Main Male Grooming Moments in Black Culture


From Afro Sponge to Flattops, MB sat down with Newfade founders Moses, Joey and Cyril to get to know the key moments of men’s care, hairdressing products and men’s hair icons in black culture.

In which decade do you think the African-male care market has changed the most and why?

In our opinion, the 1990s were the most important decade due to the rapid rise of Hip-Hop. The Genre brought the barbershop to the top of black culture, while the musical genre spread all over the world.

What is a Vintage Look that you think deserves another Chance in 2020?
The flat Hightop certainly deserves a return.

Is there a product launch that has revolutionized the black men’s care market?
The Afro sponge-she changed the way a whole generation of young men styled their hair. (For the uninitiated: The Afro sponge gives an awesome definition to short and curly hair. Type 3 and type 4 hair types can get defined twists, curls and turns with the Afro Sponge, and even start Dreads.)

Who are your Afro hair icons?

For us personally, it’s all about that smooth finish, so Drake, Michael B. Jordan and even Bruce Wayne are definitely people we draw inspiration from because of their hair. But Colin Kaepernick definitely considers the crown the best Afro of our generation.

What products are great for Afro hair and why should hairdressers stock them in their hair salons?

Afro sponge and a beveled blade.

Which public figures in the hair industry are you looking for Inspiration?

Definitely people like Charlotte Mensah, Mark Maciver (Slidercuts) and 5ive. We see films like Self Made, produced centuries after by American pioneers, but it would be awesome to see something similar for the pioneers of the British black hair industry.

October is black history month, but what can the hairdressing industry do to celebrate and ensure that black hair history is celebrated all year round?

Inform the public by promoting the pioneers of the black hair industry through social media campaigns.

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