Trevor Noah cornrows

Trevor Noah and David Beckham at the World Cup match between Morocco and Portugal on Saturday 10 December at the at Al Thumama Stadium, in Qatar.
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‘Cornrow Trev’ is back! How to create summer-ready cornrows

Fresh take: Comedian Trevor Noah has swapped his Afro for some funky cornrow braids. Create your own with this easy step-by-step guide.

Trevor Noah cornrows

Trevor Noah and David Beckham at the World Cup match between Morocco and Portugal on Saturday 10 December at the at Al Thumama Stadium, in Qatar.
Image via Instagram

When South African-born comedian Trevor Noah attended the FIFA World Cup following his final day as host for The Daily Show on 8 December, he SCORED high praise for his funky cornrow braids, as well as photos opportunities with soccer superstars David Beckham and Didier Drogba.

On Saturday 10 December, Noah posted a photo of himself at Al Thumama Stadium with former British footballer Beckham, who Noah described as a “true legend and absolute gentleman”.

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Trevor Noah rocks cornrow braids and Beckham’s Predator promise

“As a 15-year-old I destroyed so many pairs of shoes trying to figure out how to bend the ball like this man. I never figured it out 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 you them.”

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‘Striking’ photo with Drogba

A few 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 liar. What a fun surprise to bump into my brother @didierdrogba. One of the greatest strikers the world has ever seen!”

Trevor Noah turns cornrow braids into summer trend

Former ‘The Daily Show’ host and comedian Trevor Noah already flaunted his cornrow hairstyle during a trip to South Africa at the end of November. Images via Twitter @sizwedlomo/ YouTube screenshot

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Since Noah posted the World Cup pics, his new cornrow hairstyle has become the trending topic with one user commenting that he quit The Daily Show to do the “awesome hair”.

The comedian however was already spotted with his cornrows at the end of November when he made a pit stop in South Africa to spend some time 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 Drake’s “Drizzy mode” cornrows:

Kabelosebigi: “Trevor on 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 a Crime star is making them fresh and funky again. And let’s not forget that David Beckham sported some cornrows back in his soccer-playing days!

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

In this file photo, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton sports some cornrow braids with shaven sides as he looks on from the drivers parade prior to the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on 23 October 2022 in Austin, Texas. Image: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

How to create your own cornrow braids

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

Superstar barber Tariq Howes shared the following GQ Magazine about Drake’s cornrow style:

“There are all different patterns sizes and designs you can have your hair cornrowed into. Drake has gone for the simple but still very effective design of single-row straight rows. He then had the baby hair left at the front ready to be lined up and a subtle taper going into the beard.”

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

According to Michele N-K Collisson, author of It’s All Good Hair, your hair needs to be at least 7 to 8cm long in order to make proper braids.

Wash and Condition 

A braided hairstyle like these cornrows can stay in place for days on end, so it’s always good to start on fresh and clean hair free of product build-up. 

Tools of the trade

Comb the hair with a wide-toothed 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 using warm water, and massage a quarter-size of shampoo through the hair. Rinse the shampoo out, and massage a quarter-size of conditioner into the hair.

Comb the conditioner through the hair with a wide-toothed comb, and allow the conditioner to sit in the hair for five minutes. According to Collison, hair that is well-conditioned 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 in equal parts and reverse French-braid it. Grab two sections of hair that are equal in size at the hairline, and hold the hair between your thumb and index finger. 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 additional section of hair to the right of the braid. Place the new section to the left hand between your index finger and your thumb. Your middle finger will be holding the left section of hair.

Bring the hair in your right hand over to the section of hair in your middle finger, and grab both sections of the 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 hair stylist responsible for Drake’s cornrows is 22-year-old designer Bri Marie.