Brother Where Art Thou?: Leaving Black Men Out of the Black Hair Revolution

I'm married to a man who's absolutely obsessed with sports. We rarely watch TV together because he is content to watch ESPN around the clock. Sunday morning was one of those rare times we were watching TV together. He was tuned into some show recapping the Bengals vs Steelers playoff game. I was barely watching or listening when I heard, "Assistant Coach Mike Munchak pulled Reggie Nelson's hair!"

I snatched the remote to rewind because I was sure I hadn't heard what I thought I heard. I watched this white man -- an assistant coach -- grab the locs of a black player. I had to replay the clip four times. That scene was a virtual commercial for white supremacy. The symbolism, dehumanization and racist arrogance of the incident made me realize that black men are often overlooked in conversations about discrimination against black hair.

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On the Couch with Abraham

Tell us a little bit about yourself 
My name is Abraham, but you can call me Abe. I’m from the small town of Camden, NJ where I spend my summer and winter vacations from school located in downtown New York City. I study English and Photography, and this is my final year—thank God.

I’m a writer, vlogger, and entrepreneur and have been working online with various publications including my own for over 4 years. I also have my own natural hair and skin care line called Love Shea, which has been featured on

Why did you want to start growing your hair out?
The honest reason: I just wanted long hair. Back in 2011, I saw this guy walking past the World Trade Center stop of the PATH train with his brown and blonde curls bouncing in the wind. I was so jealous—curl envy is real. For a few months, I had been knowledgeable of the natural hair movement but didn’t think that someone with kinky hair could produce the same results. Even though I don’t have curls, my results are my own and I love my hair for what it is. And I make sure to perfect my routine to ensure my hair will be healthy and long disregarding the desire for curls.
"I want a big, ridiculous fro that unapologetically hits people in the face when I ride the subway. I don’t need curls for that life accomplishment."

I’m Too Sexy For My…Hair?

 by Jor-El of ManeManBlog

Last week TIME magazine published an article, written by Alexandra Sifferlin titled Shave it Off! How Bald Guys Can Look More Manly and Dominant, encouraging balding men to completely shave off their wispy manes.  Balding is a serious concern for many men who understand the social impact of hair loss and perceived attractiveness. Well, now there’s some scientific backing to the claim that a shaven dome makes you seem stronger, and sexier, than if you let the last few wisps linger or opt for the ill-fated comb-over.

Researcher Albert Mannes, of the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a series of studies to determine the perceptions about balding men versus completely shaven men.  It turns out that participants found that men with completely bald domes were perceived as more masculine and dominant than men who opt to bald the natural way. Interesting, huh? Clean shaven men were also perceived as taller and bigger in size than balding men.

But here’s the rub, bald men are still perceived as older and less attractive than men with full heads of hair. Mannes, who is bald himself, apparently stated that balding men may “better improve their well-being by finishing what Mother Nature has started.”

Mannes seems to think that his studies will help more men change their lives for the better by forging ahead with a completely bald head rather than going the natural way.  I appreciate that Mannes is giving balding men like him the chance to be perceived as more dominant and powerful, but I guess my problem is that it reinforces the idea that’s all men should really aim to be.  Has anyone done research on what makes you look more responsible?  What about intelligent? Kind? I’m just saying.
I haven’t been able to read the research itself therefore I can’t speak that strongly to the methodology, but I can say that from what I’ve read from some posts online, some of the sample sizes seem pretty small to me.  I think only time, and replication, will really solidify Mannes’ findings.  While I still have many questions, I  appreciate that Mannes is giving guys with thinning manes some insight into how others may be perceiving them. Who knows, there may be a day when I have to make the decision myself.  To be honest, I don’t know what I would do.  Do you?

For more reactions to this research, check out the following:
Men With Shaved Heads: Stronger, Taller, More Dominant But Older and Less Attractive
Men: Exude confidence, masculinity, authority, and power!
Shaved Heads: Less Attractive But More Powerful

What say you, ladies? Which do you prefer?!

Loc'd- Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates

by Alex of TheGoodHairBlog

Last week I was contacted to check out center fielder Andrew McCutchen's Loc Maintenance video. After watching it I knew that this MLB player had to be featured on the blog as this weeks loc'd man! Andrew's hair is gorgeous and it's always nice to see how athletes and celebrities maintain their natural hair while on the road. In the video you will get an inside look at how Andrew's loc'tian cares for his beautiful loc'd mane! Below Andrew answers some questions about his hair on and off the baseball field. I hope you all enjoy! Please leave comments, I would love to know your thoughts on the video--especially if you rock locs. 

For those people who may not be familiar with you, please tell us who you are and what you do.
--I am the center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the most historical franchises in Major League Baseball.

How long have you been growing your locs?
--I’ve been growing them for almost five years.

What do you use on your hair product wise, to maintain it?
--I really don’t use much. I use oil simply to keep my scalp moisturized, but that is really it.
When traveling on the road how do you maintain your hair between games?
--Just that simplistic approach - I use oil on it for the purpose of keeping my scalp moisturized. We play so many games (162), maintaining the actual hair throughout the season can be tough.
Is there someone who helps maintain your hair on a regular basis? 
--I don’t have anyone that helps me maintain it on a regular basis. I just find someone in whatever city I am in and when I have some free time to do it. Any recommendations?

How often do you have to wash and re-twist your loc’s?
--I wash my hair every other week and I try get them re-twisted every month. Obviously the re-twisting just depends on the team’s schedule.
How do you keep your hair maintained when on the Baseball field?
--I wear a satin cap under my baseball hat to keep it maintained during a game, so it doesn’t take on too much damage.

What do you think about women with natural hair?
--Women with natural hair is the way to go! They don’t have damaged hair and it’ just unique.

Do you think women who choose to loc their hair exude a certain type of confidence?
--Women who choose to lock their hair shows me that they have great patience. There is a uniqueness to it still that does exude some confidence, but it takes a lot of time to grow locs, so it definitely shows me patience.
 What are the pros and cons about having your hair loc’d?
-- The pro for me is that I don’t have to wake up and do my hair. I can just get up and go, which is important with my career. The cons are that they get hot when it is hot outside, and getting them done is very time-consuming.

What made you decide to loc your hair? 
--I just wanted something different for my hair really. I thought this would be a unique way to go for me.

Do you have any advice for my readers who are considering loc’ing their hair?
--If you want to have them, you have to be 100 percent committed. It takes time and patience. It’s a full process.

Where can we find you on the web?
--My twitter handle is @TheCutch22.


My name is Alexandra Smith, I am 22 year old single mother of one, full time Media Journalism student and business owner.I share my curly girl experience and other kinky haired goodness on my site "The Good Hair Blog." My overall goal of blogging for the natural hair community is to bring us together,men included by spreading knowledge, inspiration and love about our diverse heads of hair.

Loc'd Man: Tiba

Tell us a little about yourself? 
My name is Atiba Benjamin aka Skinny Trini. I’m a 26 year old IT Specialist currently residing in NW Washington D.C. I’m originally from Trinidad & Tobago and I moved to the US in 1998, I’ve been in the Metropolitan area ever since.

How long have you been growing your locs? 
I’ve been growing my locs for about 7 and half years.

What do you use on your hair, product wise, to maintain it? 
I use non-scented clear aloe gel to re-twist my locs. When washing hair, I use Tea Tree Shampoo and conditioner.

How often do you have to wash and re-twist your loc s and who styles them? 
I get my locs re-twisted once every 2 - 3 months but that is always subject to change, depending on social experiences.

What do you think about women with natural hair? Do you care if your woman is relaxed, natural or loc'd? 
Me personally, I love a woman no matter how she chooses to wear her hair. To me, hair is merely an aspect of a person therefore I feel its just self expression of ones individuality.

Do you think women who choose to loc their hair are sexy? 
Personally, I am more attracted to a woman's intellect not really her hair. I find it to be shallow just to be attracted to one because of their hair preference.

What are the pros and cons about having your hair loc'd? 
 I would say the biggest pro about having locs is that you can make your own natural hair products. Also, your hair is easily managed and can be a lot cheaper to maintain. Cons, I don't really have any.

What made you decide to loc your hair? Have you always had hair or did you start your locs from scratch?  
I had long hair for about 5 yrs before I decided to loc. My motivation behind locking was my culture, in Trinidad wearing locs is a lifestyle and not a "trend". People commit to a lifelong agreement with their locs just as I do.

What makes a woman's hair beautiful to you? 
The fact that a woman takes pride in up-keeping her hair is attractive enough. 

Do you have any advice for our readers who are considering loc'ing their hair?
I'd say that having locs is definitely a commitment and process. Locs should be worn for a reason and not a season. 

Where can we find you on the web?

Natural Hair: It's a Sport

Dude's back. And this time, he lost the shirt... *taps forehead with finger* ...clever, this one, with the marketing and targeting his audience.
I totally get it, can't knock the hustle, and actually appreciate the message. Enjoy!

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