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

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.

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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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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.

Colour Me Beautiful!! Why Yes!

Exciting news guys!! If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you may have already heard that I was the winner of the Colour Me Beautiful Contest by WonderCurl. I admit I kinda gave up after a while and didn’t think I’d win, but I did. I was super excited! Go Me! Well here’s a recap of the day:

Wednesday before my travels I met up with the lovely Scarlett of WonderCurl to get fitted for some threads for the shoot. We stopped in at Ragz to Riches located in New Jersey; with numerous outfits for a wide variety of diva styles, it was fashion galore.

The weekend I traveled from NYC to DC, patiently awaiting my day to come. Saturday arrived and I was on my way to Capitol Heights, MD. There I stopped in at Fabulocs Salon.

I was greeted by the lovely Lorin Michele of LocXurious, where she assessed my hair and referred me to one of the best washers in the salon, Danielle. She took some before pics of my hair and we went on to the wash station. Boy, when I tell you she hooked my hair up with that wash. She massaged my scalped and ensured it was fresh and clean.

That was just the beginning! Followed by my massage filled wash, I then sat in the hot seat. Fierceness was on its way! Lorin applied all of the WonderCurl line to my hair, and she added some mini flat twists to one side and chunky flat twists to the other.

Once she was done I sat under the dryer for a while, and waited to head to the shoot. I met with Holly of MakeUpbyHolly who prepped my face and added that extra umph to my face. My makeup was on point!

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I was receiving that STAR treatment baby. Hair & Makeup!!

I was all glammed up and now it was time for the shoot by Cipriana of Soulfully Speaking. I got dressed and was feeling EXTRA fierce. ” Oh you fancy huh, nails done, hair done, everything did, Oh you fancy huh”

Yes, I didn’t forget you all. I’ve got a sneak peek of the shoot. 😉

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Fun on the set with the ladies who made this day possible.

(Scarlett of WonderCurl, Lorin of LucXurious, Holly of MakeUpbyHolly & Cipriana of Soulfully Speaking Photography)

I would like to thank all of these lovely ladies for an amazing day of star treatment. I appreciated every moment of it all.

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I was definitely feeling my self!! You see that lip color! You see that hurr! Im fancy huh!

P.S. Fabulocs has natural hair seminars and training! Be sure to check it out!

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Love your Kinks,

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