Cobra Kai has arrived on Netflix but fans of the Karate Kid sequel series can’t get over Ralph Macchio’s hair with some asking if he wears a wig.

The Karate Kid is one of the most loved, iconic and quoted movies of all time and spawned several sequels and remakes in the years since as a result.

Now, the Karate Kid has been brought back to our screens in the form of the TV series Cobra Kai which has just arrived on Netflix after making its debut on YouTube Premium in 2018.

The series continues the long-standing rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), which spans from 1984’s The Karate Kid, while also bringing in new actors to breathe new life into the franchise.

However, while karate-filled action may be the centrepiece of Cobra Kai, a number of fans have drawn attention to Ralph Macchio, specifically his hair and whether or not the 58-year-old actor wears a wig.

Cobra Kai on Netflix

Cobra Kai began life as a series on YouTube Premium but in 2020, the show made the switch to Netflix.

Seasons 1 and 2 arrived on the streaming service on August 28th and the show has quickly risen to the top trending series on Netflix.

The series follows the Karate Kid’s Johnny Lawrence, now in his 50s, as he reforms the Cobra Kai dojo, the same dojo where he learned karate in the original film.

Joined by Ralph Macchio, the Karate Kid himself, and a host of up and coming talents, we embark on a new journey of butt-kicking karate and high-stakes drama.


Fans discuss Ralph Macchio’s hair

Following the release of Cobra Kai on Netflix a number of viewers have taken to social media to discuss the unlikely topic of Ralph Macchio’s hair of all things.

One fan on Twitter wrote: “ralph macchio at 22 vs him now……man what happened to ur hair………”

While another added: “If I opened a wig shop I’d call it “Wigs On, Wigs Off” and get Ralph Macchio to do the ad.”

There seems to be a believe among some fans that Ralph Macchio’s hair in Cobra Kai may not be what it seems.

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Does Ralph Macchio wear a wig in Cobra Kai?

  • It’s unknown whether or not Ralph Macchio wears a wig in Cobra Kai.

The Karate Kid actor has never publically spoken about his hair although rumours have persisted about the 58-year-old either wearing a hairpiece or having a hair transplant for a number of years.

A Yahoo Entertainment article from 2011 draws attention to Ralph Macchio’s apparently receding hairline in an image from the early 2000s and then his full head of hair when he appeared in season 12 of Dancing with the Stars in 2011.

Either way, Ralph Macchio’s hair looks majestic in Cobra Kai, much as it did in The Karate Kid and we must say it’s great to see Macchio back in the role of Daniel LaRusso once again.


Seasons 1 and 2 of Cobra Kai are available to stream now on Netflix with season 3 expected to follow suit in 2021.

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