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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.

Henna Love

I recently spoke about how I was dying to henna my hair and how the wonderful Myleik blessed me in my October CurlBox. The henna many naturals received in their Curlbox was Reshma Femme; most received a Chocolate or Natural Highlights color. I received the natural highlights, and yes I was super excited. I have never had any type of color in my hair before, so this did it for me.

 

In the box, we got a 2 .oz bag of henna powder, a conditioning oil and a pair of gloves.

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I added a picture of the contents of the package in its dry state for those of you who may be new to the whole henna game. It was of a green, powder like texture.

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I added about two an one-fourth cups of water along with the conditioning oil provided and proceeded to mix. I remember hearing many naturals suggest using a plastic mixer(metal is said to alter the mixture), so I resorted to a good ole plastic fork.

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The consistency of the powder with added ingredients; thick paste. I let it sit for two and a half hours as suggested on the box.

 

 

 

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Here are some picture of my hair before the application….

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Once I finger detangled, I then applied my Jamaican black castor oil to the base of my hair as a protectant from any color runs.

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I then wrapped my hair with plastic wrap and covered over with a plastic bag(I couldn’t find a plastic cap. LOL no judging  people). I then left the henna on my hair for close to 3 hours.

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Here are pictures of my hair with the henna applied to it. I was thinking it would dry up like body henna but it was actually the opposite.

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I then got into the shower and rinsed the henna out, which was extremely messy. I couldn’t stand how much it was flashing all over the place. I was scared it would stain the shower, luckily it just washed right off. Below I included pictures of my hair right after rinsing the henna out. It looked and felt extra moisturized and conditioned. Win for me!!

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Once the henna was all rinsed out I applied my Shea Moisture’s  restorative shampoo. Then I conditioned with my Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk  & Tea Tree conditioner(I needed that extra condition and tingle for my scalp). Once that was done, I used my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in, and applied my Castor x Vatika x Peppermint oil mix to seal.

Here are the finished results of my henna’d hair. My hair felt very moisturized, and conditioned. I was a little disappointed my hair wasn’t as colored as I had anticipated it to be, though I enjoyed the small tint of reddish brown. My curls are a poppin’.

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Thanks to Myleik, the CurlBox Crew, and Reshma Femme for the amazing experience.

 

 

Love your hair,

BkAphrodite

Curls in Review

I finally decided to try out the products I won from the Curls 10th anniversary giveaway. I initially wanted to do a video tutorial/review but I was not as satisfied as I wanted to be with the Curls products and I was a little lazy on the editing. Therefore, I don’t really have many pictures of my hair during the process.

I tried the coconut curls conditioner a while back and loved it so I figured these products would definitely work well, after all it was the professional line by Curls. I received the full 4 steps of a custom package of products. The products I received where the:

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I have not really used shampoos much and had just removed my protective style, so I figured hey, why not use the Clarifying shampoo. When using the product I was brought back to my relaxer days; washing my hair and feeling that dry feeling on my hands which meant my hair was dry. After seeing and feeling my natural hair I was not very satisfied. I then noticed the bits of nail polish left from an old manicure were white. YIKES!! That really scared me as it meant the shampoo stripped my hair and nails.

Still fearing moving ahead with the product line I figured using the Hair Tea Deep Conditioner would bring moisture back to my hair. I applied the deep conditioner, put a plastic cap on my head and sat under the dryer for 45 mins. I was surprised at the results, my hair felt a bit moisturized and that made my hair and I happy.

I then rinsed and spritz my hair with the *leave-in* which I found was pretty cool. Following the spritz I applied the Whipped Cream styling cream,which smelled amazing, then sectioned my hair to twist. For each section I applied a generous amount of Whipped Cream and proceeded to twist.

After two days I took down my twists and these were the results.

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The results were not bad at all. My hair felt fluffy and still held some definition from the twist out. I’m not sure I will be using this 4 step method again. Though I may use the Deep conditioner and Whipped Cream for a twist out in the future.

Hair 180° Product Review

I recently had the privilege to try out a fairly new product called Hair 180°. Speaking with owner Nikki about her product I was excited to try them myself. Of course she had all positive things to say about her product. She sent me some products to try out and it was in fact all true. I am totally satisfied with Hair 180°.

Here’s what Hair 180° is all about:

Hair 180° came to fruition because of the frustration I experienced with trying to find a hair product comparable to what I had been using for years. Either the company went out of business or they opted not to carry the product in the beauty supply stores that I frequently visited. I did an all out search! When you find something that works you want to hold on to it right? During my search, I can’t tell you the number of times that I read the ingredients on the back of a bottle/jar and put the product back on the shelf because the large words listed meant absolutely nothing to me. Frustrated, I decided to be an educated consumer. I know what is good for my hair, but I don’t want to use a cosmetic dictionary to figure out every ingredient in the product I am considering purchasing. My husband occasionally accompanied me to the beauty supply store and watched me read product ingredients diligently and write them down to research later. This went on so much so that he suggested that I do something different… develop my own hair care products. That particular day, the moment of clarity occurred and I went from being the definition of insanity personified to a dedicated hair activist. The outcome of any hair care creation is impacted by the quantity, quality and type of ingredients incorporated into the finished product along with continued use. Therefore, cutting corners or choosing alternatives of lesser quality were not options during the development phase. I gave great thought, time and research into the ingredients I chose. I made sure that my products were infused with pure and certified organic ingredients. I purposefully avoided using sulphates, petroleum or its derivatives such as mineral oil/ paraffinum liquidum and parabens. I must admit, life would have been so much easier in the development phase had I chosen to use petroleum/parabens in my products. However, that would put me in the category of other big name manufacturers that have created products that are potentially harmful, clog pores and negatively impact hair growth. I couldn’t compromise the integrity of the product in regards to providing a natural, healthy alternative for hair care needs. Making a quality, superior product is only one phase of Hair 180°. The other phase is education. I often share educational nuggets about how to resolve hair woes whether someone buys my product or not. Education is vital to determining what product is right for you. One must remember that the heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. I have extensive conversations regarding hair concerns and desires and enjoy educating people about how to maintain, rejuvenate or grow a healthy head of hair. Through hair consultations, I also create hair care products specifically to address a consumer’s needs. I am always mindful that no two people are alike and there is more than one way to address a hair care issue. Hence, products are created for the masses as well as individualized. Outside of pre-existing medical conditions, poor diet, stress or side effects of a prescribed medication, there are things one can do to enhance the appearance and texture of his/her hair. Please explore our website and begin the journey via Hair 180°of restoring your hair back to a healthier state before the use of harsh chemicals, dyes, weaves and excessive heat.

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Okay now let’s get down to the products! I recently decided that I would try my best to stick to the Co wash method, so the Hair 180° Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler worked perfect for this occasion. I first applied a protein treatment using my Pre Poo mixture and one egg, which stayed on for about 10 minutes. I then rinsed and applied the Hair 180° Leave-In Conditioner and Detangler twice to ensure that all of the egg was out of my hair, followed by another rinse and blot using a wash rag. (I found that blotting with a wash rag does not pull a large amount of moisture out of my hair.) Finally,the Curly Custard was applied and I ended up with these amazing curls!!

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Front of my hair

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Back of my hair

I rarely have as much curl definition with other products but Hair 180° did the trick!!!

Plus all of the products smelled AMAZING!!!

So be sure to stop by Hair 180° and find out which product are right for you! (Products for locs are also available) Tell em BkAphrodite sent yah. Be Sure to give them this code 08906.

Thanks Nikki!!

Love Your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Be My Valentine Giveaway!! Has Ended

I would like to take this time out to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!!! You don’t need a date to celebrate you can take yourself on a date and tell yourself how much you love you! Today is about love and spreading the love. You don’t have to be in a relationship! You can simply spend this time with family and friends. Celebrate the love of Life and another chapter in your life! Or I can even be your Valentine 🙂

Decided to share an old poem with you all:

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Sugar is Sweet

And so are YOU!

Remember that no one loves you better than yourself!!

As a little thank you for loving you and devoting this Valentine’s Day to yourself first, I have a treat for you!!(Why have chocolate when you can have this….)

Enjoy!!
Good Luck

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Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite



Reconstruct

Transitioning from chemically treated to natural hair is an experience. You have to find the products that are right for you and your hair.

I believe that no two people have the same hair type. Everyone has their own specific curl pattern. Some may even have more than one curl pattern. Instead of becoming the ultimate PJ (Product Junkie) you can figure out what may work for you. Search around the internet to find people who may have similar hair to yours and try out products they use.

One brand that I have been mostly using and I find works for me is Shea Moisture. There products smell good and many have responded positively to them. You can pick up Shea Moisture products at your local Target or Walgreens. They may also be available in other stores. Check out sheamoisture.com

Here is a product that I love and feel can aid transitioners in their introduction to natural hair as well as through out their natural hair life.

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They also have trial boxes! Just in case the product might not be for you.

Until next time…..

Love,
BkAphrodite