At Manly Curls, we want to bring you inspiration on all levels. Today in our Curly Hair Men Talk series, we bring you a dude who has blended awesomeness in everything-lifestyle. Miguel is a dedicated bodybuilder with the looks, hair, attitude and an all-around cool cat.
Name: Miguel “Vtech” Valenzuela
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hair Type: Type II
I’m 23 years old, Filipino American by nature, Individualist by nurture. I fear tradition, people who always agree with me, social norms & small talk. I enjoy scientific methodology, creativity, internet humour and playing the devils advocate in discussion. I started growing my hair when I moved to Melbourne on a whim around two years ago with very little cash, and decided to save money by not getting a haircut. That’s the True story of how I started growing my hair; The story I like to tell people is that I’m the King of Pop, back from the dead, and started lifting weights, Hee Hee!
How do you care for your hair?
I massage my scalp with my fingers and run through my hair with a wide toothed comb. Shampoo; even the “chemical free” brands tend to dry out my hair, so I use Lemon Juice to cleanse and a conditioner a few times a week. I pick a conditioner that doesn’t contain lavender or tea tree oil as recent clinical trials suggest the aforementioned extracts’ phytoestrogenic properties may disrupt regular sex-hormone production in males and with long term use: may lead to gynecomastia (man boobs) as documented in several unfortunate cases. It’s not concrete evidence, but either way; I don’t like the smell of lavender as it reminds me of teen pop music (filled with estrogen). (Editor’s Note: Damn, Miguel is just as nerdy as myself)
Weirdest hair moment?
Back in high school I let the girl sitting behind me hide her cheat sheet in my hair, I let her do it cause she was really cute, she looked like Christina Ricci from Casper. One time during an exam she lost her cheat sheet IN my hair. To this day, I have not found that cheat sheet.
Favorite hairstyle or haircut? A cross between The Crow and Ned Stark from Game of Thrones
One tip for a better lifestyle: Live your life according to your own values, but don’t try to impose them on anyone.
Favorite place you have been to in the whole world
When I was young, my mom took me to this tucked away Christian-Vegetarian camp somewhere in the mountains of Muak-Lek Thailand. I’m not quite sure why I remember this place better than seeing the Great Wall of China, or Meeting Xena at Universal Studios. Could have been the lack of Iron, hey I dunno.
You have just built a time machine, what time period in history are you visiting?
27 A.D — which was around the time the historical “Jesus” began his ministry. I’d like to see how closely his actual life resembled his biography.
Casual or formal wear? Casual, I like comfortable shirts with no print. like a character from LOST.
For your shaving, razors or clippers? Razors.
One celebrity with a mane you are inspired by: Conan O’ Brien. Team Coco for life.
One celebrity you’d go dining with: Carey Mulligan. Her smile, Those eyes… Dat accent… I’d love to gaze into her soulful eyes and chat about things like condensation and small cats over a three star seafood dinner. Her role in Never Let Me Go made me cry manly tears.
One celebrity you’d punch in the face: Rick Santorum, because pious intolerance hurts.
Chuck Norris vs Batman. Who wins? After a brutal and bloody battle, Batman emerges victorious, he takes off his mask to reveal that he is Chuck Norris; because the only person who can beat Chuck Norris is Chuck Norris’s alter Ego: “Batman”
Gym or outdoors exercising? Gym for sure, I never liked sunlight for some reason.
One song for an enjoyable evening: Heaven or Hell by ES23 because an enjoyable evening to me is tearing it up in the gym to some angry Industrial music!
Manly Curls is… A place where us curly men can say to the straight haired population: “U mad cause our TCCH gene triggers our keratin helices to stick via the cysteine disulfide bond? Yea, u mad. (Editor’s Note: I’s totally mirin’ breh, no homo)
Final words? If you need me, I’m easy to find, I’m the dude with Curls in the Squat Rack. Subscribe to my Youtube channel for more shenanigans.
(Editor’s Note: Miguel is a natural bodybuilder who is a total inspiration for anyone wanting to build a great body and reap the benefits of hard work and having the right attitude towards life. He is the kind of guy who doesn’t fluff around with shenanigans, he just goes and does it and that’s the sort of style we dig here at Manly Curls. It is my honor to have Miguel joining our ranks and below you can find one of his training videos. You can also find him on his Facebook page)