I was recently interviewed for my book, The Curly Hair Book: Or How Men Can Now Rock Their Waves, Coils And Kinks, and talked about some of my ideas and concepts with regards to The Curly Hair Book as well as Manly Curls. Check out my interview below:
Tell me about yourself and how you got started in the hair industry.
Hey there guys! My name is Rogelio and I’m the guy behind the Manly Curls site. As quite a few of you will know, I have thick curls, and it was 11 years ago that I was inspired to start looking for answers for my hair. I was a teenager at the time and right at this same time I had the opportunity to travel the world and live in 5 different countries, so I’ve had quite a life experience in this time span. I’m also into fitness and health, and I have competed in Olympic weightlifting, putting over 140 kilograms (315 pounds) over my head.
I got started in the hair industry by first experimenting with my hair back when I was inspired to look for answers. I have done the whole drill of growing my hair super long, dying it funky colours, throwing in all sorts of oils, trying all sort of hairstyles and some stuff that is best reserved for ladies (hey, it was all in the name of looking for answers!). As I started my journey to get my curls in order, I then went to study a degree in university and, because I was also working part-time as a fitness instructor and as a nightclub bouncer, I had lots of guys on campus coming to me looking for answers too as they saw me as the guy to confess their hair dramas to. Thus, I got the chance to try the stuff that was working on my hair on the hair of others too, which was a very enriching experiencing and had me learning a lot on what worked and what didn’t work. I’ve also befriended professional barbers in the process, so I’ve been able to corroborate my findings with the guys who are at the front end of providing hairstyling solutions.
I decided to start my site Manly Curls so that I could share my experience with men from all over the world. While my focus is in all the ranges of curly hair, I also cover all hair types in a more of a philosophical and motivational kind of way. My mantra is: “Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone”, I think that says enough!
You have a beautiful curly hair. Do you have a personal regimen for maintaining your own hair?
Yes, I basically follow the same hair-grooming system that I detail in The Curly Hair Book. As those who read my book will find out, I go through an actual hair-grooming process that sees your daily interaction with your hair as being made up of synchronized stages. In my case, I shampoo once every 6 days (or as I call, 1 on/6 off) and clean my hair manually (i.e. my Sebum Coating method) on the rest of days. I like to make my own hair potions, so I mix a lot of oils as hair conditioners if I’m in the mood for it or, at times, go solo (i.e. no hair products) and get my hair conditioning from my own sebum. Whatever I do though, I always abide by the hair-grooming process and complete the stages in mere minutes every day.
What motivated you to write this book?
Well, there’s a lot of baloney surrounding the men’s hair niche, and curly hair has it the worst. Curly men would rather buzz their hair to a #2 than go through the stuff that they read either online or in magazines. Most of the information available is either all over the place or, what’s worst, is wrong or flawed. I was motivated to write my book so as to fulfil my goal of helping other men see that their hair is a valuable belonging, a feat that I had already done offline and through Manly Curls; the book was the next step of my goal.
I remember getting an email from a father who had a son with afro-textured hair. He told me his son was becoming a teenager and was starting to hate his hair because he didn’t know how to manage it. Him (father) and I exchanged emails and I had the chance to talk with his son; it was there that I saw how much the guys on my side needed a solution. Being told by a kid that he hates his hair and gets picked on for that was both humbling and eye opening, and really motivated me to continue to fulfil my goal of helping others by writing a book.
I learned that you like to travel. Does the book address hair care and styling problems that men face when they are on the road?
Absolutely. If there’s one thing that I emphasize throughout The Curly Hair Book is that curly hair comes with convenience. I’ve camped in the Arabian desert and I have had to travel for 2-day trips to other countries for business trips; my hair-management approach has been tested in the most demanding scenarios. My hair has had to look the part for most of the time, and thankfully I got to do all the inconvenient experiments and “hair cures” when I was still at university.
Essentially, the goal for a curly haired male is to have a routine and strategy so as to automate his hair efforts. Once this is achieved, your hair will be on auto-pilot and, just as good, will be looking as you want it to look, whether you are rushing through Manhattan to get on time to a business meeting or whether you and your buddies have decided on the last minute to go out partying to a club in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Your curly hair will no longer be a worry.
- Is this book just for men with curly hair, or can others benefit from its tips as well?
I wrote this book specifically for men with all the ranges of curly hair (including wavy hair and afro-textured hair) because these are the guys who suffer the most with their hair. I even have one whole chapter dedicated to the mental attitude of having curly hair as a male. I aim to motivate curly men to start seeing their hair as a valued asset because, indeed, their hair has much potential and can be they way the want it to be without having to do the elaborate stuff that most curly haired women do to their hair.
Having said all of the above, The Curly Hair Book can be used by any male, including male’s with straight hair. A male with straight hair should follow the outline of what a male with wavy hair (i.e. Type I curly hair) would do. I’ve had quite a few straight-haired guys buying my book and they love it because it works for their hair texture too and because it is written in the same style as I write at Manly Curls.
Is it really possible to style curly hair in as short as 9 minutes?
Oh yes! The idea is to have your whole hair grooming (from the moment you step in the shower to the moment you’re done styling your hair) in under 9 minutes. However, this is only possible if you follow a plan, a method and a system, which is what the book is about. On the other hand, it’s absolutely fine to spend more than 9 minutes on your hair every day, but, with this book, I offer males (curly haired and non-curly haired) the possibility of doing it all in under 9 minutes.
Mind you, styling your hair is integrated with washing it and conditioning it in my hair-grooming method, so the 9 minutes covers your day’s interaction with your hair; if you’re spending over 5 minutes every day styling your hair as a male, you certainly need to re-consider what you’re doing.
Are a lot of curly-haired guys really that conscious about their hair? Why not just chop it all off?
Unfortunately, many males with curly hair are not on terms with their hair and dislike it. From a young age, curly men (especially those with the tighter curl types such as mine or afro-textured hair) are at war with their hair. The stuff atop their heads becomes an object of hatred and despair, which then causes problems with one’s self-confidence and male core. Your hair is a highly visible asset, and, by limiting, it you’re also limiting your potential as a male. This is the worst any man can do to himself.
Chopping your hair is one option you can do out of the many that I now offer you with my book. Some men genuinely like to keep their hair buzzed or very short, but this should be something you choose after having considered the rest of hair options that you now can freely choose after having optimized your hair and learnt all about it.
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