Archive for October, 2012

Henna Love

I recently spoke about how I was dying to henna my hair and how the wonderful Myleik blessed me in my October CurlBox. The henna many naturals received in their Curlbox was Reshma Femme; most received a Chocolate or Natural Highlights color. I received the natural highlights, and yes I was super excited. I have never had any type of color in my hair before, so this did it for me.

 

In the box, we got a 2 .oz bag of henna powder, a conditioning oil and a pair of gloves.

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I added a picture of the contents of the package in its dry state for those of you who may be new to the whole henna game. It was of a green, powder like texture.

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I added about two an one-fourth cups of water along with the conditioning oil provided and proceeded to mix. I remember hearing many naturals suggest using a plastic mixer(metal is said to alter the mixture), so I resorted to a good ole plastic fork.

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The consistency of the powder with added ingredients; thick paste. I let it sit for two and a half hours as suggested on the box.

 

 

 

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Here are some picture of my hair before the application….

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Once I finger detangled, I then applied my Jamaican black castor oil to the base of my hair as a protectant from any color runs.

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I then wrapped my hair with plastic wrap and covered over with a plastic bag(I couldn’t find a plastic cap. LOL no judging  people). I then left the henna on my hair for close to 3 hours.

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Here are pictures of my hair with the henna applied to it. I was thinking it would dry up like body henna but it was actually the opposite.

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I then got into the shower and rinsed the henna out, which was extremely messy. I couldn’t stand how much it was flashing all over the place. I was scared it would stain the shower, luckily it just washed right off. Below I included pictures of my hair right after rinsing the henna out. It looked and felt extra moisturized and conditioned. Win for me!!

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Once the henna was all rinsed out I applied my Shea Moisture’s  restorative shampoo. Then I conditioned with my Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk  & Tea Tree conditioner(I needed that extra condition and tingle for my scalp). Once that was done, I used my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in, and applied my Castor x Vatika x Peppermint oil mix to seal.

Here are the finished results of my henna’d hair. My hair felt very moisturized, and conditioned. I was a little disappointed my hair wasn’t as colored as I had anticipated it to be, though I enjoyed the small tint of reddish brown. My curls are a poppin’.

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Thanks to Myleik, the CurlBox Crew, and Reshma Femme for the amazing experience.

 

 

Love your hair,

BkAphrodite

EBoost!!!

I recently received my “Beauty Bloggers” voxbox (which I will be posting about soon), and to my surprise I received another package of the Eboost drink mix. When I received it in my Naturals Voxbox the month prior, I was really hesitant to try it, so I passed. This time around I had a cold, and was feeling like crap. I immediately whipped out the EBoost and followed instructions on the packet in hopes to cure my cold.

As I added the water to the powdery contents it immediately began fizzing. I let it sit for a while to dissolve the powder and for the the fizz factor to minimize. I was very excited to drink it too see how it would improve the cold I had been trying to fight off for some time.

The taste….nasty with a hint of orange. I literally had to chug it down, in hopes of not letting my taste buds get in the way. The good part… after about 20 minutes the mucus in my chest had loosened and was coming out of me (sounds super gross). I kept sneezing and throughout the day I felt better than ever. I was able to breath much easier and through the week I felt as if my cold was getting better each day, I was also feeling much more energized. Who would pass up energy and feeling better during a cold?

Now that I have shared with you the greatness that is inside of just one packet, you too can experience the greatness.

EBoost can be purchased at your local Whole Foods Market. It also comes in 3 other flavors: Pink Lemonade, Acai Pomegranate and Super Berry.

 

Love your body,
BkAphrodite

**Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster**

Bar Shampooed

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I received this product sample in my CurlBox and just had to try it out. I had been longing to try out a shampoo bar because every one raves about how awesome it is. So I put it to the test, it was really sudsy and it gave me a really good lather. My hair was left feeling squeaky clean.

 

 

Love your kinks,

BkAphrodite

Thank You…Winner is….

I would like to say thank you to all of you who made it possible for Aphrodite Kinks to reach such a milestone. You all keep me motivated, and give me the drive to want to continue sharing my journey to help you all.

I was going to choose winners but I have decided to send each and everyone of those that entered something. You all deserve it for being so awesome!!

I will randomly send you a prize (I’ll probably have family members choose to be fair). The ladies that will be considered for prizes are…

Candis
Tanya
Elisa
Tranita
Exodus
Robbi
Shay
Mellie
Happy Grape

If you ladies can, email me at BkAphrodite@gmail.com, with your shipping information and I will get your prizes out to you. Thanks again for being apart of my journey.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

Them Curls!

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a product from Lace Naturals. Let me tell you ladies(and gents)….The smell!!! It was so yummy and amazing.It smelled of a flowery, sweet bottle of goodness.

I used the Lace Naturals Hibiscus Hair Milk as my moisturizer on freshly washed hair, then sealed it in with coconut oil. When I finally decided what the heck I was going to do my hair, I pulled out the Design Essentials Natural Twist and Setting Lotion from my September box(which I forgot to post up :-(. Sorry y’all).

I parted my hair and put twist in the front with a funky twist updo. When I tell you my twist out was on POINT!!!!!! Check out the photos below:

I was feeling myself the whole day. I just couldn’t get over how great my twists looked. Even after day two they were still looking amazing.

In the above picture, my twists were twisted back up the way they were from the day before. To do so, I spritz my hair with water applied my Lace Naturals … my coconut oil, and used the Design Essentials Natural Twist and Setting Lotion. I loosed the sections twice in the morning. I am in LOVE!

