Greetings, Hair Hypers! I know it’s been a while since I made a post. (My apologies!) But I have been taking some personal time and reflecting on my thoughts and views of the concept of “natural hair” as a whole. As this movement continues to gain momentum, we are constantly faced with new issues and challenges. For instance, where do our men and boys fit in with regards to the whole natural hair hype? Well, can we really ignore the fact that our men and boys also exist in a society that may have convinced them straightening their hair made them appear more attractive? Well, we can…but should we? No. Nevertheless, it does seem that our men are being lost in the natural hair hype.
Of course, we want our boys and men to be natural and embrace their natural selves. Moreover, given that the gender lines are more blurred than ever, there are so many exciting things for boys and young men to with their hair these days. The following is a closer look at 5 of my personal faves.
First of all, a super sweet style for people of all ages, who doesn’t love a bun?! Low maintenance and amazing, the messy bun is a great option for men and women on the go. Although males typically call theirs “man buns”, it’s all the same thing. To achieve this style, simply gather all of your hair in the middle of your head, brush is gently around the edges, and secure the hair with an elastic band of your choice. This style doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s part of the fun. How do you rock your messy bun?!
4. Two-Strand Twists
Next, although they are not commonly thought to be a style for men, two-strand twists are a popular style for young men and boys. Achieved by parting the hair into smaller sections, separating the sections into two, and twisting the sections around each other, this style is fairly simple to install and lasts days or even weeks at a time. The main difference between men and women rocking this style is that boys typically let these go wild while girls and women usually where them more tamed (though, that is not always the case). Moreover, women protect them with scarves (whereas men typically use do-rags), and you can even turn your dreadlocks into twists as well! Either way, this is a great unisex style for all!
3. Twist Outs
Moreover, twist outs are a style that occurs in two parts. First, you rock two-strand twists for anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks. Then you take the twists out and rock a lovely crinkly fro for a few days. Super fun and versatile. Both men and women look excellent in this style. For more info about twist-outs, click here!
“I like my baby’s hair with baby hair and Afros!” Does this style even need an introduction? The Afro has been around for ages and continues to be reinvented with every new generation. These days, they’re big, bold, and often contain color. Excellent for men, women, boys, and girls. How do you rock your fro?!
1. Asymmetrical Cut
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Lastly, an asymmetrical cut is the wave of the future with regards to natural hair. With endless possibilities, each person is able to make this do their own. All it takes is some courage, a bit of imagination, oh, and some hair. However, be forewarned, the quality of your cut will largely depend on the level of skill your barber or stylist possess. You may want to see some (a lot!) of their work before allowing them to cut your hair. Lest, you endure your first (or another) big chop!
Well, those are my top picks for unisex natural styles. Do you have any others?! Feel free to comment below!