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On the Couch with Kenneth

By January 27th, 202168 Comments

On the Couch with KennethYesterday, Kenneth submitted a Fierce Friday pic after stumbling across the blog via Youtube. He commented, ‘there aren’t a lot of men represented on your site….” Touché. So I asked for his story and he obliged. Enjoy!

For the longest time I was adhering to the tried and true Black man style, that of a shaved head. I was living in Japan so I opted to cut my own hair because Japanese people were largely afraid of messing up my hair and sending me into a ‘Black man rage’. Things were going good for awhile, until one fateful day my hair clippers broke. At this point, I had no other option but to let my hair grow. I wasn’t going to fly back to America to get my hair cut. So slowly my hair started to grow into an afro.

I decided that if I was going to have an afro I would need a pick to maintain it. Of course this being Japan nobody knew what an afro pick was, and when I showed people a picture of one, they offered me a fork… So I just gave up completely and just let my hair get ratty. I just completely stopped caring. Barely bothered washing it, but used conditioner occasionally (3 times a month maybe).

And this ratty mess actually turned into something cool. And then I moved back to America and wouldn’t you know it there was a Black hair renaissance going on! And suddenly my hair went from being viewed as a dirty menace in Japan to something to fawn over.

On the Couch with Kenneth
On the Couch with Kenneth


  • Tash says:

    He's super cute.

  • Anonymous says:

    He has great hair! I would love if Curly Nikki did an interview with Richard Ayoade (if any of you guys watch British shows, he's on the IT Crowd). He's adorable and has a beautiful mane.

  • Linden says:

    Damn he is FIONE…….

  • Anonymous says:

    Love it!!!!!!! Your hair's awesome. Had to visit your site… I'm only three sentences in and already trying not to laugh too loudly.

  • Lynnieluve says:

    Loves it!! By the way Kenny, your blog is HIGH-Larious!!

  • K3NNY says:

    My website is and I have a twitter account @SK1NNY_K3NNY

    And as far as a male site (Curly Carl), well…. I think I will make contributions right here on Curly Nikki. But until then you can visit my site if you'd like!

  • Anonymous says:

    So whats kenneth's youtube and/or blog address? Anyone?

  • Anonymous says:

    Yeah dude, your hair is dope! I LOVE when men rock their natural. I've got an affinity for men with locs but you work this really well.

    I second the notion that you should start a site for men who rock their naps :)

  • Toybox Playground says:

    Most definitely a Prince vibe! Gorgeous eyes and hair, that second pic is absolutely bad a**!!! The little mermaid popped to mind for me too, I picture him sitting at the banquet table combing his hair, LOL. More men should visit CN, just saying.

  • Takisha Ward says:

    I love it!!!! Beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    damn he look good lol

  • KC says:

    Yay, a boy!! :D
    Hopefully this motivates other men to tell their stories because we'd all love to hear them(:

  • Amber says:

    Give those Visual Kei boys a run for their money. Your hair is seriously awesome, keep it up! :)

  • Janel says:

    I love it! Thanks Nikki for ceasing the moment! LOL at using a fork aka "the dinglehopper" according to Scuttle from The Little Mermaid!

  • Jivelene says:

    His hair is fire!!! I think some of the Japanese style rubbed off, cause his hair has an anime flavor! So cute! I love the guy sit downs. Once a month would be totally cool. Troy Polamalu next please.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVE his hair, and he's a cutie (:

  • Angus says:

    Men's hair, women's hair, whatever, if the person has a head full of awesome hair (as he does), I want to read about it! And clearly quite a few other people do too judging by the amount of comments.

    The fork comment was hella funny though, they probably thought they were being so helpful lol. Depending on what part of Japan he was in, afro hair may have been something strange and foreign, hence the unfamiliarity with afro-picks. Hell, it still is viewed that way in some parts of America.

  • Anonymous says:

    His blog is so funny. LOL. Ourageous, but funny.1

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm surprised that you couldn't find an afro pick in Japan, they have a few salons that offer afro or curly perms. They must maintain that "fro" look somehow.

  • Anonymous says:

    I WANT A DREAD AFRO! I've been contemplating getting locs, but I love my curly fro too much.I'd really like to know more about how to free-form into a dread afro like this. so far I've got: wash with conditioner, don't detangle, but from time to time pull loc-ing hair apart…*sigh* my dream regimen

  • Anonymous says:

    kenneth i visited your site you are HILARIOUS!!! i love your sense of humor!!!! and your hair!

  • K3NNY says:

    Ohh and I did have to periodically pull my locs apart. To keep them from becoming one giant loc.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anon 9/8/11 10:24 AM: You seem just a wee bit hostile IMO. FYI in other cultures hair is also a man's glory and an expression of his spirituality…Rastafarians and Sikhs just to name two.

  • Anonymous says:

    he is cute!
    his hair is fabulous!
    yes, he looks like Prince, Eric Benet and Milli!
    …but, please, I do not want to read about a MAN going natural. Whoever said that he should start a man site is right…keep that kinda stuff separate from what is going on here!!!

    Hair is a woman's glory not a mans…so I aint feelin' this.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love his style!

  • Anonymous says:

    Dude, you are rocking this look!

  • Sadia says:

    What part of Japan was he living in? Year after year, since roughly the early 90s, thousands of young, trendsetting Japanese undergo perms– to kinkify their hair. Last summer in Kyoto, I spotted a 9 year-old Japanese girl with what easily passed for a natural afro. But natural it was not; both parents? Japanese.

    When I attended Japanese high school in 1996, perms (along with hair dying and other methods of style personalization) were being banned from school to school as girls flocked to salons to seek curly hair.

    But I digress. This kid is adorable, and he's got a great head of hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    His hair is fabulous in all but don't you hate how men can barely do much for their look and still come out lookin BAADDD. They are definitely the prettier sex. Just like peacocks…

  • K3NNY says:

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. It's a dread afro. My hair started to loc up but half heartedly. And I don't really use anything really except Grape Seed Oil to make it somewhat shiny. I don't have a website for hair. But I have a website for comedy. It may or may not resonate with you.

    I'm pretty far out. So far out I'm out of sight!

  • Anonymous says:

    i love this. hotness! love the male energy. low maintenance and straight to the point. Imagine how much trauma some black women would feel if they were in japan and their flat iron broke. lmbo. Long as I have my oils and conditioner I'm cool.

  • Tai says:

    Kenneth-san ga suki da yo! Totemo kawaii! Kami ga kakoii.

  • Anonymous says:

    His style is on point!! Love it! Imagine picking out your hair with a fork….lol!

  • Monique Dorroh says:

    I love his image too. And I think he's soooooo handsome and his freckles look sooooo cool on him. Adorable.

  • Becky says:

    OMG I have fallen in love with his whole image/style!!!! I have a new hair crush :D

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nice hair. Second pix sort of reminds me of Mario Van Peeples a little as well. LOL at the fork! Nice to see a guy on here. What products does he use?

  • Annie L. says:

    I'm LOVING his hair (and his style) I wish more men would venture beyond the safe, ho-hum shaved low profile. The fork had me dying!

    BTW Are those coils? Twists? Locs?

    Yes, more on his and other men's stories please.

  • Sophie says:

    hahaha, forks! I can only imagine how befuddled they were.

    and I think perhaps men are not as well represented on this site because men don't use it as much. That's not a bad thing, because in general women like looking at sites on how to look pretty more than men! I do like the occasional guy that comes along, though, and this guy is f-l-y!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yay! Its a guy on the site :)

    I wish he went into depth about his story. I wanted to hear a little more about him.

  • L. Providence says:

    Absolutely love his hair!
    Wow @ the fork comment. That's crazy!
    But thank you for sharing. This was such a great read.


  • Vsez says:

    *dead* @the fork comment. LOL! His hair is gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with his statement 'Men are not represented enough on this blog' Why is that??

  • Anonymous says:

    His gorgeous locs and "what-ever" (non) regimen sorta makes all the time and money us girls spend on our hair seem excessive…lol! Love it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Welcome Kenneth! I love your rockin' locs!

  • Gigi says:

    Yay for a man being represented. That 2nd pic is so fierce.

  • Anonymous says:

    Great post!

  • says:

    His hair sort of reminds me of my own, when I leave it alone for a week :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Kenneth's hair is definitely cool and something to fawn over. Luv it! Great way to rep for the fellas!

  • WMH says:

    Wow…what a gorgeous head of hair!!! Handsome man with great style! :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Great interview. It really doesn't seem he has much of a regimen and his hair is still flourishing! Lol, I agree that he has a very Prince aura. The Little Mermaid comment was too funny! I thought the exact same thing! It was pretty refreshing to hear a guy's perspective too! Great work Nikki!

  • Beads, Braids & Beyond says:

    Amazing hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love it! When I was in Japan, I got the same reactions lol. He really looks like Eric Benet with a Prince-esque style of dress. WERK.

  • Lily says:

    He is absoulutely right! There should be more male features. They bring an interesting perspective on hair care and going natural. Thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love his hair in the first picture! Grow hair, grow. I want to rock that style. Anyways he sounds like a super cool dude. Wish he would've told us more about the products he uses..

  • Tiffani says:

    Love his hair!!

  • Anonymous says:

    The male energy for this site is good.

  • Anonymous says:

    Cross between Millli Vanilli and Eric Benet.
    Cool hair. He should start a male oriented site! That would be a cool addition to the plethora of natural hair care blogs, most of which have a predominantly female bent.

  • classCie says:

    I LOVE his story! That is the most interesting story of going natural I've ever heard. His hair is awesome and so is he! Cheers to male presence in the natural hair community!

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous, yes Nikki keep the male stories coming. We are all learning to be ourselves!

  • ThickHair says:

    He reminds me of the R&B singer Maxwell…He has a great head of hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    They gave him a fork for a Afro pick lmao! I just keep picturing the Little Mermaid combing her hair with that fork

  • MrsWardy88 says:

    Beautiful! Wonderful! I love it! What is his regimen though?

  • Angela says:

    He does have a little bit of a Prince vibe, doesn't he? Great style. Way to represent the boys.

  • Antoinette Stewart says:

    Love his style and the way he writes.
    Quite a character :]

  • Breanna says:


    Yeah you right esp. like in the scenes also from Dave Chapelle Show and he did his sketches of Prince to hilarious…

  • Anonymous says:

    his hair is amaaaaazing

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVES IT!!! His hair is beautiful!

  • ND says:

    For some reason he reminds me of Prince in these photos, lol! I like his hair and his style! Fierce!

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