Archive for January, 2013

Tressumé: Quianna Taylor

 

Name: Quianna Taylor


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Location: Washington, DC  

Met this lovely lady while on one of my excursions to DC and I was drawn to her hair. Isn’t it just amazing; peep the hair clip below! Might wanna check her out.

                                                                                           

 

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for almost seven years.Natural Hair Pic 4

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?   Why did you choose that route?

I have done both.  When I initially went natural I transitioned.  I wore a lot of weaves and cornrows and other protective styles and gradually cut back the damaged relaxed off.   I made sure that I kept my hair moisturized and my scalp healthy and took my weaves out every four to five weeks to wash and condition my hair.   I did this for about 2 years.  But like a lot of women, I was used to processing and manipulating my hair in some kind of way.  After I stopped relaxing, I  became addicted to color, which can alter your hair’s natural texture.  I probably did more damage to my hair  with color, than the relaxer, looking back at it.  But I continued to grow it out.  Then about a two years ago I was having a very stressful time in my life.  I wasn’t honoring my hair and body the way I needed to.  I wasn’t eating in a balanced or regular way and it was taking a visible and tangible toll on my hair.  It started breaking off and thinning out out.  November 2011 I decided I needed a change.  I woke up and took a shower and washed my hair.  When I got out, I grabbed some scissors and cut it all off.  And honestly I had never felt so free as a natural woman.  I had nothing to hide behind or conform to.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I unintentionally went natural.  I got a bad perm that gave me a really bad burn on my scalp.  As a result I decided that I would not relax my hair for about six months to a year.  Around this same time I was growing and redefining what I thought beauty meant and how that idea of beauty related to how I see myself.  At that time I decided to begin embrace who I  am, and a large part of that was embracing my natural hair Natural Hair Pic 2texture.  Now I see natural hair everywhere and I think it is all beautiful.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

For me, this is one of the easiest ways to remain true to heritage and honor them, while honoring myself.  I am a mix of African American, Jewish, Irish, Cherokee, and Creole.  My genetic makeup is very diverse and multifaceted.    My hair is a made up of many textures, and each different texture is a part of who I am.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?

Crème of Nature Conditioner with Argan Oil because I co-wash and condition my hair with it.  And Olive Oil because it’s awesome as a moisturizer and a sealant.  But my new favorite products are Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Moisturizer and Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Curl Definer.  I apply these to wet hair and flat twist.  Let my hair air dry overnight and remove.  My hair is moisturized and set for about 5-6 days, which is fantastic!

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love flat twist outs.  That is my go to hair style because they are quick and easy to maintain.

What do you love about your natural hair?

It is 100% me.  Even on bad hair days.

What do you dislike about it?Natural Hair 5

Sometimes it just will not cooperate.  Oh…and I can’t wear low ponytails anymore.  It requires too much time and gel.  (BTW I Love Ecostyler)

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

Be patient and kind to your hair.  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.  Don’t color excessively.  And lastly get your hands in there, get to know your hair and just have fun.

Comments:

Embracing my natural hair has opened my eyes to embracing culture more fully.  I created a line ethnic inspired jewelry called Soul & Substance (www.soulandsubstance.etsy.com).  My items are inspired by and take their cues from tribal jewelry.

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It’s a “HARD KNOT LIFE”!!

A couple posts ago, I shared with you Monae’s Tressumé and she introduced to us her blog/vlog “Hard Knot Life” with her 2 bestfriends and it seems pretty interesting already. They had me rollin’ from the beginning to the end. Looks like a channel I will be subscribing to. You should too!!

GOTTA SPREAD LOVE…. IT’S THE BROOKLYN WAY!!! 🙂

Jane lipgloss

I received the Jane lip gloss in one of my past Ipsy Glam bags and decided to put it to the test. I have found that I like lipsticks but I love glosses a lot more, and I fell in love with the color red against my warm brown skin. There’s something about the two that just does it every time for me. So, I figured why not test out Jane lip gloss, on a night out in the city. I took the plunge and puckered up and I must say the color looked rather sexy on me. Check out how the gloss looked below.

