‘Cornrow Trev’ is back! How to Create Summer-Ready Cornrows

When South African-born comedian Trevor Noah attended the FIFA World Cup after his last day as host of The daily show on December 8, he received praise for his funky cornrow braids, as well as photo opportunities with soccer superstars David Beckham and Didier Drogba.

On Sunday, December 11, Noah posted a photo of himself at Al Thumama Stadium with former British footballer Beckham, whom Noah described as a “true legend and an absolute gentleman”.

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Trevor Noah rocks cornrow braids and Beckham’s Predator pledge

“At 15, I destroyed so many pairs of shoes trying to figure out how to bend the ball like this man. I never understood it but yesterday he promised to buy me a new pair of predators😂,” Noah, 38, captioned the photo on Instagram.

In the comments, Beckham replied, “So good to see you man… Name any adidas predator and I’ll send them to you.”

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“Striking” photo with Drogba

Hours later, he posted a photo of himself with retired striker and former Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba, writing:

“Find me a defender who says he could contain this man and I’ll find you a liar. What a funny surprise to come across my brother @didierdrogba. One of the greatest strikers the world has ever seen!”

Trevor Noah turns cornrow braids into a summer trend

Former “The Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah once flaunted his cornrow hairstyle during a trip to South Africa in late November. Images via Twitter @sizwedlomo/ YouTube screenshot

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Ever since Noah posted the World Cup photos, his new cornrow hairstyle has become the trending topic with one user commenting that he quit The daily show make the “awesome hair”.

The comedian was, however, already spotted with his cornrows in late November when he made a pit stop in South Africa to hang out with close friends Sizwe Dhlomo, Anele Mdoda, Khaya Dlanga and Xolisa Dyeshana.

Here’s what social media users had to say at the time, with one user mentioning American rapper Drizzy’s “Drizzy mode” cornrows:

Kabelosebigi: “Trevor in Drizzy Mode”.

Brabiza465: “Conrow Trev is back”.

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Other stars and their cornrows

Cornrows or canerows may be old school, but our Born of a crime star makes them fresh and funky again. And let’s not forget that David Beckham sported cornrows when he was a footballer!

Formula 1 superstar Lewis Hamilton also keeps his hair neat and styled with various types of symmetrical braided cornrows.

In this file photo, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton sports cornrow braids with shaved sides as he watches the drivers’ parade ahead of the United States F1 Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas on October 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Image: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

How to Create Your Own Cornrow Braids

Cornrow braids are one of the hottest hairstyles for men during the humid summer months (Thanks for the reminder, Trev!).

Superstar barber Tariq Howes shared the following GQ magazine on Drake’s cornrow style:

“There are all sorts of designs, sizes, and designs that you can have your hair styled in. Drake went with the simple but still very effective single row straight row design. He then left the baby hair in the front ready to be lined and a subtle taper in the beard.

Let’s take a look at this step-by-step explainer of doing the style yourself.

According to Michèle NK Collisson, author of It’s all good hairyour hair should be at least 7 to 8 cm long in order to make appropriate braids.

Wash and condition

A braided hairstyle like these cornrows can stay in place for days, so it’s always good to start on fresh, clean hair with no product buildup.

Tools of the trade

Comb through hair with a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles, starting at the ends and working your way to the roots, according to Collison on Leaf.TV.

Wet the hair in the shower with lukewarm water and massage a quart of shampoo into the hair. Rinse out shampoo and massage a quart of conditioner into hair.

Comb the conditioner through the hair with a wide tooth comb and let the conditioner sit in the hair for five minutes. According to Collison, well-conditioned hair is easier to style. Blot the hair with a dry towel to remove excess water and part the hair into six sections with the rat tail comb.

How to braid your cornrows

You need to divide your hair into equal parts and braid them upside down. Take two sections of hair of equal size at the hairline and hold the hair between your thumb and forefinger. Twist the right section of hair over the left section of hair to create an “X”.

Continue creating the pattern three times and grab an extra section of hair to the right of the braid. Place the new section of the left hand between your index finger and your thumb. Your middle finger will hold the left section of hair.

Bring the hair from your right hand over the section of hair on your middle finger and grab both sections of hair with your right hand. Cross both sections to create an “X” until you reach the bottom of the hair.

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According to Complex, the stylist responsible for Drake’s cornrows is 22-year-old designer Bri Marie.

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