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It’s a Celebration,Goddess Crew!!

Today March 16, makes one year since I have been natural. My how time flies!! I really don’t know where the time went. I constantly look back at old flicks of my BC and still can’t believe that I actually did it. I also see how much my hair has grown and how fast. YES, black girls can grow long hair!! lol Even though it’s still only a couple inches.

As well today marks the beginning of something great. I have been sharing a few of the details with you and now it’s finally here!! It’s officially the launch day of my site; AphroditeKinks.com. I am proud to say that we have branched out and I love it. Look around and enjoy the view Goddess Crew. You all have made this possible for me to share this, my baby with you all. She has grown into much more than I have ever dreamed of. Hope that I can continue to inspire you all and be inspired by you all.

You know I couldn’t celebrate all this without throwing in some goodies right!! HaH Well guess what you can win some lovely goodies for being such amazing Goddess’. Thank you for your continued support, love and strength. We have taken the journey together and will continue to grow.

To Enter: Log on to AphroditeKinks.com, for details!!

Don’t forget to join the Goddess Crew by Subscribing to our new space!!

Love you all,

BkAphrodite

Why I stopped my hair subscriptions!!

I had just did my Big Chop and I was fresh out the chair. I had to go back 7 years to remember the tricks of the trade, many of which were most likely wrong for my hair anyways; I couldn’t go back to using the “Indian Hemp” hair grease, or using that blow drying every week. How in the hell was I supposed to re-learn my beautiful kinks. What the hell was I supposed to use? I can’t use the “Perfect for perm” or the products that have loads of crap that was destroying my hair.

To my surprise, no there wasn’t an app for that, but there was a subscription for that. HEY BOO!! LOL. I was a couple months behind until I found out about the whole subscription movement, but I knew I had to get on. I just had to get on that V.I.P list. Me and my hurr were VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE!!

Sitting in front my computer I was able to make the first purchase to every product junkie’s dream. I now was en route to figuring out the new products I would have, to learn to use on my new hair. I was in HEAVEN! I mean who wouldn’t want to sit in the comfort of their home while products came right to you for just $20 a month. That’s less than a wash, set and blow out every 2 weeks! I saw no harm in my new found love.

I started out as one of the many naturals who wanted all natural products. With a subbie box that had different products, I kind of pushed that thought to the side. Then the numbers started to add up, and the products they became so so. I began to feel as if I needed rehab for my product addiction, literally products everywhere. I had to put a stop to it! So this December I treated myself to a kit and a box, just for the fun of it. I was hoping there were going to be some extra dope products and extras, but I mean it was just what I paid for. After, treating myself I called it quits. A new year was approaching and I couldn’t waste anymore money on products that half of the time I wasn’t using anyways. I guess, I can now say I am a product junkie on the road to recovery.

 

Did you stop any of your subscriptions?

Do you miss getting products every month?

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Keturah Ariel Nailah Bobo

 

NameKeturah Ariel Nailah Bobo

Keturah Ariel Bobo

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Found this AMAZING lady on my usual Instagram flow, and let me tell y’all! Girl got some bomb ass skills with the art!

Y’all gotta check out her Tressumé, to learn about this talented young lady.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for a little over two yearsketurahart

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I transitioned for 6months and then did the big chop, although I cut parts of it along the way.

Why did you choose that route?  

I have always had a lot of hair, and so wearing my hair short was a little frightening. Plus, I have a big head, so I didn’t think rocking a short cut would be cute.

How long did you transition?

6 months , cutting bangs first then so on and so forth.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I was working at the Columbus Museum of Art under the contemporary art curator. She probably was my biggest hair inspiration, because she was a professional woman of color with gorgeous natural hair working in an institution where no one looks like her.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

I LOVE the versatility of being natural. I love wearing various textures of curls, but I also love to wear it straight from time to time. Basically, I was tired of looking like the same person everyday, being natural gave me freedom.

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

Crème of Nature Conditioning Shampoo and Knot Today by Kinky Curly. My hair has the tendency to become a tangled hot mess and these products both make my hair soft and easy to detangle.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

girl1Right now I have been trying the bantu knot outs which, so far I love velocity.

What do you love about your natural hair?

I feel more myself than I felt before. It’s an amazing feeling.

What do you dislike about it?

I have a hard time controlling my hair to stay in particular styles, especially in humidity.  Sometimes the unruly behavior works for me, in humidity it’s almost always against me.

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

Just do it, you will love it. Every act of change has a transitional period. Tough it out, put your eyes on the prize, and your back to the wind. It’s an amazing bond, the one a black girl creates with her hair, especially when perhaps her whole life she’s been told that who she is naturally, isn’t beautiful.

Comments: Please check out my art. With the response that I have been receiving about the paintings, I realized there’s a market for natural hair art. It’s about embracing who you are. It’s beautiful, and I want to continue to be apart of this movement. More art is on it’s way!

www.keturahariel.com

www.etsy.com/shop/keturahariel

Find me on any social media site: keturahAriel

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Check out a little slideshow of the rest of Keturah’s dope work. This is RAW talent and I am IMPRESSED! She created my future chiren y’all. LOL! Peep the hair on these lovely kids.

Farewell to my first’s for natural hair!!

It has taken me quite a while to actually write this post, only because 1) I really didn’t fully grasp what was going on and 2) I admit I was sort of slacking. Well, I know your probably sitting here reading this like, “Okay is she going to get to it already”. Don’t worry…Here’s what the topic of discussion is…

As you may know I attended my first natural hair meetup ever with Imani of TribeCalledCurl, and that first meetup was at the lovely Karen’s Body Beautiful Spa. I met a lot of naturals who inspired me to really dig deep within myself to decide when I would go for my Big Chop. At the event I spoke with Imani and she discussed things with me regarding that big chop, and she recommended I go to Tendril’s Hair Spa a couple blocks away. When I decided to actually go ahead and take the plunge I made that appointment at Tendril’s Hair Spa and did my Big Chop, which you can check out here.

Sad to say :-(, both of those locations have closed. It really didn’t set in, and I don’t think it even really has set in fully. It saddens my heart to have to pass both of these locations of which were the homes for my natural hair firsts. Though, these locations are no longer, I know that both business owners are prospering and have moved on to much greater things.

I would like to thank both Karen Tappin and Diane C. Bailey for helping me to take the steps to a better and natural me.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Ashley

Name: Ashley C

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Location: Nashville, Tn

Originally from Memphis, Tn. Ashley is currently a grad student at Belmont University where she majors in Classical Performance and Pedagogy and also a Tennessee State University Alum in Nashville. She is a musician, educator, and obsessed with natural hair lol. You can find her on Instagram: Mochacurlie89 where she shares her regimen, natural hair tips, hairstyles, and other fun randoms.

How long have you been natural? 2 years and 11 months strong

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? I cut it all off baby!!! LOL

Why did you choose that route? My big chop story is crazy actually lol. I initially began transitioning with the 20121209-003032.jpgmethod of “growing an inch, cutting an inch” in mind. I was 3 months strong in my transition when I woke up one morning and tried to comb my hair. That comb broke in my head and I literally snapped! I was so over it that I was going to cut my hair myself, but my boyfriend stopped me and took me to a barber lol. I got it all chopped off and never looked back.

How long did you transition? 3 months

What inspired you to have natural hair?A perm gone wrong was my inspiration. A beautician gave me a perm and left it in too long, so I was left with a massive chemical burn that took up most of my crown area. My hair suffered massive breakage and an ugly scab to go with it. After that ordeal, I just couldn’t see myself damaging my hair any further with chemicals. So I decided to embrace my natural hair.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural? Throughout my journey, I’ve surrounded myself with people who embrace my natural hair, made curlfriends, watch other naturalistas hair journeys on YouTube, and experimented with different products and regimens that keep my hair journey exciting.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? 1) Shea Moisture’s Curl Milk-20121209-003036.jpgthis stuff moisturizes my hair beyond belief! I use it as a leave in and styler, so it’s like a 2 in 1product for me. 2) MyHoneyChild Honey Hair Mask-this deep conditioner is thee business! It moisturizes, detangles, and gives my hair sooo much shine.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair? In the warmer months, I enjoy wash n gos, for the colder months mostly twistouts and braidouts.

What do you love about your natural hair? It is so versatile and best of all, it’s mine!

What do you dislike about it? It takes forever to air dry, but I’ve learn to deal with it *side eye* lol

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? Do your research and find what works for your hair. No one knows your hair better than you. Everyone goes through “Trial and Error” when trying to find products and regimens that’ll suit your hair’s needs. Utilize resources like google (my best friend lol), YouTube, and books to learn more about what could work for you. Also, never let anyone tell you our hair is “bad” or it doesn’t grow! Natural 20121209-003025.jpghair is beautiful, unique, and it grows to amazing lengths when properly cared for with a little bit of patience 😉 Embrace your natural self and love those curly tresses!

Don’t you just love Ashley’s curls? I know I do, I am going to have to use some of her tips.

Tressumé: Jacquelyn Vaz

Name: Jacquelyn Vaz

Location: Miramar, Fl

Jacquelyn Vaz is a 27 year old Fashionista who is originally from New York

but soon moved to Florida at the age of 6. She always wanted to be a

teacher but that later changed when she realized her passion was for

fashion. In 2011 she started her fashion blog Dream-Couture, first fashion

show (Rip the Runway Miami) August 2012 which was her first time designing,

and this fall will be opening her online vintage boutique. She has her own

personal style and loves to thrift. Her goal is to become a well known

stylist because styling has always been the part of fashion she loved the

most. Lastly, Miss Vaz has joy in finding new ways with put clothing

together and believes everyone can look like a star.

How long have you been natural? 2 years

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? Big Chop

Why did you choose that route? I figured I did every hairstyle/color in the world and perms burned my hair so bad that it was time to do what was right. BIG CHOP

What inspired you to have natural hair? I’ve always had a love for natural hair, and watching different YouTube channels made me appreciate all textures of hair. I figured why not see what my hair can be like and experience the Love of the Natural Look.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural? I get numerous compliments on a daily basis and I feel it’s easier than a perm. In addition, there are a million and one hairstyles that can be done with this beautiful mane. There’s no turning back to the creamy crack

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? Olive Oil and Kinky Curly

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?I Looovve high pony tails it gives me that high fashion look I love

What do you love about your natural hair?I love that you can have a different look everyday if you want. You can go from a big afro to two twist, or even braids it’s amazing

What do you dislike about it? The only thing that can drive me nuts is the shrinkage at times

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? Own it! What I mean by that statement is you shouldn’t care what anyone says and don’t believe the hype about good hair this good hair that. There is no such thing, everyone has good hair just a different texture so embrace what you have and work it! Always keep your hair moisturized.

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My Fashion Blog is www.dream-couture.blogspot.com

You can email me Jvdreamcouture@gmail.com

 

Stretch Fro

I recently decided to get a protective style and thought it would be super to stretch my hair. Now that is worked fine for me I can share it with you all.
I co washed my hair using my Shea Moisture products also applying my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in; you all know I couldn’t forget to seal up my ends by applying my Vatika oil. After all of that was said and done I twisted my hair into a couple chunky sections.

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I then sat under my satin bonnet dryer for 45 mins. Once it was dry I removed the twists and combed out my hair using a wide tooth comb, to stretch my hair. These were my results.

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I couldn’t help but throw up my black power sign while I was at it. Doesn’t it look lovely!! I must say after only 4 months post BC my hair has grown lots. I love it!!

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Hope you like, and be sure to tell me how your stretching goes… Lastly,I would like to credit Karen of KBB for this method of stretching as mentioned in her interview with Matermea.

 

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite