Afro Alice has interviewed this week an exquisite young Haitian woman with natural hair who lives in Turkey and use her gift to create original clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry.  Read on as you get to know the face behind FANM MON: Sophia.

  • Tell us about you.

I am a woman, mother, wife, lover of life, nature and all living things except mosquitoes. Lol

  • Tell us about Fanm Mon.

Fanm Mon is a brand with a primary focus on handmade designs. The brand offers quality, one of kind products mostly. The designs are extremely original, and capture the attention of a selective few.

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  • Why the name FANM MON?

I wanted something organic that all Haitians would automatically understand once heard. I decided on the name because it felt right. I identify with such women/people of my culture. I was not brought up in a closed zuzufied environment. So growing up in Haiti, I had the opportunity to witness the difference between a woman who had her maids do everything for her, verse the machane promenading the streets with heavy loads on their head in order to take care of everyone, and most of the time, they are not able to take care of themselves. So at a very early age, I deeply embraced such efforts, resilience, and strength. When we talk of a Haitian woman, a Fanm Mon comes to mind for me automatically. History proves that I am right up to this day, lets take a look at Haitian art, it is not the woman going to get her hair and nails done every week that is drawn, rather the ones caring the heavy load, the farmers, those who were not educated in the class room but have been nature’s most attentive students. So Fanm Mon is my attempt to help Haitians to see the value of our people regardless of their back ground. Nomads exist all over the world and are respected for what they have to offer their countries and the world, we need to embrace our own the same.

  • Tell us about your creations.

They are what they are, for who they are meant to be. This is what I love about what I make. I did take the advice of my husband and try to make some clothes that were “regular to most’ but I have decided stick to my calling, Fanm Mon is not about catering to the mass, I prefer its essence to be raw from all aspects. I am not a person who thinks, sees, and live life, like the majority of people on earth, and there are many individuals like me, who would connect to my art. I much prefer to create for myself and such people, not the majority. The designs that are liked by the mass are easy to find, so I will let mine work remain the elephant in the room!


  • When and why did you return natural?

I have always been natural, entering High School, I wanted a perm so bad, but I mom was against it. When she finally said ok, she permed my hair and allowed me to burn, the feeling of my scalp melting of off my head, was enough for me. From that experience on, I have been either balding my head, or rocking my hair as is. It was not easy in the 90s, imagine in 1994, when all girls wanted to look like Aaliyah, I was walking around with no hair or a fro. Needless to say I had many bad looks, and murmurs, and even being pulled aside by some Haitians advising me, my hair style is not lady-like, lol. My aunts would try to talk me into a perm, but I remained true to myself and I think everyone accepted it after some points. I was not bothered by their dislike, and even at 14,  I was so head strong, my aunts and other neighbors accepted, but considered me the “grin gauche”.

  • How did people surrounding you react to the change?

They could not understand it, but I made it clear it was their issue and not mine.

  • Who were your supporters? Your hairspirations?

In 94? No one. I was my inspiration! My heart would rejoice at the sight of another natural or bald sister, but that was it. It was not so common.

  • What is your current hair regimen?

I used soaps made in turkey by the nomads, and also baby shampoo (rarely). I put aside all of my vegetable/fruit peals, I have lots of aloe vera, cactus, hibiscus, and other plants/herbs that I soak in hot water, for rinse.

  • What are your top 5 products to care for your hair?

None, I use only what I make, I have castor plant in my yard and make my own oil from the green and red plant. In the event I run out, the option would be natural oils from the herbal shops.

  • What do you like most about being natural?

For me it is convenience, by the way, I will say I am not the type who worries much about my hair, I do not put so much time into styling it, I just let it be. I recently cut my hair, and will do a style per month, until I reach the point of balding it, hopefully by July.

  • What do you think about the growing natural hair community in Haiti?

It is wonderful, it is very much needed in our culture, we need to embrace ourselves, natural beauty, and approve our beauty based on our standards and that of our ancestors!

  • A message to the existing, upcoming and potential natural hair community?

To remain true to who you are, do not make temporary decisions based on what is in vogue; embrace yourselves and sisters as we naturally are. Most importantly, be beautiful and natural from within.



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Ingredients you need:
1/2 glass of greek yogurt
3 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil
8 tablespoons of raw chocolate or cacao powder

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Wash your hair with your shampoo or cleanser of preference. Apply the mixture on your clean hair. Put on a plastic bonnet. Leave it for one hour. Rinse the mixture out

Olive oil nourishes your hair scalp, moisturizes your hair and makes it shine. Coconut oil does the same and adding to it, prevents dandruff and bacteria and fights them too. Chocolate is rich in vitamins, magnesium and oxidants. As a result, it leaves the hair shiny, voluminous, strong and manageable.

Who can do it
Transitioning and natural individuals only can use this recipe.

This is a protein treatment and can be done ONLY once per month on healthy and balanced hair unless otherwise requested after a wet hair test.

Don’t forget to share pictures of how you used the recipe with us.

We wish you all a nice weekend and look forward to sharing another recipe with you next Friday. For suggestions, please email us at or 34878664


Ingredients you need:

1/2 tablespoon of conditioner (whichever you use)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil
1 cup of mixed fruits (whatever you have available and want to use)

Stir or blend the fruits. Then, add the conditioner to the mixture. Mix well then add the oil and mix it again.

Wash your hair with your shampoo or cleanser of preference. Apply the mixture on your clean hair. Put on a plastic bonnet. Leave it for one hour. Rinse the mixture out with lukewarm water and lastly rinse your hair with cold water.

Olive oil nourishes your hair scalp, moisturizes your hair and makes it shine. Coconut oil does the same and adding to it, prevents dandruff and bacteria and fights them too. Your conditioner will surely smoothen your hair.

Who can do it
Transitioning and natural individuals only can use this recipe. If you have permed hair, just mix olive oil and your conditioner to apply to your hair

Please make sure, the mixture is well blended to avoid flakes in your hair.

Don’t forget to share pictures of how you used the recipe with us.

We wish you all a nice weekend and look forward to sharing another recipe with you next Friday. For suggestions, please email us at



Is called a protective style by the natural hair community, any hairstyle where your hair ends are tucked away from any factor that could damage it (manipulation, environment) to retain length as your scalp hair grows

Some examples of protective styling are the cornrows, the roll and tuck, the bun, braids in general, etc.


Protective styling is different from low manipulation styling. Finger coils, for instance, are low manipulation but not protective. While there are some hairstyles who are both protective and low manipulation, low manipulation and protective styling are different.


Your hair cannot be breaking, tangling and falling if your hair was on PROTECTIVE styling. However, it happens to several women with natural hair after protective styling. Others do not handle their protective styles appropriately. In the following posts, we will consider some dos and donts of protective styling

Your hair always needs moisture whether in protective style or not. Make sure you protective style clean and moisturized hair and continue moisturizing your hair while protective styling. If not, your hair will be dry, which will cause breakage.



Put aside water, you need to use oils to lock the moisture in your hair. You cannot achieve any length retention without moisture retention.


Although some people like to set their hair very tight, it is not recommended for effective protective styling. Tension on the hair causes the scalp to be irritated and to fall. You can achieve beautiful styles WITHOUT tightening your hair.




You surely do not protective style to grow a wild flora in your head. Therefore, make sure you regularly clean your hair and you keep your hair for 6-8 weeks to the maximum. Otherwise, your hair will be matted and tangled which will cause it to break. If you really want to protect your hair, keept it clean and don’t overkeep it.



What you will need:
1/2 cup of flat beer
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 raw egg


Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix them well.

Wash your hair with shampoo or cleanse it then add the mixture to your hair. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse it thoroughly.

Beer restores damaged hair, gives it body and shine, make it thick and strong. Coconut oil moisturizes, nourishes your hair, prevents breakage, fights dandruff and split ends and makes your hair shine. Egg increases oxygen supply, improves blood circulation, fight dandruff, makes your hair moisturized and shiny.

Who can use this recipe
Natural, transitioning and perm hair can use the mask. It is very recommended for people fighting dandruff

The mask consistency is liquid, make sure you do not mess around while applying it. It’s a protein treatment and should be applied once a month (for healthy hair) and twice a month (if you have protein unbalance).

Don’t forget to share pictures of how you used the recipe with us.

We wish you all a nice weekend and look forward to sharing another recipe with you next Friday. For suggestions, please email us at


Our mask recipe for the week:


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Ingredients you will need:
2 tablespoons of oats
3 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix the oats with the olive in a blender to avoid flakes in your hair.

Apply the mixture to your hair scalp. Massage it in for two minutes and leave it for 15 minutes. Shampoo/cleanse and condition your hair afterward.

Olive oil moisturizes and nourishes your hair and makes it shine. Oats is a great protein and fiber source for your hair and exfoliates the scalp.

Who can use this recipe
Any transitioning, permed or natural hair individual can use that recipe.

Please make sure, the mixture is well blended to avoid flakes in your hair.

Don’t forget to share pictures of how you used the recipe with us.

We wish you all a nice weekend and look forward to sharing another recipe with you next Friday. For suggestions, please email us at

Preventing & Treating Thin Edges – The Causes, Dos & Donts

We decided to share Sabrina Perkins‘ tips in her article about avoiding and treating thin edges with you all because we’ve noticed how frequent it is for Haitian natural women to have thin edges.

We will go over the causes of thin edges, the dos and donts.

Here is a list of possible causes of thinning edges: perm, weave, aging, pregnancy, postpartum, surgery, hypothyroidism, permanent illness like iron deficiency, scalp conditions, improper food intake and excessive styling of hair.


The does to avoid and treat thin edges
– Massage the hair scalp to increase blood circulation as blood flow brings nutrients and oxygen to the scalp, which aid in growth.
-Oil massage the hair with growth oils like castor oil, rosemary oil, Vitamin E oil, Avocado oil, coconut oil, etc.
– Avoid the edges when applying makeup or skin care products
– Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase or with a satin or silk bonnet to retain moisture in your hair and avoid hair breakage


The donts for fuller edges
– Don’t wear tight hairstyles
– Don’t use glues, adhesives and wig caps (they prevent your scalp from breathing)
– Don’t use tight satin bonnets
– Don’t use brushes and edge control gels. Leave your edges alone.

Annie Christine Emilcar

Afro Alice


We usually share our natural hair care recipe on our Facebook Page every Friday.  But, to accommodate a broader audience, we are sharing the recipe of the week on the blog both in Haitian Creole & English.


Ingredients you will need:
2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of coconut milk
3 tablespoons of hibiscus powder

Mix the hibiscus powder with the honey in a bowl. Then, add the coconut milk to the mixture. Stir well.

Cleanse your hair with your sulfate free, paraben free and silicone free shampoo or cleanser. Apply the mixture all over your hair and massage it to the roots. Leave it for one hour than rinse your hair.

Coconut milk moisturizes and makes your hair shine. Honey is a natural humectant and smoothens your hair. Hibiscus increases circulation in your scalp, prevents split ends, soothes the scalp, thickens and defines your hair (look at the picture). After the mask, your hair shines, is defines and manageable.

Who can use this recipe
Any transitioning or natural hair individual can use that recipe. For permed hair, use the powder with your conditioner for better results.

Where can you find hibiscus powder
If you are in Haiti, you can find it at Kay Afro Alice or at Onaturell. If you are abroad, you can look for it at any ayurveda store online or at your site.

Please make sure, the mixture as the proper consistency not to create a mess on your clothes or in your surroundings.

Don’t forget to share pictures of how you used the recipe with us.

We wish you all a nice weekend and look forward to sharing another recipe with you next Friday. For suggestions, please email us at

The Current Most Trendy African Hairstyles

As a natural hair enthusiast, I keep a close eye on the evoluating world of natural hair and afro textured styles and based on my observation during the past three months or so, below are the current trendiest hairstyles in the natural hair community.

1- Faux Locks

Faux locs are protective styles performed with yarn or marley bulk hair or regular kanekalon hair to achieve dread locks. They are great options for people who want to try the dread look without having to actually lock their hair and people who are thinking about locking their hair and rock them as the “trial look”.  Whether your hair is permed, texturized or natural, you can wear faux locks.  The look became even more known when Disney Star,  Zendaya Coleman, wore faux locks to the latest Oscars and sparked one fashion critic who insinuated prejudices about her look.


Faux locs bun


Faux locs on curly hair


2- Crochet Braids

Crochet braids are protective styling performed on flat twisted or cornrowed hair where a latchhook is used to insert the braid under the braided hair to create the do.  They are great transitioning styles. They are a great alternative for people who want to wear another hair color without coloring their own hair and they work great to achieve fuller hairstyles.


Kay Afro Alice Natural Hair Salon

Kay Afro Alice Natural Hair Salon


3- Havana Twists

Havana twists are medium-sized or big chunky senegalese twists created with Marley bulk hair or any  full afro textured braiding hair. They look great, do not take time to do and take down.

Havana bun

Havana bun

Havana twist

Havana twist


4- Ombré Hair Coloring 

The Ombré hair coloring is applying color gradually to your hair ends.  It looks better on medium to long hair. You dye your ends with a brush that gradually distribute the color with different highlights.

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Which one of these looks have you already tried?


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Kay Afro Alice

Some Habits Causing your Hair Growth To Reduce

Many naturals in the community are complaining about their hair not growing enough, not growing at all or about their hair having stopped to grow.  In our little talk on our Facebook page today, we discussed three little habits that could cause your hair to stop growing:

1- If you do not sleep enough- While you are sleeping, your body rejuvenates, repairs, renews.  If you keep on missing the amount of sleep your body needs to do this job, then, your body, skin and hair will be affected.


2- If your vitamin intake is low – Your body needs nutrients to function properly. Those vitamins boost up your body, your health and of course, your hair too.  Make sure your intake of iron, zinc and other vitamins are sufficient to promote hair growth.


3- If you do not drink enough water – No need to drown yourself but you definitely need to drink enough water to allow blood circulation, follicle nutrients to travel and of course for your hair to be moisturized from within.  Water as well as water found in fruits and vegetables can help a great deal.


How much sleep do you have everyday?  How healthy is your diet?  What amount of water do you drink everyday?

Curly in our Neighborhood- Vwazin nou ak Cheve Natirel – Carolina Contreras- Miss Rizos

If you are in Haiti or a fan of our Facebook page Afro Alice, you surely know we will host a natural hair event tomorrow and our special guest is Carolina Contreras or Miss Rizos.  We’ve taken the time to interview her so that you can get to know more about her. Read on.

Si w ann Ayiti osinon si w se yon abone paj Facebook nou an, ou okouran ke n ap gen yon ti rankont demen swa nan Petyonvil epi moun ki envite spesyal nou an rele Carolina Contreras oswa Miss Rizos. Nou sispek ou anvi konn plis sou li e nou te pran tan entevyouwe l pouwou.  Li pou w wè.

Carolina Contreras Miss Rizos

Carolina Contreras
Miss Rizos


1- Tell us about yourself. Palem de wou

I was born in the Dominican Republic, but spent most of my life in Boston, Massachusetts. I studied French and Peace and Justice studies in college, which allowed me travel to many parts of the world. I love learning new languages, exploring the world and eating great food!

Mwen fèt Repiblik Dominikèn men mwen leve Boston ki nan eta Massachusetts.  Mwen etidye Fransè epi m fè lot etid ki gen rapo ak jistis ak lapè, sa ki pemet mwen vizite anpil kote nan lemonnantye.  Mwen renmen aprann nouvo lang, eksplore toupatou epi manje bon manje.

2- Tell us about Miss Rizos.  Pale nou de Miss Rizos 
About 5 years ago I decided to move back to the Dominican Republic and about 6 months into my trip I decided to return to my natural hair. So many women were asking a million questions like how I did it and what products I was using etc. so I decided to create an online space in Spanish to tackle these questions and to inspire women to love themselves just the way they are, naturally.
It started with just 25 readers, mostly my family members and then all of sudden it just grew to thousands of people from all around the world! It’s amazing and how much inspiration I get from the readers of the blog!
Sa fe senkan depi mwen deside retounen al viv nan peyi m te fet la epi si mwa apre mwen te retounen Sendomeng, mwen te deside retounen natirèl.  Anpil fanm tap pozem kesyon sou koman mwen te fe retounen natirel epi ki pwodui mwen itilize, se konsa mwen te kreye yon blog nan lang panyol pou ede medam sa yo epi pou enspire yo aprann renmen tet yo jan yo ye a.
M te komanse ak 25 lektè- moun nan fanmi m sitou epi yon sel kou mwen fin gen yon paket milye moun nan lemonnantye ki vin lektè blog mwen an.  Mwen renmen sa epi moun sa yo enspire m anpil.
3- we are very happy that you will be visiting our country in three days. How excited are you about it?  Nou kontan ke w ap vin vizite peyi nou nan kek jou.  Koman w santi w parapo ak eksperyans sa w pral fe a?
I’m beyond excited! In 2010 and 2011 I got to work in the border towns, but this will actually be my first time in the capital. Growing up in Somerville (right outside of Boston), my best friends and boyfriends were mostly Haitians and I ate lots of Griot and Poison with rice and piclis! So, I’ll go ahead and be honest and say that I’m excited to eat some Haitian food!
What I’m most excited about though, is meeting other women who have opted to rock their fros! I want to learn some tips and tricks from the women there and share some of the knowledge I’ve accumulated in the past years.
Mwen two kontan!  Mwen te pase Ayiti deja nan lane 2010 ak 2011 men se te nan vil ki toupre fwontyè a, kidonk se ap premye fwa map vini nan kapital la.  Lem te Somerville (yon kote ki andeyo Boston), pi bon zanmi m yo ak menaj mwen yo se te konn Ayisyen e m te konn manje anpil griyo ak pwason ak pikliz.  M pa kache diw!  M pa ka tann pou m al manje bon ti manje ayisyen.
Sa ki banm ke kontan tou se rankontre m pral rankontre lot fanm ki chwazi retounen natirel yo.  M vle aprann nan men yo epi m vle pataje sam konnen ave yo tou.
4- How did you return natural?  Koman w te fe retounen natirel?
About 4 years ago I decided that I was ready to love all of me. I transitioned for like 3 weeks and then big chopped.
Gen anviwon 4tran de sa, m te deside pou m renmen tet mwen ak sa m ye net ale.  M fe tranzisyon pandan 3 semen epi mwen koupe cheve a.
5- What’s your current hair routine? Ki woutin swen ou genyen kounya pou cheve w?
I keep it really simple most of the time. I apply coconut oil every week, wash once a week with non sulfate shampoo and conditioner. I usually apply a bit of conditioner or leave in and oils to seal. I’ve been pretty low Maintance lately because of my traveling schedule.
Woutin mwen byen senp.  Mwen mete luil kokoye nan cheve a chak semen, mwen lave l yon fwa chak semen ak yon shanpou ki pa gen silfat epi ak rens.  Apre sa mwen mete yon ti rens oswa yon krem pou penyen ak luil pou ki kenbe cheve a idrate.  Mpa gen twop tan pou m fe twop bagay nan tet mwen paske m vwayaje anpil.
6- How did the idea to visit Haiti came to you?  Rakonte nou koman w te vin deside vizite Ayiti?
I did an event in Santiago, Dominican Republic and met a few of the women from Afro Alice and after a few email exchanges, the trip was conceived. I’ve always wanted to visit Haiti and this seemed like the perfect time!
M te oganize yon evenman Santiago, nan Repiblik Dominikèn epi m te rankontre kek nan medam Afro Alice yo epi apre kek ti pale, m te deside vin Ayiti.  M te toujou vle vizite Ayiti, kidonk m te we se te bon le pou m vini!
7-  What makes you think the event on Thursday will be a success? Sa k fe w panse rankont Jedi a ap yon siksè?
The Afro Alice community seems to be a strong one and from the looks of it, they like to throw fun events! I measure a successful event if I was able to learn something and teach something, and I’m sure that will happen!
Kominote Afro Alice la sanble se yon ekip solid e yo sanble renmen rankontre epi amize yo!  Yon evenman byen fet nan jem se le mwen aprann yon bagay nan men lot moun epi mwen aprann yo yon bagay tou e m panse nap kapab fe sa nan rankont lan demen.
8- A message to the Haitian community? Ki mesaj wap voye pou kominote moun Ayiti yo?
There is so much happening between the our two neighboring countries and I feel like there is a great need to come to together. This subject of hair allows us to share common ground and to understand how many of us experience similar struggles. In many ways I feel like I serve as an ambassador of my country and my message is one of love and justice.
Gen anpil bagay ki fe de peyi nou yo pa byen youn ak lot men mwen panse li enpotan pou youn met ansanm ak lot la.  Cheve nou ap pèmèt nou ini nan yon bagay epi ede youn konprann ke nou ap mennen menm lit la.  Mwen santim tankou anbasade pou peyi m e map pote yon mesaj lanmou ak jistis pou Ayiti.


Afro Alice


My Naps in Color :)

I colored my hair the night before last night….

My hair has been straight black for the past ten months and I was getting bored with it.  Therefore, on the night of October 16, just before my picnic, I colored my hair.

The color I used: Dark and Lovely Honey Blonde 378 ( I bought it for 250 gourdes / 6.50 usd at Janet Beauty Supply in Petion Ville).  Because that color doesn’t complete my tone as it is the same color with my skin, I did highlights with it instead of dying or block-coloring my hair.

The process

The Steps

The Steps

First – my hair before.  Very black.  From the general hair chart, my hair is 1b color.

Second  – I parted my hair in different medium sections for the highlights.

Third  – the color box

Fourth  – What’s included in the box: the liquid and the color

Fifth – I mixed the liquid and the color in the white bottle and apply to my hair body.  Notice that I didn’t apply color on the roots.

Sixth and Seventh  – I aluminium-foiled the colored part for maximum effect.

Eight and Ninth – I left it for 45 minutes and that’s how it went out

Tenth and Eleventh– I wash  the color out

Twelfth and Thirteenth– I protein deep condition my hair using a mixture of Olive Oil mayonnaise, avocado, oils and honey.  Put a hot cap on for fifteen minutes.

Fourteenth – I rinse thoroughly and flat twist the hair using Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie

The results


N.B.- The color is permanent and suitable to natural hair (it will not alter your texture).

If you have questions about my color application, please write me at or contact me via Facebook on our Afro Alice page.


Let’s talk about Hair Length & Retention

This morning, on one of my forums, some of the napphies were complaining about their hair not growing or not long enough. It made me think about some small dos that we tend to neglect but that bid high on our hair length in the long run….

1- Brushing– yes! If you brush your hair with a hard brush, you brush your hair frequently and you brush your hair when it is wet, then, you may lose some strands in the process.  Therefore, brush your hair with care and with a soft brushe (denman brush, boar bristle brush, etc) or just do not brush your hair.  Doing this is more a preference than a requirement.

2- Too much manipulation– Manipulating your hair everyday, touching it every once in a while, frequent combing and styling rip away some of your hair strands.  How do you think the locked people achieve such lengths?! Their number one secret is low manipulation.   Keep your hair in protective styles, keep your hair in low manipulation dos so that you can retain maximum hair length.

3- Use of shampoo– I foresee your surprised face when you read this but yes, it does take away some of your hair.  Shampoo is harsh and a majority of them take away the natural oils from your hair.  Plus, I truly believe shampoo is not a must in a naturalista’s regimen. To cleanse your scalp, you can use other products as Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in water or bentonite clay (there’s a way to use it properly) or baking soda (ATTENTION though). 

4- Lack of moisture– Your hair needs moisture to grow and blossom.  Natural black hair is very fragile and requires more moisture.  If your hair is not enough moisturized, not only will the ends break but you will definitely have less hair.  Make sure your hair regimen is set in a way for your hair to get all the moisture it needs.

5- No protection of your hair when you are going to sleep– If you need to retain length, not only do you need to keep the moisture in your hair at night by wearing a silky/satin cap/bonnet or use a silky/satin pillow but you should also take the habit to put your hair in a pineapple puff or twist/braid them.

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Jael from

6- If you don’t have a healthy diet– You are what you eat.  Your hair is you.  If you don’t eat properly to provide your body the necessary vitamins, your hair will suffer from it.  Make sure you eat properly and intake enough iron, biotin, zinc, vitamine E,D,A and B1 so that you can grow longer hair.  Alternatively, take supplements to grow healthy long hair.

7- No protection of your hair against the environmental hassles– You need to protect your hair whenever  you will be exposed to the sun ( aloe vera, tea tree oil and leaves are exemples of great sunscreens for  your hair), to cold or chlorine water.

8- Heat damage – I know nhappies experience shrinkage and use heat to go full hair length or at times, we want to straigthen our hair for a new look.  Heat can damage your natural hair, it is to be used with very much care. 

9- Harmful ingredients in your products – Take the time to review the ingredients in the products you are applying on your hair.  There are so many products to avoid in natural hair products: petrolatum, parabens, sulfate and lead to name a few. 

10- Stress– There is a correlation between stress and hair loss.There are generally two types of stress-induced hair loss: telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.Telogen effluvium occurs when sudden or severe stress causes an increase in the shedding of hair, which is generally triggered by ongoing stressful events or chronic stress. The condition is generally temporary and hair will typically grow back within 6 to 9 months.  Alopecia areata is more destructive. Intense stress may trigger a type of hair loss called alopecia areata. In this condition, white blood cells attack the hair follicle, which stops hair growth. Hair falls out relatively quickly – typically in clumps or patches within a few weeks of the stressful event. Source:  Manage your stress, relax, take it easy! 

