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I just had to share this post from Africanexport with you guys. She is always so on point and everything that I want to say, she says it so eloquently.
Where are you from? Brooklyn, New York
Any Shoutouts you want to give? All the gals doing there thing and loving their life journey. Thank you for being amazing and sharing that every day.
Why did you decide to wear your hair natural? I saw two aunts who went natural and the latter of the two introduced me to the movie Good Hair. Once I saw that I was pretty much convinced. I started scouring the internet for ways to go natural. I came across well known bloggers and vloggers who filled me up with owning my natural curls once again. After scouring through resources I realized that it was needed; the health of my hair had declined from the time I has gotten my first relaxer. So why not?
When did you make that decision? I can’t remember the first time I made the decision but the last relaxer I had was March 31, 2011. I transitioned for 11 months and did my Big Chop March 16th 2012.
Do you have any natural hair stories that you want to share? LOL. I tried thinking of a good one, and the first thing that came to mind was when I got box braid extensions for the first time. I had the braids in for about 3 months and my hair had grown a bit and you know the usual stuff. The time came for me to remove the braids, which I did. I then headed for the shower and proceeded to wash my hair. Little did I know that I would be struggling to the point of no return to detangle my transitioning hair, filled with lint. It took me almost 2 hours and I broke down crying a few times. I learned my lesson though.
Tip: Comb lint out of hair before washing. LOL
How did you educate yourself about natural hair? I read blogs, searched the internet, attended events, asked questions on social media, or took tips from family members.
What type of routine do you follow? Pretty much weekly shampoo, condition, adding a leave-in, and sealing with an oil. I may even add a deep condition and/or steam treatment from time to time. I also like to keep my hair in protective styles during the winter since I’m pretty lazy with doing my hair and it gives me a break.
What are your favorite hair products? I am a recovering product junkie but I now have Karen’s Body Beautiful products in heavy rotation.
Do you have any advice for our new naturals?
Embrace every single moment of your journey. Take time to learn your own journey. Your hair is like NO ONE else.
Do you have any regrets? Thinking that taking care of natural hair was easier than relaxed hair. Hah
How can we follow you and your hair?
Facebook: Aphrodite Kinks
Much love and thanks to BkAphrodite for the interview. It was a thrill to share this, especially after visiting your blog many times in the past! You are beautiful and it was an experience to learn more about you and share with readers of FleurdeCurl!
I’ve hit 3 years since I Big Chopped my hair. I decided since today was my Big Chop Birthday and my actual birthday, I’d straighten the curls for a few days.
LOL. Here is what happened after a little trim:
I also composed a little slide show of where I’ve been in my hair journey. If you have 3 minutes, you should check it out… LOL
Fleur de Curl
A couple of years ago, I was turned on to Barry Fletcher’s Hair Products by a close friend of mine who has been natural for years. When I first visited her home, she invited me to these huge jars of product and told me that they worked wonders on her hair. She had nothing but good things to say about the company and the stylist himself—Barry Fletcher. I was intrigued, took down the website address and further did some investigation about this man and his hair care products. When consulting with my master stylist, John Washington, he told me he worked with Barry Fletcher in the past and he was quite the hair stylist. He told me that Barry came down to Louisiana more than one time and he was highly regarded with the stylists in Southwestern Louisiana. I also saw that there was an expansive hair show in Lake Charles…which is about 2 hours from here…that invited Barry Fletcher recently. I missed the show, but finally, I did some research on the man and his products. I was very impressed and decided to order some of his natural hair care line and try them out. I will attach some videos that I found about him at the bottom of this review in case you have any questions regarding the stylist, his salon and his products.
I ordered three of his products and will be reviewing them separately. My first purchase consisted of the Twist Like This Herbal Putty, Thick N Slick Custard, and Moisture Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner. Today we will be visiting the Twist Like This Herbal Putty which I cannot wait to share with you how much I love.
Of course, I’ll begin with a disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review. I purchased these products with my own dough…Barry Fletcher products or anyone associated with the company have no idea I am writing this review. I am basically writing this review to give you more options when shopping for hair care products due to my personal experience using the products.
Price: Ok, so this is always the game changer for me. Since moving into my own home and taking on more responsibilities, price is a big factor for me when shopping for products. I had no problem purchasing the Barry Fletcher product line mainly because of the price compared to the amount of product that you get. www.barryfletcher.com sells the Twist Like This Herbal Putty in 3 sizes. If you want to try it, I would recommend purchasing the 4 oz jar for $7.99. This will last you a good while. I will talk about this later, but a little of this product goes a LONG way and for the price, this is an awesome deal. The 16 oz is priced at $17.00 and you can get 32 oz for $30.00.
Scent: I can best describe the scent of this product as clean and herbal. If you are looking for something fruity or flowery, this is not the scent for you. It is very clean smelling and bearable and I personally do not mind it at all. I know a lot of product junkies go for smell first, but if you can hack the ‘herbal’ scent, then this product will not be a problem for you.
Ingredients: African Shea Butter, Soybean Oil, Oatmeal, Bees Wax, Aloe Vera, Wheat Germ, Biotin, Selenium, Vitamins B&E
My Overall Review:
I think I hit the jackpot. I love this product. I applied a small amount to my hair on a Thursday evening and made small twists all over my head. I wore the twists for 3 to 4 days. They stayed in place…did not unravel…did not move. If anyone knows about my hair, twists usually last 2 days for me because my hair is fine and kind of thin. I unraveled the twists after the 4th day and wore my hair in a twist out. My hair was very shiny and defined. Mind you, I did not use any product in my hair in a 4 day stretch. I unraveled my twists with a little bit of oil on my fingertips. The day after, I wore my twist out again. My hair was still defined and moisturized. I didn’t have to add any product to my hair at all. I also took a nap on my twist out and woke up to find my hair was still defined and moisturized. (that was not planned…lol) My ends did not tangle during this time also and I was very shocked that in a 5 day period, I did not have to add more product. I will be washing my hair more frequently while using this product though…since it has Bees Wax as an ingredient.
The consistency of this product is very thick and putty like. Mr. Fletcher says that the product ‘sets’ the hair. I totally agree. My twists were ‘set’…they stayed in place and were very neat the days that I wore them. I really love the moisture retention that I received while using the product and I am so excited that my twists are very defined…and in place…
Did I mention that it’s been raining cats and dogs over here also…so with the humidity out, getting minimal frizz with a product I applied 5 days ago is pretty sweet…even if I say so myself.
My overall review of this product is that I really dig it so far. I don’t have to use much of it…it helps me achieve my very low maintenance natural lifestyle and the price is very right. Because of the thickness of the product and the ingredients in the product, I will have to wash my hair more often to avoid product build up.
I’ve attached some videos from Barry Fletcher so you can learn more about the products and the man himself!
My first and most vivid memories of Chawana were her wearing braids all of the time. I loved them because, if you all didn’t know, I adore braids and locks. One day, out of the blue, I see Chawana wearing a beautiful curly puff. I knew that all of those months of transitioning was the beginning of her natural hair journey…I had no idea that in the time since then, we would turn in to close friends and share natural hair journeys and tips with each other. She is also my sista in protective styles…LOL. I’ve learned a lot from Chawana… but one of the greatest things that I can take from her is, even if you are 3 years deep in your natural hair journey–as I am…you can always learn from others…even if it seems as if their journey has just begun. I’ve learned a lot and I hope that you guys will too.
Here is what Chawana had to say in her interview with me:
FDC: Tell me about yourself and how you decided to go natural.
My name is Chawana. I have been natural for almost 1 year. I transitioned for about 10 months.
I accidentally fell into the natural world. It was not a plan but I didn’t want to put the relaxer as my hair wasn’t healthy and thinning quite a bit. Once I had gone without the creamy crack, I began researching how to care for natural hair and viola!
I would describe my hair as 4c overall but I noticed lately my front is 4b.
I am a product junkie. I try hard to stick with the essential oils (olive oil, black castor oil, tea tree oil and coconut oil). I like the Giovanni Direct leave in conditioner and my own fluffy shea butter. I co-wash with Tressemme silicone free and my latest dc is avocado, olive oil, and raw shea butter. I don’t use the Shea Moisture line anymore I didn’t find it did anything for my hair.
I am a mother of two beautiful girls. I love them to death.
My family didn’t care or didn’t voice their opinions because they know I will do what satisfies me. My husband initially was like do what you want it is your hair; however, he felt I was spending way more money on keeping my hair healthy than I did with a relaxer. My friends are like are you ever going to go back to a relaxer? My answer, “No”. Who cares about my co-workers…no really…lol.
My fave hairstyle is the twist out. It is what I go to in almost all cases.
Next up, I will share more on how Chawana cares for her two daughter’s hair while she cares for her own with her busy schedule…
Liked Chawana’s interview? You can follow her on Instagram for all of her life and natural hair musings: ceece_charles
until next time…
Of course while I was walking around work a few weeks ago, one of my good natural friends and co-workers stopped me to show me what she found in the break room. It was a flyer for a natural hair meetup that was occurring a few weeks and advance and we were excited to see that there were more natural hair meetups and shows occurring in the area. She immediately told me that she wanted to go and we decided that on Friday, August 30, we would attend the “Hair Care 101″ meetup by Kinks, Koils & Kurls.edu.
I had no idea what to expect and honestly didn’t know that this event would turn out a good amount of people. Living in Lafayette, I was not too sure about how many naturals we had in the general area and if they were dedicated enough to show up for a meet up. To my surprise, when I arrived at the meetup almost 10 minutes late, the parking lot of the Clifton Chenier Center was pretty full and a few of my favorite naturals from the area were already there in line and waiting. I became more excited as we walked into the auditorium and began our education on healthy hair care to perfect more pride in our choice to wear our hair natural.
My favorite point of the night was when the stylist showed a beautiful hairstyle of locs. Of course, you know how much I adore locs so I was very excited to see a twist out achieved on 6-year-old locs by one of the most beautiful loc models I’ve seen in a while…and yes I am bias…but I’m skipping along.
The meetup was presented by a Natural Hair stylist in the area named Amanda who owns Uzuri Styles & Textures which is a natural hair salon in Lafayette. Just being there and learning that there was a natural hair salon in Lafayette was enough for me. I was so excited to see that once again…something that is so rare in this area is actual alive and thriving…and now here is a place where naturals can get the attention that they need. If you are in the Lafayette area, I definitely recommend you call up the salon and check out Amanda (337-501-4166). She knew her stuff regarding natural hair and taught us the basics and dos and don’ts for growing and achieving healthy natural hair. She also presented different styling options on 3 different natural hair models on stage. The styles were quick and easy to achieve.
In retrospect, I enjoyed my night with my awesome natural hair company and the awesome education that I was provided at the meetup. We need more meetups in Lafayette or just in SW Louisiana in general and I am so excited to see that we have another thriving natural hair salon that is not 50 miles away.
Here are some snapshots that I took at the event:
I am always a fly on the wall at these events and didn’t actually speak with the organizers of the event because 1..I arrived last minute…and 2…I had to get out of there in a hurry to see Earth, Wind and Fire on HSN for 10 PM. So this is just a…hm…what’s the word…disclaimer that I am not promoting any specific business or stylist. I just believe in supporting our thriving natural hair stylists and salons…so please if you are in the area and you are looking for a natural hair stylist, check out Amanda at Uzuri Styles & Textures at 300 Thorton St, Suite C in Lafayette, LA. 337-501-4166.
Until Next Time Readers…
(It’s time for EWF)