Posts tagged ‘twists’

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

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It’s a “HARD KNOT LIFE”!!

A couple posts ago, I shared with you Monae’s Tressumé and she introduced to us her blog/vlog “Hard Knot Life” with her 2 bestfriends and it seems pretty interesting already. They had me rollin’ from the beginning to the end. Looks like a channel I will be subscribing to. You should too!!

GOTTA SPREAD LOVE…. IT’S THE BROOKLYN WAY!!! 🙂

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.

Tressumé: Tessa Kagbala

While checking out the daily posts by CurlBox on instagram I came across this amazing woman who was sporting her fro ever so fiercely. I couldn’t pass up an interview with the girl behind the fro, so I got to it and I’m sharing her story with you!! Check it out!

Name: Tessa Kagbala

Location: Hell’s Kitchen via Brooklyn


How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 11 years, but I started the process 12 years ago. I caved in during the first year and put a kiddie perm in my hair. Afterwards I was so mad with myself for allowing my fundamental darkness win.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? I transitioned, I cut the perm off bit by bit once I saw that my hair was growing.

Why did you choose that route?
I always had long hair, and I didn’t want to cut it all off just to go natural. Everyone told me that I would have to cut it all off in order to get my curls back. I used that negativity as my fuel, and to prove them wrong.

How long did you transition? Gee it took a while I want to say a couple of years, but I don’t remember exactly, it was so long ago. I wore my hair in protective styles, which helped my hair grow, and before I would take them out I would cut some more of my processed ends off. I was so happy when I was able to cut off the last piece of straight hair off! By that time my hair was naturally past my shoulders, and I think that is why it took so long. I didn’t want my hair to be short.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I remember one day I was going through my photo album and I saw all these pics of me when I was younger with beautiful curls. At that point I had been relaxing my hair for about 10 years. Can you believe I didn’t even remember what it was like to have curly hair, something deep inside me missed having curls. As I reflected I was heart broken that I had asked my mom to put a perm in my hair. I can’t say that she never warned me! When I was a teen I hated my hair, for years I would just wear it in a bun, and damaged it by coloring it all the time. I was trying to keep up with the Joneses and I couldn’t take it any more, I just wanted to be free to express myself. Everyone opposed me becoming natural; my boyfriend even broke up with me! I guess was to forward thinking chuckle. Deep in my soul I knew I was doing the right thing. 11 years later I am so happy to see women take the steps to embrace the hair that they were blessed with.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
When I started to transition, the pictures of me when I was younger were my inspiration, and also hearing my mom say “You use to have such nice soft curls.” If I had depended on anything else I would of caved in and gone back down chemical road. None of my peers were attempting to grow out their hair, and as my mane grew people just looked at me crazy!
Now, being natural is more that just my hair, it is a lifestyle. I’ve become more aware of the causes I make to maintain a natural lifestyle and I am still learning what that mean for me and my family. I’m so inspired by all these lovely ladies that have blog, vlog, with information about health and hair, there is such an amazing community of support! We just need to continue to unite!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why? I looooove coconut oil and Shea butter. I always make sure I have these two items in stock. They both keep my hair very soft. I use them, along with my gel, for styling and as my everyday moisturizer. I recently started using Karen’s Body beautiful. Her line is amazing and she has created so many aids for the hair, she is really into educating woman about proper hair care.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair? I LIVE in the double strand twist. I feel like this style helps my hair to grow. Depending on my mood I make then really small, or fairly big. I usually braid the root, then I twist the ends, that way the root is a little bit tighter. I can go almost a month in this style, because I can manipulate it into many other styles

What do you love about your natural hair? I love how versatile my hair is! I can wear it straight, up do’s tight curls, braids, afro depending on my mood or season. When it was relaxed I couldn’t create as many styles. I also love that my hair is always evolving so I am constantly learning more about it as the years go by.

What do you dislike about it?
Ummmm….. what is there to dislike. I feel blessed, even if it may take me longer to do my hair than most, or I even though I get very hot when it’s in a fro. I love my hair, and wouldn’t change it for the world!!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair? You must first love and respect your hair (and self), before anyone else can. Have confidence that your hair will grow to you determined length, it will get there before you know it!! Be conscious of the products that you use on your mane, just because it says organic, doesn’t mean it really is. Experiment! There are so many resources out on the web that provide recipes for natural hair products, use ‘em. It’s all about trial and error, because your texture may be different than the next woman, not everything will work for you but you wont find out unless you try. You don’t need to do a big chop n order to become natural; as your hair grows you curl pattern will evolve. Enjoy the process it, you may discover something else about yourself!

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