Tweets and Instagram photos poured in from around the nation as Washington Redskin Robert Griffin III debuted a fresh head of cornrows for fans Aug. 11.
The quarterback is known for wearing his hair in a natural style of single braids that could usually be seen hanging free at the edge of his helmet.
The new zig-zag pattern is braided tightly to the scalp in rows that resemble crops in a field and was completed on Aug. 11 around 11 a.m. at The Beauty Bar in Richmond by beautician Candace Hargrove.
“I just did something that was quick and easy,” she told the AFRO. “I received a text message from another customer and she just said she had a gentleman who wanted some cornrows.”
The hair expert also told the AFRO that Griffin was “a down-to-earth gentleman” who was “very nice.”
“He introduced himself and said his name was ‘Robert’ and I said my name is ‘Candace.’”
Hargrove, a Richmond native, has been crafting hair styles for the better part of nine years--two of them behind a chair at The Beauty Bar.
The 29-year-old said she didn’t even recognize the superstar when he came into the salon to have styled what she described as a “regular” grade of hair.
“He acted very regular and it didn’t take long-- maybe an hour,” said Hargrove, “He said he just wanted some cornrows.”
Though some agreed with the slight change in hairstyle, others weren’t as impressed.
“His hair is really starting to kill me,” said one tweeter, Demetrius Campbell. “C’mon man just call it quits and cut it off.”
Steven Davis Jr. on the other hand, tweeted praise for the decision.
“Thank God RGIII did something with his hair,” he said. “I mean nobody wears braids anymore but it’s better than those flimsy dreads he had.”
Since the sports celebrity dropped in to have Hargrove care for his tresses, the salon has been inundated by calls from media outlets.
“It’s been kind of crazy,” Hargrove said. “I don’t like a lot of attention. I just like doing hair.”