Nic Naitanui's Instagram photo of his new 'do attracted hundreds of "favourites" in just a few hours

Nic Naitanui's Instagram photo of his new 'do attracted hundreds of "favourites" in just a few hours

So popular is Nic Naitanui that just a tweak to his hairstyle causes a stir on social media.

Naitanui, known just as well for his palm-tree style mop as his superhuman jumping – and slam-dunking – ability, posted a photo on Instagram of his new 'do that attracted 435 "favourites".

With so much at stake, it's only the pro's that tend to his 'fro; Naitanui had his hair done at the dreadlock-specialising salon Blackberries in East Perth.

Nic Naitanui on the red carpet at the Brownlow's in September 2012.

Nic Naitanui on the red carpet at the Brownlow's in September 2012. Photo: Wayne Taylor WMT

Sporting a tighter, flatter haircut, he posted the photo on both Instagram and Twitter with the caption "Thanks to the ladies at blackberries for attending to this mop again #dreadin"

The buzz surrounding his iconic hair isn't contained to Instagram. There's even a Facebook page called "The Amazing Resemblance Between Nic Naitanui And A Palm Tree" which notes: "towering heights, flowing fronds... hard to tell which is which!".