Posts tagged ‘Karen’s body beautiful’

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

Inspired By….Naturalistas

I decided to take the time out to acknowledge some of the Naturalistas out there that I see and feel are making an impact. These woman are strong, determined, and most of all BEAUTIFUL people. I wanted to make this post really awesome so I searched for quotes that I felt best described these women from what I see and know of them.

Imani


(TribeCalledCurl.com)
“We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom”

-Rosario Castellanos

A role model, outgoing, personable, an Aries (I couldn’t leave that out), a Curl Tribe Sista; also the one who encouraged me to see my true self.

Alexandra


(Shop-ALS.com, AlexElle.com,BreakfastwithAlex.com)
“Many people are inventive, sometimes cleverly so. But real creativity begins with the drive to work on and on and on.”

– Margueritte Harmon Bro

A mother, an artist, and an entrepreneur; a loving and caring person who wants to spread love and positivity through her passions.

Marisol


(MamaNaturalista.com)
“Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a sense of purpose”

– Margaret Thatcher

A mother, dedicated, hard working, and kind; supplied me the opportunity to see her city for real.

Karen


(KarensBodyBeautiful.com)
“I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings”

– Margaret Mead

A mother, an entrepreneur, a creator; brought about greatness to the natural hair community with her products and that Fro she rocks.

Markeeta

(AllThingsKeetaRay.com)
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow”

– Helen Keller

An inspiration, kind-hearted, faith filled, and caring; helping the world follow their passions through faith.

Myleik


(CurlBox.com)
“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success”

– Dr. Joyce Brothers

An entrepreneur, driven, and intelligent; creator of the product junkie’s heaven, and is very supportive towards her customers.

Jenell


(KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com)
“It’s your life… why not fill it with as much joy as possible?”

– Bonnie St. John

A mother, sweet, and upbeat; aids natural hair ladies to maintain and take care of their hair, also providing fun monthly natural hair events.

 

Be sure to show them some love and check out their sites. Don’t forget to feel inspired by these lovely ladies as well.

 

 

 

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the photos. They have been taken by each lady and copied form their Instagram.

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!

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10,000 woohoo![CLOSED]

Hello Beauties!!!

I’m back with some super exciting news!!!

Aphrodite Kinks has reached a couple milestones and I’m going to share them with you all.

First I’d like to say thank you all for continuing to be apart of my journey and for supporting me. I hope I am helping to make your journey’s a little bit easier.

I recently checked and Aphrodite Kinks has reached 10,000 views(which has increased since I checked)!!! I’m glad to have you all on board to share this with me. I’m super excited and hope you are too.

As well though its been way past its due date we have also reached and passed our half way mark on this journey together. August made it to 6 months and I hope to keep on providing thee most for all of my lovely readers.

So you all know I couldn’t celebrate without y’all so I decided to do a couple small giveaways to say thank you (Y’all know I got you 🙂 LOL).

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Looks awesome right? To name a few of the items up for grabs, we have some Karens Body Beautiful, Kinky-Curly, Use Me, Mane ‘n Tail, Curls, Taliah Waajid, Miss Jessies, Shea Moisture, Eden’s Body Works, Curls Unleashed, and a slew of other goodies. So I know your anxious to know what you have to do to enter. Well here it goes.

There are 8 prizes and 8 winner which I will choose at random (going old school paper and hat lottery).

For my subbies(I will be checking):

1)All you have to do is comment below with why you love Aphrodite Kinks.

To my Facebookers:

1) Like Aphrodite Kinks

2) Comment below the post on Facebook post why you love AphroditeKinks.

3) Share the giveaway post

For my Tweeters:

1) Follow @BkAphrodite

2) Tweet me why you love Aphrodite Kinks

3) Tweet “I just entered the 10,000 giveaway on #naturalhair blog AphroditeKinks.wordpress.com by @BkAphrodite”

Now that you know how you can enter you have until October 18th, 2012 to enter.

PS completing all 3 tasks will get your name into the hat one extra time so the more the merrier.
& yes it is international!!

Good Luck!! & Thank you all.

Love your Kinks
BkAphrodite

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

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

CurlBox x KBB recap

A couple weeks ago I had he honor of being apart of a meetup hosted by the beautiful Myliek teele of Curl Box and Karen Tappin of Karens Body Beautiful.
On this particular day the sun was out and there was no doubt summer had arrived. It was a scorching 95+ degrees, as curlies from all over beared the heat to be apart of an event by two well know naturals.

It was a packed house; full of giveaways, champagne,mingling, as well as both Myliek and Karen shared there hair story, which was definite motivation. It was an amazing event and word on the streets is there may be a second round. Stay Tuned.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

CurlBox x Karen’s Body Beautiful

Come out to join in some natural hair fun and meet other naturalistas.

The event is free, all you have to do it rsvp. Hope to see you there!!

Eden Body Works Tea Tree Oil Review

I got the chance to use my Eden Body Works Tea Tree Oil , which was in one of my CurlBox‘s. I had heard raves about how good it was, so I had to try it. I used the tea tree oil conditioner as a Co Wash, applied to my hair and rinsed for another application. After the final rinse I applied my Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave In.

What I liked: I liked that the tea tree oil gave my hair a tingly feeling

What I disliked: It was a bit too minty for me (made my eyes get watery), and I expected for my hair to have some kind of definition being that it was a co wash.

I am not sure if I would use this product again for sure but I would definitely give it a try. What did not work for me may work for you!

Love your Kinks,
BKAphrodite

Spring was in the Hair

As I mentioned prior National Natural Hair Meetup Day was approaching. It has come and gone and I am here to tell you how much fun it was.

I had the honor of being a guest at the Spring is in the Hair event hosted by thee AMAZING Imani of TribeCalledCurl, Natasha & Latoya of Mane Moves and Diane C. Bailey of Tendrils Hair Spa.

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As I entered the Spring is in the Hair event I was greeted by an amazing goodie bag. Check out what was inside my bag…..

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I had been longing for more Karen’s Body Beautiful products and this was an awesome opportunity.

There were panel discussions as well as hair tutorials from Diane C. Bailey of Tendrils hair spa.

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I had the chance to mingle and speak with some of the natural sistas at the event, learn tips and tricks to manipulating natural hair, and an evening of fun. The giveaways galore, I was in a natural hair product junkie’s heaven!!!!

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Now, the giveaways!! Y’all know I had to stock up on those products. As my number was called for
the 1st winning I was introduced as the one whose always at a natural hair event and wins something every time. Though I didn’t win the steamer I was dreaming of I won much more….I even gave back one of my winnings in hopes that my good karma would allow me to win the steamer….but I didn’t I won something much better!!!

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I was feeling like I won the lotto…..My National Natural Hair Meetup day was made! The product junkie in me was screaming. I would like to thank Imani of TribeCalledCurl, Natasha & Latoya of Mane Moves, Diane C. Bailey of Tendrils Hair Spa for such an amazing event, as well as a thank you to “The Upside”, “Nothing But”, and “Shea Moisture” for the products.

Love Your Kinks,
BkAphrodite