11- Hard on the hair– Some people rock tight puffs, ponytails or leave braids in their hair for too long.  If you need long hair, you should be gentle with your hair.


Your Hair is YOUnique- Get to Know It

I have met those newly naturals who love their hair but don’t know much how to prove it to their crown….I have talked to those women having hair problems but can’t really tell you much about it…..I have received tons of emails and messages from natural women wanting to develop or reinforce their hair regimen. All of them with one common problem: they do not know their hair!

Your face is unique, your nails are unique, your body is unique and your hair is unique too.  That’s why it is crucial that you know your hair to be able to manage it, style it and make it grow to its fullest length. Let’s consider four factors in getting to know our hair.


1- Its type -Your hair has specific care and styling needs based on its texture, that’s why it is important to find your hair type. For more information, refer to my article about hair typing.

2- Its porosity– To retain length, to be healthy, your hair needs moisture.  Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture.  Your hair cuticle determines how easily moisture and oils penetrate and goes out of the hair.  Therefore, knowing your hair porosity helps you in choosing the proper products to keep your hair moisturized and healthy.  For information on determining your hair porosity, refer to this article.

3- Its growth rate– The mistake a lot of women do is comparing their hair length with other same-age-hair pals.  This is not correct.  Hair growth is genetic and is also affected by external factors like care, environment, situation and etc.  Knowing your OWN growth rate helps you stay away from the comparison and really know your OWN hair.  To calculate your hair growth, refer to this article.

4- Its state– Getting to know your hair implies keeping track of its situation. When you know your hair state, you can better prevent damages, you can solve hair issues quicker and more efficiently and you avoid comparing your hair with others’.   Do you have dry hair? Do you have oily scalp? Do you currently have dandruffs? Do you have sensitive scalp?  Are you stressed?  Did you recently have a surgery? Do you live in a cold, humid or hot environment?  Do you work indoor or outdoor? How is your diet? Do you exercise?  Genetics? How do you care for it?  Your hair has a history and its state relies a lot on it. 

Get to know your hair, fall in love with it, treat it as unique (anyway it is).


Maximize your Hair Growth From Within

Growing long, healthy, thick and full natural hair is not an overnight task.  You certainly have to take care of your hair and maintain it on a regular basis.  But,  there is more to be done to achieve gorgeous nap.  And this effort should be done from within: watch your diet. 

Let’s talk about three of the food which maximize hair growth:

1- Salmon– source of protein, iron, B12 vitamin, omega-3 fatty acid which result in beautiful and healthy skin and hair.

2- Carrots– source of vitamin A and beta-carotene and keratine for healthy sight, hair and skin.



3- Dark green vegetables– source of iron, calcium, vitamins A and C which the body uses to create this natural conditioner good for both our hair and skin: the sebum.

Next time you are thinking about the reason why you hair is not growing enough or at all, remember- the process of growing hair starts in your plate. 🙂


Launching my Youtube Channel

Yipeeee! I made it!  Last night, I launched my Youtube Channel: Afro Alice.

Yesterday was a holiday but I was so busy that I made the video late and took sometime to edit it then it started to rain and the Internet connection went slow.  I started uploading it at 10:27 p.m, it was 11:45 p.m and only 83% was uploaded.  I fell asleep before it was complete and I woke up this morning with all uploading and publishing done.

The good news-for the Haitian community and all creole speakers- is that my channel is in Creole.  The bad news-for my faithful English speaking community- is that I didn’t start writing the captions in English yet but I am getting there.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Below is the link to my Youtube channel:

Please, comment, like and subscribe 🙂

Happy Thursday

Hair Info – Scalp Scrubbing

Our hair scalp, just like our body and our face, is skin.  As such, it needs scrub.  Why?

It  increases the blood circulation in the scalp area and this is great because, due to gravity, our scalp is one of the hardest areas for blood to travel to, resulting in our roots to have less nutrients for its growth.  Scrubbing the scalp rejuvenates the scalp, allows the surface of the hair to breathe and the pores to open.  Consequently, our hair will grow faster, stronger and healthier. 

It also remove products buildup and eliminate dandruff flakes because it loosens the dead skin cells and revitalize the roots and scalp surface.

