Posts tagged ‘braid out’

Imena Event

I was invited to attend Imena Salon for their holiday party a couple weeks ago and I had known pretty much nothing about the company. I did my research and was pleasantly surprised at what I had read. So I am going to share the wealth with you all, I can’t keep the goodies from my Goddess’ now.

20121223-135400.jpgIMENA is commited to providing services that promote healthy hair in an atmosphere that values customer service and education. Using the best products that promote growth and conditioning, your hair will not only look and feel great but will be healthy. Part of our mission is to help women find and become comfortable with their personal style and to help them learn how to showcase their individual beauty. While the goal is healthy hair, the ultimate goal is to promote greater self esteem and inner beauty by highlighting one’s outer beauty.

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So, this is a monthly subscription to a salon where you can pretty much get any style you would like. Now tell me that ain’t dope! If you are in the NYC area and are looking for an affordable and community salon, definitely head over to Imena Salon.

I was feeling pretty amazing to be part of such an amazing event at Imena; I was able to speak with some lovely Goddess’ about their experiences as a Imena member, and their own hair journeys and see a demonstration by owner Tami. We even got to got home with some goodies from ILoveMyFro.

Check out a couple pics. from the event below:

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“Heat Free Hair” Protective styling

Got wind of an amazing line that just recently launched and when I say I am in awe…Goddess’ I am in AWE. The Heat Free Hair Movement was created by Ngozi Opara of N-Zo hair studios. She has created this line for curlies just like you and I, to be able to still rock our texture while our tress is being protected. Check out the introduction video below:

Are you wow’ed yet? I know I am every time I see the amazing “Heat Free Hair”. Go on and protect your hair, and still have fun with that kinky curly texture. Head over to heatfreehair.com for more information on both the “For Kinks” and “For Kurls” and how to purchase.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Tessa Kagbala

While checking out the daily posts by CurlBox on instagram I came across this amazing woman who was sporting her fro ever so fiercely. I couldn’t pass up an interview with the girl behind the fro, so I got to it and I’m sharing her story with you!! Check it out!

Name: Tessa Kagbala

Location: Hell’s Kitchen via Brooklyn


How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 11 years, but I started the process 12 years ago. I caved in during the first year and put a kiddie perm in my hair. Afterwards I was so mad with myself for allowing my fundamental darkness win.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? I transitioned, I cut the perm off bit by bit once I saw that my hair was growing.

Why did you choose that route?
I always had long hair, and I didn’t want to cut it all off just to go natural. Everyone told me that I would have to cut it all off in order to get my curls back. I used that negativity as my fuel, and to prove them wrong.

How long did you transition? Gee it took a while I want to say a couple of years, but I don’t remember exactly, it was so long ago. I wore my hair in protective styles, which helped my hair grow, and before I would take them out I would cut some more of my processed ends off. I was so happy when I was able to cut off the last piece of straight hair off! By that time my hair was naturally past my shoulders, and I think that is why it took so long. I didn’t want my hair to be short.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I remember one day I was going through my photo album and I saw all these pics of me when I was younger with beautiful curls. At that point I had been relaxing my hair for about 10 years. Can you believe I didn’t even remember what it was like to have curly hair, something deep inside me missed having curls. As I reflected I was heart broken that I had asked my mom to put a perm in my hair. I can’t say that she never warned me! When I was a teen I hated my hair, for years I would just wear it in a bun, and damaged it by coloring it all the time. I was trying to keep up with the Joneses and I couldn’t take it any more, I just wanted to be free to express myself. Everyone opposed me becoming natural; my boyfriend even broke up with me! I guess was to forward thinking chuckle. Deep in my soul I knew I was doing the right thing. 11 years later I am so happy to see women take the steps to embrace the hair that they were blessed with.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
When I started to transition, the pictures of me when I was younger were my inspiration, and also hearing my mom say “You use to have such nice soft curls.” If I had depended on anything else I would of caved in and gone back down chemical road. None of my peers were attempting to grow out their hair, and as my mane grew people just looked at me crazy!
Now, being natural is more that just my hair, it is a lifestyle. I’ve become more aware of the causes I make to maintain a natural lifestyle and I am still learning what that mean for me and my family. I’m so inspired by all these lovely ladies that have blog, vlog, with information about health and hair, there is such an amazing community of support! We just need to continue to unite!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? I looooove coconut oil and Shea butter. I always make sure I have these two items in stock. They both keep my hair very soft. I use them, along with my gel, for styling and as my everyday moisturizer. I recently started using Karen’s Body beautiful. Her line is amazing and she has created so many aids for the hair, she is really into educating woman about proper hair care.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair? I LIVE in the double strand twist. I feel like this style helps my hair to grow. Depending on my mood I make then really small, or fairly big. I usually braid the root, then I twist the ends, that way the root is a little bit tighter. I can go almost a month in this style, because I can manipulate it into many other styles

