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How to Look as Cool as Your Favorite Movie Character for Less!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the folks at Sunglass Warehouse.

Many of us spend a good amount of time watching movies. Sometimes the humor is what keeps us entertained, like in The Hangover. Sometimes its the genuine badassness that hooks us like in Scarface.  From Bradley Cooper to Al Pacino to Zach Galifinakis and the Blues Brothers, classic movie characters often come with classic style.

While we can’t typically afford the threads that our favorite actors wear on the silver screen, we can get their look for less.

For those of us on a budget (like me) trying to look like these iconic characters can be tough. That’s where Sunglass Warehouse helps us out! You can find a variety of styles inspired from some of the styles in these classic guy movies.

Personally, aviator sunglasses have long been a favorite Spring and Summer style staple for me but I like to switch it up every now and then. After all, style is all about personal expression and how often do we always feel the same?  Right?!

Take a look below to see how you can have your favorite sunglass looks for less.

Click on the image to buy the recommended alternative from Sunglass Warehouse.

 

 

Talking Beards, Equality & Activism with Musician Civil JustUs

Civil Justus is a Brooklyn based rap artist and creative. The self-described thirst trap connoisseur initially attracts due to his lush beard and good looks, but it’s what comes out of his mouth that keeps your attention. I recently took some time to talk with Civil about his beard, music and social media presence. Check it out!

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MANE MAN::Thanks for joining me here and taking some time to answer a few questions for me. ​I’m sure that one of the things that ​immediately ​gets people’s attention is that you maintain what some might call a pretty ​serious beard. It looks so well cared for! ​ I think that a lot of men are embracing more facial hair and beards again. ​What initially inspired you to grow one and how do you ​typically ​maintain it?

Civil Justus: I started growing it during Hurricane Sandy because I couldn’t get to my barber for a few weeks. But I liked it and the attention I got for it and kept it. Posted some selfies and my following went from 300- 1000 in a month. I knew the beard was there to stay. As far as maintenance, I don’t really do anything outside of the norm other than just keep it conditioned and oiled. I have this peppermint conditioner I used that keeps my beard feeling cool and never itchy. Saves me from ever having the urge to shave it.

MM: I’ve been following you for a while​ now​ and noticed that you speak out a lot on social and political issues, especially on Twitter. What ​motivates you to use your voice in this way​?

CJ: I feel like those of us who have a platform kind of have a responsibility to use our voice for good. Though as an Afrolatino living in the US I’m marginalized myself, there are plenty of folks going through worse and I just want to provide a voice as well as be someone who amplifies the voices of more marginalized individuals.

MM:​ One of the things that stands out to me about your online presence is that you talk openly about equality. You’ve spoken not only about race and feminism but also seem to be accepting of LGBTQ communities as well. Was that equality-based perspective something that you always had in your environment growing up? If not, how did you gain that exposure and comfort with people whose experiences may seem very different from yours?

CJ: There’s no reason not to be accepting. I have love for all members of my community and alienating people and further marginalizing members of our community does nothing for any of us. Everyone should have a right to love and lust who they want as well as be who they are. I think a lack of comfort folks have with people who are different than them is really a lack of comfort with themselves.

MM: You’ve also done some modeling work for different brands. Is that something that you always saw yourself doing, or wanted to do?

CJ: Not really to be honest, but I definitely can’t say I’m mad about it. I’ve been getting more and more opportunities to work with different brands and I think it’s dope. Never would have thought it. People wouldn’t believe it, but I’m not even that big on taking photos of myself. I do it more for the reception. Also, working with these brands helps me feel like I can still keep my integrity as an artist and get my name out. There’s so much opportunity out there and I’m happy I can stay true while exploring those.

MM: I want to go back to your online presence a bit. Social media is how I got to know you and your work both as a musician and an activist and it’s obviously a big part of our lives these days. ​What​ would you say is ​your favorite thing about social media?

CJ: I think the best thing is the ability to connect with people. I’ve grown a lot over the years due to the many people I’ve met through social media. I’ve also been able to get my voice out in ways I would have never thought possible. My mom’s coworkers even follow me. I think it’s such a powerful and necessary tool today.

MM: AGREED. You’ve also recently talked about how sometimes it can be easy to burnout on social media, especially with all of the political coverage floating around. How do you strike that balance about being informed, using your voice and practicing good self-care?

CJ: It’s hard to be honest. Sometimes I just take a step back. I take periodic breaks and just focus on other things that have nothing to do with what’s going on out there at the moment. We are in this for the long haul so we have to be careful not to burn ourselves out. Trump is going to say some stupid shit at least 3 times a day so I think its okay to watch Bob’s Burgers every now and then.

MM: Good point! And what can the readers look forward to next from you?

CJ: I’ve been working hard on some new tracks and putting together my debut album. Also been preparing some dope visuals for that which we’re looking to put out in the spring. I’m really excited about this year and what I have in store.

It looks like we’ll all have plenty more of Civil JustUs to enjoy in 2017!  To learn more about Civil and his work, visit his website at civiljustus.com. You can also keep up with him on Twitter and Instagram @CivilJustus.

MANE MAN: Greg P.

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It’s been a long time since we’ve run a feature on a curly or kinky haired guy here on MANE MAN so I’m especially happy to share with you this feature on Greg or @feelgregarious on Instagram.  I hope you love his hair as much as I do.  Enjoy!

First off, tell us a little bit about yourself (your name, where you’re from, etc.)

My name is Greg Pinkney, I am 21 years old. I live in Maryland  and I am a visual communications major at Prince George’s Community College. I am also an up and coming photographer.

When did you start growing your hair out? How have people in your life reacted?

I started growing my hair out after graduating high school and I got mixed reaction when I started growing it out. My parents and a couple of close friends weren’t for it at first, and my parents still aren’t really for it.  They really like me with short hair but I’ve had short hair the majority of my life and needed a change. I may cut it off in the future, but when people least expect it.

What’s been your biggest grooming challenge so far?

I would have to say my biggest challenge would be between dry ends and single strands knots when it comes to my hair.

What’s your usual hair routine or style? 

Well my hair stays in protective styles the majority of the time. They’re currently in dread extensions for 3 months but the majority of the time they’re in twists. I keep them for about 2 weeks, take them out and I wear it in a twist out for about a week. Then  I  go through my wash day: shampoo, condition, deep condition and set my hair with leave-ins, and do a blowout which takes about 2 hours. Then back to the twists for another few weeks.

Do you have any favorite products or hair tools that you would recommend to other mane men out there?

My favorite products are:

Oils: coconut oil, jojoba oil, organ oil, macadamia oil, tea tree oil

Leave-Ins: Aloe Vera Juice, Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Leave-In

Styling products: Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream (can be used as edge control), Cream enhancing smoothie, Lock It Up gel, Elastic QP Edge Control

Pre-Poo: Apple Cider Vinegar

Shampoo: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, and Repair Shampoo, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap

Conditioners/ Deep Conditioners: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, Trader Joe’s Spa Nourish Conditioner, Organix Coconut Conditioner , Shea moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Deep Conditioner, Yucca and Plantain Anti-breakage Masque

Heat Protectants: Love Lotta Body Wrap Me Foaming Mousse, Tresemme Salon Silk Serum w/ Argan oil

Tools: Denman 9 row brush, wide tooth comb, round brush, hair bands, and hair clips

And is there anything else you would like to share?

To any one that’s going through the rough stage of the their hair just remember to enjoy each stage of your hair.  It takes patience and definitely a good balanced moisture and protein hair routine.

Caring for Curls, Kinks and Coils Recap!

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This past week I was invited by some devastating divas from Barnard College here in NYC to speak on their panel for Caring for Curls, Kinks and Coils and I had a great time!

I really love doing panels, I really do. To me it’s great to have an actual interaction with the participants as well as fellow panelists and in this case there was a great amount of diversity of perspectives which made for some insightful and enriching discussion.

As we were addressing natural hair in the professional spectrum we had a range of professionals from different fields like everything from hairstyling to strictly corporate environments.  It was even eye-opening for me!

We covered everything from Giuliana Rancic’s comments about Zendaya at the Oscar’s to battling dry hair, gender role stereotyping and how to fight for your scalp at the braiding salons on 125th street in Harlem.  All I can say was it was a great privilege to sit on such an intelligent and illustrious panel.  And the audience participation was spot on.

