Tuesday, July 12, 2011

SOMETHING FOR THE TEEDRA-LOVERS

Teedra's back and I'm excited! Teedra Moses has been one of my favorite R&B-Soul song-birds for years--since she debuted her first album Complex Simplicity Now she is back on the block as a label artist of Rick Ross's Maybach Music and has recently dropped her new mixtape, Luxurious Undergrind. I thought I'd share with you all.  Visit www.teedramoses.org to get caught up on Teedra and download Luxurious Undergrind here (scroll down to the download button).








Thursday, June 30, 2011

A INTERNATIONALLY NATURAL BEAUTY - AYO


We're really diggin this chick's style! Afro-German singer songwriter, Ayo wears a beautifully soft natural and she looks fantabulous doing it.  

The beautiful song-bird has been writing music since she was thirteen and dropped her first hit single "Down On My Knees in 2006.  Since then she's become a huge success in the UK, France, Germany and she's making waves in the U.S.  Not only is Ayo an international success, she's a true humanitarian.  Riding her successful rise to fame, Ayo opted to become a Unicef ambassador over buying a fully loaded Benz.  Kudos chica!



Ayo hit us this year with her new album "Billie-Eve" and I'm loving it! Her fresh sound is eclectic and sweet on the ears.  Check out her Michael Jackson cover of "I Want You Back" here.  The video is super cute.








Thursday, September 30, 2010

BUTIK STYLE FILES: Peace Images

It's been a long time, I shouldna left you, with a dope rhyme to step to....

That's right chicas, we've been away for far too long! Revamping and remixing can take a lot of a girl, but I'm back--I've missed you all and now its on and POPPIN! There are some beautiful things in the making for Kinky Butik and I can't wait to let you all in on the action. Meanwhile there are so many other things of beauty I would like to bring your way...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

An easy way for 4b's and 4c's to define those curls...

because it can be done, BELIEVE ME!
Many of my natural 4b's and 4c's (those of us with a kinkier, tightly curled and z-patterned hair) have been searching for a way to define their curls and enjoy the wash-and-go look.  Well this is it!  If you don't know about Eco Styler "Olive Oil" I definitely recommend you at least try it.  I think most would agree that one of the best things about this product is the price.  It can be purchase for about $5 at almost any beauty supply, Wal-Mart, CVS or Walgreens. It's a strong-hold  hair gel minus the flaking so it's great for twist-outs and comb curls that last!  Plus it isn't chocked full of chemical ingredients that damaging to natural hair. I also suggest that when applying Eco Styler to hair an oil or moisturizer (olive oil, jojoba oil or shea butter maybe) should be used in conjunction with it to prevent the hair from being so hardened.


My fro with Eco Styler


My puff and bang with Eco Styler

One of the cons to using Eco Styler is that it can produce a build-up that can be annoying to wash-out during your cleansing process.  This is why I don't really recommend this product for every day use. I've also been told from women with extremely short naturals that as the Eco Styler dries on their hair it can make your scalp feel tight.

Check out indigochild613's video below.  She'll show you a great wayto apply the gel to your hair half way through the video.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Solange For The Summer

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Solange is known for her unique style.  She’s ripped many red carpets with her individual expression and we’re all familiar with her tendency to be pretty direct in expression of her individual thoughts beliefs…and we love her for it! Now the natural-haired fashionista shares a bit of her refreshing new style inspiration in a photo shoot and interview with Refinery 29. Get more of what we love about the distinctive diva—here are some of the pics and an excerpt from the interview.
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What inspired the bold new 'do? You mentioned you can no longer hide with that hair, has it changed the way you see yourself?
"When I was recording, I was staying in a house with five guys and two showers. I knew there would be a shower wait everyday and with my natural cropped hair, it's mandatory that I wash it otherwise it gets stuck to my head like glue! I wanted to get something that I could literally roll out of bed without looking nuts. I watched so many Chaka Khan YouTube videos and became sort of obsessed with her during the process. I went to my stylist and said 'Give me the fro.' I walk differently now, sing differently; This hair has spirit and soul."

You've got such unique style, would you ever consider being involved in the family fashion business, House of Deréon?
"Why thank you very much! It's funny you ask because I initially was involved as the spokesperson, but the clothes just didn't reflect my personal style and I decided to hand that over. That's the great thing about my family. We work together so closely that if something's not working out, we can be honest about it and there won't be any grudges or issues. I wrote a couple of songs on my sister's last album and if there's a line she doesn't like, she changes it and we keep on moving. I will say though, they did just do a bedding line that I am extremely in love with and I was like, 'Can I model that... in my house?'"

Your nails are always a statement. Can you tell us about the wildest nail art you've tried?
"I went through a phase about two years ago where I had an extreme nail art addiction. I had British flag nails, ice cream cones, gold spikes...the whole nine yards. I still rock my nail art but with a little bit more simplicity now.

Do you have anything in your closet that you could never bear to throw away?
"Oh yes! A few things, but one in particular sticks out: A BCBG short, ruffled, floral, baby doll dress I've had since I was 16. I wore it at my wedding reception when I was 17. The waistline comes up to the middle of my boobs now, but I just can't let go of it. It's so perfect."

What's your best cheap score of late?
"A cream leather belt with a gold buckle I found at a vintage store in Santa Barbara for ten bucks. I wear it with everything now."
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Work it Ms. Knowles!

Friday, June 25, 2010

BUTIK BEAUTY: LaToya Scott of Prototype Fitness

I get so excited to keep meeting women who inspire me and inform me of new products and methods.  Many of them ignite the fire behind my own ideas!  What thrills me is that beyond each of these women’s natural hair experience, there is always something magnificent—an exciting dream they are living and pursuing!

One of these women is a dear friend and high school mate of mine, Fitness Expert and Personal Trainer LaToya Scott.  It had been years since LaToya and I had seen each other—probably since we were actually in high school, but since we were reunited at a close friend’s baby shower (of course a natural hair discussion ensued), she has become one of my great sources of information.  She’s given me great product suggestions and has shared great info on her styling methods. 

I’ve found LaToya to be yet another woman living and pursuing an awesome dream—at 25, she is the driver and creator of Prototype Fitness, a fitness and training program designed to help physically transform women during moments of transformation in their lives. I think her concept is cool so I thought I’d share one of my information sources with you all through a little Q&A with Miss LaToya Scott.

Check her out!

Kinky Butik:  Tell all the Kinkies out there little about yourself and Prototype Fitness.

LaToya Scott:  Hi ladies! I’m LaToya Scott, a native Houstonian who loves to cook, eat, travel and listen to music. I’m also the fitness expert and trainer behind Prototype Fitness. My mission through this program is to educate and empower women to "Live their Best Life" I specialize in Transitional Fitness by helping women physically prepare for, endure, and/or recover from life transitions such as pregnancy, marriage, college lifestyles, menopause, and any situation that often leaves women out of shape and living a not-so-healthy lifestyle.

Prototype Fitness started with one woman--Me--being unhealthy, unhappy and weak with a life full of chaos.  After seeking, understanding and embracing the value of fitness my life changed.

The fitness fundamentals I now live by, have strengthened me mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. This now allows me to walk in God's Purpose of educating and empowering other women on the fundamentals needed to achieve their fitness goals and a healthy lifestyle.

KB:  How long have you been rocking your natural hair?

LaToya:  I stopped relaxing my hair since April 2008 and I did my big chop in February 2009.

KB:  What was your transition method?

LaToya:   Actually all of this kinda started by mistake.  I was wearing an interlock weave for a few months and when I took the interlock down my roots had grown out quite a bit. This all happened to be during the time that Hurricane Ike hit Houston and I was unable to flat iron my hair or anything because there was a power outage. I then decided I wanted to grow out my natural hair.

I wore weave and braids for about six months and in between hair styles (having my hair woven or braided) I tried different products to figure out what worked best for my hair and I took the time to become comfortable with working with my hair.  Once my hair grew 3-4 inches I debuted my natural hair and have worn it ever since.

Twists and twist outs are my daily styles and my hair stays soft, shiny and smelling yummy because of Oyin Handmade's Burnt Sugar Pomade and Jane Carter Solutions' Twist and Lock.


KB:  Speaking of transitions…as a fitness expert, what are some tips that you can give women who are in transitional phases of their lives?

LaToya:  The first step would be to meet with me for a FREE Fitness Consultation! Or you can come to the Prototype Fitness & 1 year Birthday Boot Camp Event this Saturday (tomorrow) June 26, 2010 @ Sabine Park, Houston, Texas.  I like to give customized tips and plans for clients because everyone’s body and lifestyle is different.

KB:   You’ve turned me on to some great products for kinky, curly and coiled hair! Tell us a little about them and your personal experience with these products.

LaToya:   I'm a pretty hardcore researcher so YouTube, haircare forums and natural hair blogs like Kinky Butik are my besties. My main squeezes are all natural products usually meaning I can eat them or use them on my body. Afro Detangler is a dream for tightly coiled hair, it regulates your hairs PH so it's moisturized yet strong. Of course water, unrefined Shea Butter, and coconut oil my hair would no longer be natural without the use of those.


KB:   As a fitness expert, how do you feel an active lifestyle affects the health of our hair?

LaToya:   As a specialist and wellness enthusiast I know an active lifestyle makes major changes in our health and well-being and it has a direct relation to the health of our hair, skin, mind, body and soul.
Many issues faced today such as hair loss, hair thinning, severe acne, etc. are related to Hypokinetic (hypo meaning "less than' or "not enough", and kinetic meaning "activity") diseases and/or stress.  When we live an active life style and learn how to really take care of ourselves we see our hair respond by growing healthier and stronger.

KB:   What are some nutritional and fitness tips you can give us to conveniently integrate into our summer regimen?

LaToya:   One problem most of us face is that in the summer we are regularly invited to weddings, BBQs, Seafood Boils and Fries or Pool Parties and we usually overeat or make poor food choices when there, all because we are starving or there are no healthy options.

One great solution is to eat before you go, take snacks, or offer to bring a healthy option to the event. By eating something before, "the wedding", we won't be so starved to eat 2 or 3 of everything offered at the buffet reception, and when cake rolls around.

KB:   Where can we find you?

LaToya:   I can always be reached for personal training services or information by e-mail at prototypefitness@gmail.com.  Kinky Butik readers are all invited to the Prototype Fitness 1 Year Birthday Boot Camp event tomorrow morning (June 26, 2010) at 7:30 AM @ Sabine Park, Houston, Texas.  I’ll be there to work you out, answer questions and make consultation appointments.


There you have it Kinkies! I'm proud of my girl LaToya Scott and the many things to come from Prototype Fitness! See ya in the park tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kinky Style Files: Roll & Tuck Puff Bang

This video is the first of Kinky Butik's "Kinky Style Files" a series of instructional natural hair styling videos. Some of which will come directly from Kinky Butik while others will come from other beautiful Kinkies out there who post styles we absolutely adore!

I created this video for all the beautiful Kinky girls out there that have requested that I show them how to create my classic Roll & Tuck Puff bang. Here ya go ladies!




(By the way this is my first video...EVER, so please cut me some slack, the next one will be better!)