Afro Alice – 4 lane deja!!!

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Jodiya fè AFRO ALICE 4 lane!!!!!!!

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Mèsi ak nou chak pou èd nou sipò nou konsèy nou patisipasyon nou prezans nou ki vrèman bannou bourad epi ede chak jou pi plis rèv nou gen pou Ayiti gen pil tifi ak jènfanm ki konnen, aksepte epi renmen tèt yo jan Bondye fè yo a reyalize.

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Lè nou te fèk kòmanse nan lane 2012, pi fò kominote ann Ayiti te wè cheve grenn kòm yon bagay pou machann lèt, sentaniz; yon bagay nou pa ka ale ni nan gran sòti ak li ni moun paka twouve nou bèl ak li. 4 lane pi ta, lè nou wè gwo chanjman ki genyen nan kantite ak kalite moun ki vin aksepte sa ki pou yo, sa bannou kè kontan ak ankourajman poun kontinye ede yo pi plis toujou. Gen anpil ki rete pou fèt toujou men nou kontan wè grasa ti kontribisyon pa nou chak jou nou rive pote pozitivite ak chanjman nan lavi plizyè tifi, plizyè fanm. Nou kontan nou se yon referans ak yon modèl pou kominote tifi ak jènfanm ann Ayiti nan domèn sa a.

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Nou pase de 12 grenn moun a anviwon 50 000 moun kap suiv nou sou tout rezo sosyal yo ak sou blog la.  Fanmi an pa sispann grandi e chak jou rapwoche nou pi plis de rèv nou. Gen anpil ki rete pou fèt toujou men nou sou wout la e nou detèmine pou nou kontinye simen grenn k ap pèmèt nou atenn vizyon nou genyen an.

Ekip Afro Alice la

Afro Alice Hebdo – Mica Elle

Afro Alice te kontan pran yon ti tan pou pale ak yon save nan zafè jesyon cheve natirèl la.  Y ap oganize yon evenman nan jou k ap vini yo Ayiti.  Kidonk, kontinye li pou n ka jwenn plis enfomasyon sou pwogram ki pral fet la ak moun ki oganizel la.

1- Pale nou de wou

Non mwen se Michaelle, min preske tout moun rele’m Mica. Se moun Okap natif natal mwen ye. Map viv Montreal, Canada sa gin kek tan. Sa fe 4 an ke mwen natirel, 5 an depi mwen te met pemanant. Depi 5 an sa yo map fe rechèch pou ka konnen koman mwen pral jere cheve’m yo e map kontinye toujou.

Mica - Evolution Naturelle

Mica – Evolution Naturelle

2- Pale nou de Evolution Naturelle

Bon Evolution Naturelle la se yon fenomen! Nou gen yon gwoup sou Facebook ki rele Naturally Yours epi nou fe plizye rankont Nouyok ak Monreyal kote map viv. Epi nou vin di ke fok nou fe plis toujou pou moun Monreyal yo.  Mwen ak bon patnèm Patricia Lilavois ak lot zanmim ki manm, nou monte Evolution Naturelle, yon gwoup ki fe atelye pou bay bonjan enfomasyon nan jere cheve natirèl.  Atelye nou pral fe Ayiti a ap 5yèm nou fè nan ennan edmi.

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3- Di nou kisa ki sere nan djakout nou pou moun kap vin nan atelye k ap fet 5 jiyè ann Ayiti a.

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Dabo, anpil moun pa konn koman pou jere e pran swen cheve yo nan eta natirel li. Nou pral dekotike sa de A a Z. Epi tou, nou pral montre ke nou pa bezwen antre nan yon magazen pou jwenn pwodwi pou cheve’w. Gen anpil bagay nou deja genyen la nan peyi a! Lè tout sa finn fet, nou pral ede tou moun ki la yo gen ase enfomasyon pou yo etabli yon woutin pou yo pran swen cheve yo. Depi ou konprann koman cheve’w fet, sa li bezwen, wap ka jere yo!

4- Di nou, eske ap gen pwodui tou pandan atelye a? Eske moun yo ap bezwen mache ak ti kob?

Wi. Depi 5 an, mwen fe pwop pwodwi pa’m, li rele Simbi. Se yon melanj bè ak luil pou cheve ak ko.   Se yon pwodui ki sele idratasyon byen, sa vle di depi cheve’w idrate (dlo), ou sele li ak Simbi, ou la pou kek jou. Genyen anpil kado tou pou nou bay. Ap gen panye kado ak bokal Simbi. Epi lè moun yo vini, yo pap pati de men vid. Yap jwenn echantiyon ak lot bagay anko pou yo eseye. Se le yo vini ya wè kisa. Ap genyen poud tankou Rhassoul, Ajil, elatriye tou pou achte.

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5-Kounya nou pral fe yon ti pale sou cheve natirel paw.  Kisa k te konvenk w retounen natirel?

Mwen pat kapab anko! Le mwen te konn mete pemanant, depi yo rive deye tet mwen, se kouri mete pemanant lan la epi rensel menm kote a. Malgre sa mwen toujou boule! Mwen te konnen mwen pa tap mete pemanant la anko, men se pandan gran sè’m nan lopital epi nyès mwen ki natirel vinn vizite’l mwen wè cheve’l mwen di THAT’S IT! Byen fo nan lopital moun yo! Depi le sa mwen pa janm gade deye anko: Natirèl netale.

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6- Ki rejim w genyen pou cheve w?

Rejim mwen senp. Mwen pa sevi ak champou sa fe 1 an edmi, mwen sevi ak savon afriken nwa (African Black Soap) ak lot savon pou cheve ke mwen achte isit nan Monryeal (tale mwen pral fe pam). Mwen toujou fe tretman nan yo ak te melanje ak ajil e lot poud endyen (gen nan yo nou genyen Ayiti, vinn nan atelye nap konnen). Rens mwen sevi a se Suave. Sak fe mwen sevi ave l la se paske li ede m avek yonn nan poud yo ki fe cheve’m byen Apre sa se dlo, lwil mwen melanje ak Simbi. Cheve yo toujou nan de dwet, sak ede m pou m jere tan ak eneji nan penyen.

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7- Ki mesaj w tap bay medam ki gen pwojè vin natirèl oswa ki deja natirèl yo nan kominote ayisyèn nan?

Pou moun ki gen pwoje a, pa dekouraje! Transisyon a pa fasil sitou si ou pa janm manipile cheve’w nan eta natirel li. Nap we ke dlo se pi bon zanmi nou ta genyen. Trete cheve a tankou li te natirel: fe atansyon le wap pase peny nan pati natirel la, komanse demele nan pwent epi monte, ba li lwil pou ede manipilasyon e pou sele idratasyon an. Evite penyen ki mande pou’w penyen chak jou; ou ka fe  bantu knots, mete ti roulo pou ou fe bouklet.. wap la pou kek jou si ou fe sa. Se menm bagay mwen konseye yon moun ki natirel tou. Nan group ke nou genyen sou Facebook ki rele Marabou Vanyan, nou gen yon pati nou prete nan chante Coupe Cloue a ki di “Bal ti dlo” bay cheve nou dlo, lap kontan anpil. Cheve natirel pa yon kove non, se pi gwo delivrans mwen genyen! Epi tou, pa depann de pwodui nan magazen. Tout sa nou bezwen li nan la nati, nan lakou lakay nou, pwofite!

Annie Christine Emilcar

Afro Alice

Ti Koze ak Afro Alice – Rale Mennen Vini sou “Scab Hair”

Anpil nan nou konn ap plenyen lè nou ap fè tranzisyon oswa lè nou fèk tounen natirèl, cheve ki nan tèt nou an pa menm cheve nou te genyen anvan nou te mete pèmanant, texturizer, elatriye. Ki fenomèn sa ye? konbyen tan li dire? sa w ka fe pou li?

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Kisa cheve kwout oswa scalb hair (anglè) ye?

Cheve kwout se lè cheve nou ki grandi tou natirèl pa gen menm tip menm fos ni menm fom ak cheve nou te genyen an jeneral anvan nou te mete pèmanant, texturizer oswa koulè chimik. Cheve a grandi tou domaje epi li rèd kon bout bwa oswa li chanje totalman.

Sak lakoz fenomèn sa se move tretman nou bay cheve nou ak maltrete nou maltretel ak pwodui chimik twop.

Hair Scab

Konbyen tan sa ka pran anvan cheve kwout oswa po tet kwout ranje?

Selon degre cheve a oswa po tet la domaje ak efo moun nan fe pou li tretel, sa ka pran ennan oswa plis pou li repare. Nan kek ka, moun nan ka pa janm rejwenn cheve oswa po tet li te genyen anvan an.

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Sa w ka fe pou w trete l?
Dega ki koze fenomen nan konn sou deyo cheve a, gen lot fwa sou anndan cheve a oswa toulede. Pi bon fason pou w jere sa, se le w fe yon konsiltasyon cheve w pou yo itilize yon mikwoskop oswa yon aparey ki pemet yo byen we nan ki pwen dega a fet. Apresa, pran swen po tet ou ak cheve w ni anndan ni deyo. Len di anndan nou we nan jan nou manje ak pran swen ko nou. Nou we deyo le nap pale de swen nou fe pou cheve nou. Le konsa li bon pou nou fe swen ki plis natirel ke posib. Itilize luil ki byen rantre nan po tet la e ki repare l : kokoye, oliv, zanmann, zaboka. Mase po tet la regilyeman. Epi rive yon le, wap oblije koupe pati cheve ki konsa yo.

Annie Christine Emilcar

AFRO ALICE HEBDO – FANM MON OR THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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!

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  • 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.

DEEP CONDITIONING / PROTEIN MASK

DEEP CONDITIONING MASK / PROTEIN MASK (ENGLISH VERSION)

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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

Preparation
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

Application
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

Results
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 afroalice@gmail.com or 34878664

MASK FOR SHINY AND MOISTURIZED HAIR

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)

MAS POU IDRATE EPI FE CHEVE KLERE
Preparation
Stir or blend the fruits. Then, add the conditioner to the mixture. Mix well then add the oil and mix it again.

Application
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.

Results
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 afroalice@gmail.com

PROTECTIVE STYLING FOR NATURAL HAIR 101

WHAT IS A PROTECTIVE STYLE

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.

WHAT PROTECTIVE STYLING IS NOT

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.

IS YOUR PROTECTIVE STYLING REALLY WORKING?

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

FIRST – MOISTURE
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.

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SECOND – SEAL THE MOISTURE

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

THIRD- TIGHT HAIRSTYLES

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.

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FOURTH- LENGTH & MAINTENANCE OF THE STYLE

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.