We wrapped by raffling out some prizes by the event’s sponsors and I took home some nice samples too.  All in all it was a great event and it’s very encouraging for me to see students having these very real and meaningful conversations about natural hair and race in the workplace.  My biggest hope is that every person left feeling encouraged to enter the professional world knowing that it’s possible to embrace natural hair and thrive professionally at the same time. I definitely look forward to more events like that in the future!

Here are some snaps from the event:

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Members of Delta Sigma Theta at the event.

 

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Engaging in some good discourse and some shots of the participants.

 

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Closing up with some conversations and a quick photo of the panelists and hosts.

 

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And here are the product giveaway winners!

 

 

Q&A with Natural Hair Blogger Hendrick

Recently, I had the chance to converse with new natural hair blogger Hendrick from Natural Hair Men and he was gracious enough to share some of his story with the community.  Read on for his interview!

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MANE MAN: Tell us a little bit about yourself (your name and where you’re from).

Hendrick:  Hi everybody! My name is Hendrick and I am a 19 years old British black male. My family is Jamaican but my father’s roots go back to the United States. I am just a regular guy currently at university; in my free time I like to paint, go shopping with my friends around Soho in London and I am an avid table tennis player! Some time ago I decided to let my natural hair grow and I started documenting it in my blog called Natural Hair Men where I post about natural hair and the African diaspora and where I also post examples of natural hairstyles and African hairstyles such as cornrows, dreadlocks, braids etc. I also like to post about black celebrity men who have at one time or another had natural hair styles or any African inspired style (for example Lenny Kravitz and his dreadlocks, I love that style!).

I am by no means an expert, I’m just a regular guy hoping my blog can help other brothers and sisters who want to take the next step in growing their Afro kinky hair. Plus I discovered I enjoy writing too!

MM: How long ago did you start growing your hair out? And how did people in you life react

H: I started growing my hair after seeing my sister doing it over a year ago. She completely changed her outlook on her life and appearance after deciding it was time to throw away the relaxers and irons. She got her ‘big chop’ and I didn’t recognize her the first time I saw her after she chopped her long relaxed hair! But then as the weeks went by, I noticed all the positive changes she had made in her life, and some 2 months later she looked fantastic and she would tell me how liberated and positive she felt about herself. We got talking and she convinced me to let my natural kinks grow as I have always kept my hair buzzed, maybe some hairline work, but nothing else other than really short hair.

My sister was very welcoming of my natural hair growing decision and so was my dad. My mother was at first not very happy with my sister chopping her hair so when she noticed me growing my TWA she went a bit bonkers I have to admit lol She is as old-school as it gets so men for her have to look clean and sharp, no Afros, no braids or anything like that. However, she is now getting more used to it and my sister and I are growing our afro together so that’s pretty cool and we support each other. Most my friends were cool with my change although a couple of guys who I thought were my friends did give me some crap about it. At least that gave me the chance to see who would be a true friend and who would not, and I am happy to say just about all proved they were friends and gave me their support.

MM: What has been your biggest grooming challenge so far?

H: My hair is so slow to grow! I have read that this is because afro kinky hair coils so much so I do understand what’s going on and the reason for it, but it can sometimes be a bit irritating! My sister experiences the same too, and her natural friends also complain about it, but I think some black woman go with the same mindset as when they had relaxed hair, and I believe you truly have to change your outlook on hair care when you go natural!Other than the slowness of the hair growth, I would say that I have to be so careful styling my kinks because they seem to become more fragile the longer they grow! Oh, and the frizz too….oh, the frizz!

MM: The frizz is definitely real! How do you usually style your hair?

H: I am just letting it grow and not styling it, just making sure I am taking good care of it from what I have learned online, through books, forums etc. When I have tried to style my hair, it just didn’t work and I believe afro kinky hair is best left without any major styling unless it is very long. But I am still experimenting so maybe I find a better way to style my puffy afro (I will let you all know if I do! :-D)

MM: Do you have any favorite products or hair tools that you would recommend to other mane men out there?

