Archive for June, 2012

I support Black Angels over Tuskegee

As I mentioned in my review regarding the Curl Daze event, I told you of the many prizes I won. One of them was a pair of tickets to see the off Broadway play Black Angels over Tuskegee. I had heard many talks of Tuskegee and some of its Black Angels.

I would get into depth about the play but that would ruin it all wouldn’t it. Though I will tell you it was AMAZING. The story of the amazing men of Tuskegee was bold, courageous, strong, determined, and heart wrenching. I caught myself tearing up by how strong the messages of the play were.

Thanks to the ladies of Around the Way Curls and Asili Glam for this amazing winning.

I promise it is a MUST see. To purchase tickets head on over to BlackAngelsoverTuskegee.com.

Be sure to also stop by: iSupportBlackAngels.com

Some of the cast of Black Angels over Tuskegee and I

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

What is your natural hair woe?

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Joyce Brewer

Joyce Brewer

 

Atlanta, GA

Joyce Brewer is the creator and host of MommyTalkShow.com, an online parenting talk show for Atlanta moms. The Emmy award-winning TV journalist decided to work from home after she got married, moved to Atlanta and had a son with a year’s time. Joyce juggles her business as a video blogger, video marketing producer and social media strategist while working from home.


How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in May 2009, right before my wedding.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for about four months using twistouts and bantu knot styles before I did the big chop.

Why did you choose that route?
It seemed the easiest way to keep some length and not go through the shock of a big chop. My hair had always been at least chin-length.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I wanted to know what my natural hair texture was and to cut the cost of salon appointments by doing my down hair. When I was a news anchor the TV station had an advertising agreement with my salon so I didn’t pay for hair care. But once I left that job and that luxury I wanted to do my own hair.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Surrounding myself with other friends who are natural, reading natural hair care blogs and being involved in natural hair groups. My husband and son also have huge afros so we’re a natural family.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine adds sheen to my twist outs. I also use it on my skin. I use it sparingly because it’s not cheap! When I need to freshen up my afro and I don’t have time to co-wash, I use Infusium 23 leave-in conditioner.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I wear twist outs most of the time. They’re easy to do, work well whether I’m at a play date or business meeting. This summer, I’d like to get locs professionally done.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I don’t have to worry about chemicals in my body or near my son. I think it also shows him that natural hair and natural women are beautiful.

What do you dislike about it?
I’m still trying to master overnight care for my natural hair. Sometimes I’m too tired to retwist it.I’ve also come to terms with that fact that my natural hair doesn’t curl like a lot of other hair types. I’m a 4a-c so it’s kinky, not curly.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Surround yourself with a group of other sisters with natural hair. Follow blogs like Aphrodite Kinks and attend natural hair meetups. Resist the urge to become a product junkie or blow a lot of money on hair care products. Use products that have been shown to work for your hair type! What works as a great conditioner for someone with wavy hair would not work on my kinky hair. Youtube has a ton of tutorials and reviews on products and styles that have helped me a lot!

Can we get some TWA love?

Searching around the net time and time again I bump into a couple natural hair ladies; as it begins to sweep the nation and world more and more women are embracing their natural curls, kinks, and coils. Of course almost every natural haired woman wants long healthy hair and has a “hair crush”.

If you are not certain what a “hair crush” exactly is, I am here to enlighten you.

Hair Crush: Person whose natural hair entices you so much your crushing on their hair. These persons usually have long flowing curls or a really big fro in which the crusher would like for their hair to look the same as or similar to.

Hmmmm…

I appreciate all of the ladies with the long curly natural hair but, I DONT appreciate that the TWA ladies are not recognized as much. Many of those long hair, big fro ladies had to start somewhere which was that TWA . Why don’t we recognize their hair journeys and not their hair lengths.

To help motivate the women rocking those TWA’s I have put together a collection of TWA Hair Crushes…..Enjoy!

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Thank You ladies for being bold, confident, and most of all beautiful. You all are my hair crushes.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Kynx Giveaway Winner

Thank You to all of you that participated, it was a pleasure.

The winner was chosen using Random.org….

& the winner is

*Drum Roll Please(Lol)*

Autumn H.

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Please Email me your information at BkAphrodite@gmail.com.

If I do not receive an email within the next 24 hours another winner will be chosen.

Be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways and amazing posts.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

CurlBox x Karen’s Body Beautiful

Come out to join in some natural hair fun and meet other naturalistas.

The event is free, all you have to do it rsvp. Hope to see you there!!

Tressumé: Jor-El (Mane Man)

MANE MAN (Jor-El)
 
New York, NY
How long have you been natural?
I’ve never been asked this question before! I guess I’ll have to say that I’ve been natural for about 3-4 years now. Back in Summer 2008 I got a texturizer and while I liked it for a few weeks, I immediately grew it out and returned to low cut Caesar cuts until Fall 2009. That’s when I started to grow my hair out.
What inspired you to have natural hair?
What has kept you motivated to remain natural? The best thing about this experience has been the growing sense of confidence I’ve felt since embracing my fro. Like women, I think its also difficult for guys who get pressures to look a certain way. I grew tired of having the same hair cut for years and years and just needed a change. I really enjoy the way my hair looks now and how it better reflects my character and personality.
What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Only two?! If I HAVE to decide, I’m going to say that I must have Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner. It is the best drug store conditioner I have used to date. It has great slip and my hair loves that stuff! And for the second? I’d have to say that I always need a good gel or styling cream on hand for my go to wash and go. One of my favorites has to be Donna Marie’s Dream Curling Cream.
What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I really only rock wash and go’s to be honest. It’s easy to do, gives me the look I want and I’ve got it down to a science LOL.
What do you love about your natural hair?
To be honest, I love the texture and thickness of it. I have SO much hair!
What do you dislike about it?
Probably the same things! When I first starting growing out my hair, it was tough to adjust my mind to recognize and appreciate my texture and curl pattern, but now that I understand my hair, I’m a little obsessed with it. The thickness can be tough to deal with during detangling sessions but conditioners with good slip typically help me out with that.
What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
From my own experience and from what I’ve heard from women out there, it can be an emotional journey and social support is key to making any lasting change. Be courageous and challenge the status quo!
Comments:
Feel free to stop by my blog, MANE MAN (manemanblog.com), where I report on natural hair from a guy’s perspective. I do product reviews of hair and grooming products and host giveaways too! Check me out on Facebook atFacebook.com/manemanblog and on Twitter @manemanblog.