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It’s a Celebration,Goddess Crew!!

Today March 16, makes one year since I have been natural. My how time flies!! I really don’t know where the time went. I constantly look back at old flicks of my BC and still can’t believe that I actually did it. I also see how much my hair has grown and how fast. YES, black girls can grow long hair!! lol Even though it’s still only a couple inches.

As well today marks the beginning of something great. I have been sharing a few of the details with you and now it’s finally here!! It’s officially the launch day of my site; AphroditeKinks.com. I am proud to say that we have branched out and I love it. Look around and enjoy the view Goddess Crew. You all have made this possible for me to share this, my baby with you all. She has grown into much more than I have ever dreamed of. Hope that I can continue to inspire you all and be inspired by you all.

You know I couldn’t celebrate all this without throwing in some goodies right!! HaH Well guess what you can win some lovely goodies for being such amazing Goddess’. Thank you for your continued support, love and strength. We have taken the journey together and will continue to grow.

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Love you all,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Keturah Ariel Nailah Bobo

 

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Keturah Ariel Bobo

                                                    Location: Columbus, Ohio                                                                                           

Found this AMAZING lady on my usual Instagram flow, and let me tell y’all! Girl got some bomb ass skills with the art!

Y’all gotta check out her Tressumé, to learn about this talented young lady.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for a little over two yearsketurahart

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I transitioned for 6months and then did the big chop, although I cut parts of it along the way.

Why did you choose that route?  

I have always had a lot of hair, and so wearing my hair short was a little frightening. Plus, I have a big head, so I didn’t think rocking a short cut would be cute.

How long did you transition?

6 months , cutting bangs first then so on and so forth.

What inspired you to have natural hair?

I was working at the Columbus Museum of Art under the contemporary art curator. She probably was my biggest hair inspiration, because she was a professional woman of color with gorgeous natural hair working in an institution where no one looks like her.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

I LOVE the versatility of being natural. I love wearing various textures of curls, but I also love to wear it straight from time to time. Basically, I was tired of looking like the same person everyday, being natural gave me freedom.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?

Crème of Nature Conditioning Shampoo and Knot Today by Kinky Curly. My hair has the tendency to become a tangled hot mess and these products both make my hair soft and easy to detangle.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

girl1Right now I have been trying the bantu knot outs which, so far I love velocity.

What do you love about your natural hair?

I feel more myself than I felt before. It’s an amazing feeling.

What do you dislike about it?

I have a hard time controlling my hair to stay in particular styles, especially in humidity.  Sometimes the unruly behavior works for me, in humidity it’s almost always against me.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

Just do it, you will love it. Every act of change has a transitional period. Tough it out, put your eyes on the prize, and your back to the wind. It’s an amazing bond, the one a black girl creates with her hair, especially when perhaps her whole life she’s been told that who she is naturally, isn’t beautiful.

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Check out a little slideshow of the rest of Keturah’s dope work. This is RAW talent and I am IMPRESSED! She created my future chiren y’all. LOL! Peep the hair on these lovely kids.

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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I recently created a natural hair blog with my 2 best friends called “Hard Knot Life”! You can check us out on Tumblr @ http://hardknotlifeblog.tumblr.com & our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/hardknotlife We post photos of our hair & we’ll be doing videos showcasing our different techniques!

Be sure to also check out Monae on photosbynae.com. She is a photographer with some super amazing work and she has some reasonable prices too. If your a Brooklynite, New Yorker, or ever in the area, be sure to have her hook your photos up.

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Embrace it!!

Update! :)

Hello Beautiful People!!

Just felt the need to stop by and thank you all for continuing to be supporters of Aphrodite Kinks. I totally appreciate it and love helping you all through my trials and errors with my own journey. I hope that I have been able to help you all and continue to do so.

This has definitely been a journey for me. I am not going to say that I have all the answers, because I don’t. Though, of you have a question I try my best to get you answers. Hope that you all stick around and enjoy.

A little update:
I will soon be posting up my experience while on my last vacation. I experienced lots of changes in my hair.

I will also be posting my experience with the ColourMeBeautiful contest winning.

I am working on gathering more information on transitioning for my fellow transitioners. I know it is a process.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

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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Tressumé: Khadijah

Khadijah Jones

Location: Atlanta, Ga


How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for 3 months.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for a year and then did the big chop on my one year mark.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose this route because I was a tad bit insecure about how I would look. When I did the big chop I was beyond satisfied.

How long did you transition?
I transitioned for a year.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I experienced breakage with my last perm and decided to transition. I was inspired by a lot of natural haired beauties on youtube.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Seeing other people who have transitioned to natural hair and how healthy their hair was after the process.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Two natural hair products I can’t live without is Taliah Waajid’s Curl Sealer and Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Mousse.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Being that my hair is really short right now I’d prefer to wear a wash and go.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to get ready in the morning.

What do you dislike about it?
I can’t think of anything I dislike about my natural hair. I love everything about my curly fro!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Don’t give up and look for inspiration on natural hair blogs as often as needed to keep you going! If you’re in the process of transitioning try to wear as many protective styles as possible so that you don’t damage your curl pattern.

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Tressumé: Jana

Jana (JAH-nah) L. Henry

Location: Currently Philly, but Born and Bred in good old Michigan!


How long have you been natural?

I received my last creamy crack treatment in 2008!
Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I guess you could say I transitioned, although I had no intention of actually wearing an afro. I would wear weaves or keep my hair pressed up until about June 2011 when I decided to let a friend chop all my hair off.

Why did you choose that route?
Well honestly my pockets were lonely from all the money I was putting into expensive weaves and I’m currently a full time student. It wasn’t realistic for my bank account. I was also realizing that the constant heat from pressing and flat ironing was breaking my hair off in various places. I decided to give my hair a break!

How long did you transition?
I was relaxer free for about 2 ½ years before I chopped it.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
The thing that inspired me most was that natural hair to me seemed like a healthier choice. I was a bit nervous because those who knew me knew that I was a weave queen so this was a big change.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
The thing that has kept me motivated to remain natural is the fact that I reaaaallllly want to rock a big afro! Aside from that I don’t care if I sweat during a workout, I can spend more time sleeping in the morning (at least at this point because it doesn’t take much to maintain a TWA!) As story bookish as it may sound, I feel like I fell in love with my hair in its natural state. I don’t NEED a weave to feel gorgeous anymore. I’ve thought about rocking one again though, but it’s no longer a necessity. It’s a just cause I want to change it up, lol!

What are two (2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
I personally love Castor oil, and Coconut oil. I wet my hair and apply the Coconut Oil which is good for dry scalp as well as moisturizing hair. I then apply Castor Oil which is beneficial towards the prevention of hair loss and hair thinning. They have been working great for me the past few months. As my hair grows longer I might have to change my routine up but I’m going for what I know as of now.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I like to two strand twist my hair while it is dry. I apply a little bit of oil all over my hair once I’m finished twisting. I then apply Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Mousse and tie my hair up with a silk scarf. The next morning I untwist and apply just a little more oil so my twist out doesn’t have a hard crunchy feeling and it last a few days. I might spritz with water to keep it looking fresh. It’s an easy and cute way to rock my TWA.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that it’s mine and it’s also a beautiful thing to me that I receive so many compliments on my hair. I was very nervous about how it would look but the love is non-stop☺

What do you dislike about it?
I dislike that sometimes my scarf will fall off while sleeping (I’m a rough sleeper) and I wake up with a smushed looking dougie something of a hairstyle. Nothing is perfect I just run for the water and moose and work it all out in the A.M.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
I would recommend that you just do it. I assure you that everyone won’t like it but who cares. There are some who love it. The thing that matters most is how you feel!

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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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