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Latiesha Olive shares the SECRETS of Butters, Moisture & hair growth.

Latiesha Olive - Photo by: Always Divine Photography (Jennifer Mosley)

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About Latiesha, the woman behind ‘Beautiful Natural Curls’!

Latiesha was constantly getting questions about her hair. Not just from women but men too. So she decided to make a channel to educate on the proper way to care for natural hair. She recently went back to school for cosmetology to be able to educate better, and just graduated with Honors in September 2018. Latiesha vlogs about beauty, lifestyle , fashions , hair products and her faith.

Haircare products that every black woman needs in her house

Products can be tricky because everything doesn’t work for all hair types. That’s honestly the main frustration of people who I speak to, about their hair. My suggestion is to start with moisturizing products starting from Shampooing ,Conditioning, Deep Conditioning and Leave in Conditioner. This is the base of any style that you do. If your hair is not moisturized and nourished at this  state your style is not going to have the proper results.

Latiesha’s favourite top 5 hair products!

My hair loves butters and moisture because I’m prone to dryness. Some lines that I love are Deva Curl, Vanessa’s Essence, Product Junkie Naturals, Curl Smiler and My Fluffy Puffs. These are some lines that really cater to the hair from the research behind the ingredients and the type of products they have available.

What is the best way to grow our hair?

What are the best protective hairstyles?

Twist outs and braid outs are my favorites because you can wear the twists or braids until you’re ready to take them down giving you 2 styles in 1.

Latiesha Olive
Latiesha Olive
Photo by: Always Divine Photography (Jennifer Mosley)

What are the most damaging hairstyles and hair products?

I like braids, wigs, and weaves but I feel like we haven’t been properly educated on maintenance of our hair and sometimes these styles give more damage to the hair. To combat that make sure that your hair is properly treated before the style. That way you are insuring that your hair is in the healthiest state beforehand.

Some of the most damaging products are products that aren’t being used properly. Example; nothing wrong with a gel but you should have a moisturizer applied before to combat the dryness that the gel may give your hair. It’s all in the education of the hair and products.

What technique is the best to create bouncing curls in our hair?

The best way to achieve bouncy curls is really based on the what way the hair is styled.

For a wash and go- do the shingling method to make sure the product is on every curl and allow the hair to dry completely. Use a curling custard product (that has the hold of a gel and a styler together. Super Stretch by DevaCurl is a product like that).

Flexi rods is another style that can achieve curls like that. Use foam when styling to achieve light flowing curls.

Latiesha Olive

What is the biggest myth about hair colouring & hair straightening?

The biggest myth about hair coloring;

The biggest myth is that you will reach the lightest color in one application. That would be so damaging to the hair. There are levels ranging from 1 to 10. 1 being the darkest. 10 being the lightest. When you lift the hair using bleach and developer you don’t know what shade the hair will lift and how fast. Over-processing leads to severe damage.

Have a stylist who will take care of your hair and lift the hair properly. Most naturals hair has to be lifted (bleached) for the color to deposit. Box colours contain some form of lifting agents in them, not properly used can damage the hair.

Biggest myth about hair straightening;

The hair won’t revert back to curly. Not true. Heat protectant is a must when straightening the hair. Also making sure you are using a good moisturizing product when shampooing and conditioning. I recommend Design essential products or Silk Out System when doing thermal( heat styles).

KEEP UP WITH LATIESHA TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NATURAL HAIR!

You can find her at Beautiful Natural Curls on YouTube, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest

Bnaturalcurls on Instagram Snapchat and Twitter

Website coming soon www.BeautifulNaturalCurls.com

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    Gordon Sana & Mathilda Ajibade starring in a commercial for A.F.P./Unidex

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    “Food plays an important role in African cultures. With food we celebrate our diverse traditions. Through our food we show where we come from. We bond over food, welcoming family and friends to our dinner table. A.F.P. (African Food Products) provides you with a broad range of products used in African cuisine that have the real African flavours that you know and love. Choosing A.F.P. means celebrating your heritage, whether you eat by yourself, together with family and friends or with your whole community. A.F.P. products are imported directly from the source in order to provide the highest quality available in the market. A.F.P. guarantees you the same quality as you bought last time. So no surprises when preparing food for your daily dinner or special occasions.” – (A.F.P. Unidex Holland)

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    Watch our Faces of Melanin Wonder 2022 Afranina Cruden & Ruben Constantyn  Dorn in a commercial for A.F.P. ( African Food Products) / Unidex

    “Food plays an important role in African cultures. With food we celebrate our diverse traditions. Through our food we show where we come from. We bond over food, welcoming family and friends to our dinner table. A.F.P. (African Food Products) provides you with a broad range of products used in African cuisine that have the real African flavours that you know and love. Choosing A.F.P. means celebrating your heritage, whether you eat by yourself, together with family and friends or with your whole community. A.F.P. products are imported directly from the source in order to provide the highest quality available in the market. A.F.P. guarantees you the same quality as you bought last time. So no surprises when preparing food for your daily dinner or special occasions.” – (A.F.P. Unidex Holland)

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    Aaron West, extremely passionate about inspiring change in others

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    Can you introduce yourself?

    So, my full name is Aaron West, I am 31, Black and proud and I was born and mostly raised in Shreveport, Louisiana by my mom and grandparents. My mom moved my twin brother, little sister and I from Shreveport to Houston when I was 15 after she graduated from college and I’ve been here ever since. I would say I had a pseudo-rural upbringing in Shreveport because it was a slower city compared to Houston.

    I say this not to imply we lived on a farm and milked cows but basically Shreveport as a city was far behind what Houston was in terms of modern black culture like fashion, music etc. Upon arriving to Houston I really started to think I was living on BET because everything and everyone was so cool and fashion forward lol. My brother, sister and I played most sports growing up to stay busy and I think that is probably where I grew to love Fitness.

    What are you passionate about?

    I am extremely, extremely, extremely, passionate about inspiring change in others. I would say I simply love to see people change their bodies or achieve their fitness goals, because I’m a personal trainer, but it’s so much deeper than that. For me it’s all about helping others understand what can be done with a little effort. Nothing and no one can make me feel as I do in the moment that someone who I talked to previously about where I see them going with their body remembers that conversation while presently living in that body we talked about in the past.

    I own a personal training studio where I conduct one-on-one sessions with clients and sure we talk about fitness but it is not uncommon for us to also talk about other life goals, in-fact we probably talk about more life coaching type things than anything else, I really just enjoy helping people reach their full potential in every facet of life.

     

    Aaron ripped in front of a grafitti wall

    Aaron ripped in front of a grafitti wall

     

    What is your profession?

    My profession is complex but if I had to label it I would say I am an entrepreneur because I create things. Currently I am operating as personal trainer in my personal training studio but I have goals of becoming a motivational speaker and I also plan to start a few non-profits and other business outside of fitness.

    How long have you owned ur fitness business?

    By the grace of God my business has been open for almost 3 years. I started Almost PerFit Fitness after graduating from University of Houston and having a hard time finding what I considered a “real job”. I was still working for a local gym as a personal trainer and as a very broke post-college grad I figured that there was no better time to start a business than at the bottom, that way me and Almost PerFit Fitness( the business) literally would grow together.

    With no real business plan I simply started training clients on the side in parks for less than what they would pay at the gym but was able to pocket more than what the gym was paying me. As business grew I decided to rent a space add some fitness equipment “wollah” i was in business on your own.

     

    Aaron at the beach rocking his sunglasses

    Aaron at the beach rocking his sunglasses

     

    How do make sure your clients eat healthy?

    I usually cannot really control how my clients eat so once I design the meal plan best tailored to their needs I focus on making sure they understand how eating wrong can impact their fitness goals. I’ve found that the more they understand the better their food decisions would be. I weigh my clients in weekly to track progress towards or away from their goal and then make adjustments.

    Why start your own business?

    I would now presently answer this question with “why not?” but honestly I never considered working for myself until I realized that I was worth more than what someone was willing to pay me to do a job I could create on my own. It is actually something I heard “Master P” of No Limit records say about his decision to start independent. I don’t think entrepreneurship is for everyone but it is definitely worth a shot if you are passionate about adding value to someone’s life with a service or product.

