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? https://www.facebook.com/Skinny.Trini.Man

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!

It’s Their Hair, Not Yours...

by Jor-El of ManeManBlog

How can we create a sense of a natural hair community when we continue to “police” one another? By “police” I mean how we (try to) keep each other in line so we don’t break those so-called rules that “naturals” are supposed to live by. I bring this up because I recently had a conversation with a friend basically trying to answer the question, who really has natural hair? We talked heat styling versus no heat styling, straightening, etc. Basically, it helped give me a bit of insight of how I honestly feel about people who identify as “naturals” but who never wear fros or have their hair straight 90% of the time.

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t consider some people to be more “natural” than others when it comes to hair care. The less manipulation the better, the less you straighten the better, the more natural/organic products the better, etc. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I’m really trying to process and own up to my own biases and prejudices.

But this isn’t really about my personal hang ups so much as it is about a trend I’ve seen of people in the natural hair community trying to enforce all these so-called “rules” of what it means to be natural onto someone else. It’s one thing to have these automatic thoughts or perceptions about how someone feels about their hair based on how they wear it BUT it’s a different beast to call people names or try to denigrate their identity as a natural by invalidating their experience. Here are some examples of things I’ve read or heard about natural hair: Stop complaining, at least you don’t have kinky hair…your hair is curly! Straight hair isn’t natural. If you don’t have a fro, you aren’t natural. When are you going to braid that? Why don’t you get locs? But it’s their hair, not yours. So why care? Why do we do this to one another? Why do we do this to ourselves?

It troubles me that for some reason people seem to be hard-wired this way. We categorize ourselves as different from another so that maybe can make ourselves feel better about our own decisions. I do it too and I hate that about myself. I’m recognizing I’m also part of the problem. It’s sort of a wake up call to myself that what one person does to their hair has no reflection on me whatsoever so why should I care? Why should you care?

On the Couch with Hakim

By Jor-El of Mane Man

Today, I’m excited to introduce to you our newest MANE MAN, Hakim! Check out his interview below.

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

Wassup, y’all! Hakim here! Some call me Hak, Keem or Dream Team (don’t ask, lol)…whatever works for you is cool with me. I was born and raised in North Philadelphia and that’s where I reside today. I love my hood! It’s a lil cray, but I wouldn’t change my experiences for the world! I’m redeemed, a music business professional, writer, music lover, part-time sales associate, uncle, son and friend!

What’s your current hair style?

Right now I have shoulder length locs. And let me tell you, I have a lot of them!!!! Hundreds!!

When did you start growing your hair out? How did the people around you react initially? And now?

I started growing my hair at the end of 2007, I believe. Initially, I just wanted to grow my hair out, but a good friend of mine had started to lock his hair and I was really interested. I always wanted to experiment with my hair but never felt like I had the liberty to explore those options. It was never anything extreme, just maybe a HUGE, HUGE fro, locs, etc. In the urban African American community there is this silent rule that all men must have short hair. Fades and Caesars are cool, and of course the clean shaven baldy but that’s about it. If you had locs, you’re automatically deemed the weed head, Rasta, or just plain ole’ dirty. Any other style or interest in exploring other options meant that you were gay, questionable and/or too eccentric. I hated that and I wanted to break down those stereotypes. When you look at other cultures, men do what they want with their hair. They grow it out, cut it, style it, and color it….so why couldn’t I do that? Since growing my hair for a few years, I can say we’ve definitely grown as a culture. I see young dudes in the hood rocking their skinny jeans with their dyed hair (thanks to Wiz Khalifa), curly tops (Philly style), etc. But we still have a way to go as a community pertaining to what we deem acceptable for men. I started my loc journey the day before Easter in 2008. People weren’t really surprised when they saw that I starting the locking process. Growing up I was the dude from the hood who sang classical music, did musical theater and went to prestigious magnet performing arts school. So I guess that made me different altogether.

The process was fun but also very telling. I was amazed with the locking process and excited to see my hair grow. At the same time a lot of my deep-rooted insecurities came to the surface. I didn’t feel good about myself unless my hair was freshly twisted and accompanied by a nice shape up. I would get irritated when my hair started to get fuzzy and “unmanageable”. So I would try to get my hair retwisted every four weeks and get a fresh line in between. After a few years, I got tired of putting on for people and I just allowed my locs to free-form. So during the Spring of 2011, I stopped going to the salon, I just simply shampooed, conditioned, moisturized and made sure my locs weren’t growing together. It was a very freeing experience for me. I realized that I twisted my hair and got my line ups for people. I cared way too much about how people perceived me. It was bondage. I wasn’t secure in my identity or manhood. But I was glad that I could admit it.

As men we don’t sit down and candidly talk about our insecurities. We mask and hide them but they leak out in so many areas of our lives. I know countless dudes who won’t go a week without hitting up the barbershop, or won’t walk out the door without the freshest lay (outfit for you non-Philly folk) on. These things become so habitual that we don’t see how we may be using them to cover over the brokenness within. There’s nothing wrong with looking good and being well-groomed. However, I think it’s healthy to stop and ask ourselves why we do the things we do. Why do we care so much about what people think? It’s often because we want a sense of validation and acceptance from them. But I’ve learned that affirmation from people never truly lasts; it’s temporal and fleeting.

My exposed insecurities during my journey with my locs forced me to look to the Lord to find my identity. He loves me just as I am, not based on what I do, how I look or any kind of performance. I’m His creation! That’s huge for me. As I continue to rest in His truth, I’m becoming more comfortable in my own skin. I’m not all the way there, but I’m definitely on my way.

How do you maintain your look?

Maintaining my look is pretty easy. I don’t do too much to my hair. I rarely get my hair styled. I wear it down, pulled back or in a ponytail. I try to put something on my head every night before I sleep, but that doesn’t always happen.

I shampoo and condition my hair whenever I feel like it needs to be done. There’s no deep, mystical process for that. If it feels smells and/or looks dirty, I wash it….unless I’m tired, LOL. Shampooing my hair is definitely an ordeal, especially during the fall and winter because you want to make sure it’s dry. During the summer, I would shampoo, condition, moisturize and go out the door. Every so often I do an ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) soak/rinse with baking soda to cleanse my hair from buildup. I feel like I still have some lint or buildup in my hair and it IRRITATES me to no end, so if you have any remedies let me know.

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

Okay, let’s talk about products. I’m realizing that I am pretty selective when it comes to what I use, but for a good reason. I don’t
shampoo or condition with anything that has sulfates. Sulfates are really drying and they simply aren’t good for your hair or body. In the past, I’ve used Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo and my hair always feels very clean after I use it. It’s pretty dope. **AGREED!**

The last time I conditioned my hair I went old school and used mayonnaise and beaten eggs. It did a good job too! For my next wash, I’m going to try all Shea Moisture products. I had to hunt them down but I think it’s going to be worth it. I can actually read all of the ingredients and their products contain no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, paraffin, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrance, etc. That gives me lots of comfort.

I moisturize my hair with all kinds of oil – olive, tea tree, jojoba, and especially lavender because it’s balances your sebum production and is very calming. When I get my hair retwisted, I use aloe vera gel, Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel or olive oil. That’s about it. In my experience, leaving my hair alone is the best care for it.

Anything else you would like to share?

Follow me on twitter: @Hakim2633
Tumblr (Even though I’m rarely on there these days: http://keemhasthedream.tumblr.com/
Lastly, check out a great magazine that I write for: http://heedmag.com

Thanks for joining us Hakim!

Do you have any additional suggestions of cleansing options to help keep Hakim’s scalp clean?

White Boys and Black Girls’ Hair

White Dude Coworker: Like, I don’t get it. What’s the big deal about having natural hair?

Me: It’s not really a big deal, it’s just a difference in the look, texture, and upkeep of the hair.

White Dude Coworker: Well, what’s the difference? What does natural hair look like?

Me: *pointing to my fresh twist-out* This is natural.

White Dude Coworker: What does un-natural hair look like?

Me: Mostly permed or relaxed hair is considered to be un-natural.

White Dude Coworker: My sister got a perm once, she looked terrible.

Me: What most white people call perms are different from what black people call perms. Perms make white peoples’ hair curly, but make make black peoples’ hair straight.

White Dude Coworker: Oh. I don’t see lots of girls around here with hair like yours though.

Me: Probably because they have perms or weaves.

White Dude Coworker: So….Michelle Obama, her hair is natural, right?

Me: No.

White Dude Coworker: Yes it is!

Me: No, really, it’s not. She has a relaxer!

White Dude Coworker: What?!?!?!? *Mouth drops open*

Me: Yup

White Dude Coworker: *long pause* Are you sure?

As nuts as this conversation may sound, it’s not the first time I’ve had to give a white guy a short lesson on my hair, weaves, relaxers, locs, or natural hair in general. No matter how I try to slice it, most white people, guys especially seem to be very fascinated with natural hair.

When I met my husband, the first thing he wanted to do was touch my hair. I had it in an afro puff/ponytail. He was fascinated with the texture, how it smelled, how “spongy” it felt, and thought it was the most unusual thing EVER the way my hair stayed stationary no matter how hard the wind blew. We’ve been together for 4 years and he still finds himself playing in my hair, sometimes greasing my scalp and helping me retwist. He loves my kinks and curls and actually doesn’t care for me to straighten it. He loves afro puffs, twist-outs and braid-outs especially because he says it shows off my texture best. But even as much as hubs knows about my hair now, back when we first started dating, he had to learn the hard way about my day long hair washing sessions and how messy and time consuming henna can be. For a while, he assumed that if a black girl had bone straight hair, it was naturally so. You would be surprised by the strange things that some white guys just assume about our hair in it’s natural state. When I broke the news to a white associate of mine that his favorite actress Gabrielle Union was more than likely sporting a weave in his favorite photo of her, he looked as though he could cry. When he was able to collect himself, he retorted “Well, that’s just ridiculous! I bet she’d be just as stunning without all that fake stuff”. I agree!

Now, I know that some naturals don’t like to be approached about their hair, or even have anyone request to touch or get a closer look, but you gotta remember, not all people who are inquiring are doing so to be rude or nosey. There are some people who are genuinely intrigued by what’s going on atop your head! Let’s face it, there are probably not a lot of people walking around looking like you, and the fact that you are so uniquely beautiful may attract attention. *Kanye shrug*

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