Coolio Hair Throughout the Years

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

There’s no surprise that ‘Coolio Hair’ continues to be a topic of discussion today! Online forums, social media and audio spaces seem to highlight out the obvious difference in his appearance. So much so, that even judges in court have made remarks about his hair.

Since his 1996 smash hit Gangsta’s paradise a youthful looking Coolio appeared on screen with a full set of braided hair, today this is not the case.

Our editorial covers his current hairstyle, his hair in the 90s and reasons as to why he keeps his hair in this condition.



Coolio Braids Now & Then

coolio braids

Now: With age comes balding for some men, and Coolio happens to be one of them. While there are several different male balding patterns, in Coolio’s case he began thinning at the crown of his head with hair only to be left on the side.


Then: During his peak in the 90s Coolio may have been one of the most iconic rappers with braids simply due to the way he styled his hair upright. The 90s Hip hop scene is often deemed the golden era, and this is due to artists having their own individual style, unique voice, and flow.

For Coolio his hair was the definitive factor standing him out from his peers.


Coolio Hair in the 90s

Looking at our detailed archive gallery throughout the 90s and you will see Coolio’s head full of hair.

90s coolio

stand up braids

From the moment he was introduced to the masses he created a recognisable brand image by creating a unique hairstyle which entailed his hair being braided upwards resulting in his braids standing up.



Will he ever cut his hair?

The likelihood of Coolio shaving his hair stands the same chances as Dennis Rodman not colouring his hair.


bald and braids

struggle braids

coolio braids

While its possible he may cut it one day, were very doubtful of this.

Reason being is its clear he’s attached to his hair. Hair is more than strands that grow out of our scalp, there’s meaning for many people, and in cases where an individual clearly has severe balding but chooses to keep their hair is evidence of this.

In addition to this his stand-up braids are now a part of his brand image and something we remember him for.


How to get Coolio Hair

Were going to assume you don’t want his current look but his 90s hairstyle!

Firstly, you must cornrow the front of your hair until the mid-section leaving the middle untouched and loose.

Then you must cornrow the back until the middle section until you reach the loose hair.

The mid-section which has been left loose will then be braided off scalp. Once done rubber bands should be placed over which is what allows the hair to stand up firmly.

We don’t envision anyone doing this hairstyle, but you never know, you may have a 90s themed party making this hairstyle perfect


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 upkeep! Wash days are your best friend, and it will repay you which shiny, clean hair.


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