Drake doesn’t often change his hairstyle. A firm fan of a solid fade – with the occasional micro-‘fro thrown in for good measure – the Certified Loverboy superstar recently debuted a set of six ultra-tight cornrows on Instagram, and the internet (as is the internet’s wont) has gone wild for it.
In part a response to the boldness of the style, the other reason the social-sphere has erupted is due to the fact that just a few days before Drake posted the picture of his ‘rows, he had been pictured rocking a shorter cut – one too short to have been braided, according to some.
“How did he manage to get large size braids when he barely had a teeny weeny afro just a few days ago?” Asked one user on Twitter. Another took the follicular speculation a step further, suggesting that Drake might have in fact relied on synthetic help to achieve the ‘do, stating “weave LOL”.
No matter the origins of Drake’s new look, the truth is, it suits him. The pinpoint accuracy of the braids and the impeccable organisation of his attendant baby hair make for a look that feels fresh and summer-ready (though we could live without the pout).
Should you be planning on emulating Drake’s look – weave or no – we spoke to superstar barber Tariq Howes for a step-by-step explainer of achieving the style yourself.
“The first thing you need to do if you are looking to achieve Drake-style cornrows is to grow your hair out. If your hair doesn’t already have the suitable length to be braided, then you’re going to struggle. In fact, it’s always a good idea to consult with your stylist about how long your hair should be before taking the plunge with ‘rows.
“There are all different patterns sizes and designs you can have your hair cornrowed into. Drake has gone for the simple but still very effective design of single-row straight rows. He then had the baby hair left at the front ready to be lined up and a subtle taper going into the beard. Here are the best ways to maintain your cornrows”
1 | Wash and deeply moisturise your hair using a high-quality hair masque beforehand.
2 | Apply water conditioner and oils such as castor and coconut oil by dabbing it in between the cornrows to keep the scalp hydrated and healthy.
3 | Use satin scarves or a durag when rocking around the house or sleeping. You could alternatively use a satin pillow to keep the cornrows intact and control frizzy hair and flyaway strands.
4 | Try not to keep the cornrows in for long periods of time. Definitely not over five to six weeks.
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