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Larry // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Dec 25, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Happy Holidays Ladies and Gents! Feast your eyes on this. It’s BGLH’s first male Style Icon! We’ve heard your cries and Larry is here to answer the call. Check out his feature below.

Introduce yourself!
L:
My name is Larry. I’m an army brat so it’s difficult to say one place I’m from. I grew up everywhere, but “Home” is Columbus, Georgia and I currently live in Gainesville, Florida. In the government’s eyes I’m unemployed, but when I’m not web browsing I work as a freelance photographer and graphic designer. I assist a West African dance course at the University of Florida, and a large part of my time is also devoted to a prayer and worship ministry I sing with called The Furnace.

When did you start growing your hair out?
L:
I started growing my hair in December 2006. For the most part I was always comfortable wearing it in its natural texture. I’ve had a few disastrous run-ins with different kinds of “s‑curl” gels and flat irons, but generally I never considered that there was ever a problem with the way my hair grows from my scalp.

How do people typically respond to your hairstyle of choice?
L:
“OMG – Can I touch it?!?” A close second would be “Is it real?” I’ve been growing it and wearing it out for so long a lot of the ways that it “affects” me just seem like standard procedure now. A lot of the reminders that my hair is different comes from other people. I’m pretty frequently stopped in the street by strangers with compliments mostly. Sometimes people ask to take photos of me. Who knows how many are floating around the internet. Wearing my hair natural was never an epic decision or affirmation of my blackness, but the way people respond has caused me to really examine my thoughts about natural hair, blackness and race relations, and the spiritual aspects of hair.

Do you maintain your own hair?
L:
I maintain my hair by myself. The last time I was in a salon was probably about 3 years ago. I don’t get haircuts often at all. I’ve cut it myself maybe 3 or 4 times total since I’ve been growing it.

How would you describe your hair?
L:
My hair is thick. There’s just tons of it. It’s pretty wiry I think. I wouldn’t say the follicles “curl” but there’s definitely some twisting and winding in no specific pattern going on up there. It knots very easily. When it’s wet it falls down and moves around very Diana Ross like, but as soon as it dries it pretty much shapes itself into an afro.

What’s your regimen?
L:
I’m probably the antithesis of a natural hair guru. Lol My regimen is really laid back. I wash it with conditioner once a week or so and wash with shampoo and condition it once every two and a half weeks or so. I don’t comb it. Haven’t used a comb or pick in a few years. The most I do is run through it with my fingers a lot when I condition it in the shower (and usually end up with a large amount of hair in the toilet.) When I’ve ever washed or conditioned in the shower I’ve put some kind of leave-in conditioner in. As far as daily care, depending on how I feel I may or may not put a leave-in conditioner in before I leave my apartment. I don’t style it much. I fluff and shape with my hands as necessary.

For products I use Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo and Conditioner and I just mix and match whatever kind of leave in conditioners I feel like trying. I’m pretty fond of Blue Magic Coconut Oil actually. I also use (have used) Cantu Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil Leave In Conditioner, Hawaiian Silky, and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (probably my favorite I’ve used.)

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
L:
Flat-ironing my hair was the biggest mistake I’ve made. I flat-ironed my hair for a dance performance and pressed it almost every day for about 2 weeks. (silly boy). The texture never recovered and I had to chop it down from shoulder length to about 2.5 inches. Now I don’t make any attempts to straighten it.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
L:
I think for me the most effective part of my haircare is my lack of hair care. I don’t try to coerce it into being something it’s not. I just let it do its thing. I’m sure there are plenty of ways I could do “more” but that always feels more like manipulation than natural to me.

How do you feel about women who wear their hair natural?
L:
I think women wearing their hair natural is an awesome reminder that we should be enamored with the way our creator made us. I absolutely love to see weaveless women with locks, twists, afros, curls, kinks — all of that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong or un-beautiful about relaxed or straight hair, but there’s definitely something special about seeing the beauty of raw, unrestrained, how-it-grew-from-my-scalp, black hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
L:
www.organicsomethings.tumblr.com@yolarryd on Twitter

Anything else you want to add?
L:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Matt 10:29–32

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Amiya
8 years ago

O…M…G thats all I can say lol this man is gorgeous! I just love to hear a man’s perspective on natural hair, especially a good one. This blog should feature men like him more often. My favorite pic is number 7 btw. Keep doing your thing and if you ever read this dont ever cut that afro! lmbo

ishshah
ishshah
8 years ago

omg i seriously wanna date that guy…that fro is amazing

Napps McGee
8 years ago

Ummm… Yum? 🙂
lol

No but seriously, that’s some gorgeous hair!

Mina
Mina
8 years ago

Fro like woah! lol Love the hair! My afro is never perfectly circular like that and without using a pick too! *fro envy*

Amiya
8 years ago

lol

G
G
8 years ago

Wow

*ajalahtravel*
*ajalahtravel*
8 years ago

Wow that’s A LOT of hair

Etty
Etty
8 years ago

He looks like Jesus Christ on the third pic!!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
8 years ago
Reply to  Etty

^^ LOL

Javann
Javann
8 years ago
Reply to  Etty

lmbao!

damola
8 years ago
Reply to  Etty

lmao yes!

Nubiahbella
Nubiahbella
8 years ago

Beautiful head of hair!
I find really interesting that ‚most men who have natural hair, tend to NOT have a regiment or complicate hair care routine or wearing protective styles most of the time and yet still manage to have gorgeous hair.

I think this is a lesson for some women, they are doing way too much!!!!! ( though men tend to have thicker strands which obviously is a big plus for length retention).

LBell
LBell
8 years ago
Reply to  Nubiahbella

I figured this out early in my natural hair journey simply by watching the teenage boys in my neighborhood. And I know a lot of people say men’s hair is different but I really don’t think it is. Just about every man I’ve met with gorgeous hair — and this is across races — does very little to or with it. I’ve cut and grown out my natural hair many times over the years. Every single time I’ve employed a low-to-no-manipulation routine I have retained most of my length. Every single time I’ve stalled in my length progress, it was… Read more »

stephanie
stephanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Nubiahbella

I think it’s because men have more testosterone than us. They are meant to grow hair! Women have hormonal issues, and we can be a little more challenged in the natural progress of hair growth. We need a little more external assistance and we also tend to style our hair more as well. I really believe men and women grow hair differently. Its nice that he didn’t have to do much, and it is inspiring that he has such a simple regimine! I am inspired to scale back on products but not retiming entirely.

Mai
Mai
8 years ago

In the government’s eyes I’m unemployed”

You and me both, lol. How is it that men barely touch their hair and it grows like weeds, and I have a small lab in my bathroom, lol.

Trini
Trini
8 years ago
Reply to  Mai

Lol @ “small lab.” I blew up my lab a while ago and decided that simple is the way to go. For a simplified routine, his hair is the business!

On another note, hope you — and anyone else who is looking — will be employed soon. Keep looking up!

Amiya
8 years ago

@nubianhbella I couldn’t agree more, I was thinking the exact same thing when he was asked of his regimen. All that extra stuff us women do is probably no where near necessary. Just leave your hair alone and let it grow.

Toni
Toni
8 years ago

I really appreciate the fact that you featured a guy on here. His hair is amazing! And he is absolutely beautiful.

Tess
Tess
8 years ago

I have serious hair envy right now lol

Lola
Lola
8 years ago

I have a serious weakness for guys with afros so I really enjoyed this entry.Larry is definitely a hottie and I can see why he gets stopped in the streets,his hair is indeed gorgeous… and perfectly round!! I can’t beleive he was able to achieve such great lengths with a minimal regimen;it actually inspires me to simplify mine.

Tay
Tay
8 years ago

LOVE IT! You guys should do Kevin Michael next!I have a hair crush on him lol.
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Tay
Tay
8 years ago

Or how about Les Twins? 😀 ok let me stop.
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E
E
8 years ago

jason and gary should be next!

E
E
8 years ago
Reply to  E
Trini
Trini
8 years ago

BTW great verse of scripture.

rachel
rachel
8 years ago

Since your part of a church ministry you should know that 1 corinthians 11:14 condems a man having long hair. It is against nature.

Mary
Mary
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

LOL Which would render your comment unnecessary now wouldn’t it? Unless you’re just being judgmental…which the bible also condemns.

St. Mary
St. Mary
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

boo!!! ()

stmaryart.blogspot.com

HandsInHair
HandsInHair
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

Does this passage define “long” hair?…Is it flowing down his back, touching his legs, brushing the top of his shoulders, beneath his ear, etc. You took this one part out of its original context so at the moment I don’t see where long hair was well defined.

And if you follow every thing in the Bible and fail to take into account the times/culture in which it was written you would be in violation of something somewhere in this text.

Mel
Mel
8 years ago
Reply to  HandsInHair

How is it against nature and it grows from the man’s head like that. Some people make no sense.…Friggin bible thumpers…SMFH

Mel
Mel
8 years ago
Reply to  Mel

? ^

Emmanuel
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

“In talking about .…length of hair, Paul is saying that believers should look and behave in ways that are honorable within their own culture. In many cultures long hair on men is considered appropriate and masculine. In Corinth, it was thought to be a sign of male prostitution in the pagan temples.….Paul wasn’t saying we should adopt all practices of our culture, but that we should avoid appearances and behaviors that detract from our ultimate goal of being believable witnesses for Jesus Christ while demonstrating our Christian faith.” — NASB Life Application Study Bible

aiych
aiych
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

Samson?

aiych
aiych
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

and if you want to talk about the Bible, then women should not ever cut their hair. Anything from big chops to occasional trims would be a violation of that. Women should cover their heads. Women should not be teachers or instructors of men, nor speak in church. So on and so forth.

So please, stop while you’re ahead.

Likewaterforchocolate
Likewaterforchocolate
8 years ago
Reply to  aiych

Actually, head-covering as referenced in the bible referred to the spiritual, not physical/literal. In those times a woman’s head-covering was considered to be her husband, father (head of her household) or flock leader (pastor) if she was unmarried adult woman.

Also, the parable about the woman who spoke in church was not that she spoke out in church, but that she spoke out of turn. In those says there was a certain protocol to speaking in church. You had to be acknowledged by the church leader and granted permission.

Dominique-Alexis
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

Jesus was born a Jew and he had long hair.

Donna
Donna
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

Rachel the point of that verse is a cultural one, a man should not look like a woman nor a woman like a man. It’s the same thing where churches forbid women to wear pants because we aren’t to look like men yet there were no such thing as pants in biblical times. Focus on the principal not legalism.

Be who God crated you to be basically if he took issue with men growing long hair it would not be a possibility for him to do so.

Nicki
Nicki
8 years ago
Reply to  rachel

Samson…nuff said.

Juliet C- Indie Writer

This def has me wanting to come back to the states!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
8 years ago

Where are you?

Ce Ce
Ce Ce
8 years ago

Great fros alive! This man is gorgeous, honey! I can’t wait for my hair to get that “frolicious”. Thanks for showing us the natural man’s point of view. I agree that less is more. Sometimes we pesky women can get down right ridiculous with our hair care.

nelle
nelle
8 years ago
Reply to  Ce Ce

looooool. “great fros alive!” hahahhaha

Tifi
Tifi
8 years ago

Awesome! YAAAAAAAAY C‑TOWN…also my “home” 😉

Foxy
Foxy
8 years ago
Reply to  Tifi

Not where I was born, but my adopted home for the past 6 years… when you comin home to visit? *smile*

Foxy
Foxy
8 years ago
Reply to  Foxy

Was talking about Larry btw…don’t want to seem stalker-ish LOL

Tope
8 years ago

reminds me a bit of Bob Marley

sherri
sherri
8 years ago

Fearfully and wonderfully made!

Dani
Dani
8 years ago

Fantastic!

Kaye
Kaye
8 years ago

WOW…he sooo cute! LOVEEE the Hair…I always wonder why black men hair always seem to grow and look better than the women’s..
I mean their nails and hair to me grow so much better and longer than a woman’s.

Denise
Denise
8 years ago
Reply to  Kaye

Agreed.

African Mami
African Mami
8 years ago

I just had to leave a comment not because of his hair. But the foiness and quirky demenouor. I’m LOVING him. You single bro?! I can SANG too and be a part of your band.

africanbeauty
africanbeauty
8 years ago

i wish i can get a quater of it.…oh santa make my wish come thru this xmas.lol

Monzi
Monzi
8 years ago

BGLH.….BGLH.…

What have you done?! You know this site consists of majority black females?! Posting this guy as a style icon.…a really handsome guy.….has just made all of us drool and bask and what him for ourselves!!!

LOLOLOL! Just kidding. He reminds me of the good guys tyler perry would cast in his movies that was the right fit for the broken black woman.…LOL. I know he gained more twitter followers!
It’s over 9000!!! (0.0)

Nelly
Nelly
8 years ago

OMG! I’m in love of his hair! I’m so jealous.

Larissa
8 years ago

WOW 🙂 My son loves your hair 🙂 🙂

Monica
Monica
8 years ago

Love this icon! Larry keep doing you and what God wants you to do! Be blessed…

easyBlake
easyBlake
8 years ago

I’m pretty sure he was in Miami recently for a World Dance event. His hair is just as awesome in person as here in pictures. I started to covertly snap a picture …

Mimi
Mimi
8 years ago

It’s sad to say, but if I ever ran paths with him…my first words would be “Can I touch it?” *shrugs* just being honest.

shakera
8 years ago

He’s beautiful, like a work of art! O_O
Bglh, keep the handsome eye candy comin’! 😉

Nicole
Nicole
8 years ago

YAY! this is my lil bro in Christ! Love HIM and LOVE this profile! Well done 😀

Krys with thoes dimples
Krys with thoes dimples
8 years ago

I love your spirit it definitely shines through and your mane is beautiful Thank you for sharing your journey
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azariah
azariah
8 years ago

my hair twin!!!!!!!!! <3

Javann
Javann
8 years ago

Reminds me of one of the reasons I fell in love with my hubs. He had a head full of locks when we met. I used to help him maintain them and that’s what I was doing the day I realized I loved him and could do this forever. But just after we had our first child, he cut them. I still get on him about his hair even though it’s cut close, but hey, it’s one of the things that brought us close. 🙂
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Slimwavy
8 years ago

I am loving this hair. Fabulous. This reminds me of my son growing his hair and wearing it big. I’ll have to dig up some pictures and put it on my blog.

Thank you SO MUCH for featuring this beautiful man. I love his less is more regimen.

Anon
8 years ago

Such a style chameleon!! I love it. I think that’s one of the greatest joys of being natural.

Betty Chambers
8 years ago

Usually don’t dig men with hair, but this is nice. I don’t like touching anybody’s hair, but his is rather inviting. Of course, I’d ask first. Thing is, I might not remove my hands. 🙂

Is he half-Asian or something? Just curious.

Jas93
Jas93
8 years ago

Damn, He is cute and I am loving that fro 😀

hot girl
hot girl
8 years ago

Amy Taylor, I met her too? her cousin is my friend i went to the SPU falcons summer camp she? is so nice to

Rachelle
Rachelle
7 years ago

YAY C‑town! I’m a proud Columbus Ga Natural!!

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Tanzania
Tanzania
6 years ago

Adorable.

Antonia
Antonia
5 years ago

He’s a cutiepie

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