Posts tagged ‘locs’

Style Me Up

Now that my hair is getting longer, and the wash & go thing was not happening, I have been experimenting with different  protective styles. I pretty much wanted to protect my hair from the wind and that good ole hand in hair syndrome. To style gel was applied, as the hair was french braided up, followed by a twist swoop to the right side. To finish up and to keep the hair in place I used an old rhinestone clip. By the way, I was feeling like a big time Rasta with them twists. I would totally do some twists again, I love the locs feel it gives me.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Natural Resources Bootcamp

I mentioned in my post from the Tracee Ellis Ross & CurlyNikki event that I got the chance to meet the amazing Tamika Fletcher who is the Co-Owner of Natural Resources Salon. The salon is located in Houston, Texas but the lovely ladies of the salon help educate naturals amongst the states, learn the history behind their hair and how to care for it. They do this through the “Natural Hair Care Bootcamp“.

I was glad to have received the chance to be apart of such an amazing thing a couple months ago(yes this post is past overdue). Upon arrival to the location in which the event took place I was delighted to see tables adorned with manikan heads and a variety of tools to get to learning.

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Once the group of about 15 people had all arrived we were introduced to the ladies behind the “Natural Hair Bootcamp”. Once we got to know a little about them, we dived right in to learn about ourselves and our own history.

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The slideshow documented the history of the roots of our hair, back to Africa to the present.

Following the slideshow we got to the hands-on part of the event!

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We were able to learn techniques for twisting braiding, detangling, locking, and ultimately caring for our hair.

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We even got an added bonus; how we should blow dry our hair and trim.

This event was definitely one to cherish and I thank the amazing ladies of Natural Resources Salon for such a great experience and program. They helped to reintroduce me to my hair and my roots. I even got some goodies to go home with, how awesome of these ladies.

If your interested in learning more check out NaturalResourcesSalon.com

Love your Kinks,

Tressumé: Jamie Fleming-Dixon

Name:   Jamie Fleming-Dixon

                             Location: South Carolina                                                         

 Dreamer. Lover of life. Goal getter. These are just a few words to describe Jamie Fleming-Dixon, inspirational writer, blogger, editor and F.A.B. Life Strategist. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of For Colored Gurls, a personal development blog with the mission of inspiring and empowering women to live their most Fabulous lives. Additionally, she is owner of Mocha Writer, a boutique copy editing and proofreading service.

Jamie is also the author of How to Change Your Mindset + Live Your Most Fabulous Life, a motivational book, providing practical tips for creating a more positive mindset and living the life of one’s dream. She has been featured in several websites, blogs, magazines and Blog Talk Radio Shows, including TheCEOMamma.com, AfroElle Magazine and Prominence Magazine and was recently named one of the 2012 50 Fabulous Women Entrepreneurs on BBWO (Black Business Women Online). Visit her online at jamieflemingdixon.com.

 

How long have you been natural?
Four years

Did you always have dreads or did you transition?I transitioned after having my natural hair out for a year.

Why did you choose that route? When I first began transitioning to natural, I didn’t considered locking my hair; I just wanted big, kinky-curly hair. After a year of being natural, I began wearing twists, and I really liked the look. I also wanted the changes going on inside of me to be reflected on the outside.

What inspired you to have locs?
The year I started them, 2008, I had many changes in my life, including graduating from college. Because I felt I was transitioning into another level in my life and becoming a new me, so to speak, I wanted that change to reflect on the outside, too. So, I decided to loc my hair.

What has kept you motivated to remain with your locs? One reason is because they’re super low maintenance. I’m kind of lazy when it comes to doing my hair (lol), so locs are perfect for me. I also love the way they look on me.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? I don’t use many products, but I’ll say extra virgin olive oil diluted with water (in a spray bottle) and White Rain Tropical Coconut Hydrating Conditioner.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?                                                        Braid-out

What do you love about your natural hair? I love that it’s low-maintenance, unique and that it’s my very own God-given hair.

What do you dislike about it? I have a dry scalp, so I often get dandruff. I haven’t quite figured out how to get rid of it yet, but the olive oil helps.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? I would say be patient; stressing about your length or whatever you’re worrying about won’t make your hair grow longer or faster. Look at photos, blogs and websites if you need advice or inspiration – just keep in mind that everyone’s hair is unique. And lastly, love and cherish the beautiful hair the Creator has blessed you with!

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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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.

Source:Hair 180°

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

Locs!!!!!!

Have no idea who these people are but I love it! LOCS!!

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“Affairs of the Heart”

Once again, I’m still on vacation in Jamaica(in my mind). I just can’t stop missing that place. The people were so care free and everything was so much slower paced than NYC. It felt great to take a break but now I just want to get back to that stress free feeling of Jamaica. Though, I can’t go back now…I use the music to bring me back that stress free feeling. So, I thought I’d share one of the songs that I fell in love with. I think you might just fall in love too. Hoping you too feel the same stress free feeling. The most important thing I want you to check out is Damian Marley’s locs….I’m IN LOVE!! Makes me want locs!

Definitely, take a listen and look…..

Until next time…

Love,

BkAphrodite