     

    Aaron rocking his Powerful Beard

    Aaron rocking his Powerful Beard

     

    Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

    In five years I see myself in the fitness industry. I actually plan to remain in the industry for the rest of my life but as a trainer to trainers as opposed to simply a trainer. I would like to have a larger platform to help more people in various ways.

    Do you have other hobbies or crazy habits?

    Aside from working out I really enjoy photography. I actually do most of my own photography for promotional flyers, social media marketing etc with a Nikon D330. I’m a self professed student to the craft and I’m also actively learning more about editing software. Me and my girlfriend are learning a few actually to help with our couples YouTube channel.

    I have one habit that I think is pretty crazy, I am constantly stretching my body trying to get comfortable from multiple weekly workouts. I’ll be in bed literally popping and stretching until I finally fall asleep. It’s actually pretty common in the bodybuilding world and I wouldn’t say it’s painful but at every opportunity I feel the need to stretch my muscles/joints out I am probably going to stop everything I’m doing and do it, it’s weird but it feels so necessary. Other than that I’m just a guy .*lol*

    Check out his Instagram for more about his business and some stunning pictures!

     

    Aaron West entrepreneur and health coach

    Aaron West entrepreneur and health coach

     

     

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    These Amsterdam Based Spaces are the Place to Be! LOLA BAE Collective

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    The Events in Creative Culture returns

    The Open day Organised by BAE in collaboration with quarter manager of Paasheuvelweg 8, Yves Saïdi (EFE) was a great succes. BAE manages buildings for temporary use. The building on the Paasheuvelweg 6 is managed by quarter makers Sharon Amritpersad and Alex Benton(the New Amsterdam). As creative and affordable spaces in Amsterdam, the creative events are back!

    After a tumultuous time we are gradually getting back to ‘normal’. On the 4th of September LOLA BAE re-opened the space at the Paasheuvelweg 6 and 8 to show us that they have been working (in silence). The spaces found in these two buildings are suitable for everything and everyone from: social-cultural events, small business owners, office space, photo/video shoots and so much more. Anything you can imagine is possible at this location.

    Photo by Jonny Clow

    LOLA BAE vacancy management collective

    The abbreviation LOLA stands for “Leegstand Oplossers Amsterdam”. LOLA focuses on vacancy management of several sites and locations in Amsterdam and Utrecht area. BAE manages work-spaces on a temporary basis. Mostly for starters, social-cultural organisations, artists, creatives and spirits who just have an idea and want to act on it. They now manage about 3 buildings and spaces that they loan out to starting businesses, artists and other creative talents. Way to go BAE! We love the concept, we had a sneak peak into the world of BAE on the smashing opening event at Paasheuvelweg 6 and 8, in Amsterdam South East.

     

    Creative Crowd

    For a secluded eventspace in a Bustling Amsterdam neighbourhood BAE is the place to be! Remember EFE VENUE? They were one of the organising parties of this re-opening event and they did a great job. The vibe was mellow and had a Atlanta Parking Lot block party energy to it.

    People of all ages, races, different branches and divers scenes and cultures came together to christen the building and work out on the dancefloor! Did we mention Q’s Kitchen and the amazing BBQ grill from Millie’s BBQ that served us the most succulent and juicy ribs and chicken we’ve tasted so far! <3 

    The day was packed with a marketplace (all market stands are users of the building), an urban fashionshow by the likes of Plain Amsterdam and BodiebyCinnArtists and open air performances. Artists such as Pearl Ramos and DJ Gwnjurr graced the outdoor stage. This season kickoff was a night to remember, loads of food, music, DJ’s and an open stage. This creative walhalla is the place to be for everyone and you are welcome to visit or rent your space at any given time. Everyone can feel welcome in this non-judgemental and free spirited space!

     

    Keep an eye on BAE! Join their creative community to see who is behind this amazing concept of an rentable/borrowable open space for events and mostly local business owners. These spaces are the place to be in Amsterdam! 

     

    WANT TO KNW ABOUT THE VIBE CHECK OUT LOLA BAE’S LAST OPENING

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