Posts tagged ‘weave’

“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

I don’t need that “wet and wavy”, my waves come NATURALLY!

With permed hair, I saw numerous friends almost always getting that “wet and wavy” weave. Nine times out of ten they just had to have it. Who wouldn’t like being able to have curly hair when wet, and straight hair the next day. Now, I never was the weave type, but I too just had to have it. It was just something about being able to have such versatile hair on my head. So I purchased my first “wet and wavy” weave, it costs me about $150, but I just knew I needed it. Let’s not forget, there’s a price to install that thing too!! Lucky for me I had a cousin that knew how to install weaves.

I wore it straight for a couple of days, had an event to go to, so I figured hey why not flaunt my “wet and wavy” look. I knew I had to find a way to blend the straight permed hair, and my new “wet and wavy”, so I braided the part of my hair that was left out. When it came time for the unleashing of what I thought would be beautifully blended 12″ curls flowing down my back, I was DISAPPOINTED! What I expected, came out looking like a wannabe curly look with my hair, and beautiful curls just below that. So I had to find a quick way to make it work. I just pinned it up without the desired “wet and wavy” look, but just a hot mess look!

Long after this fiasco(maybe about a 1 1/2 years), I decided that I would research this whole “natural hair” movement that was going on. Though, I still believed that black hair was “nappy”; I sure as hell couldn’t achieve curly,wavy hair because I wasn’t one of those with “good hair” or I wasn’t “mixed”(even though a large population of the world is mixed with more than one race). After much research I discovered that all of this is indeed NOT FACTUAL!

I came across many natural hair blogs Curlynikki.com and Youtubers like Naptural85 & KimmayTube and they definitely helped change all of those thoughts. Their numerous posts, and videos showed me that natural hair is awesome. Hence, I began my journey to natural hair, as a transitioner. I have been transitioning for 11 months and I just LOVE the Kinks and Coils coming in.

So why is as African-American women we desire that “European straight” look? Why do we continue to believe that our hair is “nappy”? Why are we going out and purchasing these expensive weaves that pull at our edges, and destroy our precious strands?

Girl, Go Natural! It doesn’t cost you lots of money or your precious strands. You’ll have that Kinky, Coily, Curly look whenever you please. Oh, and if you just have to have that straight look once in a while, you can do that too.

Embrace your own Versatility!!!

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Donneka

Came across this young lady Donneka quite a while ago and she has had the most interesting story, since I have started the Tressumé features. Please do take your time, and read about her story. You may have had a similar or the same experience. You might even need just a little motivation, if so do read this.

Name: Donneka

Location: Gainsville, Florida

 

How long have you been natural?
I have been Natural for 2 years and 3 months.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I big chopped!!! twice!! The first time it was because I had an allergic reaction to weave and the second because I got too close to a candle and it burnt all my hair off!! If someone hadn’t put it out in time my scalp would have burnt my scalp and my face!!! but i survived. And now im back to rockin’ the short hair.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose to big chop because im lazy and under the circumstances of both times i had to big chop.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
My mother owns a natural hair salon so all the women that come in inspired me to go natural and remain natural.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
I dont really need to stay motivated to stay natural because I dont think I would ever go back to relaxed!!! Like, theres no other way but to be natural….at least to me.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Two products I cant live without would be conditioner and some sort of moisturizer like shea butter or coconut oil.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
When I had some hair (lol) my favorite style was a braid out! But as of now its a wash n go.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I Love the fact that its all completely mine an d it is what i was born with…..like, no one else has my hair but me.

What do you dislike about it?
I dont dislike anything about my hair!!! PERIOD.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Dont think just because you’ve been watching YT videos, when you do the style in the video, your hair is gonna turn out that way!!!! NEWSFLASH!!!! Your hair isn’t hers!!! Make it your own!!!Do you!!!

Comments:
Always drink LOTS of water!!! It helps your hair and skin!!! If you just big chopped, make sure your makeup is poppin!!!! and your earrings are on point!!!! Less is more!! If your regimen looks like a pamplet or a book…CHANGE IT!! It doesn’t take all that to have you lookin’ good!!!!

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite

Transitioned Curl

When one first enters there journey, there thinking “how am I going to get this to look good?…I have straight and curly hair”. Don’t worry every transitioner has probably felt just like you; I know I did!

The biggest frustration is those two darn textures. You have to figure out how to make it blend(and I hope your not using those heat tools on your strands). In the beginning, I did use a flat iron with a protectant spray some days. After finding that your hair can get badly damaged from using heat, I immediately stopped torturing my beautiful natural strands.

Before deciding to go natural I often did what is called braid outs using water and a gel. These braids outs never lasted past a day. Finally, taking the step to transitioning I figured I have to find a way to get my hair to blend.

There are numerous styles that can help ensure the protection of your beautiful tresses as well as look cute.

Some of the styles are your:
• Braid out
• Twist out
• Bantu knots
• Bantu knot out
• Flexi rod set
• Straw set
• Wigs
• Weaves
• Extensions

I preferably want to go for the natural curly look and knew that I had experiences with braid outs. Some people might use the other techniques mentioned but, this is the route I have chosen mostly to achieve that look.

How I achieve this look

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I,
• put my hair into 4 sections
• wash my hair using only Shea Moisture black soap conditioner(sometimes I may even use their shampoo products)section by section.
• put my hair into four twists
• dry using an old t-shirt
• apply my Shea Moisture reconstructing mask which I mentioned before.
• apply coconut oil to seal my hair(focusing on my ends)

When all of that is finished, I braid my hair, sit under my bonnet dryer for about an hour, then cover my head with my trusty satin bonnet. The next day I unbraid and my curls are BEAUTIFUL! Using this method felt so good. My braid out finally lasted for a longer time, and looked great.

Do remember if you try this same method their is a possibility it may not work the same. You have to play around with your hair and find the best methods for you and your hair.

Until next time….

Love,
BkAphrodite