How to get super moisturised hair

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We get a number of emails and questions asking " Why is my hair always dry?" or "How do you get your hair so curly or coily". To answer this simply in one word, MOISTURE! If your hair is moisturised, then it will definitely feel softer as well as have some form of coil or curl definition. 

Rule No. 6 of the Kurly Kichana Growth Challenge is "Moisturise your strands and seal your ends" and it in this vein that we shall be discussing how to actually get your hair moisturised. 

A large number of ladies think their hair moisturised when they use some kind of oil on their hair, which is not the case. Here are the three rules of keeping your hair moisturised;

1. Use water/aqua-based products to moisturise. Water is the ultimate moisturiser so using a moisturiser with water/aqua as the first ingredient will ensure your hair is moisturised.  We love using plain water mixed with Aloe Vera Juice or Rosewater as a simple but effective moisturiser. 

2. Always seal your moisture in with an oil or butter. To ensure that moisture does not escape from your hair, it is important to seal it in. Trap that moisture ladies! This is to make sure your hair retains moisture for as long as possible. We love using coconut oil and shea oil as well as whipped shea butter. 

3. Make sure your styling includes a water based product if you hair is particularly dry. We are currently loving the Marini Naturals and AfricanPride Shea Butter Miracle Buttery Creme and Bouncy Curl Pudding for twistouts and curlformer sets. These two products have water in them which gives you a delicious, juicy twistout teehee! Got the AfricanPride sachets from the Curltalk and haven't used them all up.

Finally, incorporate a moisturising deep conditioning treatment every week or every other week to lock in more moisture. 

Moisturised hair is happy hair! What moisturisers do you guys swear by? Any product recommendations?

AfroliciousKe Share!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We love featuring naturals on the blog, See Aisha of MyfroandI, Patricia Kihoro and Irene. This time we bring you three amazing ladies who are doing big things in the hair and skincare world, Marion, Judith and Stellah. If you have been wondering where to get raw shea, mango butter, black castor oil then AfroliciousKE is your bet.

Read on for their story, 

1. We love what you guys are doing with AfroliciousKe. How did you guys start?

We started out when we went natural and back then (2013) there weren’t many local natural hair products. We were particularly interested in Shea butter, the miracle butter! We set out to get some for ourselves and got a bunch of great oils in the process. Some of our natural friends started asking us to get them some, and that’s how AfroliciousKe first got into business; for all the natural head and skin girls that were having trouble accessing natural oils and butters.

2. What motivates you guys?

Being a small business in this country is tough, but the thing that motivates us most is great reviews about our products and repeat customers. We are also motivated by just how much the local beauty industry and the natural hair movement has grown, and by how far we have grown as a company and individuals.

3. You guys are natural; could you please summarize your regimens?

We are three girls in Kenya with very different hair textures so we have very different regimens.

Marion Njeri

I co-wash every two weeks using Garnier Fructis (the yellow one). I’ve been trying out our *soon to be unveiled*liquid black soap and I love it so far. Squeaky clean hair without dryness. If my hair is feeling particularly dry, I do a hot oil treatment by melting Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Avocado and Jojoba oils before deep conditioning using ORS Replenishing Conditioner.
At night, I moisturise (with water+ a little Garnier mix), do big two strand twists using Shea butter or Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter then sleep under a satin bonnet.
For mornings, I undo the twists, spritz with the leave-in and seal with Avocado oil and style as desired.

Judith Nduta

Every two weeks, I co-wash with As I Am cleansing conditioner then deep condition with As I Am mixed with Shea butter.
In the morning, I wet hair under the shower, apply Sweet almond oil, massage Black castor oil to edges then seal with Shea butter.
At night, I spritz hair with water; braid into four braids or ‘matutas’ to keep it detangled then wrap a scarf before bed.

Stellah Wairimu

Every two weeks, I detangle hair after a pre-poo or hot oil treatment with a blend of oils; leave it overnight under a shower cap then do a co-wash and deep condition with my hair in sections. When I rinse off and pat with a T-Shirt, I seal in with the delicious mocha whipped butter.
For styling, Bantu knots are my favourites. I wet my hair with water+ aloe juice mix, and then twist with the whipped butter mixed with a little gel. I always take down with oily fingers to add shine.

