Benny Harlem is a father, teacher, entrepreneur, model and now a Guinness World record holder
. He first broke the internet with stunning photos of his amazing natural hair together with his daughter’s equally stunning natural hair. He’ll be in the Guinness World Book of Records 2018
for having the highest high top fade measuring 20.5 inches (52 cm) high.
A high top fade, also written as hi-top fade, is a haircut that peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990’s but has made a comeback in the past few years. It involves cutting off the hair on the sides or keeping it short while the hair at the top of the head is kept long. However, most people keep it at an average height of 2 to 3 inches. It’s difficult to imagine having a higher length than that stay upright. However, Benny has managed to do just that. His high top fade
is 20.5 inches high. Achieving this is not an easy task. As a matter of fact, it takes Benny up to two hours to comb and shape his hair.
Benny believes that having a healthy mind, body and spirit are what has made his hair reach this point. The Los Angeles dad maintains a simple routine of hydrating and styling
his hair on a daily basis. His family has not been left behind, with his wife and daughter also taking good care of their natural hair. The three of them use homemade shampoos and hair care products. These products are prepared using pure, unprocessed ingredients such as berries and coconuts. Apart from the outer hair care, Benny takes care of his overall health by eating a clean diet and drinking lots of water to keep the hair well-nourished from the inside.
|Benny with his wife and daughter|
Benny’s journey began at a very young age. He views his hair as a form of art. His daughter, Jaxyn, has also followed her father’s footsteps by using her hair as a form of expression. Benny started posting photos of his natural hair to inspire people of all cultures to love themselves for who they are and appreciate their culture. He is also planning to develop a hair care system to the public so that more people can learn how to take care of their natural hair or grow back fresh hair. So far, he has a following of over 382,000 followers on Instagram
and the numbers keep increasing by the day.
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Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. You can catch up with her on yourhairandbeautywrite.wordpress.com.