The last lock has fallen: Kingsley Coman has finally cut off his trademark braid, the last remains of the locks he wore as a youth. Coman typically sported “red, gold, black, and green” beads on the shoulder-length strand of hair as nod to his Afro-Caribbean roots (Coman’s parents are from the former French colony of Guadeloupe).
Coman explained to Bild,
It was a souvenir from the time when I still had long hair. But it’s been five years now since I had locks. That’s why I also finally shaved oft the last memento of them.
Like his countryman Franck Ribery and teammate Arturo Vidal, Coman has had his share of adventurous hairstyles.
Sometimes I have a pattern shaved into my hair. I used to be crazy! Today, I’m more mature.
For all his newfound maturity, Coman—for now—is still only 21 years old. He turns 22 on June 13, in three days. He is already looking forward to rejoining the action for Bayern Munich next season and working alongside his slight elder, David Alaba (25):
We showed that we can deliver very good games together on the left side, but it can definitely get even better—especially the more often we play together.
For now, Kingsley Coman will enjoy the World Cup as a spectator: in light of his serious syndesmosis tear, he was left out of France’s squad—along with Alexandre Lacazette, Dimitri Payet and Anthony Martial. His teammate Corentin Tolisso, however, is already headed to Russia.