I wrote this article about a year ago on my personal blog and it was picked up by a larger site and eventually spread all over the net. So many people reposted it on their sites to the point where friends of mine were sending it to me totally unaware that I had written it. I have decided to repost it here after reading several comments made by sistas throughout the blogsphere concerning Polow Da Don and his hairstyle of choice. Below is the article as it appeared in 2006.
Okay, I know from jump this will be one of those topics that is sure to upset both Black men and women, but you all know what I think- So What!
Like most people, braids on men never bothered me before, but the older I got the more they disturbed me as I found many traits I disliked seemed to be found in men with braids, or as I like to say, men who wear their hair like little girls.
The first thing I have noticed is that grown men with braids tend to either not have jobs, or very low paying jobs where they can basically get away with looking any old kind of way. You’ll never find a man with braids in any professional type of environment as there is most likely a dress code to adhere to and a man with braids would automatically be breaking that code. Let’s face it, nobody is gonna hire a braid wearing, beads hanging from the end Brotha to help run their company… they just aren’t.
I also find men with braids are extremely looks conscious to the point where they won’t work jobs that require them to cut their hair. Their hair is a part of their overall look and they are not willing to give that up… not even for a pay hike. It seems a lot of Brothas also keep braids in their hair as a way of bucking the White man’s system that demands they look a certain way. Now I am not against that at all. But if you are gonna buck the White man’s system you had better have your own to back you up.
But what I find most unappealing about men with braids is that they seem incredibly immature and not quite ready to grow up. I have yet to meet a Man that wore braids in his hair. I have met plenty of Boys, but not one man. Some of those boys were over 30 but their mentality that was that of a teenager. Rather than caring about the things adults care about, they care about the things of teenagers: looking cool, dressing fly and being down. Believe me I know of what I speak. When my ex decided to dump his family and hit the clubs again, he immediately ran out and got braids. I know you all think I’m reaching here but I am not. There is a direct link between immature, unemployed, baby daddies and braids.
Don’t believe me… pay extra close attention to the men you come in contact with who have braids in their hair. Mark my words, they will have 90% of the traits I mentioned above and then some.
Read what others had to say when this was first posted-> here .