Archive for February, 2012

Goodies!!!!

Received goodies today in the mail!!!!

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I got these products from the lovely lady over at Naturaluxuries, can’t wait to try them out and share it with you all.

I also got another exciting package which I’ll keep a secret for now. Be sure to check back to see what the mystery package is, and a product review using my new Naturaluxuries Products

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

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Tressumé Chanell

Name: Chanell
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Location: Bronx, New York

How long have you been natural?
For about 3 years now, I have been natural.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned to natural hair.

Why did you choose that route?
I took a trip to Panama, and my aunt who is a hair dresser permed my hair, after that my hair literally started falling out.

How long did you transition?
I was not fully aware of how to actually go about doing a big chop. Therefore, I am not actually sure how long my full transition took place. I basically just kept clipping of my ends until it was all natural.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
The ability to have fuller hair, and the versatility of natural hair.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
I didn’t like how my hair looked on me when it was permed, so I don’t want to go back to that.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Carols Daughter Heat Protectant because it protects my hair from heat styling and does not leave my hair crunchy.
Hair Rules Ultra Moisturizing conditioner because it adds moisture to my hair making it easier to detangle.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
In a simple bun, nothing spectacular.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that every section of my has a different identity. The curls are different, so I have to treat it different.

What do you dislike about it?
When it’s humid outside and my hair gets really frizzy.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
To research a lot; There is never a “correct” way of styling your natural hair. You have to actually research products and try them out on your own to see if they work for you. You must have the correct mindset.

Comments:
I love aphroditekinks.wordpress.com, it helps me through my natural hair process.
&
Never give up, because their are more pros than cons of natural hair.

I Need Healthy Hair & A Healthy Scalp

There are two types of oils which are Essential Oils and Carrier Oils. I will be discussing a few Essential Oils for now (because there are like hundreds).

Essential Oils carry distinctive scents, or essences of the plant from which the oil is extracted. They are derived from the non-seed parts of the plants. Essential Oils are very potent and must be diluted in carrier oils.

A list of some Essential Oils are:

Lavender Oil – Not only known for its gorgeous scent, it has proven hair benefits and is good for all hair types. Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. Most widely known to treat alopecia areata, a condition where you lose excessive hair, especially in patches. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.

Rosemary Oil – Is another oil which doubles as a fragrant oil and an essential oil. The oil is derived from the rosemary plant and is very useful for dandruff problems and flaky itchy scalp. Rosemary oil stimulates the hair follicles; as a result hair, can grow longer and stronger.

Tea Tree Oil – is a great moisturizer for the hair, it helps to keep the scalp free of bacteria and fungal problems. Tea tree oil unblocks the sebaceous glands and encourage the flow of the scalp’s own moisturizing oils while clearing away dead skin cells. Tea tree oil mixed with other essential oils is especially good as a scalp treatment for relieving dandruff.

Chamomile Oil – chamomile is known to soothe the nerves and it does the same for your hair and scalp, in fact it is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, and harsh weather conditions and helps with itching scaly scalp and dandruff.

Peppermint Oil – helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This is very important for hair as it helps the hair to receive proper nourishment. This in turn will lead to hair growth. That tingly feeling when peppermint oil is felt on the scalp is actually the stimulation of blood flow to hair.

Lemon Oil – is especially beneficial for oily hair, it is recommended that persons with dry hair not use lemon oil, it is a good treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under-active sebaceous glands.

Myrrh Oil – On the other hand myrrh is very good for dry hair. It helps with the treatment for dry scalp, dandruff problems and under-active sebaceous glands. Use instead of lemon oil if your hair is not oily.

Source: ArticlesBase.com

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Smooth Prepoo

So a short time ago I decided to stir up a mixture for my hair. I so wanted to share it with you all immediately, but I just had to ensure good results.

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And yes, I got excellent results!!

Things I used:

Coconut Oil (aka my staple)

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Olive Oil(I just used whatever was around)

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Honey

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Shea Moisture Conditioner(which I used the first time)

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Cantu Leave-In(which I used the second time)

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The first time mixture smelled so great, smelled just like candy which I loved. I used it as an overnight prepoo and the results were amazing!! My hair smelled good and it was extremely soft. The mixtures was also thick.

With the second time mixture I just used it as a quick prepoo. I put on my heating cap for about an hour and washed. It didn’t smell as good as the first mixture, and my hair was not as soft as it was with the overnight regimen. Though the mixture was a lot smoother than the first time mixture.

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You too can mix your own prepoo!
Try it out with your own household kitchen items lying around. Be sure to share your results. I would love to hear about them all.

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Tressumé Destiney

Destiney

Location: Houston, Tx

I’m always ready for a new style, that’s when being natural kicked in. I wore weaves for years; I though time for a change and I’m enjoying it.

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How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since December 30, 2012

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
The Big Chop. I cut off my relaxed ends which left me with a TWA(teenie weenie afro)

Why did you choose that route?
Dealing with 2 types of hair (relaxed and natural)is hard to handle. I would rather start fresh and work my way on up. Having short hair also helped me become confident in myself.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I always like to try new things, and after I researched it and seen the pictures, stories, and tips I fell in love!

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
My family members, my boyfriend, and of course my natural hair people out there with their stories and amazing pics! To see the love, confidence, and positivity that comes from the natural world makes me want to continue my journey.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Alikay Naturals Growth Oil, amazing product for moisturize and growth and Shea Moisture Curling Shouffle, great for moisture and defining curls.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I love my fro-hawk, it’s so stylish and quick to do.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the fact that without a perm I can still have a nice grade of hair, and the process of finding new styles, tips, and finding yourself is an amazing feeling. And I will have a big head of healthy curls in no time!

What do you dislike about it?
I hate having short hair and trying to make sure I pull it off every morning.lol

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Moisturize your hair EVERYDAY, don’t become discouraged, and become creative, don’t be scared to do your hair and try new styles. Keep touch with other naturals and YouTube and blogs are your best friend!

Comments:
It’s an amazing process! It brings a ton of positivity, confidence, and love into your life. And you’ll be surprised how many naturals are out there, and eager to help. Love Destiney.

Until next time…..

Love,
BkAphrodite

I don’t need that “wet and wavy”, my waves come NATURALLY!

With permed hair, I saw numerous friends almost always getting that “wet and wavy” weave. Nine times out of ten they just had to have it. Who wouldn’t like being able to have curly hair when wet, and straight hair the next day. Now, I never was the weave type, but I too just had to have it. It was just something about being able to have such versatile hair on my head. So I purchased my first “wet and wavy” weave, it costs me about $150, but I just knew I needed it. Let’s not forget, there’s a price to install that thing too!! Lucky for me I had a cousin that knew how to install weaves.

I wore it straight for a couple of days, had an event to go to, so I figured hey why not flaunt my “wet and wavy” look. I knew I had to find a way to blend the straight permed hair, and my new “wet and wavy”, so I braided the part of my hair that was left out. When it came time for the unleashing of what I thought would be beautifully blended 12″ curls flowing down my back, I was DISAPPOINTED! What I expected, came out looking like a wannabe curly look with my hair, and beautiful curls just below that. So I had to find a quick way to make it work. I just pinned it up without the desired “wet and wavy” look, but just a hot mess look!

Long after this fiasco(maybe about a 1 1/2 years), I decided that I would research this whole “natural hair” movement that was going on. Though, I still believed that black hair was “nappy”; I sure as hell couldn’t achieve curly,wavy hair because I wasn’t one of those with “good hair” or I wasn’t “mixed”(even though a large population of the world is mixed with more than one race). After much research I discovered that all of this is indeed NOT FACTUAL!

I came across many natural hair blogs Curlynikki.com and Youtubers like Naptural85 & KimmayTube and they definitely helped change all of those thoughts. Their numerous posts, and videos showed me that natural hair is awesome. Hence, I began my journey to natural hair, as a transitioner. I have been transitioning for 11 months and I just LOVE the Kinks and Coils coming in.

So why is as African-American women we desire that “European straight” look? Why do we continue to believe that our hair is “nappy”? Why are we going out and purchasing these expensive weaves that pull at our edges, and destroy our precious strands?

Girl, Go Natural! It doesn’t cost you lots of money or your precious strands. You’ll have that Kinky, Coily, Curly look whenever you please. Oh, and if you just have to have that straight look once in a while, you can do that too.

Embrace your own Versatility!!!

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Ninja Bun!!!

I always love a perfect bun!!! Came across the “Ninja Bun”, and it was pretty awesome!! Thanks to the beautiful Sheena for sharing this. 🙂
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Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite