Travis Kelce is addressing rumors surrounding his signature haircut ahead of the Super Bowl.
In a recent interview with ESPN, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end took a moment to clarify the details of his popular fade haircut. “Man, I got a good fade, if you need it,” he shared in a TikTok clip. “It’s a two on top, a nice high to mid fade with a taper on the back.”
However, Kelce was quick to dispel the notion that he invented the style, admitting, “But I didn’t invent that — I just asked for it,” followed by a laugh.
Kelce also addressed a controversial online conversation sparked by a news outlet dubbing his haircut “The Travis Kelce” cut. Many criticized the report for overlooking the hairstyle’s historical popularity within the Black community and other cultures. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. And to do it on Feb. 1 and throw me to the wolves like that,” Kelce remarked, referencing the start of Black History Month. “That was just messed up, man. I don’t want anything to do with that one.”
Kelce’s longtime barber, Patrick Regan, has shared behind-the-scenes glimpses of the haircut process on social media, often referring to it as the “skin fade” or “bald fade.” Regan clarified that the style has been a staple in barber shops for decades and is not a new invention.
In addition, Regan revealed that Kelce’s girlfriend, Taylor Swift, is a fan of his haircut. Swift has been present during several of Kelce’s haircuts and has even shared photos of his game-day cuts on social media.
Regan expressed gratitude for the recognition his work has received, noting the influx of requests for the “Travis Kelce haircut” from barbers across the country. “I think it just goes to show how big of an icon that he is that a simple haircut can be named like the Travis Kelce haircut,” he remarked. “It’s pretty cool.”