Happy new month loves!
We are still having the conversation on men changing the hair game. Do you remember Mugabi Byenkya, whose book we reviewed here? What an honor to have him here to delve further in this conversation.
1. Tell us who Mugabi Byenkya is among the men changing the hair game?
I was born in Nigeria to Ugandan-Rwandan parents and have maintained my foreigner status my whole life. I wear many hats as a writer, a poet and a business consultant amongst others.
Most importantly, however, Mugabi Byenkya is a friend to so many beautiful souls. I definitely use my natural hair to express myself and to challenge hegemonic narratives.
(I honestly keep telling you guys to get a Mugabi in your life.)
2. When and why did you decide to natural?
Before he answers; I just want to say that Mugabi Byenkya is really among the men changing the hair game. Doesn’t this photo suggest this?
I’ve been natural my whole life! It’s all I’ve ever known, my inspiration for being natural is the beautiful black bodies I grew up with.
3. What issues or reservations if any, do you have about hair products for men?
My main issue with hair products for men is the branding which reeks of toxic masculinity. Mugabi Byenkya couldn’t have said it better.
Hair is not inherently gendered yet the amount of times I see hair products for men marketed as unnecessarily aggressive or other stereotypically unhealthy masculine traits is disheartening.
Wow, Mugabi Byenkya is about to sitch up the hair game, especially for hair products.
4. Do you have bad hair days? How do you fix it?
5. Rumour has it some men have a hair goal? Do you have any?
6. If not, have you considered coloring your hair or cutting it? (What would you do if hair got boring for you)?
I do cut my hair semi-regularly (cutting your hair doesn’t mean you’re not natural!) and love trying out new and different haircuts & beard cuts that complement my facial structure. I’ve never dyed my hair but I’m definitely considering it! And I do rock a wig on occasion 😉