BRAND AMBASSADOR: Ii-Kaya Ises
INTRODUCING II-KAYA ISES! Ii-Kaya Ises displays beautiful thick, locs! Not only is she a beautiful natural, she is a passionate young woman with a vision for her life. She was a featured model in The Colors of Nature campaign showcasing the thicker loc jewels which can be found in that collection, as well as all the thicker loc jewelry in the Zenith Collection. View the Lookbook to see how she wrapped the jewels around her locs. Stay tuned for some Q & A to learn more about her loc care secrets along with her recent endeavors!
1. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF (NAME.WHERE YOU GROW UP.DO FOR A LIVING. YOUR PASSION)
Blessed love, My name is II-Kaya Ises, my name means Jah Holy Herbs (Holy Sacrament) (II) stands for King Alpha and Queen Omega in other words Jah (God) first before myself. Ises means to give praises. I am a daughter of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen I. Even though I was manifested in Trinidad my roots are in Alkebulan (Africa). I grew up in a Town called Valencia located in the northeast of Trinidad. I currently reside in the US. I am an Ambassador for youths. I am a published rasta model (not an easy journey). I am a vegan Rastafarian, whatever I put into I temple must promote more life. Currently I am working on a few projects and the focus is to be self sufficient. I am passionate about empowering other's, using my hands to make craft, learning new skills and traveling.
2. WHEN DID YOU START YOUR LOCS? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT THEM AND LEAST ABOUT THEM?
I don't have a specific time frame to mention. Personally I would truly have to study InI head. This really would have bothered I at first to not be able to remember the time frame for I rebirth. But then I wondered why people always ask this question? During I journey I have learned that keeping track of certain things doesn't really serve a purpose. I crown is like breathing I don't count how many breaths I take over the years. I just journey, grow and give thanks. I like to think of I self of living in eternity and infinity.
What I love most of I locs, I love that each one is unique and that they're a perfect reflection of how I present wellness internally. Hmm, least? well I wish that they were way more larger. (smile)
3. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR STAPLES FOR LOC MAINTENANCE?
Essentially I use natural products anything that sustains life. I focus on more Eastern natural remedies. For example I drink herbal teas that promotes hair growth and reduce aging try to rid Iself of free radicals. We must remember changes starts internally, yes? I pay attention to anti fungal herbs as well since almost everything here in the west is tainted.
4. DO YOU PALMROLL, TIGHTEN OR FREEFORM. AND WHAT METHODS DO YOU USE TO MAINTAIN YOUR STYLE.
I would first like to say this, because it's important to my crown to be describe correctly; my crown in all respects is my lifestyle, my identity, my independence. Occasionally I may palm roll a loc or two and that would be the smaller ones, you know, I can't really palm roll I crown it's just not the flow for I locs. But that's as far as it goes with palm rolling. To make appearances at certain fashion shows in the past and especially throughout I reign as Miss Caricom Queen 2015, sadly I gave few of I locs in the front a one twist before I put up in a one. Honestly that's how far the styling goes. It truly hurts I heart to neat up I locs, hence I won't participate in anything that require a certain look. My crown is more free form at this point but I desire is for them to be more free. I basically make I own oils but I love to simply use black castor oil because it works perfect for my scalp keeping I locs hydrated for a lengthy time.
5. WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE OF YOUR MISSION?
The mission and life purpose is to bring good tidings, to empower, uplift, motivate and inspire. Balance is important. There's a lot of people that's a look alike, that's in the forefront and has the attention of the mass that don't represent I. And I believe that it's each one responsibility to tell their own story and what they stand for or else be represented wrongfully or deprive the generations to come from what can be a phenomenal historical role model. Ultimately, my purpose is to give praises to the Most High by utilizing I Jah given gifts and talents, whether modeling, creating crafts or just spreading positive vibrations and upholding I Livity.
6. WHICH TIFFANY'S LOC JEWELS PIECE IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
My favorite piece is the large amethyst piece. I gravitate to this particular piece because of the energies it holds and for the mere fact that it fits I jumbo loc sweetly. Thank you Tiffany!
7.COFFEE OR TEA?
Oh yes, naturally caffeine free tea please tea.
To read more about Ii-Kaya Ises, you can find her on Instagram at handle @model_ii_kaya_ises