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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Natural Hair Feature: Ken McGuire

Introduce Yourself.
I'm Ken, a 19 year old sophomore from Michigan.

What inspired you to grow your natural hair out?
After seeing my sister proceed in her natural hair journey and noticing her curl pattern, I was inspired me to grow my hair out.  I guess you can say I first began growing my natural hair out of curiosity.  I wanted to see if my curl pattern had any resemblance to hers.

So how does your curl pattern compare to your sister’s? 
Our curl pattern is similar, yet very different.  My curl pattern is more of a tighter curl than hers.  I would say she's a majority 3c, and I'm closer to 4a.

Do you change your hairstyle often?
I don't really change my hairstyle too often.  Being a natural guy, it seems as though there are limited hairstyles.

What hairstyles have you tried out?
I've tried twists, twist outs, blow outs, and wash and goes.

What's your normal hair care routine? 
My normal routine is pretty simple.  I try to moisturize my hair daily or every other day with either Palm Tapioca Hair Cream, Shea Butter, or Darcy's Botanicals Tucuma Butter Moisture Whip.  I wash with my Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo once a week if I'm wearing my hair curly or twice a week if I'm trying to stretch a twist out.  In between time, I may co wash with OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner.  I also try to deep condition once every 2-3 weeks with B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioner.  

How did people react to your change of hairstyle?
When I first started growing my hair out, I got a lot of negative feedback.  It was about 4 out of 5 people that would tell me I needed to cut it.  People seen my curls as "nappy".  More times than not, people would look at me side ways.  I found myself getting questions about my reasoning for growing my hair out, after telling them their reactions were towards the lines of "you should just cut it" or "you look better with a fade".

Did their perception on your natural hair change?
Now their perception has changed completely!  Everyone loves it.  I usually get a compliment everyday especially on my curl pattern.  Now, random people stop me and ask what I do for my hair, my daily routine, etc.  Also being an African American guy with longer hair, all of the girls tend to love it lol.

Were there any problems you had going natural?
About 6 months ago, I thought my hair was feeling limp, so I decided to do a protein treatment.  The protein treatment had my hair feeling even drier than before.  It was sort of like straw.  I then realized my problem was a protein overload.  My solution was to moisturize my hair more, and use products with little to no protein.

Can you explain what protein overload is?
I mean I have a clue of what it is, but I'm not completely sure exactly what it is. I know I was experiencing excessive dryness.  My hair appeared very still and dull with a lack of shine. All of which I read were signs of a possible protein overload.  I was going off of what my sister was telling me and a few readings I've encountered online.

Where can we reach you to stay in contact?
You can contact me on 
Facebook: Ken McGuire 
Twitter: kdm428
Instagram: kdm428


  1. His hair is gorgeous! But I’m one of those that like to see a man clean cut!

  2. Lovin Ken for the hair AND the attitude! I'm glad he was able to accept his hair and not give in to cutting it because of what everyone else said. Shoutout to him for embracing it and working it lol!

  3. Right! It there hair isn't in dreads or cornrows they are looked at as girly or feminine. IDK why but men have strayed away from braids now though.

  4. this is my first seeing a boy taking care of his natural hair got job he has some really beautiful hair :)


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