Since being drafted to the NBA back in 2021 we have witnessed various Cade Cunningham Hair moments ranging from his,
- Twisted Afro Fade
- 2 Strand Twists
Whether its his distinctive afro on the court or braids were able to identify the athlete by his hairstyles which differentiates him from his peers.
Our editorial will look at his signature twisted afro, various other protective styles he’s worn both on and off the court and lastly his grooming routine.
Cade Cunningham Hair Gallery
Twisted Afro Fade
The twisted afro is Cade signature look as it’s the most consistent style we see the athlete sporting both on and off the court.
During an episode of GQ’s grooming, we see the athlete taking matters into his own hands and giving himself a temple fade.
He says, “I also like to clean up my fade, and touch my hair up in between haircuts.”
Afro’s paired with a fade is something NBA athletes are known for, take Giannis Antetokounmpo Hair for example at this point he’s the epitome of the look!
The contrast between the temple fade against afro hair ultimately draws more attention to the look, as well as him mostly being clean shaven.
During an episode of Just Eggs, we see the athlete in braids which is a style worn by various African American athletes as protective styles.
He will often alternate between the box braids and 2 strand twists, on this occasion though it’s the braids.
Take a closer look and were able to see his front taper as well as his temple fade! The small intricate detail makes the biggest difference to his overall facial profile.
Braids today are simple a result of Allen Iverson’s boldness during the 2001 All star game, after he wore his hair braided, we would see a culture around this, cade is simply an example of history repeating itself.
2 Strand Twists
What’s the benefit to athletes placing their afro hair in 2 strand twists? They last up to 6 weeks, low maintenance and when wash and conditioned stay intact for longer!
We see Cade’s hair on the court this way for both practical and aesthetic reasons!
Similar in the appearance to braids with the difference being twists have a rope like aesthetic and a style he’s worn more than braids.
NBA 2K22 Graphics
So, what hairstyle did video game graphic developers pick when creating Cade Cunningham hair? Yes, that’s a rhetorical question, you need not answer!
As you would imagine we have seen Cades signature afro twists within the game which is an actual representation of the athletes likeness.
Key Take Away: Maintenance
If there’s one thing we know about black hair its that it needs to be maintained!
Regardless of the hairstyle he has at the time being twists, braids or afro hair all require a certain level of routine to ensure long term health. We advise you
- Oil your scalp
- Keep braids in for a maximum of 6 – 8 weeks.
- Protect hair at night or doing any physical activity.
- Moisturise your Hair.
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