H: I am a big believer in the true sense of natural products. I don’t understand how so many hair products out there are advertised as “natural”, yet contain chemicals or unnatural ingredients. My sister ordered some products from the United States thinking they were 100% natural as that’s what the ads said and then we found out the products had all kind of unnatural ingredients. So ever since I just stick to my good old coconut butter and Aloe Vera gel. I use a baby shampoo for cleaning my hair every four or five days.

MM: And finally, is there anything else you would like to share?

H: I am just a regular guy who is proud of his African roots and my hair made me cement this pride, so I blog about natural hair, our African roots, living life as a guy growing “unusual” hair etc. You can find me on my blog Natural Hair Men and always feel free to pass by and say hi! My blog is just a hobby I have for now and even though I’m usually loaded with classes and projects, I always try to update my blog with some post on some cool hairstyle or hair care tip just in case it can help any brothers or sisters.

Also just the hair care alone for natural afro kinky hair can be a bit hard to grasp and there is a bit of a learning curve, so if with my blog I can help make the path easier for anyone, then my goal would be accomplished. And like I say you’re all welcome to say hi! 🙂

Thank you all for reading my story and thanks to Jor-El too!

MM says: Thanks Hendrick, we look forward to reading and seeing more of you!

 

Meet MANE MAN Myles and his Curly Natural Hair

The Joseph Family with Myles (far right).
The Joseph Family with Myles (far right).

Today I’m excited to bring you a new feature on a pint-sized friend, Myles!  I recently caught up with Myles’ mother Rebekah to talk about Myles’ awesome head of hair and how she keeps it looking great even though it is very different than her own.  Check it out below!

MM: First off thank you for agreeing to do this. I’ve admired your son’s hair for a while now (I mean look at it!) and I know that we’ve talked briefly about it. Do you feel like it’s been a challenge learning to care for his hair as it is so different than yours?

Rebekah: Thank you! It really is an honor that you even asked! This has been a journey I never really gave much thought before having children, but now that we’re here, 3 years in, I’ve learned a lot! I would say that it has been a bit of a challenge learning about his hair. My hair is pretty much wavy/curly hair that you would expect a white woman to have. I wash mine about every few days, blow dry, straighten (when I have the time with a 3 year old and 5 month old) and generally throw back in a rubber band (the basic Mom look, really glamorous). But, Myles’ hair has a different story. When he was younger, maybe until about 18 months, his hair texture was more like mine, just a bit more curly, and slowly, his texture began to change, and his curls got tighter, and tighter. I started looking for resources and help. I looked first to family, my husband was no help, my mother in law was really used to doing a different texture of hair and she braided both her sons’ hair at an early age, friends had some suggestions, but what I found to be the most, in depth help was a blog/facebook page called Chocolate Hair/Vanilla Care written by a white mother who adopted an African American little girl. She broke down a hair care regimen that made it easy to follow, and helped me to understand the basics. And once I had the basics down, I knew where to go from there. I really liked her style and the CHVC community on Facebook, they are diverse and supportive. It can be a bit challenging to not know what you’re doing and a bit intimidating to ask. (I’m not exactly going to go up to some random lady at Target and ask about her hair care, maybe that’s just me though).

Myles, with his curly hair.
Myles, with his curly hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM: I think that some parents may worry about their little boys having too long or “girly hair”. Was that ever a discussion or concern in your home?

R: I don’t remember ever really having a discussion with my husband about Myles having “girly hair”. We knew early on that we weren’t going to cut it for some time, but we would revisit the cut/not to cut situation over time. There have been many times he has been called a girl, and it has not phased him, probably due to his age. I know that people don’t mean anything by it; however, sometimes I have to question their reasoning. He will be decked out in obviously boy clothes. But, oh well. If his hair becomes an issue for him, or if he wants to cut it, we will.My husband cuts his own hair, so he would be the one doing it. And in all honesty, I think my husband is just as attached (if not more) than I am.

I will say that both my husband and his brother had longish hair past their first birthdays, so for him, this is normal. Since Myles is a boy, we have avoided more protective styles (well, being a boy, and the fact that I’m 100% sure he would not sit and let me braid or style it for more than 10 minutes, max!). I think that some protective styles may make him look more feminine, but we have yet to have to deal with that. Seriously, the only time I’ve been able to pull it back it was to put a Batman mask on, and he made me take it off as soon as the mask came off.

MM: I know from first hand experience that hair care regimens are important when you have curly or kinky hair. How do care for your little guy’s mane on a daily or weekly basis? And what products do you use?

R: We wash one time a week, unless he gets it exceptionally dirty, which happens quite a bit. He is a very active boy that likes to roll around in dirt/sand/grass/etc. I’ve picked out countless pebbles, sticks, moss, and wood chips from his hair. In the summer, if we should go swimming or go to the beach (or if he gets any kind of chemical in his hair) we wash more often. Daddy does the washing about 98% of the time, he does Myles’s bath, so it just kind of works out that way. As he washes, he tries to detangle by hand as much as possible and we do a leave-in conditioner and a good spray down with detangler. (We wash with Curls Unleashed Shampoo, we started using Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner and Detangler for kids, although I like their adult line better, but would purchase Shea Moisture or Curls Unleashed when we run out of these) Then we comb (with a wide toothed comb), from tip to root, that was a big change for me, since I comb the opposite direction. After that, I moisturize (with Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisture Mist and Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk).

Daily I spray with water, then with a detangler/moisturizer (Shea Moisture), then moisturize with a combination of Moroccan oil (Garnier Fructis) and a hair milk (Shea Moisture brand). I let it air dry and try to keep him off the carpet while that is happening. I guess this seems like a lot, but it works for us. And, getting a 3 year old to sit still while this happens isn’t always the easiest of tasks. There have been times I’ve run behind him, as he laughs, trying to evade the hair ritual, and I’m just trying to do whatever I can and call it a day.

Our biggest struggles with already styled hair are the carpet (he loves to lay on the carpet), the carseat, and his pillow. We will be purchasing some silk pillow cases to go on his pillow and over the back of his car seat to hopefully help retain moisture/style.

MM: And how does Myles feel about his hair?

R: I think Myles likes his hair. It’s him. Every now and then he tells me he wants a hair cut. I tell him that he will then have short hair like Daddy, and then I ask him if he wants to have short hair like his Daddy, he laughs and says “No, that’s silly!” Recently, he has been pulling on his hair more as well, because it is longer, but not in a disruptive way.

I will say that we LOVE his hair. It really reflects his personality to me. (he is a bit wild and crazy at times!) But, if he really wants to cut his hair, and can understand what that means, we will arrange it, and cut it. He will look completely different, but he will still be a handsome guy!

MM: Finally, are there any other tips or things you would like to share with the readers?

R: I think that being the parent of bi-racial children, with hair very different from my own has been a bit challenging. I never wanted to get ‘those looks’. You know those looks that people give when a mother when her child’s hair looks a mess. I wanted to know how to do his hair (and now, his sister’s hair, whenever it finally grows in).  I have joked that I’m only keeping it long to train me for how to do her hair, but that isn’t altogether the case. I love his hair. To me, it is him, and I don’t keep his hair long for other people, it is just what we decided to do. I am very glad that we haven’t listened to the people who have suggested, or flat out told us, to cut his hair. Even random strangers have told us that his hair needs to be cut, “Hello, none of your business.”

But, I think that with anything that we do to or for our bodies, we have to find what works for us, and we are still figuring it out. I’m sure that our daily routine will change with time. Maybe we’ll find products we like better, use less products, or be able to do more protective styles, or maybe we’ll cut his hair when he goes to school. Who knows. But, we do what works for now, and adjust as time goes on.

There you have it!  Special thanks to Rebekah for sharing her little mane man and her family’s story with us.  Be sure to comment below!

Join the Gro Yo Fro Movement!

If there’s one thing that I learned since starting MANE MAN back in 2011 it was that there is an incredible community of bloggers, and most specifically, natural hair aficionados out there…including more guys!  I was e-introduced to Marcel of GroYoFro.com after searching the web for many like-minded guys and Marcel is a great addition the community.

Gro Yo Fro is all about guys (and gals) embracing their natural hair which is something that I also have a huge passion for.  The site hosts Marcel’s blog as well as a shop of Gro Yo Fro gear in a range of styles.  I’m always happy to support anyone who shares my ideals and embraces curly hair so feel free to head over to Gro Yo Fro and check out his apparel.  Maybe you can sport your own Gro Yo Fro tee just like me (thanks Marcel!).

 

Come meet me at Skyroom September 11!

Hi all, if you haven’t heard yet, yours truly will be a part of the Follicle film celebration on September 11 from 7-11 PM at NYC hot-spot Skyroom!  Hopefully I’ll get to meet many of you, share some cocktails and plenty of laughs while we gaze at all the fantastic fros and natural hair around.

We will all be in good company as Karen Tappin of Karen’s Body Beautiful joins us along with Cassidy Blackwell of Natural Selection blog and the ever-hilarious and super talented actress and comedienne Kim Coles!

Oh and did I mention there are awesome giveaways and goodie bags for the first 200 people to attend? ABSOLUTELY!  See the invite below for deets and don’t forget to visit http://follicle-efbevent.eventbrite.com/ to get your tickets ahead of time ($10 + fees for early bird tix or $15 at the door).  I’ll see you there!

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MANE MAN: Abe

Today, I’m proud to introduce to Abe who I had the pleasure of meeting at my recent Shea Moisture event at Bryant Park’s Holiday Market (thanks again for stopping by Abe!).   Here’s your chance to see his fro and get to know him…check him out!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself (your name, where you’re from)

My name is Abraham, but please call me Abe. I’m also known as AT or, better yet, AT Fierce on the Internet since 2009. I’m from a small city in New Jersey called Camden. I hate telling people because of the response I get. Someone recently described it as the Haiti of the East Coast after the earthquake. I promise it isn’t as bad as people say.

When did you start growing your hair out? How have people in your life reacted?

I’ve actually been growing my hair since December 21st, 2011, which means it’s been a year (video on YouTube channel)! It’s crazy to know that I started my journey with like an eighth of an inch of hair because my barber got too clipper-happy during my “big chop.” But to see where my hair is now is the best part.

The first half of my journey was the most difficult. I’ve had issues with my physical appearance for a while so when people would ask, “What are you doing with your hair?” with just a slight touch of venom on their tongue, I would get upset. When your hair is short and your curls aren’t as defined, you have to rock a mini fro for a few months that people look at as unpolished and barbaric. But when I hit the second half of my first year, I began experimenting with protective styles, particularly twists, and people rant and rave any time I rock a twist out. I have to honestly agree that I love it, too.

What’s been your biggest grooming challenge so far?

My biggest challenge would be allotting myself enough time to do my hair. I know most men don’t like routines that take too much time or come with a lot of steps in a procedure, but I’ve never had a problem with routine (only if it wasn’t repetitive, but I never do my hair the same way for too long.) I procrastinate heavily in life, so the fact that it can take hours to do my short hair is sometimes inconvenient and a hassle. Recently, I had to push up “Hair Day” to Saturday so I wouldn’t be rushing to do it and homework on Sunday. I may even split it in two days by washing on Saturday and doing a protective style Sunday. But again, most men would find that to be too much.

What’s your usual hair routine or style?

Well, monthly I clarify with apple cider vinegar to lift the product off my strands and close my cuticle layer and seal in its moisture giving it much shine. Then I cleanse my scalp with Shea Moisture’s Purification Masque and sit under a cap for 30 minutes before rinsing it out. I then deep condition with Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque for 30 minutes to an hour, detangle in the shower with my pick or fingers, then rinse it out. I stopped using shampoo back in June and it’s definitely been the best thing I’ve done to retain moisture.

I generally place my hair into flat twists after washing because individual twists take too long. Flat twisting is quicker and gives better results for stretched and curly hair. I can stay in them for a few days, but I enjoy having my hair out. So I’ll take out the twists the morning after or the day after that.

I used to wash my hair weekly with the same products sans the ACV rinse. But now with my limited time and leaving in my protective style for a few days, I wash bi-weekly or monthly, depending.

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Abe, with twists

Do you have any favorite products or hair tools that you would recommend to other mane men out there?

I would definitely recommend Shea Moisture products. They aren’t too feminine if you’re concerned with that sort of thing and they definitely get the job done. If you don’t know what to look for when it comes to natural products and ingredients in the hair aisle at your local store, just pick up their products. If you can’t find them there or on the Internet, just look for products that don’t carry sulfates, alcohols, parabens, mineral oil, etc. There are some in that aisle but you have to look carefully. I’ve been learning how to read ingredients and I suggest everyone do the same.

As far as styling products, I mix my own oils and shea butter. I purchase natural avocado, coconut, Jamaican black castor, and apricot oils and shea butter from Amazon and get my olive oil from the store. You don’t have to mix your oils or shea butter, but I would suggest using at least one for moisture and sealing. Avocado is my favorite. I just ordered a 16oz. bottle from Amazon to create my mixture which I use for hair and skin, but you could use it on its own.

Tools: I use would be my pick, wide tooth combo, rat-tail comb for parting, hair clips to hold hair, spray bottle for water and aloe vera juice, durag, and my satin pillow.

Anything else you would like to share?

I definitely believe natural hair care isn’t just a women’s game. Black men have been natural (most of them) more than women for decades. For those men out there that have long hair, I’m sure you’ve encountered a woman who was astonished your hair grew longer than her natural or permed hair. I strongly believe because of this fact, men should take care of their hair, thusly. I know men don’t like routine because we can get really lazy, but natural hair care doesn’t have to be as extreme as your female counterpart. Just purchase natural products, wash and condition your hair as usual, protective style if needed/wanted, and go to bed in your durag or on a satin pillow if you don’t like wrapping your hair. It’s really that simple. I’m sure you’ll see a change in your hair.

Where to find me:

Website: ATFierce.com (entertainment) FierceKinkyLove.com (natural hair)
Twitter: @ATFierce
Youtube: YouTube.com/ATFierceTV
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/FierceAndLove
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MANE MAN: Ron

Today’s post features Ron, who rocks some seriously awesome locs and has great growth! Read on for his tips on loc maintenance as well as what his hair helped him embrace.

Ron - loc hairstyle

Tell us a little bit about yourself (your name, where you’re from, etc.)
Hey, name’s Ronald, go by Ron.  Born and raised in San Antonio TX and currently living in Houston, TX for the past 6 years.

When did you start growing your hair out and how did people react when you started to loc your hair?
My loc journey started on June 22, 2009 from a 3 inch fro. I got different reactions…some liked my hair short and others liked the twist/locs. I feel once my locs matured and weren’t all over the place (the first 6 months to a year) more people liked them and I got more compliments.

I have had just about every style The Gumby, s-curl, High top, Cesar, Bald Fade I can go on and on (I’m a 80’s Baby). I kind of like to express myself with my hair, so anything I ever wanted to do, I did, and didn’t really worry about what people thought.

Ron - loc pic

What’s your usual hair care routine?
I tie my locs down with a du-rag or LocSoc every night to keep them neat and lent free.  I spray oil daily before work sometimes water or just the steam from the shower keeps my locs soft and moisturized.  I wash my hair every 3-4 weeks and do the maintenance myself.  I also do my own edge up saves trips to the barber shop and money. Normally I’ll do a braid out because it’s easier for me to do then using clips plus the wavy look adds a little character.

Do you have any favorite products or hair tools that you would recommend to other mane men out there?

  • Maintenance Products: 100% Shea Butter, Organic Virgin coconut oil, and Pure Honey.
  • Favorite Daily Oil: Bronner Brothers Tropical Roots Spray has a great fresh pineapple mango smell or 2nd choice Jamaican Mango & Lime Island Oil
  • Favorite Shampoos: Taliah Waajid Total Body Black Earth Shampoo and Paul Mitchell Green Tea
  • Shampoo/Conditioning: I will pretty much use any deep conditioner and hot oil treatment. I cover my locs with a plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 15 mins then rinse, which adds moisture and leaves my hair very soft.

Ron - loc pic

Anything else you would like to share?
When I started my locs I was thinking it’s about to be cold and I want locs…“reality check”, hair doesn’t grow that fast. Growing locs is a process and you definitely need patience, if you don’t have patience you will learn. If I ever decide to go back to a short haircut I will continue using natural products. No more greases pomades, etc. The process was a learning experience for me and absolutely taught me patience and brought me into a whole new world of natural.  Locs have taught me how to embrace my natural god-given crown.