The story behind the new hair
Fans of the “Fro-tu” don’t need to fear. The new hairstyle of freshman forward Isaac Fotu was a temporary one.
Fotu sported a “straight” hair look during the Hawai’i basketball team’s 74-71 victory over Cal State Northridge last Saturday. It caught many fans by surprise, as Fotu’s bushy Afro hair has drawn much attention this season.
“The ‘fro will be back,” Fotu declared after the game. “Don’t worry.”
Fotu got his curly locks straightened on the morning of the game at the urging of teammate Davis Rozitis.
“Isaac’s my friend and I got him a gift card for a hair salon for Christmas,” Rozitis said. “Since it wasn’t for a haircut because you can’t mess with the ‘fro, there was only one option – get it straight.”
Fotu said the entire process of washing his hair and getting it straightened took nearly two hours, but it didn’t stay straight for long. By the next day, his traditional Afro look was nearly back in full form.
For what it’s worth, Fotu had a good game with the straight hair – 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Northridge.