Easy Daily Hair Care for Curly Men

I recently stumbled across Chaz’s You Tube page Dudewaitewhat and saw this video “Easy Daily Hair Care for Curly Men”.  I think  it’s a great video that shows the basics of developing a regimen and includes some solid product recommendations. This video is definitely a must for a curly guy in your life.  Check it out below!

Product Review: Shea Moisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Body Scrub

Shea Moisture Body Scrub

Packaging: I feel like Shea Moisture really got it right with the package design. It’s simple, to the point and very nondescript which are things I really appreciate in a design.  The label is a cool, burnt orange color which reads a little more masculine than some of their other labels (such as the Curl Enhancing Smoothie). Thumbs up.

Consistency:  This is a true sugar scrub, so the mixture tends to clump and harden at times, which is my only real qualm about the product.  The good news is that at a slight hint of hot water, the product just melts away.

A close up of the consistency.

Smell: A while back I tried Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque for my hair and did not like the smell.  I seriously thought I had some weird aversion to frankincense & myrrh.  That is until I found this stuff. I don’t know what it is about this scrub, but I love the smell.  I smell a lot of shea in this mix and its supported by the argan oil, frankincense and myrrh.  In the shower or bath, the smell swarmed around me leaving me feeling pretty indulged and relaxed.  The scent is definitely a plus!

Price:  I got this product at the Bryant Park Holiday Market pop up store in November.  At that time, luckily for me there were running a 3 for $20 special!  Normally Shea Moisture’s products run about 10 bucks each, making them a consistently good value for cruelty free, ethically traded, sustainable products. When it comes to value, Shea Moisture is where it’s at.

Overall Impression: To be honest, I think using a scrub regularly takes a bit too much thought for me.  Between doing that and taming the fro, I would be showering for about an hour if I used it regularly. But a few weeks ago I discovered that the best use of this scrub for me is to drop a palm-ful into a hot bath.  Yes, men takes baths…on occassion.  When I’m feeling particularly tense or  sore a hot bath is the best remedy.  During the Winter months, I rely on baths a lot more and letting some of this dissolve in the tub water is pure magic.  You get all the benefits of the shea butter and argan oil without the mess of using the scrub. The only downside to this, if there really is one, is that the smell lingered on my towel for some time…then again, I didn’t mind at all!

Natural Hair Misinformation

We all know that there is a lot of misleading information out there when it comes to hair care.  Sometimes it can be difficult to discern what is good, reliable information and what is bad and misleading information.  From time to time, I’ll just surf around the web looking for what male oriented content is out there to get a good feel of what guys may stumble upon when looking for answers.  The other day, I stumbled upon an eHow article that was simply no bueno.

S Curl Screen Shot (Taken from eHow.com)

The article “S Curl Hair Tips for Black Men” provides step by step instructions on how to use the texturizing kit. Truth be told, I don’t have a real issue with texturizers in general.  I had one once myself a few years ago when I was trying out a new look. I let it grow out and cut it off immediately after because it just didn’t work for me.  Plus, I didn’t really see myself following up with regular treatments…I don’t have the patience for that!

My main issue with the eHow article is that it isn’t clear on what exactly an S Curl is.  It vaguely refers to the process as a “cream”….say what now? It makes no mention of how a texturizer is a permanent process that requires follow-up care just like a relaxer.  To be honest, seeing this  made me a little upset because at least in my opinion, this is such a misleading article that makes no mention of the possible damage to one’s scalp and hair.  It also describes the product as having been “designed with male scalps…in mind” I have no idea what that means.  If you do, please let me know lol.

Me with a texturizer (Summer 08)

Granted, this article has nothing to do with the brand (to my knowledge) Luster which makes the “S-Curl” so they shouldn’t be held responsible for the misinformation.  But the point I’m raising is, there is a lot of misinformation out there across the board even on some sites that people rely on for good information.  Which makes me question, where does one get good, reliable information?  Who do you trust as a reader/consumer?  For me, I have to say that consistency is key. For better or for worse, the more I see the same thing repeated in various mediums (web sites, You Tube, word of mouth) then I’m more likely to believe it.  All in all, the most important thing is that you research, research, research.  My advice would be to not take that first result in the search listing as truth.  Check on the third and fourth pages too, and see what you can find.  You’ll be amazed about the wealth of good (and misleading) information out there.

No Styler Saturday

Saturdays are usually wash days for me and yesterday was no exception.  This time I decided to try something that I have never done before…go styler free.  I washed with Dr. Miracle’s Shampoo and Conditioner then conditioned and detangled with Trader Joe’s Conditioner.

I let my hair air dry and then used a minimal amount of Kinky Curly’s pomade to tame the frizzies.  That’s it.  I barely even touched my hair.  No more manipulation and no more product. I ended up liking the results, which I did not anticipate. I thought that using no styler would leave my with no moisture and no definition but that was not the case. I ended up with a super soft, nicely round fro.  Not too shabby! I did noticed a little later in the day that my hair was a little frizzy and it lost definition after being swept about in the wind but otherwise it was pretty good.  I don’t know if I would do it every day but it seems fair to give my hair a break every once in a while and just let it be.  Check out some pics below:

NO PRODUCT 1
Wet hair, sans product.

 

NO PRODUCT 2
Mostly dry with no product.

Taking a Look Back

Every New Year I think that it’s important to reflect on the past in order to look forward. With the new year comes some great new opportunities and I wanted to send my thanks and show you the one picture that started it all:

In the fall of 2009 I took this picture to my barber after letting my hair grow a few weeks past my normal hair cutting schedule.  I reluctantly said, “I want my hair to look like this!” to which he replied, “You want a fro?”  I guess I did!  Lenny has always been a great style icon for me and while I don’t even come close to emulating his sense of style, the fro is definitely a step in that direction (along with a good pair of aviators sunglasses).  Lenny + rock r&b styling + great writing and crazy guitar solos = the best.  Here are some of my other favorite Lenny pics out there.

Source: ffh.de

Source: Myspace.com

Source: Seattlemet.com

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Is there a Natural Hair Generation Gap?

Source: Abouteldercare.org
Source: Abouteldercare.org

During the holidays I was visiting with my mother and we had some discussion about MANE MAN and the whole natural hair community in general. I found that even as a young guy, I have become very connected to the community and I discovered that my mother had not been exposed to a lot of the information that I had about natural hair, transitioning and different product ingredients and their effects.  As we sat there in conversation all I could wonder was, is there a natural hair generation gap?

I think it’s probably fair to say that there have always been women who have worn their hair natural throughout history. However, in the most recent years we’ve seen a huge trend of many more young women embracing not only natural hair, but a more natural lifestyle and this trend has largely been bolstered by the internet and social media.  Just look around on Twitter’s hashtags #naturalhair or #teamnatural and you’ll connect to thousands of folks discussing the phenomenon of natural hair.  Unfortunately, it seems that the lack of exposure to many of these internet based resources has been keeping people like my mother and others in her age group from making more informed decisions about chemical treatments they have used for years.  I spent some time introducing my mother to some quality natural hair care sites in hopes that she will continue her exploration further.  While her initial reaction was strongly receptive, I’m worried that without the regular support of the community she may not take the next step in her journey.  People in my mother’s age group aren’t used to spending hours per day on the computer using Twitter and Facebook to receive new information like we do so my question is, how do we get them involved?