Derrick Rose Hair Evolution

Written By Bakes

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

The years 2008, month is October and it’s his first NBA Game. 0 facial hair with a buzz cut is how he was introduced to the world. Since then we have witnessed the Derrick Rose Hair evolution take place in real time featuring his afro fade turn into dreads.

An almost reoccurring theme amongst NBA players is entering the league clean shaven as a rookie then growing their hair as they become more comfortable. James Harden Hair is a perfect example of this!

Our editorial covers the Derrick Rose Hair Journey in its entirety!



Derrick Rose Hair Type

Taking a closer look we can see that Derrick Rose’s hair type falls under the type 4 category.

derrick rose hair type

Afro textured hair that’s coily is how we identify this. Maintaining moisture throughout the day is one of the main obstructions to those with this hair type which is why the practice is to ensure daily hydration which we see Derrick do on his social media pages.



Dreadlock Evolution

derrick rose hair journey throughout the years

Year Started: From our archives we can see Derrick began his dreadlocks in 2017.

He has been growing his hair for over 5 years at this point.


How: Derrick Rose used the 2 strand twist method to transition from afro hair to dreadlocks.

This simply involved placing his hair in a 2 strand twist throughout and allowing hair to matt together forming dreadlocks. In addition to this he started his dreads with about 2-4 inches of hair which was enough to get thick twists.

In the video below we take you through a detailed look of his hair journey and how his dreads have evolved over the years.




Hair Gallery



Afro Fade

The taper fade is the smallest type of fade, tapering hair only at the sideburns and back of the neck which was Derricks signature look prior to his dreads.

afro fades

In addition to this we saw the athletes hair styled with twists at the top which was achieved with the sponge method. The sponge is rotated in a circular motion which results in afro hair twisting itself.




His dreads now reaching passed his shoulders have been growing for over 5 years and counting.

derrick rose hair in dreads

We often see his dreads worn in a ponytail during game time to limit hair interfering with his performance on the court.

As time passes we continue to see the African American players styling their hair in traditional dreads and this is due to the influence of players like Derrick Rose and Ja Morant.



Protective Styles

At the 2 year mark in his dreads journey we began to see Derrick Rose do more protective styles because of his hair gaining length.

dreadlocks protective styles

Cornrows, ponytails and 2 strand twists are amongst his favourite styles which we can see both on and off the court.

A benefit of this is being able to last for weeks on end without need to wash whilst also allowing the hair to be compressed together which results in a twist out when hair is unravelled, another style that’s then worn for a few days.



Tips if you want Similar Dreads


Do your research if you want similar Dreads

While there is a lot of conflicting information with regards to dreadlocks, we still advise you to do research. The most important things at the initial stage will be to watch videos online and make notes of the peoples dreads you admire.

We should also mention that its best you avoid placing any colour or bleach in your hair for the first few months as your hair begins to develop.



Talk to a loctician and get a Consultation

Talking to a loctician is our best advise! They are the professionals who live and breathe hair.

During the consultations locitians will be able to have a closer look at your hair type, discussing the process in detail, hair products to use and avoid and parting systems.

Ensure you save the images of your desired style to your loctician and explain what you’re looking for.


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