And the Winners Are.... Drumroll please.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Christmas Shea Giveaway Winners Are:

1. Cynthia!
Cynthia said...

Hi! My name is Rita.

Why do I think it is awesome to be a natural in Kenya and Africa?

Due to the westernization of our culture, we women have been led to believe that straight hair is more beautiful than our kinks and coils. And majority of the women have straightened their hair or wear straight weaves. Being a natural makes me different. While everyone is straight, I have a head of unruly kinks and coils. I think that's awesome. And what's even more awesome - any day, I can choose to go straight but for someone who has straight hair they have to chop it all off in order to be a natural like me. Too cool! :-)

2. Mugs Gitau!

Hey ladies!
My name is Mugethi Gitau
I am an avid of your blog! I just know without ever trying it that my natural hair will love the shea butter! Been natural 3 months now and have 3 converts so far! :)
I love being natural; my hair is thicker and more lush than ever before! It can do so much more that it could relaxed! Plus its growing so much faster.
I love my haircare regimen almost as much as I love showing it off all dolled up!
And the freedom; I don't have to panic and flee every time it rains!
Plus you know I'll keep coming back for more shea butter!

3. Wambui
wambui said...

my coils and curls do move wen caught up in a kinks do no sway wen caught up in the curls r stubborn js lyk me...thy wnt to be loved n pampered n kinks represent me..firm and strong against all bullshit around me...i luv my coils...wambui

Stretch It Out

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hola! :D

So I just wanted to show you how to do a basic over-night stretch.
Let's get to it then shall we?

- After having co-washed your hair in twisted sections (personal preference) and after detangling the sections (with loads of slippery conditioner); re-twist the tangle-free sections and rinse out the conditioner like so....

Step 2:
- As soon as your hair is well rinsed, you can undo the individual two-strand twists and replace the sections with three-strand twists (matutas). At this point, I would advise that you add a bit of moisture to the entire length of your hair while paying extra attention to the ends. You can use your home-made spritz or any water based moisturizer of your preference.

- As you can see below, the left section has already been converted to a tighter three strand twist.
- Be sure to seal in the moisture with a natural sealant of your choice... I like to use unrefined shea butter.

- I find that I usually end up doing exactly eight twists/ or braids covering my entire head.
- The re-twists need not necessarily be three-strand twists! I like to do three-strand twists because I have really tight coils, (don't let the pictures fool you, left to its own devices, my hair reverts like you wouldn't believe if left open to dry). For those of you with a looser curl pattern, feel free to stick to two strand twists.

Final Step:
- Relax and unwind as your twists dry naturally. My hair usually needs a minimum of 6 hours to dry. Optimum drying time is double that - the bare minimum usually ends up with damp sections in the middle bits that shrink with a vengeance...
- I slept with mine. Total drying time = 9 hours :(
- In the morning, I grabbed some olive oil and used just a little to undo the twists. Unfortunately they had not dried as much as I would have liked but I didn't mind the end result. A stretched out fro (albeit with some shrinkage)

What do you think?

NB: This is the first step to achieving a banging twist out. Detangling and stretching your hair sets the precedence for doing a twist-and-twist-out (with smaller sized two-strand twists).

You can do a dry-twist out with detangled and stretched hair - less drying time, and fluffier results guaranteed!
I will be sure to to some soon. x

Peace out!

Questions and comments are, as always, more than welcome.

Natural Hair Story: Denisio

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hello good lookin',

Today we would like to introduce you to a lovely young lady who we met by, errr... chance, so to speak. Remember the post we did on basic hair care; on the onset of reading the post, you are met with an image of a gorgeous young woman bearing a strawberry blonde TWA, bold blue eyeshadow a pink pout and fierce self-confidence. When we were drafting the post, we searched the internet high and low for the perfect image that would depict a woman embracing and rocking her TWA... and needless to say, when we stumbled upon this image, we knew that we had found her.

Flash-forward to a few days and comments later, Nyachomba and I were met by a particularly pleasant surprise! The lady in question had put up a comment saying:
TheStarvingArtist said...

Hey that first picture is me!!!! :-)

Imagine that! Her name is Denisio in case you were wondering.

Denisio was kind enough to share a bit about her life as a natural with us. Enjoy the read everyone, and the amazing images that accompany her story.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!
28 years old, Photographer, Writer, Amateur Chef, and Vintage Reconstructor

2. How long have you been natural?
I cut my hair in January of this year, although I've gone natural off and one since the age of 19. I've had Locs, Afros, TWA's you name it! I am definitely enjoying the freedom of short hair so I think I'll keep it that way for a while.

3. Give us a brief insight into your natural hair journey
I have what I like to refer to as "cycles" with my hair. Every year or other year, I usually cut it all off. This may sound odd but I liken it it to a snake shedding their skin....its an act of me "shedding" whatever baggage or hangups I have with my hair. It serves as a reminder that nothing is permanent, and not to become too obsessed with any one physical aspect of my body. That, and I have hair A.D.D. lol.

4. What impact has your hair had on your career as an aritst; on your relationships, basic interactions and on your personal self-perception?
I actually have more positive reactions to my hair short than I did when it was relaxed and long, regardless of race or gender. Whether in an office environment or a social setting, the conversations I've had about my hair have been on the whole very positive. I've been told a lot that TWA's "suit" me. I tend to agree. I'm not sure what it is about having little to no hair, but I somehow feel more feminine without it. Is that strange? Maybe its just that there's more attention being paid to my face rather than what's on my head.

5. What is your current hair care regimen and what one product do you swear by?
I keep it simple, since that's the whole point of me keeping my hair short, lol. I love Kinky Curly Custard but find it quite sticky so I'll usually dilute it with water and apply to soaking wet hair. Then I let it air dry. I also love Morroccan oil products and pure aloe vera gel.

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We are totally loving her Maasai accessories :)

Thanks for reading everyone.
Enjoy your day. x

Spreading the Holiday Shea... GIVEAWAY!!! CLOSED

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The Holiday Shea Giveaway is officially closed.

Many thanks to all the participants! We appreciate all your answers and personal sentiments and your contribution to making us all embrace that which is naturally ours.


In line with our love for all things Holiday Season, the Kurly Kichana team would like to thank all of our followers and supporters for the awesome year we have had together.

We figured one way to show and share our unequivocal love for you fabulous lot was to give out one of our absolute favorite products... one that is as rare as it is superb... some even consider it the holy grail of natural hair care. Why, it's none other than Unrefined Ghanaian Shea Butter! And it's all for you! All 250gm of it, three of you to be exact.

3 winners will receive the following: 250gms Raw, Unrefined Ghanaian Shea Butter (GASP!)

There will be 3 lucky winners who will receive the prize*

****CONTEST ENDS ON FRIDAY, December 16th at 11:59 pm Kenyan Time****

THE RULES (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY) In order to be eligable for the prize, entrants must be Kenyan residents; as well as registered followers of the [click on "Join this site " in the right sidebar, and you're in!]

* Simply leave your unique and personalized comment to this post stating the following:
- Your name!
- Why you think its awesome to have natural hair in Kenya and Africa

Note: Entries that do not adhere to these rules and guidelines will not be considered. Winners will be selected at random, using an online random number selector.

Disclaimer: One entry per person. Winners must contact with winner’s mailing address at within 5 days of being notified of winning. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize and another winner will be selected at random.


Shea butter is a natural conditioner for hair. It is produced from the Shea-Karite tree nut. Shea butter is renowned not only for the benefits it presents for African hair but also because of its skincare and therapeutic qualities. It has been utilized in restorative healing burns and injuries, to get rid of surgical marks, dermatitis, and stretch marks.

Benefits of Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used for centuries to sooth dry itchy scalp or dandruff on African Hair. It’s also a great source to provide moisture for dry or damaged hair. It is therefore extremely beneficial to hair that is relaxed, colored, or heat-treated.

Sealant for the Hair

Black hair has the tendency to be dryer than any type of hair due to the texture. The natural sebum from the scalp has a hard time sliding down the shaft to the ends because of the bends or coils of black hair. Shea butter is frequently found in curly hair treatments because of its emolliating qualities. This makes it excellent for locking in moisture without leaving your hair greasy and heavy. Since it aids in fastening moisture into hair it’s fantastic for keeping your hair protected against the weather.

You can use it alone or you can add it to your favorite conditioner to give you extra moisture. It’s also a great additive for shampoos and hair creams.

Protection Against Heat

Shea butter does not sit on the hair, instead it absorbs into the hair strand/shaft without leaving a greasy or heavy feel. However it does coat the hair shaft so that it is protected against damage from the heat tool being passed along the hair.

Shield Against UVS

Shea butter is believed to have a low amount but sufficient SPF to protect your hair against the damage from ultra violet rays of the sun. This is definitely beneficial for processed or color treated hair.

Softener for Hair

Shea butter is great for softening hard brittle hair. It’s an excellent moisturizer, and therefore offers that advantage for dried as well as fragile curly hair.

Is all Shea Butter the Same?

There are two types of Shea Butter refined and unrefined. Unrefined Shea butter means it has more of its natural goodness. One of the reasons shea butter is refined is to eliminate it’s natural aroma which may not be liked by some. However the odor does absorb fairly quickly. If you want to use an unrefined Shea butter with less of an aroma, its been recommended to use Shea Butter from Uganda or East Africa.

Good Luck Lovelies



... I Work Out.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

For those of you who may not know this, the Kurly Kichana girls are fitness enthusiasts (and that's an understatement if I ever heard one). We appreciate the reward of an all out cardiovascular workout or a sweaty resistance training session - there is nothing quite like that endorphine kick.

Working out regularly has become a way of life for us now. It's not just about shedding off that stubborn 5Kgs, or trying to fit into a December-at-the-Coast-Bikini; it's a long term commitment based on living healthy and being in the best shape for your body type. I need not outline the long term benefits of an active lifestyle and a healthy diet, in any case they are too numerous to mention.

Red Pill, Blue Pill
Let me start by saying that it all begins with a simple decision - think Neo (The Matrix) - you either take the blue pill or the red pill, there is no turning back. Even if you do revert to your former lax lifestyle, you will never be the same knowing what you have given up. This choice will determine the level of sacrifice you are willing to put in to your new lifestyle. Today we want to give you a few tips and pointers on how you can blend in working out into your already busy lifestyle and achieve some of your personal goals.

The Balancing Act
Between blogging, managing our careers, hair consultations, relationships and simply living, we try our best to dedicate a minimum of 1 and a half hours to working out, 5 days a week. Are you a morning person or would you rather sweat it out in the evening after work/ school? Whatever your preference, have your life fit into your new workout regimen - not the other way around!

We often cite excuses that keep us away from the gym or from popping in a workout DVD; stop the excuses and mentally train yourself to work around a set schedule that runs like clockwork. If you know your regular workout hour is 7.30PM on a given Wednesday for instance, and a hot guy asks you out on a date set for that day, tell him to make it 8.30PM, or preferably to take a rain-check. NO COMPROMISES! Take this time as something selfish that you are doing for yourself. Out of the 24hours in a given day, dedicate the required 30min, 1 hour or more to (insert your name here); you are your star player, treat yourself as such.

Have a Buddy
Nyachomba has my back and I have hers. During our sleep overs, we usually work out together; it makes all the difference! We push each other through our grunts, sighs and laughs and in the end we exchange hi-fives and chest bumps like we won a freaking tournament... Sure feels like it! My point is, having someone to keep you in check can and will help you achieve your personal goals. It can take a single phone call to get me out of bed and into my trainers (albeit begrudgingly). Friends don't let friends not work out.

Set Realistic Goals and Reward Yourself Accordingly
Don't set yourself up for failure and disappointment by going hard upon the onset of your commitment to working out. For the low-down on how to avoid the pitfalls and to stay motivated, have a read on this post and get on the right path. Once you get into the swing of things, the fun begins! For some of us, working out comes with a reward system that can keep us fueled and keen to carry on to be harder, faster, better and stronger. Here's the trick though, don't base your milestones on factors such as the amount of weight or inches lost in a given period. Instead set your goals to be in terms of workout achievements such as; the completion of a weeks worth of working out, a month, or after running a marathon - you get the gist right? I love to buy myself new workout gear! I have my eyes set on a new pair of Nike running shoes... watch this space.

Music Makes You Lose Control
It's a fact, music can improve exercise performance by a considerable margin. Create a playlist, load up your Mp3 player and do your thing. Personally, I can't run without my iPod, this is extremely sad, alas tis true. My music of choice for my runs or spin sessions is, and always will be DUBSTEP! Passers by usually turn and stare as I run past them poker-faced, fist pumping to the bass drop and trying to bump my head. It's all very ungraceful but I love it.

justwanttobehealthyandfit:  Fall-inspired chicken salad.

Eat Right
We have a tendency to associate food as the antithesis of health and fitness. I've said it once and I'll say it again. Ya'll need to eat and eat well.

This 21st meant so much to me, because this very day, 365 days ago;I was in a really bad place, emptied from a real bad breakup.But one year on, the pain somehow all made sense.I may have lost a lover, my best friend, But I gained my life back.It’s not so much about the weight loss,It’s the strength that’ve I’ve developed,to be able to create that happiness for myself,without expectations from others,and just being at peace on the inside,day in and day out. That was the best 21st present any girl could have wished for (:

Write it Down and Take Pictures
Keep a virtual or physical journal to track your progress. This is a sure shot way to keep you at it and motivated. Be mindful of your extraneous progress by jotting down the distance you run as well as the duration, try and improve as time goes. It is also extremely integral to track you number of reps and weights used (resistance training) from the onset of your regimen. This is the only way to ensure you are truly working towards a goal. By this you can guess that I prefer to work out with a strict regimen. I am not one for winging it in the gym or at home, but I say, to each his own.

Sample Workout Plan: Nyachomba - No gym membership,mainly use workout videos and home equipment





HIIT 15 + Stretch 10

30 day shred


Fire 30

30 day shred and 20 min Run


Fire 45 EZ

30 day shred


Yoga 45mins

30 day shred and 20 min Run


Fire 55

30 day shred and 20 min Run


Fire 30

30 day shred


30 day shred


Sample Workout Plan: Mary - Gym membership ( alternates between home workouts and the gym)
Home Workout - P90X

Gym Workout - see below

Monday - Full Body Routine (series 1)

Full Body

Exercise Sets Reps

45 Degree Leg Press 3 20

Seated Row 3 20

Chest Dip 2 15-20

Machine Shoulder Press 2 20

Cable Curl 2 20

Tricep Extension 2 20

Hover 3 1 minute

Tuesday - Full Body Routine (series 2)

Full Body

Exercise Sets Reps

Smith Machine Squat 3 20

Seated calf Raise 2 25

Lat Pull Down 3 20

Dumbbell Flys 3 20

Tricep Kickback 2 20

Standing Dumbbell Curl 2 20

Decline Sit Ups 2 MAX

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday - Full Body Routine (series 3)

Full Body

Exercise Sets Reps

Dumbbell Lunge 4 10 each leg

Wide Grip Pull Up 3 MAX

Barbell Bench Press 3 15-20

Standing Barbell Curl 3 15-20

Tricep Bench Dip 3 15

Horizontal Leg Raise 2 MAX

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Rest Days

Workouts to try (links)

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