Following are some scrub recipes:

a- Brown sugar and olive oil

b- Ground oatmeal and Olive oil

c- Baking soda and water

d- White sugar and Jojoba oil

e- Molasses sugar and sweet almond oil

f- Crushed almonds

To scrub your scalp, wet your hair, apply the mixture directly to your scalp, massage in circular motion, rinse with lukewarm water, shampoo and condition your hair.


My Natural Hair Challenge- Update on Hairstyles & Regimen

On September 21, last day of summer,  I  started a natural hair protection and length retaining  challenge with two other friends.  It will end on November 2, 2012.  So far, so good!!!!

The first week, I kept my hair in updos, french braids, buns and twist out tuck and roll styles. 



Tuck and Roll

My hair regimen consisted of the following:

– Water and coconut milk spritz then sealing with coconut/carrot/jojoba/tea tree oil every night then wrap my hair with a satin scarf.

– Treatment (1x/week): Prepoo- deep condition my hair with a mixture of palma cristi/coconut / extra virgin olive oil, shea butter and honey. Shampoo and condition with Jane Carter Solutions products.  Do a hair mask with Organics Olive oil deep conditioner and an egg then rinse it all out. 

The second week, I put on some senegalese twists and I am loving them.

Senegalese Twists with Marley Afro hair

I have a different hair regimen when my hair is kept in twists.

-Three times per week, I spritz a mixture of  Unleashed Curls leave-in conditioner, water and jojoba oil to my scalp.

-Every other day, I oil my hair scalp as needed

-I wash my hair every two weeks and make sure I use a light conditioner to do so.

I will remove the current twists on October 13 or 14, set them in another braided style that I will remove on October 26.  Afterward, I will leave them out for five days and do micro senegalese twists which I will leave for five weeks. 

I don’t know what style I will be doing in December but what I am sure of is that the temptation to do a tapered cut or to chop all of my hair off is so big that I’d rather keep them under extensions or braids to avoid doing that……

All I am looking forward is to my next hair dye: May 2013. 🙂

Natural Hair Type 4- Care Tips

Hair Infinity Vitamin posted the following information on their Facebook page on Saturday and I really had to share with you:

Coily 4 type hair is very prone to damage by nature because of its zig zags or Z formed bends and curls. If you have this particular hair type you may find yourself suffering from a lot of unwanted breakage and dryness. 4 type hair is very fragile and delicate because coily hair has a small amount of cuticle layers so, it provides very little protection against damage stemming from flat ironing, blow-drying, brushing, and combing. Coily hair must be babied and shelter from dangerous styling methods and chemicals to remain resilient and beautiful. The number one thing coily hair needs is moisture, moisture, moisture. Constant washing and styling only strips the life right out of your hair so it needs more moisture and less manipulation.


Do’s & Don’ts for coily hair:


  • ·         Protective styling at least 80% of the time– braids, twist, finger coils, comb coils, bantu knots, French braids, and French rolls


  • ·         Air drying– this method of drying will free your hair from being manipulated as much because you will be skipping heat, combing, and brushing


  • ·         Add Ins– Adding oils and honey to your deep conditioner, conditioner, and leave in conditioners is a great way to infuse your hair with added moisture.


  • ·         Combing– Always use a wide tooth comb on damp or fully moisturized hair. Never comb your hair while it is dry this will only cause your hair to snap and break off.


  • ·         Brushing– If you are going to brush your hair use a boars bristle brush. These brushes are by far the safest brushes on the market.


  • ·         Heat– Use as less heat as humanly possible 4 type hair is no friend or fan of heat. If you are going to use heat limit your use to once or twice a month if that.


  • ·         Chemicals– 4 type hair lacks the layer of protection hair needs to be able to go up against relaxers and hair dyes and have successful breakage free damage free hair outcome. Limit your relaxers and try to stretch them out as long as possible to avoid over processing your hair. The same goes for hair dyes instead of commercial box brand dyes opt for plant based dyes like henna or indigo. These natural dyes won’t only give you a color payoff they will also provide your hair with strength and conditioning that will leave your hair in tip top shape.


Products for 4 type hair:


Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Gel – Raw Shea Butter – Honey – Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Cold Pressed Castor Oil -Coconut Oil – Glycerin – Palm Oil

Enjoy and apply what you learn 🙂


Afro Alice