I really don't mean to be ignorant but can black men be apart of the Natural Hair movement?!?!
I really don't want to be disrespectful but I love and support black woman and the Natural Hair Movement. It's truly beautiful. I'm proud to see black women not ashamed of their heritage and not styling their hair to societies views of how "black hair" should be. My sister is involved and I have taken interest. (a little embarrassed to ask my sister at the moment ha) I am not homosexual I am straight but I naturally want to learn how to care for my 4C hair and lengthen it. When I was younger I had hair a bit past shoulder length. I also wore braids and my mother would perm my hair up until I decided to cut it. Afterwards I wore hair cuts but cutting my hair every half a month becomes tiresome and pricey. Plus I naturally liked my hair. I usually grow it until it's a bush (Yes waaaay before the black male community up and decided to wear nappy bushes throughout 2013-2015 ha ha) but not yet an afro then cut it or have it cut into a mohawk. I want to grow my hair as women would say out to "bra strap length" just like my older sister goal (with me getting shape-ups of course). I would like your support and advice if it's not offensive, thank you.
Yess!! Anyone is welcome to show their natural hair and I personally love to see how many more men are joining the natural community more and more. Accepting& loving our hair does not come in gender fortunately haha. There is a section where men can share their idea's and/or problems on this site as well: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/curly-men/If you have instagram, there's a guy called shamoyy with freakin long hair ( as a guy). Youtube has gained a lot more men who upload tutorials on curly or coily hair as well.And about your hair, I always say first goal is healthy hair without any relaxers or harsh chemicals, when it's healthy length will come by itself. Try looking at the curly girl (in this case man lol) method and see what works best for you. Who knows, maybe your sister loves to help you out cause girls do love getting involved!
You are welcome!! Everyone who wants to accept and embrace their natural hair should join in the support and encouragement. We want to share that!The most important things to remember are to keep it moisturized and to keep it simple. Don't start buying every product you see and don't try to pre-poo, clarify, cleanse, hot oil treat, henna, deep condition, and style every time you wash.Try conditioner washing to retain moisture. Cleanse with conditioner or a real co-wash product twice a week or more if you are very active. Once a week might be enough, just find what works for you. If you like shampooing better still, try moisturizing shampoos. My favorites are SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlproducts/view/10...) or Creme of Nature Argan Oil (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlproducts/view/10...) or another Shea Moisture shampoo (http://Shop.NaturallyCurly.com/search/?query=shea+moistur...). Whatever you wash with, make sure its sulfate-free. Only shampoo once a week if you can (if you are only shampooing and not co-washing. If you also co-wash, trade your co-wash for shampoo at least once every two weeks).After cleansing use a rinse out conditioner or deep condition (as often as you feel your hair needs it–at least once a month or every time you swap your co-wash for shampoo). You can use regular conditioner and add olive oil (or another oil) to it to make your own deep conditioner. (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-ha...)Use a water-based leave-in/moisturizer (water is the first ingredient) on damp hair. A lot of people (including me) like SheaMoisture products so that might be a good place to start. I specifically like the Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk as a moisturizer. Then, seal the moisture in with an oil or butter, like pure shea butter (just a bit), jojoba, grapeseed, avocado, argan oil...To refresh your hair in the mornings put some warm tap water or mix the water with conditioner or oil (trial and error to see what your hair needs or likes better) in a spray bottle and dampen your hair to make it easier to fluff it back up after sleeping on it. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or with your hair covered with a satin cap.I know it can be confusing and a lot to figure out, to see what works for your hair, but keep trying, do your research online, on youTube for product reviews, regimens and tips. Again, just keep your regimen as simple as possible and learn how to keep your hair moisturized, and which products are working and which ones aren't, while your hair is still short.I hope that helps!