hair to press it down. Finger comb from this point downwards until the hair is mostly flat and pointed down.
Style your hair with a comb.
Use the end of your comb in a light, upwards, chopping motion at the left and right sides of your bangs. Work inward from the sides to push the hair at the front of the head forward and to the middle. Brush the back half of the hair at the top of your head forward until it’s mostly flat.
There should still be a textured, mussed look throughout the front half of the hair at the top of your head.
Add a side-part on the left, if desired.
Much of the time, the Tenth Doctor has a part down the left side of his head, but whether or not you choose part your hair is a matter of preference. Simply use your comb to make a straight part from the back left of your crown to the upper left corner of your bangs.
Comb your bangs upward, then style the hair with your fingers.
Turn the teeth of your comb upwards and use it to push the bangs pointing out over your forehead straight up. Use your fingers to pick at tufts of this hair to pull it forward to create a spikey, softly textured, overhanging section of bangs.
Adjust the sides of your hair as you see fit.
In some episodes, the Tenth Doctor’s hair appears to trail inwards in small wisps from the sides of his face. Wisps can be made by finger-picking hair segments towards the center of your forehead. Other times, the sides and back are simply combed straight down.
Use hair spray to preserve the shape of your hair.
Always use hair spray according to its directions to get the best results. You won’t need too much for the back and sides; a few spurts should be enough for these areas. Then shield your eyes with your free hand and spritz the front head-on two or three times.
If your hair is relatively short, the concrete will probably be strong enough to maintain this hairstyle without hair spray.
Be careful when applying the spray to the front of your hair. Generally, hair spray is harmful to the eyes. If you get some in your eyes, rinse them with water right away.
Add finishing touches as the hair spray dries.
When the hair spray dries, it’ll harden and make adjustments difficult. While it’s drying, you’ll have your final chance to tease apart clumps, add spikiness by picking at sections with your fingers, and smooth any sections that you want flat.