4. We cannot talk Afrolicious without talking oils and butters, which are your favourites?

That’s a tough question to answer. We love our Mocha Butter and we all use it religiously on our skin. It smells heavenly, is a great sealant and is deeply moisturizing.
Marion loves Shea butter and Avocado oil.
Judy loves Shea butter and Black castor oil for literally every step of her regimen.
Stellah loves the Peppermint tingle elixir for both hair and scalp and also Black castor oil for edges and hair ends.

5. What tips can you give for using oils and butters on skin and hair?

Natural oils and butters are the cornerstone of every good natural hair regimen. Find your favourites and incorporate everywhere; in hot oil treatments, pre-poos, deep conditions and as sealants. Both your hair and skin will thank you for it.

We loved hearing from the three lovely ladies, also don't their regimens sound delish!They will also be at the Natural Beauty Bar!

Guys, The Natural Beauty Bar Kenya is hosting an event on the 6th of February; THIS SATURDAY at the Shifteye Gallery at the Priory Building. We are defo going to be there as well as a bunch of awesome Kenyan natural beauty brands. Tickets are Kshs 500...more deets here

Remember to follow us on @KurlyKichana on Instagram for your chance to win two tickets to the Natural Beauty Bar.

Skincare Routine...You asked!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We are on a roll guys...really excited to get back to blogging :-)

You ladies have been asking me on Instagram and Facebook about my skincare routine which I thought to share in this post. For the longest time I never thought I had great skin mainly due to my hyperpigmentation/dark marks as well as scarring from childhood fights with my little brother teehee. However I have received loads of compliments which of course make me feel rather smug since my routine is quite simple. 

Lets get to it, I use very few products in my routine,

Mild Soap: Dove or Pears 
Skincare Brush : Rio Sonicleanse Exfoliating Brush from here 
Toner/Facial Mist : Rosewater
Secret Weapon : Retin-A Cream
Moisturiser : Nivea Creme 
Sunscreen : Nivea Protect and Moisturise Sunscreen SPF 50
Oils : Shea Nut Oil or Coconut oil, Coconut oil for everything because it is LIFE!!!

Once a week, I use a facemask with either my new Bentonite Clay from SheabyAsal or Quasil Powder ( this is a Somali beauty secret and is a powder from the Quasil tree). I mix a teaspoon of either of these with honey and apply it to my face for 30 mins then rinse off. 

My nightime skincare routine is more intense than the morning. My morning routine consists of rinsing my face with plain water then getting on with sunscreen and makeup. I have numerous reasons why I do this but mainly because I have dry skin and I do not want to dry it further by using soap.

For my nighttime skincare, firstly I take of my makeup by massaging a small amount of coconut oil on my face and wiping it off with a wet flannel or cotton wool.

 I then wet my facial cleansing brush under the faucet and rub the brush on my soap to make a lather. I then press the start button and run the brush on my face and neck for 60 secs. The brush alerts you with a beep after every 20 secs. Using this brush has made my skin and pores so clear and make sure my skin is completely clean. I only use it max 3 times a week. 

After a thorough cleanse with my brush, I dry my skin and then wait about 20-30 mins before I apply my secret weapon against dark marks and fine lines.......RETIN-A. I have been using this cream for about 2 years and was introduced to it by Mary, to say it works is an understatement, see this article here for evidence; The thing about Retin-A, it works! . The main ingredient in the cream is Vitamin A which allows for increased cell turn over meaning that your skin is constantly regenerating. 

However please note, you have to use it on dry skin and only use a pea-sized amount because it can cause peeling and some slight burning. Also, if you use retin-a, SUNSCREEN IS A MUST!

I then finish off by moisturising either using Shea Nut Oil from Keyara Organics or my Nivea Moisturiser ( in a blue tin). Here is my cleansed and moisturised face. 

 I also drink a lot of water probably about 2.5 litres a day, do not wear heavy foundation and do not wear make up at the weekend unless absolutely necessary. 

Do you guys have any tips for clear skin? What are your skincare routines? Would love to hear you guys on the comments.