I know you want to be more in love too, so go on over to Lacenatural.com and purchase some goodies. As well stop by Designessentials.com, get those twists poppin’ and moisturized.

Spread the Miracle..

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I would like to take this time to acknowledge the amazing ladies who have been through the journey. I paired up with African Pride in an effort to showcase the beauty and strength of some of these ladies. The African Pride Breast Cancer Series embodies fostering #GirlPower with the brand’s “My Pride. My Way” campaign. #APSOS

Check out their stories below:

Name: Ebony Steele

Age: 40

Occupation: Co-Host of The Rickey Smiley Morning Show

How did you learn of your diagnosis with breast cancer?

I was at home relaxing when I reached over and scratched my breast and found a lump. But I didn’t think much of it. That night while on the phone with my sister, she replied, “If you don’t go to the Doctor now, I’m going to tell Momma.” Wow, I thought, “hadn’t heard that since we were kids.”  So the next day I visited the Doctor and the lump was determined to be cancerous.

As a survivor, can you share your journey with our readers?

Here I am a young, 35 yrs old with her whole life ahead of her. It took me through an emotional whirlwind after receiving the news. I thought breast cancer was an “old white woman” disease. NOT! I knew I had to find my support system. My family really helped me fight and push through this traumatic experience. I saw the”Fight” in their eyes. They were not ready to lose me and that helped me to “Fight” with undying strength because we did not want to lose each other.

How did treatment affect your hair and how did you treat your hair post treatments?

By the end of my chemo treatment I lost over 90% of the hair off my body.  Through it all, I continued my daily regimen of the African Pride Oil to keep my skin and scalp moisturized and soft. Once my hair grew back, I used the African Pride Leave In Conditioner to make my hair appear fuller and more manageable.

What advice did you want to leave with our readers regarding staying strong through times of challenge?

Find that “Support System”. For me, it was family but for someone else it may be your spouse, church, friends etc. Always remember, “You are not alone.”  There are plenty of groups and events to connect with that offer support.

How can our readers get in contact with you?

I would Love to hear from you! Visit me at www.ebonysteele.com.If you’re in Atlanta, come see me and support my Bare Chest for Breast Cancer Gifting Suite & Runway Show benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness on Tuesday, October 23rd (bcbc2012.eventbrite.com).

Your “Favorite Girlfriend”,

Ebony Steele

Co-Host of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”

African Pride Expert Corner:

Suggested Products:

African Pride Growth Oil and African Pride Leave-In Conditioner

Name: Janae’ Veal

Age: 32

Occupation: Fitness Trainer

1. How did you learn of your diagnosis with breast cancer?

I had a noticeable lump under my arm. Once checked, testing confirmed it as aggressive stage one breast cancer.

2. As a survivor, can you share your journey with our readers?

I was very healthy, cooked my own food (no extra salt or sugar), exercised regularly & I had no history of breast cancer in my family. I was the healthiest person that my friends and family knew, but that still didn’t change the fact that I had breast cancer at age 30. Over the past year I had a lumpectomy (April 2011), 6 rounds of chemotherapy (June – October 2011) and 33 radiation treatments (October- December 2011). I continued treatment with Herceptin until June 2012 and currently take hormone therapy treatment with Tamoxifin.

3.  How did treatment affect your hair and how did you treat your hair post treatments?

I continued to wear it as I always did, long and pressed out straight for about a week or so. After being tired of loose hair being all over the place, I decided to shave it. I loved my bald head. I felt so confident, so sexy, so free, so empowered.  Once I was done with the treatments it slowly started to grow back. Before cancer I had naturally curly hair that I wore either curly or straight. My new hair came back so extra soft, just like baby hair. It was so silky and soft, and wavy once it got a little length to it. After about 4 months it started to feel normal again. It’s back to being really curly. I miss my long hair some days but short is so easy.

4. What advice did you want to leave with our readers regarding staying strong through times of challenge?

It seems like a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I never thought that I was going to die. So from day one, I always claimed how I wanted to feel and to be positive. I used this as an opportunity to show those around me that God is still real. I share my journey with any and everybody. I want people to know that they are not alone. Things happen for a reason and we must embrace whatever change it may be. I always tell people that breast cancer has been the best worst thing to ever happen to me

5. How can our readers get in contact with you?

Twitter: @jveal

Facebook: facebook.com/janae.veal 

Instagram: @j_veal

Blog: itsmyjourney2mydestiny.blogspot.com 

African Pride Expert Corner:

Suggested Products:

African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Bouncy Curls Pudding for Janae’s New Curly Coif

I you are a Survivor, currently battling Breast Cancer, or know someone who is suffering from it, I send my love and prayers to you and I hope that you realize that you are not alone. Keep the faith!

October Glam Bag…Ipsy

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Received my Ipsy bag formerly known as Glam Bag a couple days ago, and let me just say it came right in time.

I have not been much of a makeup girl, but lately I’ve been feeling fancy.

Testing out the eyeliner from Bombshell, mascara by “What’s your type?”, and Lip Bomb from Mirenesse, has got me feeling like actually taking the time to apply this stuff.
As soon as I get the eye shadow application down packed, I will be adding that to the mix.

If your interested in trying these items check out ipsy.com. You can also sign up for subscription for only $10 dollars!

Have you tried any of these products?

How do you apply your makeup?

Love your face,

BkAphrodite