Posts tagged ‘big chop’

Tressumé: Tino’I

Name: Tino’I

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Location: DC

How long have you been natural?
I went natural my senior year at Spelman College which was in the fall of 2007; so almost 5 years.
Did you always have dreads or did you transition?
I definitely transitioned which was definitely a journey. In September 2007 I decided to get a short hair cut. When I went to the hair dresser she gave me a short stylish cut and a perm (my last perm). As my hair was growing back I decided not to get anymore perms and that I would just let my hair grow naturally. I would wear 2 strand twist very frequently so I decided to loc my hair so I wouldn’t have to re-do my twists weekly. The first place that started my locs didn’t do good job, the parts were sloppy and big. So I decided I would comb them out and that maybe locs weren’t for me. A couple months later I got a texturizer to “loosen” my natural curls however it just straightened it. To make a long story shorter I was back at square one for this “natural” process and I decided to do the BIG CHOP January 2010 and loc my hair one month later (February 25, 2010).
Why did you choose that route?
In the beginning I transitioned because I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to be natural. I didn’t know what type of hair laid underneath the years and years of perms I received. And lastly because I really didn’t know what to do with natural hair so I figured I’d ease into it and learn my hair along the way.
What inspired you to have locs?
My Spelman sister Audrey did the Big Chop and loc’d her hair our sophomore year in undergrad and I watched her hair transition daily and I absolutely loved it. I would always tell her that one day I was going to get locs and her response would jokingly be “No don’t do it…you got good hair [laughing]”. Also one my favorite male cousins loc’d his hair and I also had the opportunity to watch his process and I finally said “ok I’m going to did this”.
What has kept you motivated to remain with your locs?
Like I stated earlier this is my second time around with the loc-ing process. The first go-round I wasn’t motivated at all. I was very worried that they would not turn out the way I pictured them so I combed them out. This time around I stay motivated honestly because I don’t want to go through the Big Chop phase again.
What are two (2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Honestly, I haven’t found two products that I just can’t live without I’m still in the process of finding something that works, however I always you Jamaican Mango Lime products for my loc maintenance, and I have begun to do what’s called an apple cider vinegar rinse. If anyone has any suggestions I’m definitely open for some.
What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite way to wear my hair right now is in a plain Jane ponytail. I have only been growing my locs for 2 years and 3 months, I can still remember the days where I could not get a ponytail, and I would always say “ugh I can’t wait until I can get a ponytail”. And now that I have one (and a long one at that) it’s like a loc milestone has reached and I’m very proud of my ponytail.
What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that many times I can just wake up and go I don’t have to allocate a lot of time for my hair. Naturally my hair is like 3 different colors (I recently dyed a section of my hair blonde) and I love the way the colors fall within my locs. Most of all I love being a part of the natural community, I’m always advocating for natural hair.
What do you dislike about it?
Sometimes the buildup in my locs causes my face to break out something I never experienced during puberty. I guess it’s a part of the product trial and error phase. I’m trying to find a product that is light on the hair but will hold my locs.
What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Do research on the natural hair salon before opting to use them. Your hair should be treated as precious as the rest of your body. Lastly be PATIENT!!
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Tressumé: Larissa Tonfack

Name: Larissa Tonfack

Location: New York

I am a FASHION & BEAUTY lover, Model, and Entrepreneur.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for almost 3 years but I did a second big chop a few weeks ago.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for 3 months then did the BC.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose that route because I was curious to see myself with a head full of kinks and coils. I had never experienced it before so I decided to take the plunge and do it.

How long did you transition?
I transitioned for about 3 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Curiosity! lol. My older sister and a good friend of mine went natural and I told them I couldn’t give up on relaxer plus my hair was growing. However, I started to get bored and I decided that I would try and since then I have been natural. I guess once you go natural, you don’t go back.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
My boyfriend. He reminds me everyday how he loves my hair natural and doesn’t want me to go back to relaxers!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Only 2? It is hard because I am a product junkie. lol.
1.Water. My hair get thirsty so easily but once I give it water, it feels hydrated and it is more manageable.
2.Shikakai bar soap. Cleanses my hair yet keeps in the moisture.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite way to wear my hair was in a high bun but since I did a second big chop I rock a braid out all the time.

What do you love about your natural hair?
Its Versatility! oh boy! I can rock so many styles when my hair is natural. I can even have it straight ( not too often though!) and still come back to my kinks. However, when my hair was relaxed , I could never go back to my kinks for some fierce twist/braid out or a FRO!

What do you dislike?
Nothing

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
One size does not fit all. What works for me might not work for you. It is all about trials and errors. If you are having difficulties with your natural hair, do some research. There are plenty of great youtubers, blogs, and website that can assist you in achieving your hair goal.

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You can find me at :
https://twitter.com/#!/LarissaTonfack

Be sure to also check out Larissa on People.com as a Winner of the PEOPLE’s Real Beauty Contest. Can you say Gorgeous! Natural Hair is growing in the media ladies and gents.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

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.

Tressumé: Marisol(Mama Naturalista)

Marisol B. Correa (Mama Naturalista)
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Washington, DC

Naturalista & Mama of 4!!!! Model, Singer, Dancer, Actress &Writer.
Blogger, Vlogger, Wife, Mom, US Army Vet & All Things Boxing!

How long have you been natural?

I have been 100% for almost 1 year!

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I transitioned.

Why did you choose that route?

I chose to transition because I didn’t know what my Natural Hair texture was! I wanted to get reacquainted with my curls and do plenty of research before choosing whether I wanted to continue transitioning or to do the Big Chop.

How long did you transition?

I transitioned for 6 months and then I did the Big Chop! During the transitioning process I used heat on my hair to blend the two textures. I didn’t know much about heat damage at the time so when I did my BC, I had MAJOR heat damage. I then did a 2nd Big Chop and cut my Natural hair which was about 6 inches at the time down to 1/2 inch!!!! 

What inspired you to have natural hair?

My children! I have 4 kids and they ALL have beautiful Natural Curls! 

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

My children & my Hubby! They have been my strongest support system! When you surround yourself with positive and supportive people whether it’s family or friends – It makes you feel that much more positive and supportive of yourself!  

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

Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Conditioner and Avocado Butter. 

HE – HH because of the slip it gives for my detangling sessions and     Avocado Butter because I love the way it makes my hair feel and it keeps my hair moisturized.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love to wear my hair in a PonyPuff and in a Wash & Go! I like other    styles as well but as a working mother of 4 kids, I like to go with the easiest and less time consuming styles! 

What do you love about your natural hair?

I LOVE the versatility and beauty of it! 

What do you dislike about it?

I don’t dislike anything about my hair!  If I had to dislike something, it would only be the amount of time it can take to do my hair. I wish I had more time. LOL!

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

If it seems that you run into a dead end and say “I Can’t”, take a breather and reassure yourself that You Can! Ask for help. Ask a family member, consult with a Natural Hair Beautician, ask a friend, search websites, look at YouTube videos and most of all, DON’T QUIT!

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You Can Find Me At:

Blog/Website: http://www.MamaNaturalista.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mamanaturalista

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MarisolCorrea

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MarisolC79


Tressumé: KeetaRay

Name: KeetaRay
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Location: MD

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural now for 3 years

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

How long did you transition?
For 8 months.

Why did you choose that route?
I had never had short hair my whole life, so cutting it ALL off scared me. I transitioned for 8 months and wanted to go longer, but by that point I was so tired of the 2 different hair textures that I just wanted to cut it and learn about my natural hair.

What inspired you to have natural hair? A lot of things influenced my decision to go natural. The MAIN reason was because I was tired of getting relaxers and not having many options. I also wanted to be proud of my hair just the way it was and not feel like it had to be straight for me to look good or feel accepted. I used to think that only people with certain textures (looser curls) could go natural, but the more and more I’d see pictures of beautiful women with all kinds of textures wearing their natural hair, the more it encouraged me to just do it.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Hmm… I didn’t need much motivation. I loved my hair from the moment the relaxer was cut off. I think I just loved the feeling of being free and finally feeling like myself was my motivation.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? Coconut Oil and Kinky Curly Knot Today. No matter what other products I try, those two are my staples and I can’t stop using them. Coconut Oil is light and gives my hair this phenomenal shine. And it smells good. Kinky Curly Knot Today provides excellent moisture and is the best leave-in I have used to-date.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Twist outs are my staple. It keeps my hair from tangling and gives it body and volume.

