Allen Iverson Hair Styles, Not Just Moves, Make the Man

When you grow up in poverty, you aspire to do great things, to achieve all that you can be.  There’s one particular guy that not only climbed to the top, he became an icon and drew a lot of attention while doing it.


Though football was his first love, he played basketball with his head shaved bald for two years at Georgetown University as a lightning fast guard.   In 1996, Allen Iverson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers.   Craving attention and keeping his coaches on their toes, this rebel decided to ‘ham it up” a little by letting his hair grow out into a basic fro that he kept cut closer only on the sides.   It wasn’t long before SLAM magazine noticed him and featured this new style on their cover. 


Obviously enjoying the attention, Iverson decided to put his new found hair length to work for him and took on the ‘90’s popular hairstyle of cornrows running front to back.    He was one of, if not THE, first NBA player to wear this look on the court.  When he was approached after the game that night in 1997 about his new ‘do, he responded,


**  "I’m going to keep it like this until I’m finished playing basketball. I won’t cut my hair anymore. I don’t think I’m going to keep the head band, but I’ll keep it like this. I guess I just get tired of getting haircuts on the road, things like that, when I can just get a girl to braid it and it will stay done for a while."


Braids have been around for hundreds of years and have been worn by many cultures.  It took the 1960’s and the “Black is Beautiful” movement to make braiding as popular as it is today.  Letting extra curly hair grow as long as possible is a great way to help soften and relax it a little.  Braids, or cornrows as we now call them, really helps this hair type, keeping unruly hair under control.  Actress Bo Derek wore cornrow plaits with beads in the movie “10” back in 1979, causing some Caucasians to think they could wear these braids though this never really caught on amongst this race.   Cornrows require a lot of skill, time and patience and for some they are not just a fashion, they can be a necessity.


Cornrows  were art waiting to happen, and Allen Iverson along with his stylist, Dionne Matthews, were about to launch it.  Dionne has been braiding since she was a little girl and now she drives from her Camden, New Jersey home twice a week to develop different patterns  of which she has given many different names, applied to a natural canvas.   “The Spider” utilizes the rows into looking like extended arachnid legs and the “Dragon’s Tail” has lots of swirly lines.   Another pattern looks like a checkerboard and it is aptly named “The Versace”.  There are also x-rows, triangular shaped braidings, wavy rows and mazes.  One style has crossover braids and may be just the tribute to Allen Iverson for his trademark dribble with the same name.  In fact, “ The Crossover”  inspired  the Cross Over Foundation that hosts the Allen Iverson Celebrity Classic whose proceeds are used to benefit youth.


No doubt the many intricate braided patterns he has worn over the years have also drawn a lot of attention to the unique possibilities for black mens’ hair.  In December of 2006, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets and he continues to wear this unique hairstyle method today.  Allen and Dionne will go down in history for the dawn of “artistry braiding” and the many designs that will be known by name.    Perhaps a very special drawing is on the horizon and it could be titled the same as the nickname given to Allen himself by the 76ers’ famous ex- guard, Charles Barkley; the “Me, Myself, and Iverson”.



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2009 HAIRSTYLES Be Scene and Haired

While many people, known or unknown, are holding onto their favorite hairstyles from the past few seasons, 2009 is the year we can learn to mix it all up.   We have the best of recent and past hairstyles to wear alone, or a little of each, with technology as bold as our personalities to accent them with if we desire.  The young and young at heart always seek the hottest hairdos and there are plenty out there to choose from as the industry has prefaced.  Twists and vertical curls will linger, however, they can take on some interesting color patterns.  Bobs are hanging in strongly with the many different variations to suit one’s preference and features.  All hairstyles can be adorned with favorite pins or fancy barrettes as a decoration, not as a necessity, and we’ll see lots of crowns piled high with teased, back-brushed height.  In general, fluffed out curls and volumized hair will be the inspiration for many looks.  Chalk white and jet black will not only be the foundation tones, they will take center stage alone or with striking intense shades streaking through them.   Add to that bangs skimming the eyelids and you may have the new generation’s “scene hair”.


Though it’s difficult to put into words, there’s a fine line to cross between emo into scene, yet thin sections and banded tails with stripes or ring patterns of color, aptly named “coon tails”, will definitely make one notice the difference.    This next generation wants to make their own bold statement and the fashion world is always ready to provide them in hairdos, as well as in attire.


Those of you who still like to wear their hair in the messy, bedhead look, fear not, as this is still hanging in strong. Nothing looks messier than the Quiff style from the 1950’s with teased, stand up, pompadour bangs or layers along the top front hairline, however this is a popular style this season, not just for guys or punk, yet definitely for the ladies as well.


Red has returned once again as the sought after hair color, with anything from the darkest of coppers to the cotton candy pinks up for selection.  However, all natural redheads should avoid hair color as they will never be able to duplicate their beautiful tones again.   Blondes will want to think in terms of multi-tones instead of all one light shade.  Brunettes are seeing rich chocolate colors rather than ordinary, boring browns or black. 


Worn by most hair lengths, Rockabilly styles enforce the retro look of the 1930’s and especially the 1940’s which we will see on the red carpets for exquisite formals.  The name probably didn’t catch on until the 1950’s when rock came about and merged with the 1940’s hillbilly looks. There’s a lot to learn from these decades and understanding these hairstyles we are copying helps us to replicate them today.


Short crops are back and layers are encouraged for all lengths.  Razors will still be used as well on anyone desiring the volume.  Both medium and longer hair can enjoy the kinks, curls or waves, whichever they prefer.   Updos may be anything from the informal to the intricate, embellished with bows, braids, and big hair.


One particular formal that was seen countless times at the 51st Grammy, and since, was the bouffant size bun from the 1960’s era, worn on top of the crown piled thick, smooth and big atop slick pulled back hair.   If you are not blessed with a dense mane, doughnut forms are available to encompass a high ponytail that you can arrange your hair around.


So make it sleek and rich or bright and bushy, however, don’t let those roots go undone.   Hair needing a retouch may have you reaching for the popular Alice Band.   Checking out all the styles around should reveal a lot of interesting hairstyle choices.   Find the one that suits you best and make 2009 your year to shine.

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Freaky “Bozo” Friday

Chriistian Dior Model Hairstyle

Yes, there really was a show centered around a live Bozo the Clown.

The difference is we accepted his hair as clowns have to maintain a certain image.   However, when a model for a famous designer walks the "cat"walk looking like someone really ruffled her fur, that is definitely a Freaky Friday.

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