Archive for April, 2012

“TruEssence” meetup

Rosalyn (Karma) Reese
TruEssence

Hair Pride of St. Petersburg, FL
11:30am-3:00pm
Childs Park YMCA
691 43rd St.
S. St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Tickets and registering: http://hairprideofstpete.eventbrite.com/

Source:http://nnhmd.com/event/st-petersburg-florida/

“Naturally FLYY Denver Seriously Natural” meetup

Andrea Grady & Sabrina Perkins
Naturally FLYY Denver
Seriously Natural

12 – 4
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80205

Source:http://nnhmd.com/event/denver-colorado/

Gold Label Coconut Care

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, is made from organic, fresh coconuts in rural areas of the Philippines. The coconuts used are hand selected, and the pure coconut water from inside the coconut is used to extract the coconut oil using traditional methods.

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The amazing folks over at Tropical Traditions asked me to try some of their Virgin Coconut Oil and I can tell you it is a must try. I applied the coconut oil after washing to seal in my hair’s moisture. The coconut oil was very light on my hands as well as my hair. Unlike most coconut oils the consistency was really smooth which made it easy to handle and rub into my palms for application. My hair was left feeling moisturized and sealed. The best part about it was my hair did not feel greasy or heavy after applying. Awesome!

I can definitely see myself using this more often. Thanks to Tropical Traditions I now will be back to applying my coconut oil after washes as well as to keep my hair moisturized when dry. If you have not invested in a sealer for you hair, you should do so as soon as possible. Check out TropicalTraditions.com , for pricing and more information about their amazing Virgin Coconut Oil (which can also be used for cooking). They also have a variety of organic products so be sure to stop by.

Until next time…

Love,
BkAphrodite

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

“L.A. Curly Girls” meetup

Lydia Boyd a.k.a. Sister Boyd
and the L.A. Curly Girls

6:30 – 10:30 PM

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
1985 E. Grand Ave
El Segundo, CA 90245

 Tickets may be purchased here: http://nnhmdlacurlygirls.eventbrite.com/

Source:http://nnhmd.com/event/california/los-angeles-california/

“Sip & Soul Sofa Series”

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Stop by this (Free) event and enjoy a night of naturalists!!

For more info check out http://www.facebook.com/events/418449518184509/

“Showing My Roots”

Ashley Martinez, Tiara Shipton and Kennesha Polk
Showing My Roots Natural Hair of San Diego

5:30-8:00 PM
2133 Seagull Lane
San Diego, CA 92123

Tickets: http://sandiegonaturals-eorg.eventbrite.com/

FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/255495837871964/

Source: http://nnhmd.com/event/california/san-diego-california/

Naturals in the Gulf Coast this ones for you!

Stephanie Dickerson
Gulf Coast Naturals


1-5 PM

19th Street Community Center
3319 19th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501

Tickets: http://gcnnnhmd.eventbrite.com/

Source:http://nnhmd.com/event/gulport-and-biloxi-mississippi/

“Own your natural”

Kiki Moore
Own Your Natural

10 AM – 5 PM
Hilton – St. Louis Airport
10330 Natural Bridge, Woodson
Terrace MO

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238464

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/398172083531209/

Source:http://nnhmd.com/event/st-louis-missouri/

“Affairs of the Heart”

Once again, I’m still on vacation in Jamaica(in my mind). I just can’t stop missing that place. The people were so care free and everything was so much slower paced than NYC. It felt great to take a break but now I just want to get back to that stress free feeling of Jamaica. Though, I can’t go back now…I use the music to bring me back that stress free feeling. So, I thought I’d share one of the songs that I fell in love with. I think you might just fall in love too. Hoping you too feel the same stress free feeling. The most important thing I want you to check out is Damian Marley’s locs….I’m IN LOVE!! Makes me want locs!

Definitely, take a listen and look…..

Until next time…

Love,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Adrienne

Adrienne emailed me about her story and I just had to interview her right away. She is a prime example of what faith can do. Learning her story gave me the ability to remember to keep faith and remain hopeful. She has an amazing story to tell. So read on!!

Name: Adrienne M (ManeAngels)
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Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC

How long have you been natural? I’ve been natural since 2006.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? Neither, I did the other BC (breast cancer)! I was diagnosed in 2006 with Stage 3A BC. After chemo, radiation treatments & reconstructive surgery, I decided not to put chemicals back in my hair. This year is a milestone year for me – 5 years breast cancer FREE!

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Why did you choose that route?

There are many products that have carcinogenic properties in them. I decided to do my best to use organic products to put in and on my body since I was diagnosed with cancer to give me a fighting chance. 🙂

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

When my hair started to grow back, it was curly/wavy. As it grew longer, the texture changed. I didn’t know how to style it, so I went back to what my mother did…press and curl. I did that for 5 years. When I started a new position at another banking institution, I continued to straighten my hair because I didn’t think corporate America accepted women of color in their “natural state”. Then, I saw a co-worker wearing her hair natural! It was beautiful! I asked her so many questions that she probably thought I was a pest, but she was patient and encouraging. She became my mane angel! I decided to stop fearing what people thought and tried it. In Psalm 139:14 it says, “I praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” God makes no mistakes! So, I decided to wear the hair that He gave me! That keeps me motivated!
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What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without?

I can’t live without Kinky Curly’s Knot Today and coconut oil. Why? Knot Today is a leave-in conditioner that has wonderful slip and is a GREAT detangler! For those who struggle with tangles, it’s fantastic! I love coconut oil because it’s natural, light and penetrates the hair shaft to seal in moisture. In addition, it’s great for sealing in the moisture on your skin.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

My favorite way to wear my hair is chunky twist/braid outs! You can do so many things with those styles including great protective styles.

What do you love about your natural hair?

The thing I love about my natural hair is the freedom I fell wearing it. I don’t have to apologize or feel ashamed of what God gave me.

What do you dislike about it?

The only thing I dislike is the prep time. Gone are the days of pulling my hair back in ponytails, last minute curling/touching up with flatirons, etc. But it causes me to be a little more organized with my day-to-day, which I guess isn’t a negative at all.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

The advice I would give someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning or needs advice about natural hair is to be patient. This journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Don’t get me wrong, IT CAN BE DONE by anyone! But you have to have patience! Research, research, research! There’s a ton of information on the internet regarding natural hair. Know that everything is not for you! EVERY head of hair is different and unique. You have to figure out what works best for you. Know that beautiful/healthy hair begins on the inside – what you put in your body. Love your hair and it will love you back.

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