The musician and Top Boy actor – who also stars in 2023 film The Kitchen, directed by Daniel Kaluuya – teams his style with a strong line up (also known as a shape up or edge up) where the hairline is precision cut for that super sharp edge.
Throw in some on-point facial hair and you’re onto an all-round winner.
- For Hope Ikpoku Jnr’s Afro hairstyle, ask your barber for a round top haircut with a line up, which can also be called an edge up or shape up.
- Hope has a mid fade as well as a Balbo beard. The latter is characterised by its trimmed floating moustache and lack of sideburns. (Check out more facial hair ideas here.)
- Regular cuts will help to maintain your hair’s defined shape, so you might find yourself in the barber’s chair every two to three weeks or so. Ask your stylist for guidance.
- It’s always worth taking a photo reference to your appointment, so your barber can advise on what length and style will work best for your curl pattern.
- To ace a style like Hope Ikpoku Jnr’s Afro haircut, prioritise caring for your textured hair.
- Opt for moisturising and nourishing products, including a sulphate-free shampoo, to avoid stripping hair of its natural oils.
- Try not to wash it more than once or twice a week. Also treat yourself to a weekly deep-conditioning treatment, like a hair mask.
- Use an Afro pick/comb to gently style your hair into place.
- Protect your hair at night by wearing a head cover or bonnet. Silk or satin pillowcases also tend to be better than cotton ones for helping strands to retain moisture.
- Look after your scalp (just as you would any other skin) with dedicated products like a scalp oil.
- Consider protective styles, like braids or twists, every now and then to give your hair a rest break.