Boy Hair Styles: Wash N Go (3 Year Old)

Here is a quick pic of a boy’s wash n go hairstyle.

I could not resist snapping a picture of this cute three year old (with permission of course :-) )  His mom said that she just washed it and let his hair do what it does.

Boy Hair Styles: Twist-out Afro (9 Year Old)

This is a follow up to my other post here: BHS-Two Strand Twists.  After my son wore the twists for a few days, I untwisted and finger styled them into a twist-out afro.  Here are the results:

Before I began untwisting, I rubbed coconut oil all over his two-strand twists.

After all of the twists were removed, I used my hands to separate the hair into an afro.  I notice that with his hair, it is hard to separate it enough so that none of the parts show.  If I were to grow his hair out again and retry this style, I would use a comb to gently comb his hair at the roots in order to cover the parts better.

I loved the way it turned out in the front.

After all of the twists were removed, my husband used clippers to line the edges of his hair to give it a cleaner look.  This style would look great (minus lining the edges…I guess?) on a woman with a short to medium length TWA!

Boy Hair Styles: Two-strand Twists (9 Year Old)

Here is a boy’s style that I did a few months ago on my son (before my husband shaved his hair off).  These were two strand twists that I did in preparation for a twist-out.  I initially went back and forth on whether I liked the twists on him or not.  Now I think I like them a lot. This video may also be helpful for showing how to do two-strand twists on a woman’s short to medium TWA (teeny weeny afro). Two strand twists can also be used for starting locs.  I hope this helps!  Here are a few pictures of the two-strands, along with a video on I did the twists:

As you can see, the two-strand twists came out fairly large.  Smaller parts would have resulted in smaller twists.

I used the same technique that I use on my own hair: start with moist hair, part (or just grab), rub ORS Lock n Twist Gel on each section and begin two-strand twisting.  That’s it!

Hair…Gone but not Forgotten!

I wanted to post an update on my son’s hair growing process.  Well, I must report…his growth journey had to come to an end (for now).  During a rough day of homeschooling a couple of weeks ago, hubby decided that my son had gotten too big for his britches.  On top of that, he had a serious case of hand in hair syndrome which resulted in his assignments taking way longer than they should have (we don’t play when it comes to education).  The solution, hubby went military style on him with the hair clippers (Navy vet in the house).  Here are the results:

Here’s my son’s new do.  I was shocked at how upset he got when hubby decided to shave off the afro.  I guess we ladies are not the only ones that can get attached to our tresses.

I think he looks handsome whether his hair is grown out or shaved.  Of course, the shaved look is a lot easier for me to care for ;-)

Did his new cut improve his attitude?  It did.  Especially now that he realizes that growing his hair out is a privilege, not a right.  I promised him that if he does what he’s supposed to do, we can begin the process of growing his hair out again.  Well see how that goes!

By the way, I have two more hair styles to share for boys with longer hair (two strand twists and the resulting twist-out). Once I edit the video, I will post.

Boy Hair Styles: Quick Coils (9 Year Old)

My sister Co sent me a video of a new method of doing coils on a TWA (teeny weeny afro) that I had never heard of.  With this method, you take a soft boar bristle brush, and you brush the hair in a circular motion until it forms coils.  Using this method, you can coil the hair in a fraction of the time it takes to do finger coils. I tried this method on my son and was pleased with the results.  Below you’ll find pictures and links to my first and second attempt at doing this style on my son. The first video also shows my little experiment on trying to achieve the style using different types of brushes.  Enjoy!

Quick coils 1st attempt & experiment using different brushes

2nd attempt at quick coils

Boy Hair Styles: Finger Coils Video

Here’s a short (1:27) video on how I created my son’s finger coils that I posted earlier today: Finger Coils This same technique can probably be used on almost anyone with an afro (or curly) hair texture.

Boy Hair Styles: Coils (9 Year Old)

While reading over articles and discussions regarding boys and their hair, I’ve noticed that there are people interested in hair styles for boys looking to grow their hair out.  Since my son is one of those boys, I’ve decided to add a few styles that I have and plan on trying on him.  Here’s the first style that I’ve tried – coils:

First, I wanted to add a few pictures of his texture, freshly washed with conditioner – click to enlarge  (you can still see some of the leave-in conditioner that I used).

His hair was washed with Cara B Naturally Shampoo (the same as I use on my daughter).  I then applied Curly Q Custard and Coconut Oil to his damp hair.

Here is the side of his coils.  I used ORS Lock n Twist gel to hold the coils together.

Please note that these are not comb coils.  These coils were created by simply twirling his hair between my fingers. I recorded a quick video (click link) here: Finger Coils

From what I understand, coils such as these is one of the many ways to begin locs.

Here’s the top view of the coils.

My son was very happy that I finally agreed to coils his hair, just like I did when he was 5. (See his early coils here, scroll down after clicking the link – coils)

Unfortunately his coils did not last more than a few nights.  After a couple of days, I loosened the coils into a coil-out.  Here he is hard at work completing a home school assignment.

One last view of my son and his growing afro styled into a coil-out.

Black Boys & Long Hair

My 9 year old son with his growing afro styled in coils.

Does long hair on a male make him look feminine?  Will he be mistaken for a girl/woman? When I see Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, there is nothing feminine about him.  Did we not drool over Maxwell’s untamed fro before he cut it? Are coils and twists only reserved for girls? Well, DL Hughley, Gary Dourdan and John Legend look very masculine with their twists & coils. Will allowing your boy to grow his hair out doom him to a life of unemployment and utter thuggishness?  Will his I.Q. drop?  Will Harvard or MIT not admit him because he wore his hair in twists, braids or a big afro when he was in school, even if his GPA is at the top of his class? I admit that I used to associate braids on a boy with them trying to be gangsta or a thug, but now that I am on this natural journey, my view has expanded a bit.  Volunteering in schools as a mentor, assisting my husband while he coached basketball or put on basketball showcases for students looking to get scholarships, I’ve been around plenty of intelligent, charismatic and later on successful young men who wore their hair long in braids at some point.  To associate long hair on a males with being unsuccessful later in life is as wrong as saying that all women with a TWA want to be boys. We have to remember there was once a time when a black woman wearing natural hair was not considered professional. Besides that, we are talking about young boys, not a grown man out applying for jobs. Is growing out an African American boy’s hair only reserved for those with curls? Come on now, are we still on that good hair/ bad hair thing…really. Will a boy who wore his hair long be damaged for life because other children teased him about it? Anybody who has been to school knows that no matter how you wear your hair somebody is going to tease you about something at sometime.  Are we really trying to teach our kids to “keep it safe” to avoid being teased?  Are we telling our boys to keep their hair cut short (even if they want to grow it out), so that they fade into the background and avoid school yard ridicule?  In that case, we might as well tell them to only dress in the coolest clothes, only wear Jordans and for goodness sake, never speak up to avoid saying anything that might be considered weird!

Why am I asking all of these questions? I ran across a few discussions and articles on boys with long hair and  the questions that I ask above are some of the reasons people give on why a boy should always keep his hair cut low.   Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to invalidate these opinions or change anyone’s mind, I just wanted to give my view.

Why do I even care about this topic?  Well my son, who is now 9 years old, has been asking me to allow him to grow his hair longer every since I went natural back in 2005.  Up to this point, I’ve told him no.  Well, I did coil his afro once when he was five years old, but it did not last long and I didn’t redo the style when the coils came out.  Now that he’s 9, he’s once again asking to wear coils.  I went ahead and coiled his hair about a week ago and he loved it.  We’ve had the discussion more than once on some of the negative things people may say when a boy has an afro or twists/coils, but my son has never cared much about what other people may say about him or his hair (I admire that about him).  Even at five years old, his attitude was “I like it and that’s all that matters”.

I’m not sure how long he’ll want his hair to get or how long I’ll be willing to deal with yet another head of hair to do (after all, I have my own and my daughter’s hair to care for).  Maybe he just wants to try something different for a short period of time.  Or maybe we’ll look into something more long term, such as locs.  My question to you is - what are your thoughts on black boys wearing their hair long?

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