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Monday, February 28, 2011

Hello lovely people,

Having a good start of the week? Hope so. Just wanted to check in on the protective styling challenge and let you guys know where I am. Last week I was bunning my hair and moisturising twice a day.I have been very very bad and did not deep condition this weekend,instead I co-washed and then put my hair in twists. I flat twisted the back and sides and did normal twists at the top of my head.

This will be my protective style for the week and I will then wear a twist out at the weekend. I have been moisturising with my spritz twice a day and sealing with raw Shea butter. Due to so many activities this coming weekend and the next I am not sure if I will be able to braid my hair.However the protective styling will continue maybe will smaller twists or cornrows.

This was first thing in the morning before dashing off to work..excuse the confused eyes and face

Happy Tuesday people.

I see myself Mary

Mary was recently featured on naturalbelle, Please check it out!!

Happy Monday

Party at the Park

Thursday, February 24, 2011

So one of our mates had a birthday last weekend and he decided it would be good fun to invite a couple of his friends to the Nairobi National Park for an afternoon/ evening/ night of fun and frolics.

Nyash, our two good friends "Teflon" and "Diablo" and myself were like, "Meh! Why the heck not?!"

So off we went!

Diablo has this sweet ride, its an old school Land Rover Defender that's got a distinguished classic feel to it. Plus its a lovely shade of red... Here's the interior.. Old school innit?

This is Diablo btw... :) Im planning on swiping his awesome designer sunglasses soon. Nyash and Teflon were seated at the back cursing us at every bump... There were a lot of bumps.. hehehehe.

So as we drove to our destination, we followed the signs that were to lead us to King Fisher point... It was a lovely hot afternoon and the landscape was breath taking... it's amazing to think that the park is less than 20min away from the City Centre (traffic free).

We saw giraffes!And a couple of black rhino and zebra! Sadly the photos I took were rubbish... We managed to get a couple of shots of some pheasants though... counts for something right?

Pheasants! (not Guinea Fowl - thanks Tef)

The city is somewhere yonder them thurr hills...

Here are Teflon and Nyash!

So we finally arrived at the spot to find a bunch of people already assembled, enjoying the location, the drinks and each others company. Before you knew it it was a huge ensemble.

Diablo, Teflon and "Carter" throwing signs and smiles



Friend Teflon and I

Nyash and Friend :)

How awesome is this?

I like my friends, they are silly :)

In case you didn't know it, the Nairobi National Park is an open game park... with Lion, Cheetah and buffalo among other fabulous creatures. We were well protected however, seeing as the park rangers were nearby watching over us.

Later on we headed out of the park after dark and scurried off into the night for more adventures!

Thanks for reading.


If you needed any more inspiration!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hello there,

Its Thursday!!Yay! So this Saturday Mary and I went to the National Park (post coming soon) then headed to a party at Kengeles Lavington which ended up being an impromptu mini natural hair meet up. We promise it was not planned and we are still planning our natural hair meet up, SOON!

TWA's, BAA's (courtesy of Mary) and Puffs were all represented. As you can see from the picture below. Good times were had and hair tips shared. It was lovely and makes us want to hold the natural hair meet up even more.

The Sartorialist Scott Schuman should have taken this picture

I am always taking care of Ms Mary!

Kengeles Lavington by night

Happy Thursday Lovelies

Curls are back and an Awesome weekend was had!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hey how are you all...

So my braids are finally off as well! Actually I took them off on Friday and proceeded to have an epic weekend.
I basically went through the very same regimen as Nyash; saturated them heavily prior and after removal, protein conditioned, henna treatment, deep moisturizing condition and wound it all up with a twist and curl!

Nyachomba and I had an action packed weekend; from an amazing get together with friends at the National Park to an unexpected natural hair meet up and a night of partying it UP! (pics and posts coming up soon... I have to get Nyash her camera back... my bad).

So, it is with great joy that I say phase one of our protective style challenge was a success. I am currently in head wraps this week. I need to give my hair a break before I dawn the next protective style.

More on the weekend coming up...

Enjoy your day. x

Curls are back!

Monday, February 21, 2011

The curls are back....Yay! Only for a short while though because the challenge continues, Aluta Continua! I will bun for this whole week then braid/ twist during the weekend

After taking out my braids on Friday (took about 2 hours), I sprayed my hair with water, conditioner and olive oil mix for my hair to suck it all in and make it easier to detangle. I let this on for 45 mins then shampooed and applied my henna. Henna was mixed with tea.

I woke up Saturday morning,rinsed out the henna and deep conditioned. For styling I twisted 6 sections of my hair and wore my hair in a puff for the weekend.

Forgive my no make up face and its official..I always have to do strange things with my hands when taking pictures. I also apologise for the bad quality picture, I do not have my camera

Happy Monday peeps.

Bye Bye Braids

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finally saying good bye to these braids! Yay!! I have missed my hair. I plan to undo the braids and as I undo them I shall spritz the hair with a mix of conditioner, water and olive oil. There shall be more conditioner in this mix. The reason for spritzing the hair as I undo, is that the hair at the root is tangled into itself and with buildup so it needs to be moist for easier detangling

I shall shampoo, Henna, deep condition and detangle and probably wear a wash and go for the weekend and twist my hair on Sunday.

Excuse the bad pictures I was using my webcam which makes my forehead look like I dunked it in Elianto. I have been wearing my braids in a little ponytail with half of my braids loose

Woman of the Week

Being a native of my homeland Kenya, It is with great pride that I introduce today's woman of the week. As a champion and advocate for women's rights, founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a former parliamentarian and Nobel laureate; Wangare Maathai is truly a woman worthy of esteemed regard.

To add on to her list of achievements, Wangare Maathai was the first African woman to receive a doctorate degree in Eastern and Central Africa. She obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). She subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1966). Professor Maathai pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of Nairobi, obtaining a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi where she also taught veterinary anatomy. She became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those positions in the region.

The Early Years: Professor Maathai is destined to be a great woman

Professor Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its chairman from 1981-87. In 1976, while she was serving the National Council of Women, Professor Maathai introduced the idea of community-based tree planting. She continued to develop this idea into a broad-based grassroots organization whose main focus is poverty reduction and environmental conservation through tree planting. With the organization which became known as the Green Belt Movement Professor Maathai has assisted women in planting more than 40 million trees on community lands including farms, schools and church compounds.

Tree planting initiatives in Kenya

In 1986 the Green Belt Movement (GBM) established a Pan African Green Belt Network that has exposed many leaders of other African countries to its unique approach. Some of these individuals have established similar tree planting initiatives in their own countries using the methods taught to improve their efforts. Countries that have successfully launched such initiatives in Africa include Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and others.

In September 1998, Professor Maathai became co-chair of the Jubilee 2000 Africa Campaign, which seeks debt cancellation for African countries. Her campaign against land grabbing and rapacious allocation of forest lands has gained international attention in recent years.

Champion for womens rights, the environment and our country

Professor Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. She has addressed the UN on several occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly during the five-year review of the Earth Summit. She served on the commission for Global Governance and the Commission on the Future. She and the Green Belt Movement have received numerous awards, most notably the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

A proud moment for Kenyans everywhere

Professor Maathai was listed 6th in the Environment Agency (UK) peer review of the world’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes. She was also included in UNEP's Global 500 Hall of Fame and named one of the 100 heroines of the world. In June 1997, Professor Maathai was elected by Earth Times as one of 100 persons in the World who have made a difference in the environmental arena. In 2005, Professor Maathai was honored by Time Magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world, and by Forbes Magazine as one of 100 most powerful women in the world.

Professor Maathai has also received honorary doctoral degrees from several institutions around the world: Williams college (1990), Hobart & William Smith Colleges (1994), University of Norway (1997), Yale University (2004), Willamette College (2005), University of California at Irvine (2006), and Morehouse University (2006)

Pandu from Namibia

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Today I just wanted to share with you a very creative hairstyle that one of our loyal followers Panduleni came up with. Pandu emailed me a long time ago asking about how to transition to natural hair. We chatted back and forth about transitioning and she finally BC'd. Her hair is so beautiful and dark (just look at the pictures)
Below is an excerpt from one of the emails she sent me,

After i cut off all my relaxed ends, i didn't know what to do. So I ran to a salon near my neighborhood to get it braided in cornrows. She actually braided my whole head, but after a few days, I decided to undo the back then the front -- i wanted to try something cool and different and on top of that I don't like looking like other people lol, seen a lotta ppl with that hairstyle. So I undid the back n front. pinned up the back. and there you go ... my easy to go hairstyle after my not so big chop hehehe.

I love Pandu's hairstyle, what do you guys think?

Hair Challenge Updates

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hello people

How was the weekend? good? Oh maybe I should add, Happy Valentines day to all the lovers out there. I just wanted to do a post to update you guys on how the hair challenge is going. I have had my braids in for 4 weeks not...this is my 4th week. They are still looking neat which is surprising because I have not been tying the up with a scarf at night.

I have been washing them once a week, mainly cowashing with Suave Waterfall mist conditioner which also leaves a lovely scent to the braids. If you co-wash braids, you have to make sure that all the conditioner is rinsed off this will keep the braids shinier and reduce buildup. After the co-wash, I deep condition with Lorys chocolate deep conditioner mixed with olive oil. I then wait for the braids to dry slightly and spritz with the Glycerin moisturising spritz and massage my scalp with a mixture of olive oil and castor oil with a little rosemary essential oil. I also use a Garnier shine serum, this makes the braids look soooo shiny.

Daily or every two days, I spritz with my glycerin moisturising spritz then massage my scalp with a small amount of coconut oil/ olive + castor oil.

My hair at the front is kinda fuzzy but I think this makes the braids look better and more authentic. The hair on the braids surprisingly hasn't fuzzed up too much and still looks okay. I think I will take off the braids on Friday and clarifying shampoo, henna treatment and intense deep condition.

Have a lovely week

Your Africa is Showing

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Good day Lovelies!!

Having a good week?Today I wanted to touch on a controversial topic that I have been mulling over and have been reading up on in USA and UK based blogs.

"Your Africa is showing" is a statement that is used to address an African American woman who is looking overtly African by leaving their "nappy" hair too nappy or unkempt. This is a derogatory statement!A example of where such a statement could be used is when for example a Black female lawyer in a typically smart law firm goes to work in a suit, briefcase but has her hair in a little afro. Her black colleague would state that "Girl!, your Africa is showing" not as a snide remark but almost as a concern in an environment where she is supposed to fit in with straight hair, pencil skirt and heels.

When I read this for the first time, I gave the statement no thought at all. However now I think about it, it is a huge insult. Going back, African Americans have always struggled with their identity and subsequent discrimination maybe to a bigger extent than Africans. Their way of fitting in to society has always been to hide their "Africanness" whether by wearing weaves, adopting a western culture or even shunning any links to Africa. Upon meeting an African, an African American will probably notice the differences rather than similarities in culture and appearance with the African. Just watch the video below called breaking down the black myth, with interviews done in Harlem, New York with Africans, Mixed Race Americans and African Americans. ( I love the Tanzanian guy who has lived in America for quite a few years judging by his accent)

Your Africa is showing when it comes to hair goes to say that your nappy hair is showing, your unattractive kinky hair is showing. I know this may sound harsh and please correct me via comments if I am wrong. As an African through and through, Kenyan to be exact this implies that we Africans are ugly and not appealing in appearance, that we are not smart enough, that we are backward and a bunch of natives. Africans unfortunately have always been thought of to have big/thick lips, dark skin and hard, unmanageable hair. This to some has been seen as negative traits but to others as beautiful, awe inspiring and positive characteristics. As an African woman, its hard not to think that your hair is not good/straight enough, your skin not brown/light skinned enough, your lips too thick, your ass to big, your nose too wide!

I think that we should use "Your Africa is showing" as a term of endearment, that your proud culture is showing, your beautiful heritage is showing, your humanity is showing! Use this to complement each other to get rid of that image that black Africa is ugly! What do you guys think?

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