January 12, 2010- What I learned from it

January 12, 2010 – January 12, 2016


6 years since the devastating earthquake hit Haiti… since thirty five (35) seconds took away so many lives…so many memories…. so sad feelings….. Here is what I learned from the 2010 Earthquake.

1- Material things are important but not as important as we consider them to be.  Think about the people who lost their cars, their homes and everything they possess in THIRTY FIVE (35) seconds. Some of them spent a lifetime acquiring houses, cars, money and more, they even sacrifice their time, their youth in building their material legacy and within thirty five seconds, either they lost all of it or they lost their own life!   I learned to invest more in things that people or situations cannot take away from me: my knowledge, my qualities, my love of life, my relationship with God.  I also invest more in experience and adventure than in tangible acquisitions.  Possessions are SOMETHING but definitely not THE THING.

2- Life is uncertain and unpredictable, only God is a steady rock.  NOTHING & NOBODY could save the victims. No bank account, no marital or social status, no intelligence could spare their lives.  With God, there is a NOW and a TOMORROW.  If you lose the NOW, there is still hope of the TOMORROW. Without Him, the NOW is all you have.  That’s why I strive even more to draw closer to Jehovah, the Source of Life.  If I ever lose my life, I know he will resurrect me.


3- Don’t be full of yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously.  As humans, we are frail and life is like a mist.  A humble personality is ideal to a better life.

4- There is nothing as important as our TIME! It’s important because we cannot do anything without it and it is short! Therefore, we ought to use it wisely.  Don’t we lose time worrying about the trivial matters and maintaining the toxic and useless relationships.  Prioritize everything and everyone in your life.

5- Humanity has no race, no social ranking, no skin color, no gender.  We are all humans and in the face of adversity, all we are and all we can be is HUMAN.  We should let our humanity unite us all the time- not just through adversity.

As I go on, my thoughts are with those who lost a dear one six years ago. May Jehovah help you continue to endure your loss(es).  Let’s live up to the time there will be no more death.


* In memoriam: Mike Soliman, Tara Boursiquot, Dave Phillipeau, Leensay, Ermanita, Jacques,  Michelle Joinville, Bernard Phillipe, Schemaya Mares, and all my Haitian brothers and sisters who lost their lives on 01-12-2010


How My Hair Changed My Life…

Almost six years ago, I changed my hair out of boredom- I had experimented many haircuts, colors and looks already- I first got the Surf Up cut, the military cut then cut all of it.  At the time, I was not thinking about returning natural. I was having versatility fun…..

As my hair started to grow again, I started to wonder what I would do with it: cut it again? Keep it “kinky” or texturize it to make a change? I have always liked Tanya Saint Val and Orlane’s curly hair then figured out the texturizer was what I needed to get “the look” I applied the creamy crack and started to make research about “curly hair maintenance”, this lead me to books and videos and articles about natural hair (curly, kinky and coily).

What I discovered about natural hair was GOLD to me! I didnt know my hair liked water, I didnt know I could define its texture, keep it beautiful without chemical transformations. I was in awe!!!!!! I had to experience that myself so I re-big chopped in July 2010 and that was it!

fifth month style

People started to question my choice to remain natural as soon as my hair grew past three inches. From my household to my workplace, people made fun of me: I was named “Tèt tchong tchong” “Anba bra moun fou” “Sentaniz” “Sè Pwotestan” “tèt boude”. Natural hair was neither appropriate, nor dressy, nor professional, nor elegant.  The more the mockeries and sarcasms about my hair, the more I was determined to both keep my hair natural and prove them wrong.

As my natural hair journey went on, I would spend hours reading blogs and watching vlogs. I’d personally contact some authors/hair gurus/ trichologists to ask questions and explanations on controversial hair matters. Meanwhile, I’d post pictures of my haircare, hairstyles and new findings every single day on my social networks. My hair was grateful to me. It grew beautiful, long and shiny and soon, the people who used to make fun of me started  to compliment me and ask me help them do the same!

By December 2011, I had so many people asking for my help on how to go back natural, take care and style their newly natural hair that I was thinking of creating a Facebook page where I could share the information at once for everybody. What would I call the page? How long would I keep it for? Would it really help my friends and relatives?

On January 1st, 2012, I eventually created Afro Alice : 1) Afro from Africa and Alice from Celtic meaning Noble to honor our noble Heritage from Africa 2) I had an Afro and Alice is my alias. The publications were first made in English only to cater to my close environment needs then were changed to Haitian Creole when the public grew larger six months after. There was more coming…..

Throughout all my personal natural hair journey,  I never had downs or doubts or self confidence issues – I was in an adventure and everyday was different and unique. Yet, to help people, I had to understand them better. Their feelings, realities and views were different than mine. I continued to dig even deeper in my research and really connected to my public to better tailor my writing to their needs. My followers were like babies of mine depending on my expertise, example and guidance to make it through this new and fearful journey they were starting. I never knew hair was related to so many aspects of our lives: our health, our finance, our beauty, our culture! Afro Alice was becoming more than a “just for fun” initiative. …..


I have always been good at styling hair and I have always been good at empowering people. I loved hair and I loved people.  Afro Alice was my opportunity to make a difference in my own humble ways.  Along with the invaluable and continuing help of friends, advisors and supporters, Afro Alice became formally the Premier natural hair center in Haiti but my work was more virtual and I needed to connect more with the people.

In 2015, after two years of styling and caring for people’s hair at my place, I decided to open a salon for people with natural hair to better educate them and assist them.  I also organized gatherings, tours, workshops, forums and groups to empower more people and it worked well.  I organized and participated in exchange programs to foster an environment of sisterhood and collaboration for the community. People from around the globe contact us to express their appreciation and their gratefulness. The natural hair movement has never reached such a momentum before and I am proud of my contribution to that.

Today, four years later, Afro Alice helps and empowers people through the social media, the educational tours and events, the beauty salon and the blog. Looking back, Afro Alice is worth my sleepless nights, my tears of frustration and all I went through to help my people. Some days, I even felt like giving it all up! But, hey! Here I am! Putting my little bricks to build the Castle.

Can you imagine how joy fills my heart when the eyes of a little girl brighten after I boosted her self esteem! Can you imagine how fulfilled I feel when I realize how my words changed another woman’s life!  My heart bumps when I empower my people!

The respect, the appreciation and the love I get from my people, I earned it with my sweat, my tears and my vision of altruism and love. With Afro Alice, I made connections, discovered lands, improved myself and accomplished things I didnt know I could. I still have a long way to go but I am happy with where I am now with Afro Alice.

I wish you could see my tears and smile of accomplishment and fulfillment as I am concluding.

I never thought my own hair would change my life in such an awesome way.

Happy Anniversary to Afro Alice!!!