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Instagram Account is Dedicated to Featuring Natural Women and the Men Who Love Them

Avatar • Dec 4, 2014

When I first stumbled across the Instagram account, Fros and Beaus, I thought it was the sweetest Instagram account that I’ve seen in a very long time. Typically, natural hair accounts feature the usual – natural women wearing roller sets, twist outs, fly up dos, and bantu knot outs. Of course those things are always great to look at and admire, but it’s nice to see an Instagram account go beyond natural hair styles and products.

Instagram account Fros and Beaus (FAB) features natural hair women and the men who are in love with them. Women of all different shapes, sizes, and hair textures are gracing this lovely page. Although beautiful, the account isn’t just limited to women who have massive afros. Women with gorgeous locs, braids, twists, sexy tapered afros, and adorable TWAs are more than welcome to be featured on the page with their significant others.

Fros and Beaus Creator and Founder, Joiya Cloud.

Fros and Beaus Creator and Founder, Joiya Cloud.

Founder and Creator of Fros and Beaus, Joiya Cloud, is a proud naturlista of 14 years. The 33 year old is a Spelman woman and Georgetown Hoya who has been featured in Essence’s online magazine for their “Top Naturalistas” on Instagram feature. She’s a self-proclaimed, self-love advocate who believes life is about how we can get closer to loving ourselves fully and wholly, on a daily basis.

I’m into self-love. I’m into ‘can you still love yourself without your hair?’ When you chop off your hair during your natural hair journey and it’s in the short stage and you don’t like it, can you still channel your inner beauty, being naked and stripped of your vanity? Can you challenge society’s standards of what it deems “sexy” or attractive? Can you accept that your curls and hair texture are not ever going to be like the girl next to you? Once we conquer this self-love thing, I think that is when we can attract love” said Cloud.

Which brings us back to Fros and Beaus, an Instagram account that features raw and unfiltered couples. The account is so refreshing that I often catch myself smiling while scrolling through the account photographs. I’m not the only one who feels the love. The Fros and Beaus account receives comments like “I love this account. Patiently waiting on my own beau!” and “Love this page. Truly inspires and proves love comes in all shades, shapes and sizes.” Proof that the account is appreciated.

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One of the lovely couples featured on the Instagram account, Fros and Beaus.

Although at first glance, Fros and Beaus may appear to be all about women. Cloud assures that it isn’t.

Today the natural hair community is growing exponentially and women are taking those steps to bravery and have lots of resources and places for encouragement and support to go natural. FAB is actually equally, if not more, about the men. Our ‘Beaus’, as featured on FAB, are gracefully leading this movement and I could not be any more excited about honoring and acknowledging their presence.

Cloud wanted a space in the realm of social media that acknowledged men and their bravery of loving their natural women regardless of what the media and music videos say about her kinky/curly hair. The space is also a place for men who have misconceived notions about natural hair. FAB may be all they need to see in order to change their minds about what’s beautiful. They may feel that it’s okay to love a woman who isn’t typically seen on primetime television or music videos.

A beautiful couple featured on the Instagram account, Fros and Beaus.

A beautiful couple featured on the Instagram account, Fros and Beaus.

FAB, which has over 15,000 followers, was created in the summer of 2014 and was an immediate hit. Cloud was not surprised as she believes that anything that has potential to heal and show love will catch on quickly. She stated that it feels amazing to see how popular the page has become in such a short time.

It would feel even more amazing to know and see that FAB is changing the way people think; shaping new ideologies and creating a greater understanding between men and women as it pertains to natural hair.” Cloud said.

In the future, you can expect a Fros and Beaus blog. The blog will feature natural hair couples and touch upon in depth conversations of men and their relationship to the natural hair world. FAB is also in the process of creating a stationary line and shirts which will be available on their website.

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A fro and her beau, featured on Instagram account Fros and Beaus.

Fros and Beaus would not be what it is today without Cloud’s support from family and friends. Social Media/Community Manager, Raena Granberry, played a big role with Fros and Beaus success. Tiffany Jackson, Terrance Dawson, and FAB model, Travarri Johnson, also had a hand in making FAB what it is today. Cloud would like all of our natural readers to know that even if no one should ever decide to love you as you are, you MUST. This Instagram account truly dispels that annoying myth that men aren’t attracted to women with natural hair.

Follow Fros and Beaus on Instagram @FrosandBeaus and search the hashtags #FABvideo and #wethankyouFAB to see inspirational videos about the movement. If there are any volunteer writers/vloggers who would like to contribute to FAB’s soon to come website, please email frosandbeaus@gmail.com. The brand is also looking for Fros and Beaus representatives and correspondents. If you’d like to be apart of FAB, shoot them an email!

Do you believe that men are important to the natural hair community?

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Caren

Yes. Men define beauty standards — what is attractive. The more men express their attraction to a woman’s natural beauty, the more women will BELIEVE the truth — our naturalism is beautiful.

Carlee
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Carlee

@Caren, I don’t think women should wait on men to tell them they’re beautiful (physically and mentally). Beauty starts from within. Men can validate our personal thoughts, sure, but relationships come and go. One cannot be defined by shallow forms of attention.

Caren
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Caren

Carlee, I didn’t state that women should wait on men to tell them they’re beautiful. Re-read the last sentence: in essence, the truth is our naturalism is beautiful and the more that ‘our’ men express that, the more ‘our’ women will feel that. Thank u for responding tho.

Moni Tano
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Hi Caren, I think men respond to the options that women choose to present to them. Now, women may think that men want x, y or z. But at the end of the day, the things a man responds to are curves, confidence and such- not easily changed traits. The hair styles are important only in so far as they complement her beauty or not, and on an intellectual level to mark a woman who’s conscious from one who’s not. A man who wants a conscious woman doesn’t want 5 pounds of weave laying with him, but a man who… Read more »

Ruth
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Ruth

For sure. Having your significant other support you fully, even when it comes to hair, is pretty important. My boyfriend always hates when i straighten my hair with the flat iron or when i relax it (I’m relaxed right now but transitioning). It is definitely encouraging and great to have a partner that loves you in your natural state.

luminous
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luminous

Love it!

Phemina
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I’m really surprised to be featured here (the last pic of this article). Well FAB is nice project..

LBell
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LBell

Yours is my favorite picture in this article! Love seeing love! 🙂

Likewaterforchocolat
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Likewaterforchocolat

You guys are perfection! Great pic!

Kay
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Kay

Love it!

Kitty
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Kitty

Thank you BGLH for posting this!

I loooooove to see couples. NO relationship is easy but it’s a nice reminder with all the poo-poo going on in the world that there are other (beautiful) things going on too.

Plus I’m a sucker for a good love story (whether told in words or pictures).

ManestreamBeauty
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I really like this. My only question is about this statement:

Cloud wanted a space in the realm of social media that acknowledged men and their BRAVERY of loving their natural women regardless of what the media and music videos say about her kinky/curly hair.”

What’s so brave about loving women with natural hair?

HeavnsGirl
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HeavnsGirl

Going against the status quo is always brave.

The One
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The One

I understand what you’re saying, but it does take courage to go against societal standards and admit that you like what you like even when what you like was never a problem to begin with. Human beings are very susceptible to peer pressure and conditioning. So to say “I know that socially, the norm is X, but I choose Y” is brave even if X is unnatural or takes the greater effort to accomplish while Y comes naturally. Think of the backlash women get for choosing not to shave their legs/armpits, or the ridicule men get for crying during nonlethal… Read more »

Joiya Cloud
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Thank you “The One” for your comment. This is indeed what I was articulating when I referred to the bravery of men. The assumption that men exercise no bravery in their act of loving a natural woman is like assuming there is no bravery in women’s act of loving their own self naturally. We know that to be untrue. Any decision or act to fearlessly choose what’s true to you in the face of social norm and conformity, is an act of bravery‑a bold one at that! This choice, in my opinion, says I’m not concerned with what others think,… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

Well Done!

Moni Tano
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I like your question, ManestreamBeauty. It is not necessarily courageous- only natural, and a sign of a man whose aesthetic preference has not being tainted by the weight that slavery and colonialism have had on the self perception of Africans and their descendents the world over.

Annie Ray
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Annie Ray

That’s wat I want 2no.…why does a man have 2b brave enough2love a beautiful black woman w natural beauty&hair!!!! Wat does bravery has2do w it..as if we r forbidden on this earth..BLACK dont crack..the only thing that changes as we age lik fube wine is our weight&hair color &we can change that if we choose2 w out surgery…get ur words right!!!!

Lydia
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Lydia

How can I send you our pictures?

Portia C.
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Hi Lydia! You can send your pictures to Fros & Beaus by following their instagram account @frosandbeaus. Send them a direct message with a pic of you and your beau.

nylse
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it does not take bravery to love a natural woman; when you love someone you love them wholeheartedly. i hope this myth dies. i love the pics that are featured. of course she’s a spelman grad — they change the world.

Jasmine
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Jasmine

never knew the founder was my spelman sister

Michele Tapp Roseman
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I think the idea is great! This “spin” let’s women know that men will embrace what we embrace. Now their acceptance is not a substitute for self-love; theirs should only complement ours. #HairLoomsTheBook

K.J.
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K.J.

Awesome awesome and another awesome. ????????????????

Jo
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Jo

Men are always important no matter the subject. 😉

But, yes, many women put their entire self worth into impressing men, so this will help to inspire and convey the fact that good men will love them for them (not just for their bone straight 100% Malaysian weave).

lottie b!
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Bravo! I’m so pleased that this exists. Beautiful, natural black women and the men that love them. Now that alone is BEAUTIFUL.

Darlyn
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Darlyn

I am BEYOND happy about hearing about this blog!! I’ve been natural for a year and my significant other loves my hair! 🙂

tlc
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tlc

men are important in our community — and in every household, for that matter — they have their roles and so do we — we must work together and be together as families to raise children strong enough to deal with life, at least in america…

Danielle Baa
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Danielle Baa

Sooo, is BGLH also gonna post the link to the instagram dedicated to queer folks with natural hair and the women and non-binary folks that love them? I love BGLH but y’all kill me with all this cis- and heteronormativity. Cisgender straight black women aren’t the only ones who grow afro-textured hair, jeez.

?spreadlove?
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?spreadlove?

I don’t think it’s a dis, more of a pun because it rhymes… try suggesting what you’re looking for or starting your own. Let’s celebrate, love and grow. It’s enough destruction of us going on! I look fwd to seeing your fros and lesbos… (no dis but a play on words luv) ???

Olivia
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Olivia

I love this post! Men do play an important role in the natural hair community. We want our man to find us attractive, and we can’t feel that support if he is idolizing European styled hair. Although we don’t truly NEED their support in order to love ourselves and our natural hair, it would indeed be a bold statement for men to go against society’s beauty standards and remind us that we are perfect the way we are and don’t need harsh chemicals to make us feel beautiful! 🙂

Babydoll
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Babydoll

what does my man have to do with how I wear my hair. We always look for men’s perspective but when we do find that guy that doesn’t like our natural hair we get offensive.

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