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Diaspora Style: These 3 Tips Are Key To Keep Your Beard Fly This Summer

Menswear stylist and beard connoisseur Sean Mayers breaks it down for the bearded brothers on how to maintain beards for summertime.

DIASPORA—We recently reveled in the splendor of Brooklyn's black and bearded men we spotted at outings in the community. All the well-groomed beards had us thinking—what's the best way for our brothers to maintain their beards this summer?


In comes Sean Mayers, menswear fashion stylist, blogger, personal trainer and creative director (in other words, he does it all). The Elizabeth, New Jersey native is a member of the Tri-State collective of social media influencers who are bearded and non-bearded men of color—The Gentlemen of New York.

"We all have our own brands, campaigns, and companies in our own right, but are coming together as a group for greater impact," Mayers says. "All of the gents represented in this collective have significant modeling, editorial or branding experience. The goal of our Gentlemen of New York collective is to curate and host events, and also obtain ambassadorship with as many brands as possible to push the Black and Brown Culture forward."

We ran into Mayers during our Memorial Day edition of Everyday Afrique and had to catch up with him to learn how he keeps his beard right.

"I moisturize and comb my beard with a wide tooth comb or pick daily," he explains. "I also try to clip loose ends so that it’s even trimmed all around. I use one of my favorite beard balms by Bold Beardsmen, Valencia scent."

Be sure to follow him on Instagram, and take a look at his tips for summertime beard maintenance below.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Photo by Collis Torrington, courtesy of Sean Mayers.

"The summer can be brutal on our beards, fellas. Always remember to keep your beard moisturized to prevent breakage. Use your favorite beard balm, and spritz a little bit of olive oil and water mixed to re-hydrate your hair follicles and to seal in the moisture."

Gauge how often you wash and condition.

Photo by Collis Torrington, courtesy of Sean Mayers.

"Wash and condition your beard often, but not too much as this strips your beard of its natural oils."

Treat your beard with care.

Photo by Ammar Thomas, courtesy of Sean Mayers.

"Gently brush or comb your beard daily. Handle with TLC, after all, it is attached to your face!"

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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