Despite what we may see on our television screens and in music videos, there are men out there who not only love natural hair, but prefer it. Here are three men who embrace the natural hair community and their ladies who rock fabulous natural hair.
Zeno and his lovely wife Chenae are originally from Baltimore, MD. They moved from Baltimore to Atlanta three years ago. By day, Zeno details luxury vehicles and Chanae is a claims examiner. By night, the couple perform. They are an acoustic duo and they go by the name Che’Zee (pronounced Shay-Zee).
Chenae has been natural for three years. When Zeno met her, her hair was relaxed. She returned to natural 6 months after they became a couple. Zeno said that he appreciates her natural hair and he was never the kind of man who was into weaves or extensions. He doesn’t see a problem with women who wear added hair, but it isn’t his preference.
“There is nothing more beautiful, powerful, or sexier than a woman embracing her raw self and she knows exactly who she is when she looks in that mirror. Like Bob Marley said, your hair is your identity. My baby found hers,” he said.
Zeno wastes no time making sure that he tells his lady how much he adores her and her decision to be her natural self. The reason why? It’s simple…he truly loves it! Her reaction to his adoration is priceless and filled with happiness. There have been many times when Zeno watches Chanae twist her hair at night and pick her afro in the morning; a sight he truly enjoys.
“I love her natural hair because it’s raw beauty. I love that it’s free expression and she seems even more free, from when she started her natural hair journey. I love her hair because it has helped her find her true identity, self, & purpose. I love that she gets to experience life and growth with her hair. And what natural haired man wouldn’t love his natural haired woman! My baby’s hair is the bomb tick tick tick dot com,” he doted.
Although Chanae is a confident woman, it makes her feel even more amazing and confident, knowing that her man genuinely loves her mane. He’s been there with her through her natural hair journey and was there when she first took those scissors to her hair. Zeno loving her natural hair makes her feel even more beautiful than she already is.
This 21 year old musician resides in Baltimore, MD but he grew up in Raleigh, NC. He and his lovely lady, Jessica, are in a committed relationship and she was already proudly embracing her natural crown when they met. Jessica’s been natural for three years and Shine has enjoyed watching her grow in her natural hair journey.
“I do appreciate the fact that she embraces her natural hair. I understand the pressure that society puts on women to conform to this Eurocentric standard of beauty. It takes a lot of courage to go against that. To be you. To be free,” Shine said.
Shine often finds himself staring and touching Jessica’s natural hair because he believes it’s beautiful. He loves reminding her of how beautiful her natural self is and he enjoys showing her how much he appreciates her for being her.
Shine’s lady loves when he admires her and he believes that it gives her more confidence knowing that she has his support.
“I love the texture and the unique curl patterns in her natural hair. I love her natural hair because it’s an expression of her freedom. It represents her individuality and confidence. I love the fact that she isn’t confined to just wearing her hair a certain way because of the physical standard we’ve all been conditioned to,” he said.
Shine also believes that because Jessica is her natural self, it makes their connection stronger.
“I embrace my natural hair as well, and the sentiments are reciprocated. When you’re freely able to express love. To know that someone loves you and appreciates you. Values you; even when you’re most vulnerable. I think that’s beautiful.”
Although it’s nice to see taken men who enjoy their Queens, it’s also great to get a single man’s point of view. Social media personality, Andrew has always liked healthy natural hair, but he didn’t fall in love with it until his senior year in college. He was dating a young lady who decided to transition to natural. He loved her and when her hair changed, he loved her hair too.
“Men are a very important part of the natural hair movement. Women can say all this “I’m doing this for me” stuff all they want, and I know that’s true, but a woman wants to feel appreciated by a man. She doesn’t need a man to validate her, but she does thoroughly enjoy a man appreciating her,” Andrew noted.
When Andrew does find his happily ever after, he’d like for her to have natural hair. It’s something that is extremely important to him because it’s one of the few things about a person that isn’t learned via societal influences.
“Her texture and curl pattern are things that are unique to her because of her genetic coding. You can influence someone’s personality, language, sexual orientation, attitude, but you can’t influence how someone’s hair grows without physically altering it. My wife will need to be happy with the real her first. I find that women who love themselves are more fun to be around. They usually have fewer insecurities which leaves me with fewer headaches lol,” he said.
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