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You can see I was feeling like thee ish with this gloss. I even got the stunna shades out and started doing an impromptu modeling shoot. Check me out!!

Have you tried Jane lip gloss?

How was your experience with Jane lip gloss?

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

I got Beautiful Textures y’all!!

Who would of knew that I would have been the Beautiful Textures Ultimate CurlBox Grand Prize winner. It even sounds crazy as I read this back to myself. Lol. Well if you are following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you may have already discovered this by my super excitement.

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Ever since I got the message that I was the winner I couldn’t help but think about how much of a product junkies heaven I would be in (I really need to see someone about this, lol). Well this past week some of my goodies arrived and I literally jumped up and down before even opening the boxes. HaHa!!! I finally opened them to this *cues angels singing*

Beautiful Textures Ultimate Curlbox, BTUltimateCB, natural hair products

Some of my winning from my Grand Prize BTUltimateCB

Oh and that’s not all I won more goodies alongside this, can’t wait to jump for joy when they arrive too.

Stay tuned ladies & gentlemen!!

SideNote: I never thought that last year when I decided to give up one of my winnings of Beautiful Textures products at the Spring is in the Hair event, I would end up with this many items from the line. God is good!

Tressumé: MoNae Mayweather

Name: MoNae Mayweather

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  Location: Brooklyn, NYimage

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about 1 year & 8 months.

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

Why did you choose that route?
I am Timage_1ERRIFIED of short hair! I could not imagine myself with a TWA. Even after I transitioned, I still wasn’t happy with the length, but I got over it.
How long did you transition?
I transitioned for about 7-8 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Well, I’ve been natural most of my life. Nothing was wrong with my hair, I just wanted a different look. After looking on Tumblr and natural hair blogs such as Curly Nikki, I was inspired to love and embrace my curls.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?image_2
I love how my hair looks and feels! The versatility of being natural is amazing! If I want, I could straighten it and go right back to having my afro that I love!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Shea Moisture Curly Smoothie & Coconut Oil! Shea Moisture products are amazing! They make my hair feel so soft and the smell is awesome! Coconut Oil is my go-to oil because I love the smell and it has helped in my growing process tremendously.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
image_3Well, I’m a lazy natural. (LOL) A twist-out afro is usually my go-to look.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the thickness and fullness of it.

What do you dislike about it?
Shrinkage!!!! Length is everything to me and almost discouraged me from keeping my hair natural, but I learned to deal with and embrace it.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
PATIENCE IS KEY! I really wanted to transition for 2 years, but I became very anxious! I wish I was more patience, but I learned that patience is key. Also, take TONS of photos. I look back at my photos from when I first cut the perm out and I feel so proud of image_4my hair and the growth!

Comments:
I recently created a natural hair blog with my 2 best friends called “Hard Knot Life”! You can check us out on Tumblr @ http://hardknotlifeblog.tumblr.com & our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/hardknotlife We post photos of our hair & we’ll be doing videos showcasing our different techniques!

Be sure to also check out Monae on photosbynae.com. She is a photographer with some super amazing work and she has some reasonable prices too. If your a Brooklynite, New Yorker, or ever in the area, be sure to have her hook your photos up.

Amerikan Goddess’

Received these amazing goodies from Amerikan Goddess

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 and let me tell you!! My nose and taste buds got happy at the smell of the amazing mango, strawberry, and other fruity aroma’s that came from opening the package alone… So you know I will have a review of these Goddess’ goodies soon right. Plus, its only right I respect the Goddess mission.

Love your kinks,

BkAphrodite

Aphrodite Kinks turns one and there’s a birthday party going on!!

All natural hair Goddess’ are invited to an evening with Aphrodite Kinks!!

Come celebrate my 1st birthday.

With giveaways, games, trivia, and fun.

When: February 1, 2013 

@ 7:30 SHARP to about 9:30

Where: Online

RSVP for location details Aphrodite Kinks events on FB or AphroditeKinksevents@gmail.com

Will you be there? Hope to see you there!

Be prepared for a fun and very interactive party!

Be Sure to Subscribe to Aphrodite Kinks as well!!

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite