The Series | Supporting Local - ZikoAfrika + ShopSoko

Monday, July 25, 2016

In a past life I must have been a magpie because I really do love shiny things. Since I turned 30 however, I have been leaning towards simple pieces of jewellery that can liven up an outfit but still give off that minimalist vibe I seem to be into at the moment. 
In the spirit of supporting local brands, I wanted to share some earrings that I am loving. They are the kind that make a simple white tee and jeans look super chic. 
The first pair are inspired by the earrings worn by women from the West African Fulani tribe. The women there normally wear much larger earrings but I got these smaller ones from Spinners Web on Peponi Road for Kshs 1,500. They are so light and almost feel like you don't have earrings on. 
If you like African art, pottery, fabric etc Spinners Web is just for you, they have curated a selection of brands and vendors in one store.

 At the Bizarre Bazaar last month I came across the stand by Shopsoko
ShopSoko was started by 3 women entrepreneuers to empower artisans to sell their items at a global level and increase their incomes. I got these simple earrings for only Kshs 500. Check out their site! 

I saved the best for last. I saw these earrings on the KungaraKenya instagram page and ordered them immediately despite the fact they only had a sample piece ready. They were good enough to let me know when the final pieces would be ready and delivered them to my office. If you haven't already, check out Kungara Kenya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, they have some uber chic clothes, shoes and jewellery. 

These earrings are by ZikoAfrika which is a brand that was founded by Sisi and El, their focus is on simple and minimalist pieces which are just what I am inspired by right now. 
I love these earrings and I kinda want to go to a ball in a white dress, nude lipstick and these earrings! 

What jewellery are you guys loving at the moment? Are there any local brands that I definitely have to check out? Would love to hear about them in the comments. 

The Style | Goddess Braids

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What do you do when you need to do a quick hair style that is pretty enough because you are a Bridesmaid at an important wedding and you only have 24hrs to sort it out? You log on to YouTube for inspiration and get a super easy style that takes literally 5 mins to do. This is literally what I did, two weekends ago. I watched a few goddess braid youtube tutorials and got to work!
Goddess or Halo Braids are reminiscent of Greek Goddesses in their Togas and are a fantastic style for when you are feeling like queening!
I posted this pic on Instagram and got so much love and requests for a tutorial, so here you go!

To start off you need the following;
Long Kanekalon Hair/Xpressions Braids in your preferred colour
Styling Gel
Hair pins
Parting comb

Get started by parting your hair in the middle, apply your gel and brush it down into a ponytail at the base of your head. 
I used a mix of Aloe Vera gel and Marini styling gel to lay down my edges and hair. I then tied down a scarf for about 20 mins to ensure everything was LAID!!
Tip: Aloe Vera gel is great for laying down edges and also encouraging growth to struggling edges

 I then took half of the pack of Kanekalon hair , combed it a little and braided it loosely to make it look a bit more natural or as natural as can be.

I then attached a rubber band to the braid and used it to wrap the braid around my ponytail.

After that I just wrapped the braid around my head and pinned along the braid to secure it on my head. 

Depending on how long the braid is you can wrap it twice and keep pinning. 
All done!

Hope you guys enjoyed the quick tutorial! Happy Wednesday. 

The Hair : Sensationnel Sage Wig

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge is still on and we are now on the home stretch. I have been protective styling with crochet braidsbeyonce inspired cornrows and the occasional bun and puff. So far so good and my hair is retaining some length as for my edges, they are slowly growing in. 
One protective style that I have never worn is a wig, when I think of wigs I think plasticky looking hair!Had you dared me to wear a wig I would probably have run for miles. I have since changed my mind, especially since following Gina aka NaturalBelle aka The Wig Witch who slays wigs like no one else. She has been wearing wigs for a while as she nurtured some hair loss issues. 
I was looking to get a wig and went straight to Blush Hair & Beauty who sell a variety of hair pieces, wigs and weaves. I used the Super Reggae braids from them for the last bomb crochet braids I had. 
After looking and trying on a few wigs, I settled for the curly Sensationnel Sage Wig in the colour F1B/30 which is black with brown/gold highlights.

 It is a U-part wig which you can part on the side or in the middle and is made of synthetic hair that is so so so soft. You can also use heat on it if you need to.
Can you tell I like it?
The wig has a comb at the front and two combs at the back and also has adjustable strap that give you that extra piece of mind that the wig will not fall off :-)

I wore the wig after pinning my hair down and wearing a wig cap that I bought from Super Cosmetics. 
After I wore it for a while, I felt that the hair was too big for my face and needed some shaping. I spent some time on YouTube watching some wig cutting videos and settled on the video below to guide my cutting. 

I followed her instructions exactly but got a bit over eager and snipped a lot more than I should on the right side, I panicked but managed to sort it out. 

I gave the wig a fringe that suits my face better. 

All  I need now are a flared jumpsuit, platform heels and I can channel my inner Diana Ross. I am loving this hair ladies, as you can tell from my recent instagram post

Tip: Always shape your wig if you are not happy with how it looks straight out of the box. 
You can get this wig for Kshs 4000 from Blush Hair & Beauty who are on 1st Floor, Apic Centre in Westlands. They also have Lace Wigs, Weaving Hair, Braiding Hair including Marley Hair and wig caps. 

We are having a giveaway where you can win a voucher for Kshs 4000 to buy a wig from Blush Hair and Beauty. The details are on the Kurly Kichana and Blush Hair and Beauty Instagram and Facebook Pages.