What do you love about your natural hair? I love how versatile my hair is! I can wear it straight, up do’s tight curls, braids, afro depending on my mood or season. When it was relaxed I couldn’t create as many styles. I also love that my hair is always evolving so I am constantly learning more about it as the years go by.

What do you dislike about it?
Ummmm….. what is there to dislike. I feel blessed, even if it may take me longer to do my hair than most, or I even though I get very hot when it’s in a fro. I love my hair, and wouldn’t change it for the world!!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? You must first love and respect your hair (and self), before anyone else can. Have confidence that your hair will grow to you determined length, it will get there before you know it!! Be conscious of the products that you use on your mane, just because it says organic, doesn’t mean it really is. Experiment! There are so many resources out on the web that provide recipes for natural hair products, use ‘em. It’s all about trial and error, because your texture may be different than the next woman, not everything will work for you but you wont find out unless you try. You don’t need to do a big chop n order to become natural; as your hair grows you curl pattern will evolve. Enjoy the process it, you may discover something else about yourself!

Comments: You can follow me on instagram ( for the time being) @_afronista

Summer Starter CurlBox

Got my June CurlBOX a couple days ago and guess what? I got hooked up with ANOTHER full sized item! Now Myliek and the CurlBOX crew is doing us some good with these subscriptions. You gotta love it!! Here’s what’s in my box!!

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I enjoyed the hair items but, I would have to say the most exciting thing in this month’s box was the cute bug repellent wristband. Definitely, chic for those summer months ahead.

If you haven’t purchase your CurlBox yet get to it….Put some pep in your step too because they go like crazy. Sold out in no time. Visit CurlBox.com for how to get that subscription spot in.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite.

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.

Comments:
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

Transitioned Curl

When one first enters there journey, there thinking “how am I going to get this to look good?…I have straight and curly hair”. Don’t worry every transitioner has probably felt just like you; I know I did!

The biggest frustration is those two darn textures. You have to figure out how to make it blend(and I hope your not using those heat tools on your strands). In the beginning, I did use a flat iron with a protectant spray some days. After finding that your hair can get badly damaged from using heat, I immediately stopped torturing my beautiful natural strands.

Before deciding to go natural I often did what is called braid outs using water and a gel. These braids outs never lasted past a day. Finally, taking the step to transitioning I figured I have to find a way to get my hair to blend.

There are numerous styles that can help ensure the protection of your beautiful tresses as well as look cute.

Some of the styles are your:
• Braid out
• Twist out
• Bantu knots
• Bantu knot out
• Flexi rod set
• Straw set
• Wigs
• Weaves
• Extensions

I preferably want to go for the natural curly look and knew that I had experiences with braid outs. Some people might use the other techniques mentioned but, this is the route I have chosen mostly to achieve that look.

How I achieve this look

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I,
• put my hair into 4 sections
• wash my hair using only Shea Moisture black soap conditioner(sometimes I may even use their shampoo products)section by section.
• put my hair into four twists
• dry using an old t-shirt
• apply my Shea Moisture reconstructing mask which I mentioned before.
• apply coconut oil to seal my hair(focusing on my ends)

When all of that is finished, I braid my hair, sit under my bonnet dryer for about an hour, then cover my head with my trusty satin bonnet. The next day I unbraid and my curls are BEAUTIFUL! Using this method felt so good. My braid out finally lasted for a longer time, and looked great.

Do remember if you try this same method their is a possibility it may not work the same. You have to play around with your hair and find the best methods for you and your hair.

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite