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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!

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Tressumé: Philece R. (thatArtista)

Philece. R/thatArtista

Location: Island girl living in Atlanta

Philece is extremely talented; a Fine Artist & Designer, creating, growing, constantly evolving. Be sure to check out her journey.


How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in January 2003

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
My relaxer days ended during a time when natural hair terms weren’t as common as they are now. So I guess I transitioned without even realizing. However I also cut my hair frequently and significantly over the years out of boredom and the need for a new style.

Why did you choose that route?
I can’t say that I chose that route, it just kind of happened.

If transition,
How long did you transition?
I have always worn my curls even with a relaxer, between that and multiple haircuts, it’s hard to say when I reached the point of no longer having relaxed ends.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
There was no specific inspirational factor in my decision. My only reason for getting a relaxer was to have bone straight hair when the mood hit. Once I learned how to do that safely and without chemicals there was no longer a need. Though in recent years I have straighten my hair less than ever before.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
I have lived with this hair all of my life. It’s all me, no motivation needed!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Shea Moisture products and coconut oil. The Shea Moisture line is amazing for softness and moisture and the fragrances are heavenly.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Last year I started doing braid outs and twist outs. But I have spent a lifetime being a wash and go girl, so it’s safe to say my favorite way, whether it’s piled on top of my head or letting my curls just flow.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the versatility, especially since I get bored very easily so its great to have so many options. I don’t worry or run when it starts raining. Growing up in the Bahamas and living in Atlanta, with the heat and humidity, I’m not worried about what it looks like and being a swimmer, I can jump in the ocean or the pool without a second thought!

What do you dislike about it?
The shrinkage. It’s insane, I lose about half of my length because of it.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
I get a lot of questions about my curls and length. My answer always starts with, learn what works for YOUR hair. For those concerned about length retention, be patient and attentive. Your hair will always show you what it needs and what doesn’t work. Most importantly never forget that it is not just about what you put on your hair but what you put into your body that is so important in achieving healthy hair and a healthier you.

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Thanks for the feature, it was my pleasure to share my story.
Love & Light

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Tressumé: Anita

Name: Anita

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

I found this young lady on Instagram and she has been a fellow Instagrammer for quite some time. Time and time again I see her post pictures of her amazing transition. If I were a longer term transitioner I’d definitely have to go to her for tips. All of her transition styles come out super! Check out her Tressumé.


How long have you been natural?
I am not fully natural at this time.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I am a transitioner.
Why did you choose that route?
I chose to transition for two reason… I believe I do not look good with short hair. Had it once (not on purpose…scissor happy stylist) and vowed never again.  Second reason, my husband had one request as he got used to my new hair.  Do not cut off all of your hair, is what he requested.How long have you been transitioning?I have been transitioning now for 12 months (August 2011 last relaxer).  I plan to transition anywhere between 18 months and 24 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I have had a relaxer in my hair since I was 6 years old.  My mom doesn’t need a relaxer and did not know what to do with all of this thick kinky hair.  I have never seen my natural hair and became curious after seeing so many beautiful naturals.  Even though my relaxed hair grew long it always seemed to stop growing at a certain point and I experienced thinning at the temples.  I also have a very sensitive scalp and the relaxer gave me severe burns and I couldn’t take it anymore.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
As my new curls started coming in at first I began feeling like I needed to do something with this thick hair, but after learning so much about how to take care of it and what products to use it became something I began to get excited about.  The longer it got the more I wanted to try new transitioning styles to see what I could do with it next.  I can’t keep one style in (braids) too long because I begin to miss my curls.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
This is really hard to come up with only two because I have become a product junkie.  If I had to go with any two, it would be Shea butter mixture (Shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil, & vitamin E oil) and Kinky Curly Knot Today.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite hair style is two strand twist out with perm rods on the relaxed ends.  This style is great to work out with and if when it gets old it’s great to pull up into a curly puff.  It really blends the two textures.
What do you love about your natural hair?Since I am not fully natural, I have to say I love the thickness of my hair and my curls.  I love when it’s wet and just fingering through to look at how I have different textures throughout.

What do you dislike about it?
Currently, I can’t say I dislike anything about it.  I can say however, I dislike the relaxed ends that I just can’t part with at the moment.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Patience, patience, patience.  This is a process.  Even through the transition you will still be figuring things out about your hair.  The more it grows the chances are you may have to change things up a bit.  Try not to fall into the product junkieism (as I have)!! There are so many things to try, so stick with what you know works until it doesn’t work anymore.  Most of all don’t give up to fall into hair typing and when you find out yours isn’t want you expect, be happy with what you have and learn how to take care of it.  There will be those who do not like it and that’s ok, you are doing it for you and not everyone else’s approval.

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Brooklyn kind of Wash and Go

It was definitely feeling like a Brooklyn kind of day when I pulled out my stash to wash and define my TWA. Being that I attended the CurlBox x Karen’s Body Beautiful event I was sure to leave with some goodies. I received a Luscious Locks Hair Mask & Hold It Gel w/Argan Oil; I finally put them to the test.

For this particular wash I incorporated a couple of my other staples to get the job done.

My Vatika Oil and Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner

Check out how I put all of these products to the test…..

The results were not too bad. After applying the KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask my hair resembled Jerry curls from all the moisture is retained. I still don’t feel I have mastered the application of gel as yet but once I do you will be the first to hear.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

And the Winner of the 32 .oz of Coconut Oil is…..

The results are in! Though I wish I could give you all 32 .oz of Coconut oil. I could only chose one person.

The winner is…..

Candis South

I would like to thank everyone who entered it was great. Be sure to check back for more giveaways!

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Want to win some coconut oil from Tropical Traditions?


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Gold Label Coconut Care

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, is made from organic, fresh coconuts in rural areas of the Philippines. The coconuts used are hand selected, and the pure coconut water from inside the coconut is used to extract the coconut oil using traditional methods.

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The amazing folks over at Tropical Traditions asked me to try some of their Virgin Coconut Oil and I can tell you it is a must try. I applied the coconut oil after washing to seal in my hair’s moisture. The coconut oil was very light on my hands as well as my hair. Unlike most coconut oils the consistency was really smooth which made it easy to handle and rub into my palms for application. My hair was left feeling moisturized and sealed. The best part about it was my hair did not feel greasy or heavy after applying. Awesome!

I can definitely see myself using this more often. Thanks to Tropical Traditions I now will be back to applying my coconut oil after washes as well as to keep my hair moisturized when dry. If you have not invested in a sealer for you hair, you should do so as soon as possible. Check out TropicalTraditions.com , for pricing and more information about their amazing Virgin Coconut Oil (which can also be used for cooking). They also have a variety of organic products so be sure to stop by.

Until next time…

Love,
BkAphrodite

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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

Smooth Prepoo

So a short time ago I decided to stir up a mixture for my hair. I so wanted to share it with you all immediately, but I just had to ensure good results.

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And yes, I got excellent results!!

Things I used:

Coconut Oil (aka my staple)

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Olive Oil(I just used whatever was around)

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Honey

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Shea Moisture Conditioner(which I used the first time)

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Cantu Leave-In(which I used the second time)

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The first time mixture smelled so great, smelled just like candy which I loved. I used it as an overnight prepoo and the results were amazing!! My hair smelled good and it was extremely soft. The mixtures was also thick.

With the second time mixture I just used it as a quick prepoo. I put on my heating cap for about an hour and washed. It didn’t smell as good as the first mixture, and my hair was not as soft as it was with the overnight regimen. Though the mixture was a lot smoother than the first time mixture.

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You too can mix your own prepoo!
Try it out with your own household kitchen items lying around. Be sure to share your results. I would love to hear about them all.

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Sealed and Moisturized

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If there is one product(besides water) that every transitioning and/or natural hair person needs is some kind of sealant for their strands. Most naturals live by the “coconut oil rule”, as others may use a (product junkie) mixture of other natural oils. For me, using coconut oil has made my hair feel moisturized and gives it that extra sheen to stand out. The only thing that sometimes goes wrong, is when I use WAY too much and my hair looks like a mean Jeri Curl. The best way to avoid that is of course using about a dime size amount or less on your hair.

I found on organicfacts.net that Coconut Oil has many benefits;
It’s contains:
Lauric Acid and Capric Acid which helps break down active bacteria which can cause hair loss.

Vitamin E which keeps the scalp,hair, skin, and nails healthy and fresh.

Moisture Retaining Capacity due to the fact that it is not broken down easily nor evaporated, which makes it very stable. Hence, hair will remain moistened and soft, preventing breakage.

Fatty acids which can aid in the treatment of Dandruff.

For naturals, coconut oil should probably one of your staple products. It has so many benefits for the hair, as well as the skin, and nails. A sufficient amount of coconut oil usually ranges from about $2 to about $6. Not expensive at all, especially when it saves you the option of having damaged hair, and can be used in more ways than one.

Be sure to check out your local health food store, supermarket, etc. and pick up some coconut oil. You WON’T regret it.

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite