Help a Brotha’ Out! How Do I Maintain My Locs?
Latest posts by Dianne Austin (see all)
- Entrepreneur Tonya Cross Is Making Waves in the Natural Hair Space: NHCN Podcast#0026 - November 4, 2017
- Part 2: Alopecia, Hair Loss and More: A Candid Conversation About Our Hair with Dr. Shari Hicks Graham NHCN Podcast #0025 - September 27, 2017
- Part 1: Alopecia, Hair Loss and More: A Candid Conversation About Our Hair with Dr. Shari Hicks Graham NHCN Podcast #0024 - September 25, 2017
Here’s a brother with natural hair who wanted to share his journey, (and challenges) with our natural hair community.
Darryll is looking for some Naturalistas who can help him better care for his hair by offering your wisdom based on experience.
Read the article and “help a brotha’ out”! Leave your comments below.
I am a 58 year old grey haired large black man, that has been faced with many hair issues since I started growing my locs. Can I get a little help?
First, I must confess, that I did not choose locs, they sort of chose me or were chosen for me. You see, I got in an accident and separated both my quadriceps at the same time. Consequently, I was in the hospital and the rehab center “stuck” for an extended period of time.
My sister climbed into the bed with me, bless her loving heart, and took the time to twist my hair. She said, I had a “scary afro”, and she couldn’t stand me looking like that any longer. My wife liked it, and that was the start of my life with locs… And then the hair issues began… I was told to tie it up when I went to bed!
Questions: First, what is that “Black Bees Wax” stuff that gets all over everything all about? How do I get that stuff out of my pillowcases? And is that part of the start to this process really necessary?
Second, who teaches a guy like me, how and when I should moisturize my hair, and why does it itch and what does that itch really mean?
At the beginning, it looked crazy most of the time and I couldn’t make it look or act like I wanted it to consistently.
Third, how often should one get their hair re-twisted? Washed? Scalp massaged, cholesterol treated… etc.
How come I shouldn’t use products with the words alcohol or something that I can’t pronounce in the ingredient section of the product? Where do you go to learn these things????
I’ve had short hair, (I spent eight years in the Active Duty Military). I used the blue stuff on a regular basis and if my hair got really dry, I would use the green stuff! (Ultra-sheen). That was it and I was good for the rest of the day.
Is there a hair course available for a “Brotha” to take (on) natural haircare and loc maintenance? Mmmmm… I’m afraid I just have to wait for my sister’s and my schedule to mesh. Which is not too often to get my hair done.
Don’t get me wrong, my sister is awesome and because of her and Mother Nature, I sport locks of three and a half feet or better, and yes I have been told that they are healthy and amazingly beautiful…
But, I’ve gone to three different hair salons and each time I get a lecture on haircare. Each place charged me a different amount; the highest was $175.00, which I cannot maintain given this climate of economics we now live in. Whew… Therefore, what’s a man to do? Where do I go from here? As I move into my senior years, should I just break down and get a shave or can I get a little help from YOU!!!!!!
Author: Darryll “Dax” Maston
|“Changing attitudes about natural hair” is what we do at Natural Haircare News. Through informative articles, podcasts and videos, we go beyond just sharing the latest advice and tips on kinky, curly, wavy haircare – We shake things up and focus on the realities of wearing our hair natural.|
You May Also Like:
- Is Your Man Supportive Of Your Natural Hair? [Video]
- An Easy Flat Twist Style for You to Try [Video]
- OK Ladies Now Let’s Get “In FORMATION”
- 5 Things Keeping You From a Solid Hair Regimen
- 4 Things I Have Learned About Myself Since Deciding to Go Natural
- The Benefits of Natural Hair
- “Sage” Wisdom for Coloring Your Natural Hair
- Readers’ Spotlight: Nappy and Natural – Lynnette’s Story
- Are Black Men Missing From the Natural Hair Conversation?
- Reversing the Mistreatment of Black Hair
- Is Natural Hair Still a Pejorative?
- Single Dad Shatters Stereotypes About Hairstyling
Explore Our Website!
Let’s Stay In Touch
What Others Are Saying
Natural Haircare Topics
- How Do You Know If You Have Scab Hair? Pictures
- 6 Tips for Controlling Frizz in Natural Hair
- The Finer Things In Life: Tips For Fine Hair Naturals!
- Combating Fairy Knots In Natural Hair, (Single Strand Knots)
- The LOC Method: 3 Steps For Happy, Moisture Rich, Natural Hair
- Mature Women and Natural Hair – A Photo Gallery
- Transitioners Start Here
- Natural Haircare Training and Certification Available at a North Carolina Community College
- The Benefits of Hair Steaming For Natural Hair
- To Trim Or Not To Trim – That Is The Question