The Internet Is Very Confused About Zayn's New Hairstyle

9 March 2017, 13:44 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

Zayn and Gigi
Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

It's a full-blown debate.

Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid are two attractive twenty-somethings who often find themselves a part of some social media related hijinks. I'm sure they're very nice people but gosh, they get into far more trouble online than you would expect.

Let's get on with today's nuisance. 

Zayn and Gigi posted a picture of themselves all hugged up and looking fine as ever. However, many people are taking issue with Zayn's hairstyle, which seems to have sparked some kind of debate. 

Some people think he is just rocking some french braids...

While others think they're cornrows.

For people who aren't 100% sure what "cornrows" are, it's a protective hairstyle worn mainly by black people to keep our hair neat and cute. It's become a cultural signifier and works well mainly on black hair textures. 

via rapgenius

French braids are a little bit different. They're looser and typically not "braided down" on the scalp.

via Cosmopolitan 

While there are some differences between the hairstyles, they do tend to look similar. Hence the confusion. But, after careful deliberation and much soul searching, I have reached my final verdict.

I hereby find that Zayn was rocking french braids and not cornrows. I also sentence Zayn to stop courting drama with these outlandish vibes. Case closed. Bring in the dancing lobsters.