Ja Morant Hair (Detailed Look)

Written By Bakes

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

Outside of his athletic abilities Ja Morant hair has gained attention on social media which inadvertently made him a centre of attention for this unique look. We have seen him alternate between an afro, twists and his current hairstyle being traditional dreads.

Dreads being one of the more popular hairstyles in black culture continues to become a style of choice for professional athletes as evident by Ja Morant himself. Our editorial will detail his hair evolution while taking a look at his current hairstyle.

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Ja Morant Hair in an Afro (2019)

The year is 2019 and Ja Morant is a new face on the court. During this time we saw him sport has afro hair along with a taper fade.

The best thing about his taper was the ability to completely change his appearance. Whether it be a messy or styled fro, he always had a taper fade to complement the look.

While Ja became much more experimental with his hairstyle it all started with the thick afro. Not long after he would begin to put his hair in twists which would then create the foundation for his dreads.

Twists (2020)

Ja Morant hair in twists

Shortly after styling his hair in the afro taper fade he quickly transitioned into styling his hair in twists.  

Not only did the twists present a new look for the player at the time, they were also a great protective style. This would act as the perfect segue into the formation of his dreadlocks.

Interested in the different twists for men? Then check out our editorial in which we covered over 10 styles you can do.

Ja Morant Dreads (Current Hairstyle)

Ja Morant dreads

Ja Morant dreads in colour

Ja Morant dreads down

dreads in braids

Ja Morant’s current hairstyle are traditional dreads.  As we mentioned before not only are dreads enough to make you stand out on the court as most athletes will sport the buzz cut, his dreads feature the front few locs dyed in blue and pink.

While hairstyles may appear to be the norm this was not always the case in the NBA.

In the 2001 All-Star game we saw Allen Iverson rock his famous cornrows and the rest is history.

From James Harden to Ja, we have multiple examples of players with hairstyles on the court which can date back to Allen Iverson’s influence. When you see players in braids, twists or dreadlocks this can all be credited to him.

How to Get Ja Morant Hairstyle

We will let you know right out the gate, its best to see a professional hairstylist if your wanting to achieve dreads. With that now out the way we can move on.

There are multiple ways dreads can begin, these include

  • Two Strand Twists
  • Comb Coils:
  • Interlocking
  • Loc Extensions
  • Freeform

In Ja’s case he allowed his hair to naturally loc into dreads from his twists. As he already had twists placed in his head he simply left them to mat together which would create dreads.

Within the dreadlock community there are preferences, however for starter dreads people seem to select to start their journey with twists or comb coils.

This look has been worn by a lot of individuals, and you may give it a chance as well. This will complement your characteristics and set you distinct from other people with standard hairstyles. You’ll have to carve out time for this one, just like every other hairstyle. Several salons provide the dreadlocks hairstyle, so it is advisable to go with a touch of professionalism.

We also understand that you may be asking this question due to the colour in his hair, and while this is acceptable its best you wait for your hair to mature before placing any bleach or dye in it.

These procedures are best for persons with medium to long length dreads as it requires as your hair is mature and less likely to break due to colour damage. But if your locks are long, there are quite a variety of dread styles and colours that you will be able to try.

As a point of contention ensure your keeping your hair moisturized daily while oiling your scalp. your scalp is an extension of your skin, and therefore it requires hydration and care. A good moisturizing routine will support your dreads health and growth.


Ja Morant is an NBA basketball player that has had an incredible career but the focus today is his hair and personal style. He began his career at Murray State in the year 2019 before transferring to the University of Memphis, where he was named the first-team All-American, season aids leader, The National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament MVP, Conference Player in 2020, as well as Lute Olson Award winner for his excellent performance. All of these accolades and achievement continue to make him a person of interest which is no surprise we have people trying to style their hair similar ways. 

All of his styles in the past from twists, braids and dreads are best suited to those with afro textured hair. Once enough length has been gained then your free to style and colour your hair in multiple ways. We should also mention that long dreads like his requires more upkeep, such as wash and retwisting every 6 weeks, and if not done you run the risk of having unkempt hair, something none of us want.

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