What do you love about your natural hair? I love that it is unique to me. No one’s hair is just like mine, that is what I love the most.

What do you dislike about it?
I wish it were a little thicker. But we always want what we don’t have, right? 😉


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

Most of all, to be patient! I see so many women wanting hair to their knees in a week! Lol Focus on the health of your hair and the growth will come, believe me. Learn to love your hair texture and not want anyone else’s. And do your own research so you know all you can about your hair.

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I appreciate the feature! I can be found online at the following: Blog – http://www.allthingskeetaray.com, Tumblr: allthingskeetaray.tumblr.com, Twitter: @1KeetaRay (additional contact info can be found on my blog in the “Contact Info” tab).

Until next time,
Love,
BkAphrodite

MyNaturalSistas: India’s Transition

Just a little reminder to keep on pushing with that transitioning. Take your time and research those styles to blend you hair. I have included a video from a known Vlogger to help keep you motivated.

Source:MyNaturalSistas

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Natural Hair Makeover Anyone?

Mane Moves TV have teamed up The Coil Review.com to help women that want to go natural by hooking them up with a natural hair make over! With hair care professionals and stylists that they trust, make over participants and viewers will see how manageable the transitioning process can be.

If you live in the New York tri-state area and would like a free natural makeover which will be filmed, email us at NaturalHairHelp@gmail.com. Don’t forget to tell us why you could really benefit from this natural hair makeover. Deadline is March 31, 2012. Good luck!

Source:ManeMoves

 

 

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Hidden Curls News!! Big Chop Anyone??

So I wish I knew where to start. The excitement is making me lose focus…But let’s get down to business!

After numerous talks, photos, etc. of the array of curls in the natural hair community (via every single networking site) I kept getting that urge. On the Friday before presidents day(February 17), I went out and got some shears and began clipping my ends myself. Oh, how scissor happy I got. After a couple of weeks the back portion of my hair almost was relaxed free. Of course I was suffered from the hand in hair syndrome. I couldn’t resist it. I WAS LOVING MY HAIR!

The front of my hair still had a lot more relaxed ends so I stuck it out with my braid outs. For me I liked to keep a style for as long as possible. I would keep my braid outs typically 5 or 6 days depending on my schedule. That dang front section just wasn’t acting right! It would get really straights after about the 3rd day. It was like the natural hair Gods were telling me something(LoL). I had epiphany. Some of you may or may not know that I finally did my Big Chop. After 11 months of transitioning I finally got tired of the two textures. I initially wanted to BC for my birthday this coming April but as you can see I just could not wait that long. I was also very anxious to see my curl pattern without my relaxed ends weighing down my hidden curls.

I logged on to Twitter for the weekly #TribeThurdays with my favorite gal @TribeCalledCurl . This day in particular I wanted to know a good salon in my area and Miss Imani directed me right in the hands of the amazing Tendril’s Hair Spa located in Fort Greene,Brooklyn.

I made that appointment, and waited for the day to arrive. March 16 finally arrives; I’m anxious, nervous, excited everything in one. As I’m approaching the salon I’m just thinking what the finished look would be. I have never had short hair besides the day I was born. I get to Tendril’s and I am welcomed by the person at the front desk; the atmosphere was definitely inviting. My hair was first detangled, washed with Jane Carter Solution Shampoo and conditioner, then detangled again. My wash never felt so good which made the event even more relaxing. I then sat under the dryer for maybe about 25 mins. with a deep conditioner applied and it was washed out.

I got into the hot seat and my stylist Carla(who was also very pleasant) asked me about my plans for my hair, why I chose to go natural, and the look I was interested in. Then, it began she clipped away those ends!! I was still a tad nervous, but I was sure that Carla knew exactly what she was doing. After the cut, my hair was washed and conditioned again. Then was ready to be styled. Carla applied an oil to my hair (I should know the name) which smelled amazing, almost as good as candy. She then applied Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream; flat twisting the front portion of my newly released curls and styling the back portion into that good ‘ole TWA(Teenie Weenie Afro). To keep the style in place, I went under the dyer for a little and my flat twists were removed.

I fell in love with my new styled hurr. A week later and I’m loving it even more.

TWA Livin’ & Lovin’ it…..

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Candy

Name: Candy


Location: Texas

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural 2 years.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I have actually big chopped 3 times since the initial time.

Why did you choose that route?

I prefer the TWA.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I was interested in learning how to manage my GOD- given hair.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

I love my curls!

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

Carol’s Daughter Monoi conditioner and Marguerite’s Magic hair dress because they are fantastic detanglers and moisturizers.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love the twist out.

What do you love about your natural hair?

The versatility is fantastic; my hair looks great everyday.

What do you dislike about it?

Nothing!

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

Be patient, the outcome fair outweighs the process.

Until next time….

Love,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Tiffany

Name: Tiffany Shawn
Location: St. Louis, MO
How long have you been natural? Did you transition or do the Big Chop? How long did you transition?
I tried once to go natural in 2008, but had not done my homework! I was miserable with trying to figure out the difference in the two textures and how to care for them at the same time. I was trying to continue to flat iron it on a weekly basis and this was NOT working for my hair type! Only five months into it, I gave up and relaxed my hair again. When I discovered the natural hair world of bloggers and vloggers, I decided to try again! My last relaxer was either May or June 2010 and I did the BC on December 26, 2010. Best decision ever! The second time around, I wore my hair in more roller sets and kinky, two-strand twists. Since June 2010, I’ve only flat ironed my hair once and blown it out twice. I refrain from using heat as much as possible as to not disturb my curl pattern.
Why did you choose that route?
I have always had thick, shoulder length hair, but there was a section in the back of my scalp that was really acting out. I assumed it was from the relaxers and possibly the stresses of every day life. Even almost three years later, I still have a slight issue with a tip-of-my-pinky sized section of my scalp, but it was about a 3x2in section before I stopped relaxing my hair! So now I’m pretty sure it was the relaxer reacting negatively with my scalp. I never did go to a dermatologist, but that’s still a possibility down the line.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Well for one, TWISTS!! I always loved seeing natural, twisted hairstyles on sistahs! That was my biggest obsession when deciding if it was for me or not. Even when my hair was relaxed, I’d flat twist my hair at the top or all over to make it wavy, or I’d wear it in a straw set at times to emulate natural hair styles. PLUS so many women in my family are natural! My mother had a fade back when I was in middle school! Shortly thereafter, my grandmother, aunts, and cousins followed suit. Then finally, lil’ ol’ me!
What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
I honestly see no other option. I’m not envious of women with relaxed hair because it’s just not part of my lifestyle anymore. I feel I have more versatility with my hair in its natural state. And I’m happy with it. You have to be confident in yourself to accept the natural hair on your head and I know that no matter what it’s doing on the outside, I know who I am inside!
What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
As a self-proclaimed product junkie, this is a tough question! Going natural has nothing to do with me being a PJ, I grew up with a mother who frequented the beauty supply…so I get it honest! I would have to say my two favorite product lines are Oyin Handmade and SheaMoisture! They’re very moisturizing, help with my itchy scalp, and are reasonably priced with healthy (readable) ingredients. I also could not live without oil! I change it based on my current hair needs, but mixtures of oil has become my best friend. I currently have a mixture of peppermint, jojoba, grapeseed, and olive oil in my spray bottle.
What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I would probably say I enjoy twist and braid outs the most. But I’m a chameleon and change my styles often! I have over 40 youtube vids to prove that:) http://youtube.com/mynaturalreality
What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that I love it! So often, we focus on things that we don’t like about ourselves, but I can honestly say I love my hair. It’s unpredictable and at times unruly, but I love it all the same!
What do you dislike about it?
I don’t necessarily dislike anything about my hair, but rather the way some people react to it. It’s 2012 and way past time for people to let people be themselves. If that means relaxing your hair, relax your hair! If that means being natural but flat ironing your hair weekly, flat iron your hair!! Time out with the judgements…just let people be great!
What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
First, do your homework! There are so many great sites that can offer inspiration, motivation, and a voice of experience! Then, let your hair do what it’s going to do and embrace its uniqueness! Try not to compare it to those in which you have hair envy. I have many that I’m in awe of, but I am also pleased with what’s growing from my head as well. Be kind to your hair and it’ll be kind to you:)
Until next time….
Love,
BkAphrodite