Posts tagged ‘twist out’

Imena Event

I was invited to attend Imena Salon for their holiday party a couple weeks ago and I had known pretty much nothing about the company. I did my research and was pleasantly surprised at what I had read. So I am going to share the wealth with you all, I can’t keep the goodies from my Goddess’ now.

20121223-135400.jpgIMENA is commited to providing services that promote healthy hair in an atmosphere that values customer service and education. Using the best products that promote growth and conditioning, your hair will not only look and feel great but will be healthy. Part of our mission is to help women find and become comfortable with their personal style and to help them learn how to showcase their individual beauty. While the goal is healthy hair, the ultimate goal is to promote greater self esteem and inner beauty by highlighting one’s outer beauty.

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So, this is a monthly subscription to a salon where you can pretty much get any style you would like. Now tell me that ain’t dope! If you are in the NYC area and are looking for an affordable and community salon, definitely head over to Imena Salon.

I was feeling pretty amazing to be part of such an amazing event at Imena; I was able to speak with some lovely Goddess’ about their experiences as a Imena member, and their own hair journeys and see a demonstration by owner Tami. We even got to got home with some goodies from ILoveMyFro.

Check out a couple pics. from the event below:

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“Heat Free Hair” Protective styling

Got wind of an amazing line that just recently launched and when I say I am in awe…Goddess’ I am in AWE. The Heat Free Hair Movement was created by Ngozi Opara of N-Zo hair studios. She has created this line for curlies just like you and I, to be able to still rock our texture while our tress is being protected. Check out the introduction video below:

Are you wow’ed yet? I know I am every time I see the amazing “Heat Free Hair”. Go on and protect your hair, and still have fun with that kinky curly texture. Head over to heatfreehair.com for more information on both the “For Kinks” and “For Kurls” and how to purchase.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Protect your lovely strands!

As the time nears closer to the peak of winter we are presented with harsh winds, colder temperatures and lots of layers.

We really can’t rock our belowed wash and go without fear of getting sick and we are presented with much drier hair. Now, is the time when we should be paying close attention to our strands. So why not add some layers to our hair as well! Protective styles help us to protect our hair from the harshness of the cold weather, retain length and have an overall healtheir set of strands. You may be saying in the back of your mind, “How the heck am I supposed to do that, I was just getting the hang of mastering my wash and go.” I promise you that you will be happy if you make the choice to do a couple protective styles. During this time doing your hair is pretty much a breeze and your hair is protected, which is the most important thing of all.

You can protect you strands by wearing our satin bonnet outside as a hat trying out various protective styles like twists, braids, wigs, weaves, extentions, and even wearing our twisted hair underneath our satin bonnets with a cute hat to add to our outfits.

I have opted to do various braided updos with twists for the past couple months as you can see a few pics of below.

 

If your interested you can also log on to healthyhairjourney.com for some ideas on styles or just search around on the internet for some protective style ideas. You can also stop by thegoodhairblog.com for “The Good Hair Blog Protective Style Challenge”. You can share your journey protecting your hair along with the 80+ women already started on the Challenge. You won’t want to miss this one.

SN: Don’t forget to keep your hair moisturized as well!!

How have you been protecting your strands? What protective styles will you be trying?

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Them Curls!

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a product from Lace Naturals. Let me tell you ladies(and gents)….The smell!!! It was so yummy and amazing.It smelled of a flowery, sweet bottle of goodness.

I used the Lace Naturals Hibiscus Hair Milk as my moisturizer on freshly washed hair, then sealed it in with coconut oil. When I finally decided what the heck I was going to do my hair, I pulled out the Design Essentials Natural Twist and Setting Lotion from my September box(which I forgot to post up :-(. Sorry y’all).

I parted my hair and put twist in the front with a funky twist updo. When I tell you my twist out was on POINT!!!!!! Check out the photos below:

I was feeling myself the whole day. I just couldn’t get over how great my twists looked. Even after day two they were still looking amazing.

In the above picture, my twists were twisted back up the way they were from the day before. To do so, I spritz my hair with water applied my Lace Naturals … my coconut oil, and used the Design Essentials Natural Twist and Setting Lotion. I loosed the sections twice in the morning. I am in LOVE!

I know you want to be more in love too, so go on over to Lacenatural.com and purchase some goodies. As well stop by Designessentials.com, get those twists poppin’ and moisturized.

Curls in Review

I finally decided to try out the products I won from the Curls 10th anniversary giveaway. I initially wanted to do a video tutorial/review but I was not as satisfied as I wanted to be with the Curls products and I was a little lazy on the editing. Therefore, I don’t really have many pictures of my hair during the process.

I tried the coconut curls conditioner a while back and loved it so I figured these products would definitely work well, after all it was the professional line by Curls. I received the full 4 steps of a custom package of products. The products I received where the:

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I have not really used shampoos much and had just removed my protective style, so I figured hey, why not use the Clarifying shampoo. When using the product I was brought back to my relaxer days; washing my hair and feeling that dry feeling on my hands which meant my hair was dry. After seeing and feeling my natural hair I was not very satisfied. I then noticed the bits of nail polish left from an old manicure were white. YIKES!! That really scared me as it meant the shampoo stripped my hair and nails.

Still fearing moving ahead with the product line I figured using the Hair Tea Deep Conditioner would bring moisture back to my hair. I applied the deep conditioner, put a plastic cap on my head and sat under the dryer for 45 mins. I was surprised at the results, my hair felt a bit moisturized and that made my hair and I happy.

I then rinsed and spritz my hair with the *leave-in* which I found was pretty cool. Following the spritz I applied the Whipped Cream styling cream,which smelled amazing, then sectioned my hair to twist. For each section I applied a generous amount of Whipped Cream and proceeded to twist.

After two days I took down my twists and these were the results.

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The results were not bad at all. My hair felt fluffy and still held some definition from the twist out. I’m not sure I will be using this 4 step method again. Though I may use the Deep conditioner and Whipped Cream for a twist out in the future.

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

Summer Starter CurlBox

Got my June CurlBOX a couple days ago and guess what? I got hooked up with ANOTHER full sized item! Now Myliek and the CurlBOX crew is doing us some good with these subscriptions. You gotta love it!! Here’s what’s in my box!!

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I enjoyed the hair items but, I would have to say the most exciting thing in this month’s box was the cute bug repellent wristband. Definitely, chic for those summer months ahead.

If you haven’t purchase your CurlBox yet get to it….Put some pep in your step too because they go like crazy. Sold out in no time. Visit CurlBox.com for how to get that subscription spot in.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite.

Tressumé: Larissa Tonfack

Name: Larissa Tonfack

Location: New York

I am a FASHION & BEAUTY lover, Model, and Entrepreneur.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for almost 3 years but I did a second big chop a few weeks ago.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for 3 months then did the BC.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose that route because I was curious to see myself with a head full of kinks and coils. I had never experienced it before so I decided to take the plunge and do it.

How long did you transition?
I transitioned for about 3 months.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Curiosity! lol. My older sister and a good friend of mine went natural and I told them I couldn’t give up on relaxer plus my hair was growing. However, I started to get bored and I decided that I would try and since then I have been natural. I guess once you go natural, you don’t go back.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
My boyfriend. He reminds me everyday how he loves my hair natural and doesn’t want me to go back to relaxers!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Only 2? It is hard because I am a product junkie. lol.
1.Water. My hair get thirsty so easily but once I give it water, it feels hydrated and it is more manageable.
2.Shikakai bar soap. Cleanses my hair yet keeps in the moisture.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
My favorite way to wear my hair was in a high bun but since I did a second big chop I rock a braid out all the time.

What do you love about your natural hair?
Its Versatility! oh boy! I can rock so many styles when my hair is natural. I can even have it straight ( not too often though!) and still come back to my kinks. However, when my hair was relaxed , I could never go back to my kinks for some fierce twist/braid out or a FRO!

What do you dislike?
Nothing

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
One size does not fit all. What works for me might not work for you. It is all about trials and errors. If you are having difficulties with your natural hair, do some research. There are plenty of great youtubers, blogs, and website that can assist you in achieving your hair goal.

Comments:
You can find me at :
https://twitter.com/#!/LarissaTonfack

Be sure to also check out Larissa on People.com as a Winner of the PEOPLE’s Real Beauty Contest. Can you say Gorgeous! Natural Hair is growing in the media ladies and gents.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning to Natural Hair

Yes and NoDO…

Eliminate direct heat like flat irons, blow dryers, etc. as much as possible. Use hooded dryers on a medium setting (or lower) for as little time possible.

I stopped using direct heat 2 months into my transition.

DO…

Learn to embrace your texture. It’s easy to get caught up in someone else’s head, but chances are your hair isn’t like theirs. So don’t waste your time wishing you had someone else’s crown. It will leave you disappointed and exhausted. Love what God gave you.

DO…

Deep condition weekly with moisturizing conditioners. This will help strengthen and soften your new growth, relaxed hair and prevent breakage.

A lot of new transitioners complain about coarse and unmanageable new growth. Let me tell you that deep conditioning is key to dealing with this. After doing this consistently for 6-8 weeks (I use Organics Olive Oil Replenisher), I noticed a changed in my hair’s manageability and texture.

This is especially important if you’ve used a lot of direct heat (flat irons, blow dryers) on your hair. Even a minimal amount of heat damage can make your hair texture feel worse than it truly is.

And unless you carefully moisturize your new growth before flat ironing (and most people don’t) you probably have some heat damage. This can be misleading and it makes you think your hair is more coarse than it is. Your hair is probably just fried and starving for moisture.

DO…

Wear a lot of protective styles. Rod sets, twist outs, braid outs, flat twists, buns, braids/extensions (not too tight), straw sets, etc. should become your go-to styles. See my posts on styling transitioning hair.

DO…

Limit combing, pulling (tight ponytails) and manipulation. The above hairstyles do not require combing. The only time you should comb your hair is when you detangle on wash day.

Use sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils. Natural hair can be dry enough, you don’t need help from sulfates. The Giovanni line is my fave.

DO…

Trim your ends every 4-6 weeks. If you have split ends, they will travel up to your natural hair and cause breakage.

DON’T…

Make assumptions about your hair texture too early. It will likely change as you continue to transition. In my 2nd month of transitioning, my new growth felt dry, coarse and brittle.

My hair follicles were extremely damaged, so even after I stopped relaxing I was still growing scab hair. At first, I thought this was my hair’s texture, but it wasn’t. This is the very reason many people stop transitioning.

But as I continued to deep condition weekly and lay off the direct heat, my hair softened up. I started seeing curl definition and my hair began retaining moisture better.

So don’t be fooled by your new growth’s texture while you are relaxing and when you start transitioning. You may be going through the scab hair period.

The good news is, most people stop growing scab hair 3-6 months after starting their transition.

DON’T…

Listen to ignorant peers, friends and family. Why should there be anything wrong with wanting to wear your hair the way you came into this world?

Unfortunately kinky hair is often seen as the ugliest/worst kind of hair to have, but that’s only because we are comparing it to the majority, which is straight, Euro-centric hair.

If everyone had kinky hair there would be no class system of hair and comparisons. We have been brainwashed to believe straighter hair is more beautiful because that’s what society feeds us (through magazines, TV, etc.)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As long as you feel your hair is beautiful, why should anyone else’s opinion matter? Trust me, it may take some time to get to this level, but it will happen eventually.

DON’T…

Coat your hair with too many products. As your hair grows out, you may feel the need to “fix it” by using multiple products. Product overload can suffocate your strands, cause breakage and make your hair appear dull.

Your hair does not need to be “fixed.” Learn to embrace whatever grows out of your head. A light moisturizer 3-5 times a week should be enough for most people. You can seal in the moisture with a natural oil like olive, castor, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.

DON’T…

Become a product junky. This is sort of like the pot calling the kettle here. I’m a self-proclaimed product junky. I have been for many years, even when I was relaxing.

It got worse when I started transitioning because I was obsessed with trying to achieve someone else’s hair by using the products they use. I talk about this very issue in this video.

The only products you need are a good shampoo, conditioner (leave-in and rinse out) and a few daily moisturizers (preferably natural oils.) See my favorite transitioning product page.

DON’T…

Get caught up in rules and judgments. There are a lot of naturals who have definitions of what wearing natural hair means. Some become anti weave, anti colored contacts, anti straight hair, and anything that is not “natural.”

Remember, this is your journey. Find out what being natural means to you. Don’t let other’s opinions shape your actions and beliefs about what you have to do and cannot do because you wear natural hair. Also be careful of criticizing others just because they don’t share your journey or opinions.

I think it’s great when going natural inspires people to live healthier lives. But it’s not cool when that turns into judging others for their choices and opinions.

DON’T…

Expect acceptance from everyone. Let’s just keep it real for a minute. A lot of people don’t like and will never like natural hair. Period. End of story. There’s nothing you can do to make everyone approve of your choice.

But your real friends and people who genuinely love and support you will respect your decision, even if they don’t embrace your choice of hairstyle.

Naysayers of natural hair are everywhere, but at some point you have to live life for yourself and not for other people’s acceptance.

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Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite