Tell us your name and where you are from?
Hello all, I’m April Chapple and I’m from New York City. I’ve lived here all my life and have taken up residence in just about every boro. It’s safe to say I know my way around this town pretty well…almost too well, buy me ticket out of here will yah?
How long have you been natural?I did the big chop when I was 19 years young, so I’ve been natural for about 6 years now, and my hair thanks me for it every morning.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
Well first and foremost I’m a mother, that’s primarily what I “DO” all day long, and my daughter doesn’t really care what my hair looks like so long as I cut the crust off of her peanut butter banana sandwiches. As far as formal “employment” is concerned my last formal job was answering phones and staring at a computer screen, while shifting useless data around for a technical security company in Manhattan. I really want to bad mouth em’ because they have horrible customer service and are super unorganized, plus they fired me so that’s put a bee up my bonnet, but I’ll be the bigger man here…for now. Surprisingly no one seemed to have a problem with my hair there, the fact that I wear glasses cancels out my strange hair cut…or so I think. People won’t admit it but most still believe that people with glasses are like super conservative nerds (shrugs) I’m not though. Currently I’m working on my line of handcrafted accessories, I’ve been out of work formally for some time now and with the economy being so cruddy, going into business for myself was really the only choice. I don’t really think I’m cut out for a desk job to be honest that requires conformity and a dress suit neither of which are in my closet.
What is your regimen?
People always ask me what I “do too” my hair to make it curly like this. There has been so much speculation and I’m so happy to finally have a forum for this.
I wash my hair about twice a week, I use only two products during the wash and those are Aussie Cleanse and Mend shampoo, which smells wicked awesome and gives me that squeaky clean. Then I use Aussie Moist conditioner, which is a god send for my hair, which tends to suck up moisture and then cry out for more. Neither of these are “Black Hair” care products but they work for my hair grade and I swear by them. Next is the final step and really it’s the one that confuses people to all high hell. I pull out the protein gel (right now I’m using ECON)and run a very very healthy amount of it into my still wet hair. I don’t twist my hair or do anything really special, I just use enough gel until I get the amount of curl I want then I blow dry.
What is your best hair advice?
Just keep your hair happy, its apart of your body so why abuse it? Good hair, Bad Hair that’s all just myth and ignorance love your hair and treat it right. Don’t try and copy another person’s style at the risk of making your hair unhappy, just let your hair lead the way and trust it will all be ok. Besides its’ just hair, it doesn’t define you and anyone that says it does is a shallow baby pool of a person.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
I was crossing a busy street with my daughter in her stroller and right in the middle of the cross walk I felt someone grab my arm and yank me back a little. Now I live in Jamaica Queen, and it’s not the greatest of neighborhoods and sometimes the men get a little aggressive, so I’m thinking it’s just another creep getting way too bold with his hands. Get this it wasn’t, it was an older woman, who practically screamed at me “Guuuuurrrrl I love your HAIR” she was about to elaborate but I snatched my arm away and fled. I mean the light was about to turn red and she was holding me and my toddler captive in a busy road way to ask me about my hair? I’m flattered that people like my hair but not flattered enough to endanger my child’s life. I’ve had to deal with strangers coming up to me trying to pet me, people interrupting my phone calls to ask about my hair, and my favorite, strangers asking what kind of weave I use. But I’ve never been assaulted, she grabbed me so hard I thought she was a man!
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others? Do you really want to look back at your life and realize you never worn that pair of purple gator skinned wedge platforms just because some stiff looked at you sideways? Life’s too short to worry about what other people think. Most people are trapped in their own self-made cycles, too afraid to break free and explore the parameters of who they really are. There are two extremes: Birth and Death and life is all the fun stuff in between so have fun express yourself be free, it’s your god given right to wear those damn gator platforms! In short be brave be bold and most of all be yourself or you’ll regret it.
Yes, I have a Big Cartel shop and a blog site in the making. My brand is called I’AM BY APRIL NICOLE it’s all cultural eclectic jewelry designed and handmade by me. I’m in the starting stages but all greats empires have a humble start right? The first few pieces of my first collection can be found at
http://www.iamaprilnicole.bigcartel.com/ I’m still working out all the technical kinks of linking this to that and what not but I’m on face book and twitter @AprilOnTop so you can reach me there too.
Yeah… buy my jewelry and your helping support Afro-American and female enterprise, as well as helping me buy pull-ups for my slowly potty training daughter and getting a one of a kind piece of jewelry made by a queen for a queen, can you beat that? Why would you try…so please support and buy. Sorry the plugging has got to be so shameless, but like I said times is hard.
What makes you a bush babe?
Does being totally in love with my own black skin count? (Laughs) Really I just love being an Afro-American woman. I’m a descendant of queens and kings, my ancestors come from a land so rich and alive that I have no choice but to celebrate. I’m resourceful, a survivor, creative and frankly I dance to the beat of my own drum, and I encourage all women to do the same. I believe in the power of femininity, I also believe that in every woman is a warrior. How else would I have survived 3 days of active labor without a droplet of medication? Giving birth to my daughter naturally was my greatest achievement, it proves that if a woman in the bush can do it with no hospital, no doctors so can we, and I did! So I think I can officially call myself a Bush Babe.