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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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Have to teach the youngings

For the Thanksgiving holiday I spent time with family in a beautiful cabin somewhere in New Jersey and when I say it was one of the best experiences, I mean it. It felt so good to be so close to home but so far at the same time. It was the perfect place to relax and the cabin was just beautiful. While on the little getaway,  I had to do some schooling!  The background info: My younger cousin D is 13 years old and she is pretty much at the stage where she has to deal with her hair on her own, and she has no idea how she is supposed to be taking care of her hair. Prior to this I had told her what to do and it oviously went in one ear and out the next. This was her hair when I recently saw her…

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It was all knotted together into one big dread. The girls hair was locking y’all, and I was in awe. She is a swimmer; she swims almost 6 days a week, usually just brushing the hair up into a ponytail without detangling or combing it out. Thank goodness we got to the root of the issue. After encountering her newly dreaded hair, I knew I had to get to schooling..well unless she wanted dreads, but that wasn’t the case. So to get the locked hair detangled I wet it a bit and added some Shea Moisture’s Anti- Breakage Masque and basically combed out whenever and where ever I could. Once that was all done, I used the Shea Moisture’s Yucca and Baobab Thickening shampoo and the Restorative conditioner to detangle her hair. It did take some time but we got through the agony (she is super tender headed). I told her how she should be sectioning her hair and getting the product through her hair evenly, leaving her to try it out on her own for one of the sections that had to be detangled.

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After washing, conditioning and detangling, we applied some of the Yucca and Baobab hair milk, and a bit of vatika oil to the hair and voila……..

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Check out her shrinkage!!!!

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Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodtite

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

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

Protein…Happy Hair

As I mentioned in my unhappy hair post, my hair was extremely dry and just wasn’t acting right. After stalking all the natural hair vloggers for sometime now I decided to actually take some of there tips. I figured it was time to treat my hair with a little protein. After all she deserved it.

I started by trimming my ends, followed by my shampoo. Yes, Shea Moisture.

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Freshly washed hair, looking not so bad after the trim.

The protein treatment I used was by the beautiful, talented and super amazing Whitney also known as Naptural85. It consisted of eggs, mayo, and honey. You can check it out below.

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My hair soaked in the mixture. It got really messy; I had to cover my hair with my shower cap and a towel to prevent dripping.

I left it on for 45 minutes, rinsed with cool water and followed with my conditioner, then finger detangled.

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These are the result of my protein filled hair post wash. My curlies sprouting so beautiful. My hair is HAPPY.20120822-153040.jpg

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Following the rinse, I applied my Curl and Style milk (moisturizer) and my Vatika Oil (sealer).

Yummy!! My Curls are back!!

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

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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Fun & Natural Hair in Central America

I recently took a trip to Central America and it was just amazing! I often heard many speak of the beauty of the Central American vacation spots but I had never been. After three plane rides for about 6 1/2 hours all together I had arrived to San Pedro, Belize.

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We boarded a small plane in Belize City which would take us to San Pedro where our hotel was located. San Pedro is one of the two small islands of Belize.

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As we soared across the lands of Belize and islands, it was one of the most beautiful experiences I have had in a long time. The blue waters and flourshing green lands.

I just couldn’t resist the beauty; it makes my heart melt just thinking back. I now understand the beauty everyone spoke about. This island is ridiculously beautiful.

Plus, it is home to the second largest barrier reef. It is a full package.

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The island of San Pedro is really small compared to the mainland, being that many of the people there road golf carts as cars. I thought this was super cool.

First day on the island and I was loving every moment, hammock living is so me; the breeze, the relaxation, the view.

The island is known for its barrier reef which protects the coral reef and precious sea animals. This caused lots of sea grass around the island and in the water. There was not much of the whole “white sandy beach” concept. None the less I was able to enjoy the water in small spots. I can’t complain. The beach scene was not really what I had expected but I understand that the beauty of the island has to be kept.

This was a totally amazing experience!

Oh and you can’t forget the yummy food!! OMG The national dish of Stew Chicken, Rice & Beans and cole slaw. My mouth is drooling thinking about it.

Me enjoying the Fun in the Sun

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20120822-140545.jpgKeeping my hair up to par on this trip was a bit tricky. Plus, I kept dreaming of having that sun kissed Belizean hair, so I was trying to stay in the salt water and sun. I so wanted reddish brown tips; tt was just so beautiful. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know why I didn’t do a protective style. Though, next time I am totally prepared. To keep my hair fresh and clean after long hot days, or days of salt/chlorine water, I stuck by my trusty ole Shea Moisture and Vaitika Oil.

I also brought the regular conditioner, which is missing.

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Towards the end of the trip we decided to take visit the mainland. Started the morning bright and early to head to the Belize City. We took a water taxi over and were greeted by our tour guides. Along the route we got to experience some breakfast tacos. They were soooooo delicious.

Once we made our way through the city after about 3 hours we headed for lunch and our tour of the Mayan Ruins and Ziplining. It was super amazing to me that we had to get on a hand cranked ferry to get across the river to the ruins. I loved it!!

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20120822-140654.jpgIn Belize and Guatemala at the same time. The view was breathtaking from “El Castillo”(The Castle), which is the main Mayan ruin of Xunantunich(Stone Woman).

The ruin got its name when a man claimed to have seen a woman in the window of “El Castillo”, when he went to the window the lady had disappeared. She was the stone woman.

The tour was beautiful but it was just too darn hot. I was struggling going through the tour. Lol. In my mind I kept trying to figure out how the Mayans survived the heat in that space. If you can tell in the picture I was sweating profusely. The Sun Gods were in full effect around that place, Just remember if your ever in Belize on a tour be prepared for the wrath of the heat.

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You know I came prepared thanks to my Summer CurlBox. “There ain’t no bugs on me, there ain’t no bugs on me, there may be bugs on some of you mugs, but there ain’t no bugs on me”;All “Bugs OFF” 🙂

We came to out final spot in the rain forest for ziplining, which was SO MUCH FUN. Once again hot as heck. I must have lost about 50 lbs with all the walking and sweating. Lol The heat was definitely turned all the way up.

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Yummy Rum Punch! I think I might need to head back to Belize City! Lol

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Wrapping up the day in Belize City after our tour on the water taxi. Tell me this isn’t Beauty!!

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All good things come to and end, but it was joyous none the less. Rewind!! That wasn’t it so our flight got delayed coming back to New York, oh then it was cancelled until the next day. So guess who got to stay and extra day in Belize…….I did! It was a little nerve wrecking because I had anticipated heading to Miami for a bit and back home to NY; oviously God had other plans for me to enjoy. I would like to thank my Airline for allowing me to stay an extra night.

I also took the time to just add a couple other pics that I took while on my trip for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy

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Enjoy your Life,

BkAphrodite

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Organic Soap… Yes it’s Shea Moisture

You all may not remember but the first CurlBox I received which I believe was the March box, I recieved some great items. One item that really stood out to me was the Shea Moisture Red Bush & Sage Shea Butter Soap.

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Now this was my first time with this particular item from Shea Moisture. Prior to this I had only known of the hair products, so I had to put this organic soap to the test.

I have been using it for sometime now and I have to say Shea Moisture has done it again got me. They continue to deliver great products. It smells good, leaves my skin feeling clean, it lasts longer than most bars of soap in my opinion. Most of all I know my skin is getting all of its vitamins, minerals, and goodness. Yes…all natural ingredients! (I wish I could list all of them but that wrapper is no where to be found). Though, Shea Moistures has a very excellent reputation for all natural ingredients. So we know it’s real. Lol

Thanks to CurlBox for supplying me with the goods and thank you Shea Moisture for keeping me in love.

Love your Skin,
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