Allen Iverson Braids (Detailed Look)

Written By Bakes

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Allen Iverson braids has inspired a generation of young athletes to style their hair in braids and cornrows which is why we have decided to cover the Allen Iverson braids history during his time in the NBA.

Players stand out on the court for different reasons, in Iverson’s case what made him unique outside of the court was his ability to culturally impact the masses starting with hair and style.

Allen Iverson Braids (History)

While all praise must be given to the athlete for this bold move, we must also highlight the fact that this was not a conscious decision. Iverson was simply frustrated at barbers not styling his hair correctly while on the road.


Allen Iverson braids 2001

Iverson not only wore braids but made each style look unique with the tribal braided patterns. Each week he had styled his hair with braids going in multiple directions which made him stand out further.

tribal cornrows

a.i with the braids

braids in the NBA



allen iverson Braids in NBA 2K

NBA 2K has done a great job capturing realistic graphics of each player. In Iverson’s case we are able to see his braids throughout the video game.

In addition to his braids being featured on video games many references to his hair have been made in Hip Hop and pop culture.

Game and Lil Wayne’s song entitled “A.I. with the Braids” is a homage song to the athlete and his hair. Check it out

Cut Braids in 2009

After 13 years of having braids, Iverson decided it was time for a change and cut his hair back in 2009. The signature braids were swapped for the buzz cut and reactions from the players speaks for itself. He has since grown his hair back.

Allen Iverson Braids Influence in the NBA

The year is 2001 and it’s the All-Star game in which we saw Allen Iverson sport the look, prior to this no athlete had worn cornrows which shock the NBA world forever.

The result of his boldness manifested in today’s players such as Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade amongst others go on the record to show their admiration and appreciation for Iverson.

James Harden Hair is just one example of his influence being reflected in contemporary times. Many other players now sport their hair in cornrows and braids thanks to him.

How to Maintain your Braids

Having braids installed is a great feeling as it gives you a new look and confidence. To ensure you maximise your hairs lifeline it’s imperative the proper care and maintenance is applied to your braids. We have provided some tips below to ensure that they stay neat, tidy and clean.

Make sure Braids aren’t too tight

If you experience the pain of tight braids, this is your body informing you they need to be loosened or redone. Not only do tight braids damage your hair but you increase your chances of getting braid bumps and infected follicles which we want to avoid. This could lead to temporary or permanent hair loss, something we want to avoid of course!

Moisturize your scalp

We like to explain it like this, your scalp is an extension of your skin, and therefore it requires hydration and care. A good moisturizing routine helps it keep your hair bouncy, defined and healthy, but most important not dry. Find one best suited for your hair type.

Oil your Scalp

We mostly forget to apply oil on our scalp as were too busy focusing on the ends and length, yet it’s our scalp that hair grows from, therefore an oil routine is super important and non-negotiable.

Protect your hair while sleeping with a Durag

The main purpose of Du-rags and head wraps is to prevent stray hairs from becoming loose or tangled which creates the messy look. Protecting your hair at night keeps it in check.

Ensure you take your Hair out every 6 Weeks

As we mentioned before you’re going to have to ensure you let your hair breathe, then washed and it’s been advised for years that the 6 week mark is the sweet spot.

This is nothing short of good hygiene! Your hair has been exposed to multiple layers of dirt and environmental factors which requires up keep! Wash days are your best friend and it will repay you which shiny, clean hair.

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