Posts tagged ‘TribeCalledCurl’

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

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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.

Sister Act on Broadway

I first would like to say Thank You to the amazing Imani of TribeCalledCurl for allowing me to be apart of such an amazing National Natural Hair Meetup Day event. I would also like to thank Shea Moisture for giving me the opportunity to win such an amazing prize of goodies.

As most of you know I won a couple of goodies on National Natural Hair Meetup Day. One of those prizes gave me the opportunity to see the amazing broadway show Sister Act and I absolutely loved it.

When your on broadway it’s just so much different. The lights, the action and most of all those amazing musicals. You gotta love NYC!

Well let me get on to tell you how AMAZING Sister Act was. It was a fun filled, and very comedic show starring the beautiful Raven- Symone and … among a cast many other talented actors and singers. When I tell you those people can sing…they can SANG. I loved every minute of it. Oh, and I loved that natural hair she was rocking during the show. Sadly, the show is only around for a short time. So if you haven’t seen it try your best to get some tickets fast. It’s a must see.

This experience was a great way to bring my summer days to an end. The best part of it all was I got to meet Raven-Symone. She was super sweet and has a beautiful spirit.

PS I’m hoping she stops by Aphrodite Kinks. 🙂

Was supposed to bring a curlfriend, but as you can see I had to bring a permed friend.

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Me looking and feeling Fab before the show.

 

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Prop from the show; Im telling you, you have to see this play.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

“Spring is in the HAIR”

For most of you who may or may not know National Natural Hair Meetup day is May 19th. On this day Natural’s around the U.S. meetup and share their natural hair tips, styles, woe, and everything natural hair.

One of my favorite chicas Imani of TribeCalledCurl is hosting her 2nd meetup. How awesome is that!! And its FREE.

The amazing TribeCalledCurl is teaming up with Diane Bailey Silhouettes & Mane Moves TV to bring you:

“Spring is in the HAIR

THE OFFICIAL

National Natural Hair Meet Up Day

BROOKLYN MEET UP

Join us as we celebrate our kinks, curls and coils in the ultimate NYC expression of style and glamour

Fabulous Giveaways & Prizes

Fun & Interactive Activities

Specialty Cocktails

Swag Bags

Meet & Greet Fellow Naturalistas

Special Appearances

Product Swap

Ask the Expert

and much more.

See why Brooklyn is Natural Hairville USA…at the event of the season!”

Oh did I mention its a FREE event!

So come out and enjoy the day alongside your fellow naturalistas.

To get your tickets visit: http://springisinthehair.eventbrite.com/

Hidden Curls News!! Big Chop Anyone??

So I wish I knew where to start. The excitement is making me lose focus…But let’s get down to business!

After numerous talks, photos, etc. of the array of curls in the natural hair community (via every single networking site) I kept getting that urge. On the Friday before presidents day(February 17), I went out and got some shears and began clipping my ends myself. Oh, how scissor happy I got. After a couple of weeks the back portion of my hair almost was relaxed free. Of course I was suffered from the hand in hair syndrome. I couldn’t resist it. I WAS LOVING MY HAIR!

The front of my hair still had a lot more relaxed ends so I stuck it out with my braid outs. For me I liked to keep a style for as long as possible. I would keep my braid outs typically 5 or 6 days depending on my schedule. That dang front section just wasn’t acting right! It would get really straights after about the 3rd day. It was like the natural hair Gods were telling me something(LoL). I had epiphany. Some of you may or may not know that I finally did my Big Chop. After 11 months of transitioning I finally got tired of the two textures. I initially wanted to BC for my birthday this coming April but as you can see I just could not wait that long. I was also very anxious to see my curl pattern without my relaxed ends weighing down my hidden curls.

I logged on to Twitter for the weekly #TribeThurdays with my favorite gal @TribeCalledCurl . This day in particular I wanted to know a good salon in my area and Miss Imani directed me right in the hands of the amazing Tendril’s Hair Spa located in Fort Greene,Brooklyn.

I made that appointment, and waited for the day to arrive. March 16 finally arrives; I’m anxious, nervous, excited everything in one. As I’m approaching the salon I’m just thinking what the finished look would be. I have never had short hair besides the day I was born. I get to Tendril’s and I am welcomed by the person at the front desk; the atmosphere was definitely inviting. My hair was first detangled, washed with Jane Carter Solution Shampoo and conditioner, then detangled again. My wash never felt so good which made the event even more relaxing. I then sat under the dryer for maybe about 25 mins. with a deep conditioner applied and it was washed out.

I got into the hot seat and my stylist Carla(who was also very pleasant) asked me about my plans for my hair, why I chose to go natural, and the look I was interested in. Then, it began she clipped away those ends!! I was still a tad nervous, but I was sure that Carla knew exactly what she was doing. After the cut, my hair was washed and conditioned again. Then was ready to be styled. Carla applied an oil to my hair (I should know the name) which smelled amazing, almost as good as candy. She then applied Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream; flat twisting the front portion of my newly released curls and styling the back portion into that good ‘ole TWA(Teenie Weenie Afro). To keep the style in place, I went under the dyer for a little and my flat twists were removed.

I fell in love with my new styled hurr. A week later and I’m loving it even more.

TWA Livin’ & Lovin’ it…..

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite