It’s no secret that men with long hair stand out. However, many men are hesitant to grow their hair out worrying about how difficult it would be to maintain it. There has been a recent wave of men growing out their hair to enviable lengths but the question is, how is this perceived by society? Do they receive backlash for opting to wear their hair long? Society may have their own reservations about men with long manes but clearly the world of fashion and beauty has nothing against the man mane, if Benny Harlem and Giovanni Ferrer are anything to go by. These two men have luxurious natural manes that many follicle challenged men and women only dream of.
The name may not be familiar to most but he is an L.A based model/musician who has been getting attention for his hair. He has been breaking the internet with his father-daughter stunning Instagram posts proudly showcasing their glorious and luscious afros, not forgetting his wife.
He also happens to hold the Guinness World Record for having the ‘World’s tallest high-top fade’. His 20.5 Inch tall hairst takes him two hours to shape and comb it into place. His aim is to inspire people of all cultures and backgrounds to embrace who they are by appreciating their own natural hair.
While he does get a lot of attention for the way he looks for it not being the look of a ‘typical black male’, he certainly doesn’t mind the criticism and is okay with not wanting to look like the average black guy.
“I love the fact that I am who I am. Many men who look the way I look don’t get the platform that I have been blessed with to showcase it. It is my hope that I’m one of the ones who stands firm in my looks, as an artist, as a man, as a father, and so help other men come out unapologetically with their hair and everything. I shouldn’t look the way Wall Street wants me to look. I should look like how I feel inside.”-Benny Harlem
So what is the Harlem Family Long hair secret?
While Benny’s hair journey begun at a very young age, he swears by using natural products. The Harlem family all use homemade shampoo prepared with all natural ingredients that include: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil and berries. (Read top 5 Essential Oils for Healthy Hair). Meanwhile, they also take care of their overall health. According to an interview with ‘Beyond Classically Beautiful’ Benny mentioned diet as a contributing factor to his long hair. “Health is my lifestyle, I believe that being healthy; mind, body and spirit allows my hair to reach beyond its peak. I also maintain a very clean diet and drink lots of water…both are very important factors in the longevity of healthy hair.”
Giovanni Ferrer is a model with the tresses of a god. Born to a black mother and Filipino father, Giovanni’s long hair has caused quite a stir on social media with most questions being on his hair care routine and how long he has been growing his hair for.
“With my hair, I’ve been growing it from a little kid for about 10 years now and I’ve been getting negative comments from when I was seven. It used to bother me back then but now that I am older, I’ve gotten used to it so it doesn’t affect me.”-Giovanni
His simplified hair care routine makes me question where I have been going wrong with mine. He keeps it very simple using just three key products as seen on his ‘Curly Hair men Routine’ video on his YouTube channel:
- TRESemme Flawless Curls Shampoo and Conditioner
- Shea Moisture curl style milk
- Shea Moisture curl Gel Soufflé
Is it really this easy to grow long healthy hair or are these two men holding back on us on the ‘actual secret’? It’s not customary for men to wear their hair long but these two gentlemen are certainly pushing the barriers and shutting down societal taboos to prove that long hair on men can actually look unapologetically great.