When Girl Meets Curls: BKAphrodite

TN: What made you decide to go natural?
BkAphrodite: I had seen my aunts embrace their natural hair in different periods of my life. One of these aunts who is still natural suggested I watched the movie "Good Hair" and that pretty much gave me the eye opener I needed. Once I watched that movie I went on a hunt for research about how to go about the natural thing. I also wanted to try something new and the health of my hair had declined since I first got a relaxer so I decided to go for it. 

TN: Did you transition or BC "Big Chop"?
BkAphrodite: I transitioned for 11 months because I was scared about what my hair looked like and how I looked with short hair. After the 11 months I big chopped in March 2012, which wasn't really supposed to be a big chop.  My stylists did her thang and I ended up with hair that was 2-3 inches short. Who knew!!

TN: What were your fears going in  and how did you overcome them? 
BkAphrodite: Growing up in a caribbean household things are much different when it comes to what is acceptable and what is not. Having relaxed hair was very acceptable and I thought so myself. I never realized how beautiful my natural hair was so I was hesitant to go and rock some "nappy" hair; after all it was "nappy" hair. Once I thought about actually cutting all my hair off, that was a no go! I had no idea what short hair looked like on me and I couldn't gauge how huge my head was since I always had hair on it. Nonetheless I just went for it, rocked my big chop and embraced it for what it was. Plus it was super easy and I am bit of a lazy natural anyway.

TN: Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision. 
BkAphrodite: My hair is very versatile and I love love love my curls. I also don'y have to spend as much money to get a relaxer every 6-8 weeks or go to a stylists every 2 weeks. Why? Because I have taken the time to slowly but sure learn my hair everyday and I know more of what it likes. I also like that my hair makes such a statement and a lot of people like. With this it also influences a lot of younger people to want to remain natural or even make the transition to natural.

TN: What are some of your favorite hair products? 
BkAphrodite: Jeez favorite hair products I will try to keep it to a minimum. When I first went natural all I heard about was Shea Moisture, so I pretty much used everything in the hair line.  Now, I still use them from time to time because they are all natural and SUPER affordable.  The products now in heavy rotation are a lot of the Karen's Body Beautiful products. One that I live by is the Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In because it is light, moisturizing and smells soooo good!! 

TN: What is your hair routine? 
BkAphrodite: I was my hair every week which involves a shampoo, condition, adding a leave in and sealing in the moisture with an oil. When I am not being super lazy I'll whip out my Huetiful hair steamer and treat my hair to a good deep condition/steam. During the colder months I try to keep my hair in some kind of protective style like some box braids, twist extentions, or a braided or twisted updo.

TN: What advice would you give someone considering going natural or who is new to being a natural? 
BkAphrodite: Do it if you haven't already done so, but just make sure your ready for the change. Not everyone will love it but who cares. It matters that you feel comfortable in your own. Enjoy it and make the most out of every stage even when it seems daunting. 

TN: How can we connect with you further? (Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter?)
Blog: AphroditeKinks.com
Facebook: Aphrodite Kinks
Twitter: Aphrodite Kinks
Instagram: @BkAphrodite



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