Archive for May, 2012

Kinky Curly Wash ‘n Go

Today’s products….

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If you have read my Curl Daze post, you know that I won the whole Kinky Curly product kit. So today I decided to try some of the products out. I chose the above Knot Today Detangler/Leave In and the Curling Custard.

To prep my hair I applied some water, Vatika Oil and the Wen Intensive Hair Treatment. After applying I twisted my hair adding some of my castor oil mixture. I then covered my hair with a shower cap and my satin bonnet leaving it overnight.

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This morning I washed the contents of the Wen Intensive Hair Treatment out of my hair with the twists still in. The Kinky Curly Knot Today was applied twice, then I untwisted my hair and rinsed.

Once out of the shower I applied more Knot Today and combed through my hair in sections using the Curling Custard. I then ended with the results below…

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How I felt about the results….the Knot today left my hair feeling clean and very moisturized, though it did leave my hair feeling a bit striped. The Curling Custard did define my hair and left my hair smelling like candy which I liked. The down side was it made my hair feel like I had candy in it, that was not fun at all.

I would definitely try the products again using less of the Curling Custard. I really feel I have not mastered my measuring skills when defining my curls with Gel like products. Better luck next time.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

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Tressumé: Black Girls Run(Ashley Hicks & Toni Carey)

A few days ago I posted about a program called Black Girls Run. I discovered the program on the news one night and did my research. I was amazed by both how great program was as well as the natural hair of the founders Ashley and Toni.
I got the opportunity to interview the lovely ladies of Black Girls Run Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks. They share with me how they began their own natural hair journeys, information about Black Girls Run, as well as tips for the African American woman who wants to begin a healthier lifestyle.
If you have not heard about the amazing program, please take the time out to learn more from this interview and by visiting their site BlackGirlsRun.com.

Toni & Ashley

 

Photo Courtesy of BlackGirlsRun.com

Norfolk, VA & New York

 

How long have you been natural?
Ashley: I have been natural for 2 years

Toni: I have been natural for 1 year & 4 mos.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
Ashley: I transitioned

Toni: I transitioned for a short time then did the Big Chop.

Why did you choose that route?
Ashley: I had an appointment for a perm and my stylist cancelled on me the last minute. Being that I was a runner I decided to forget about the appointment and embrace my natural hair.

Toni: I was tired of the two different textures

How long did you transition?
Ashley: I transitioned for 9 months and cut it 2 years ago September

Toni: I transitioned for a short time.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Ashley: Being cancelled on for a perm and the fact that my hair would be much healthier. Discovering my curls was also an inspiration.

Toni: I saw Ashley’s hair, how healthy it was and I decided to do my own transition.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Ashley: I love my hair. It is easy also with working out, and I can wear it straight if I wanted to.
Toni: I want everything healthy with exercise, organic food and my hair. It has become a lifestyle.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Ashley: Giovanni’s Leave In because it feels amazing after a wash and keeps my hair moisturized.
Toni:</em> I use Giovanni’s 50/50 conditioner and Hair Rules Curly Whip and Kinky Curling Cream

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Ashley: Wash and Go, I haven’t really mastered any twist out or braid out styles yet.

Toni: Being my hair is so thick a wash and go is my go to style.

What do you love about your natural hair?
Ashley: I love my texture and how soft my hair is and its volume. I always loved big hair.

Toni: It’s easier to manage while on the go, and I don’t have to make schedules around my hair.

What do you dislike about it?
Ashley: Detangling, because it takes me a really long time to detangle my hair.

Toni: I feel like my hair never gets enough water, so I would have to say battling the dryness of my hair.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Ashley: Have patience and enjoy the process.

Toni: Don’t have expectations for your hair. Take advice but understand that everbodys hair is different.

How do you typically prep your hair as a runner with natural hair?
Toni: I may add a headband and condition more making sure to wash my hair to prevent salt buildup.
Ashley: I usually don’t really do much different besides washing my hair more.

We also got into detail about some aspects of fitness. I thought of some things that many of you might want to know about fitness.

What do you think is the biggest misconception women of color have in regards to fitness?
Toni: Many women think you can’t workout and be cute. When you definitely can be cute while working out.

Ashley: The idea of consistency; fitness should become a lifestyle. You must put in the time and effort. It will take some time to get where you would like but you just have to wait it out.

How do you feel Black Girls Run will motivate women to improve their health and fitness?
Toni: Black Girls Run provides a support system as well as accountability. The women expect me to be there to support them.

Ashley: It helps to educate and give people the information they need about taking the next step in fitness. It is also a support system, as we have workshops and blog posts on how to get started for the beginner in fitness.

What are the minimum and maximum amount of days one should exercise?
Toni: I feel there is not maximum it is based on what your body can handle. You should always listen to your body. The minimum is 2 to 3 days.

Ashley: We use the Couch to 5k program, which is about 20 to 25 minutes of cross training for about 3 to 4 days a week.

What are some quick home exercises you can recommend to someone who is a beginner?
Ashley: Core exercises are great. They help you to work on your form, which is the base for when you’re running. A good core exercise is the plank.

Toni: Many people don’t think about this one much but jump roping is an awesome home exercise. You can spend 20 to 30 minutes doing this; it helps burn calories

Where would you like to see Black Girls Run 5 years from now?
Toni: I would like to see Black Girls Run out more in the community and helping people to understand what it means to be healthy and fit.

Ashley: 80% of the U.S. is obese or overweight and I would like to see Black Girls Run help to decrease that number.

I think this is a great opportunity for African American women to get together. It also helps them to motivate each other in getting and remaining fit. I would like to thank both Toni and Ashley for creating Black Girls Run, as well as taking the time to share their natural hair journeys.

And the Winner of the 32 .oz of Coconut Oil is…..

The results are in! Though I wish I could give you all 32 .oz of Coconut oil. I could only chose one person.

The winner is…..

Candis South

I would like to thank everyone who entered it was great. Be sure to check back for more giveaways!

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Spring was in the Hair

As I mentioned prior National Natural Hair Meetup Day was approaching. It has come and gone and I am here to tell you how much fun it was.

I had the honor of being a guest at the Spring is in the Hair event hosted by thee AMAZING Imani of TribeCalledCurl, Natasha & Latoya of Mane Moves and Diane C. Bailey of Tendrils Hair Spa.

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As I entered the Spring is in the Hair event I was greeted by an amazing goodie bag. Check out what was inside my bag…..

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I had been longing for more Karen’s Body Beautiful products and this was an awesome opportunity.

There were panel discussions as well as hair tutorials from Diane C. Bailey of Tendrils hair spa.

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I had the chance to mingle and speak with some of the natural sistas at the event, learn tips and tricks to manipulating natural hair, and an evening of fun. The giveaways galore, I was in a natural hair product junkie’s heaven!!!!

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Now, the giveaways!! Y’all know I had to stock up on those products. As my number was called for
the 1st winning I was introduced as the one whose always at a natural hair event and wins something every time. Though I didn’t win the steamer I was dreaming of I won much more….I even gave back one of my winnings in hopes that my good karma would allow me to win the steamer….but I didn’t I won something much better!!!

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I was feeling like I won the lotto…..My National Natural Hair Meetup day was made! The product junkie in me was screaming. I would like to thank Imani of TribeCalledCurl, Natasha & Latoya of Mane Moves, Diane C. Bailey of Tendrils Hair Spa for such an amazing event, as well as a thank you to “The Upside”, “Nothing But”, and “Shea Moisture” for the products.

Love Your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

Curly Daze!!!!!

A couple days ago I had the Curl Daze experience. Some of you may or may not have heard about this event, which was hosted by the beautiful ladies of Asili Glam and Around the Way Curls. If you were not in attendance at this event en you were definitely missing out. Well fear no more I’ll give you a little recap.

It was definitely a CURL DAZE!

The event took place at Stash Lounge, located in an awesome hideout in New York City. There were lots of curls friends to talk curls, product and cocktails. I would like to take this time to thank Diddy for sponsoring the event as well. We were all Cirocin’ it, thanks to the amazing DJ playing all my tunes. We can’t forget the giveaways; no natural hair event is complete without goodies.

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Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes & I

I would like to take the time to thank the amazing ladies of Asili Glam and Around the Way Curls. Curl Daze was AMAZING!!

Check out how lucky I got that night……

Won these items:

 

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Love your Kinks,

Love
BkAphrodite

Blowout Protectant

After some research I have found one of the best answers, to a question regarding heat protectant for a blowout. I had NO idea what to recommend except for a product I had used prior to going natural, which I’m pretty sure contains a large number of chemical. Being that I’m on my road to recovery from harsh chemicals, there was no way to recommend the product.
I found this blowout tutorial by the lovely NikkiMae:

The Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia can also be used as a protectant as well, I’m pretty sure there are more but I just can’t think of them all (I’d have to search my bag o goodies; Yes I am a product junkie).
Who wouldn’t want to use grapeseed oil anyway? There are so many other benefits which you can check out at AdventuresOfAKinkyCurly.com

Hair 180° Product Review

I recently had the privilege to try out a fairly new product called Hair 180°. Speaking with owner Nikki about her product I was excited to try them myself. Of course she had all positive things to say about her product. She sent me some products to try out and it was in fact all true. I am totally satisfied with Hair 180°.

Here’s what Hair 180° is all about:

Hair 180° came to fruition because of the frustration I experienced with trying to find a hair product comparable to what I had been using for years. Either the company went out of business or they opted not to carry the product in the beauty supply stores that I frequently visited. I did an all out search! When you find something that works you want to hold on to it right? During my search, I can’t tell you the number of times that I read the ingredients on the back of a bottle/jar and put the product back on the shelf because the large words listed meant absolutely nothing to me. Frustrated, I decided to be an educated consumer. I know what is good for my hair, but I don’t want to use a cosmetic dictionary to figure out every ingredient in the product I am considering purchasing. My husband occasionally accompanied me to the beauty supply store and watched me read product ingredients diligently and write them down to research later. This went on so much so that he suggested that I do something different… develop my own hair care products. That particular day, the moment of clarity occurred and I went from being the definition of insanity personified to a dedicated hair activist. The outcome of any hair care creation is impacted by the quantity, quality and type of ingredients incorporated into the finished product along with continued use. Therefore, cutting corners or choosing alternatives of lesser quality were not options during the development phase. I gave great thought, time and research into the ingredients I chose. I made sure that my products were infused with pure and certified organic ingredients. I purposefully avoided using sulphates, petroleum or its derivatives such as mineral oil/ paraffinum liquidum and parabens. I must admit, life would have been so much easier in the development phase had I chosen to use petroleum/parabens in my products. However, that would put me in the category of other big name manufacturers that have created products that are potentially harmful, clog pores and negatively impact hair growth. I couldn’t compromise the integrity of the product in regards to providing a natural, healthy alternative for hair care needs. Making a quality, superior product is only one phase of Hair 180°. The other phase is education. I often share educational nuggets about how to resolve hair woes whether someone buys my product or not. Education is vital to determining what product is right for you. One must remember that the heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. I have extensive conversations regarding hair concerns and desires and enjoy educating people about how to maintain, rejuvenate or grow a healthy head of hair. Through hair consultations, I also create hair care products specifically to address a consumer’s needs. I am always mindful that no two people are alike and there is more than one way to address a hair care issue. Hence, products are created for the masses as well as individualized. Outside of pre-existing medical conditions, poor diet, stress or side effects of a prescribed medication, there are things one can do to enhance the appearance and texture of his/her hair. Please explore our website and begin the journey via Hair 180°of restoring your hair back to a healthier state before the use of harsh chemicals, dyes, weaves and excessive heat.

Source:Hair 180°

Okay now let’s get down to the products! I recently decided that I would try my best to stick to the Co wash method, so the Hair 180° Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler worked perfect for this occasion. I first applied a protein treatment using my Pre Poo mixture and one egg, which stayed on for about 10 minutes. I then rinsed and applied the Hair 180° Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler twice to ensure that all of the egg was out of my hair, followed by another rinse and blot using a wash rag. (I found that blotting with a wash rag does not pull a large amount of moisture out of my hair.) Finally,the Curly Custard was applied and I ended up with these amazing curls!!

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Front of my hair

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Back of my hair

I rarely have as much curl definition with other products but Hair 180° did the trick!!!

Plus all of the products smelled AMAZING!!!

So be sure to stop by Hair 180° and find out which product are right for you! (Products for locs are also available) Tell em BkAphrodite sent yah. Be Sure to give them this code 08906.

Thanks Nikki!!

Love Your Kinks,

BkAphrodite