Kurly Kichana Mail : Rahal asks

Friday, August 26, 2011


I came across your blog and am thinking about going natural but I do not know which products to start with. I live in Minneapolis, I recently cut my hair and want to grow it back so am not ready to do the big chop. The part that frustrates me is when I unbraid my hair and it’s too hard to comb, that’s when I head straight to the salon to relax it! So what products would you recommend?

The Kurlies say,

Hello there Rahal. You are very lucky to be Stateside because you have a wider range of products aimed at curly hair...just having this huge arsenal should encourage you to put down the box of relaxer! (Dreams of having Shea moisture in Kenya, Le sigh)

There are lots of products we have heard that yield miracles in natural hair. Below is a list of products from various pharmacies and beauty supply stores that you should look into.

  • The SheaMoisture range we hear is EPIC.Easy to use and great for moisture and detangling
  • The Jane Carter Solution is also great for natural hair
  • Qhemet is a great line that uses organic natural products. It makes a great line of hair butters that curlies everywhere are in awe of.
  • Beemine products
  • Kinky Curly Hair products are reknowned for their curl enhancing abilities
  • Cantu Shea butter is a great line and very affordable
  • Organic root stimulator
When buying products for natural hair, remember to seek those that add a lot of moisture to hair.

Kurly Kichana
A kurls best friend

Kurls on the Run: Fuel the Fire

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hello gorgeous.

On this edition of Kurls on the Run, we would like to cover the all important topic of diet and nutrition. Many fitness nuts will tell you that the path the a healthy body and lifestyle focuses on 80% of what you consume and 20% on how much physical activity you put in. I don't know how true the numbers are but I certainly do appreciate the logic.

I believe it's all about balance and moderation. That said, I have a confession to make; I am a pseudo-obsessive calorie counter. There I said it.... My soul is cleansed! Now before you go on and dub me one of those women who eat nothing but carrot sticks and sniff other people's chocolate fudge cake... No no, don't even. I love food, I have a wonderful love affair with food. But I am most certainly careful about what I am eating, how much of it I consume and what benefit (if any) it has on my body.

veganbreakfast: Salad with apple for breakfast by roshelen on Flickr.

I work out. A lot. Twice a day everyday, save for Sunday. P90X estimates a calorie burn of 600 calories on average where as Turbo Fire burns up an average of 500 calories. Combined, I can burn up to 1100 calories on a given day. I haven't even mentioned my infrequent gym workouts. Needless to say I would easily crash if I didn't eat the food I need to regenerate my body and to give me the energy I need to simply wake up in the morning. As such, I consume a minimum of 2000 calories. Ideally, I should consume 2500 - 2800 calories everyday.

littlewaternymph: I think breakfast tomorrow will be wholegrain bread, avocado, tomato and cream cheese. Mmmm. Yum.

Failure to do so will lead to my body falling into starvation mode. Our bodies need sustenance to be able to function like the amazing machines that they are. When it comes to weight loss, we tend to focus more on losing inches and weight and punish our bodies by not eating enough and not eating correctly. If you manage to survive this insanity, you will most definitely lose the weight, no doubt about that, but there's more to the bargain. Poor calorie intake can lead to loss of muscle tissue, hair loss, a weakened immune system, stress and overall looking and feeling pretty jacked up. Oh, and what's more, the weight is more likely to pile on back should you stop eating like a humming bird and revert to your old ways... which, and you can bet your skinny jeans on this, you will.

Consume the right amount of calories depending on your lifestyle. If you want to lose weight, you may have to reduce the amounts of calories you take in or up your work out regimen. To find out just how much, consult a nutritionist... or if you are as cheap as I am, consult your general practitioner on your next medical check up or eye exam. You could also read up on it on the internet or purchase a book. I always like a good book. Great websites with information and personalized nutrition and fitness plans are Livestrong.com and myfitnesspal.com.

ffoodd: Rainbow of fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market at Union Square (by ceciliasun)

Consuming the RIGHT calories is where my pseudo obsession comes in. Sure you can take in your daily required calories by eating burgers and fries; they have plenty of calories don't they! Problem solved! HALT! No ma'am you may not! If you are serious about your fitness and general health, those foods should be vile substances, cursed by the ghost of Christmas or something. Junk food and fast food give your body nothing but empty calories. No substance in them; just yucky processed gunk and trans fats and other badies.

Give your body the FUEL it needs to work at optimum efficiency. Eat perfectly balanced meals fortified with the goodness and nutrients that you need for your health requirements. Every so often new weight loss fads and diets come up that guarantee instant weight loss or the miraculous 'secret' to good health.Poppycock! The perfect diet does indeed exist; we learnt all about it in primary school and Sesame Street taught us songs about it... ladies and gentlemen, the perfect diet is the balanced diet.

A perfect diet consists of carbohydrates, fats (yes WE NEED fats), protein, minerals and vitamins. See, just like we learnt when we were kids. Should you require more information on these food groups and their benefits to the body, let me know. I'm no expert, but I'd love to talk about them with your input. Also the internet is there for you. It wants nothing but the best for you... so go on... read up. You know, we are blessed to live in a country where it is far cheaper and easier to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables moreover expensive fast foods and take out. We have amazing organic vegetables and fruit which, in the long run, are far cheaper than buying a bucket of chicken from *insert new fast food restaurant here*. So, what is stopping us?

By the by, you can simply lose weight by changing your diet. Leave out the empty calories and go for wholesome nutritious food. Put in as little as 30 minutes of cardio every day, be it scrubbing the floor, walking to work or a bit of gardening, and (you can quote me on this) YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT, albeit over a longer period of time.

As always thanks for reading. For more fitness inspiration check out our humble tumlr fitspo on kurlsontherun.tumblr.com

Over to you!

Disclaimer: We are not professional dietitians or nutritionists. This is post is based solely on our layman perspective.

Kurly Kichana Reviews : Elasta QP Olive and Mango Butter Moisturiser

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Happy Tuesday people,

Today we want to review a great moisturiser by Elasta QP. This moisturiser recently changed from just Mango Butter to Olive and Mango Butter Moisturizer.


Aqua(purified water), squalane(olive oil derived), caprylic/capric triglyceride(coconut oil derived), peg-75 lanolin, behntrimonium methosulfate, hexadecanol, cetearyl alcohol, ceterareth-20, dimethicone, phenyl trimethicone, mangifera indica (Mango) seed butter, theobroma cacao (A) seed butter, hydrolyzed silk, serica, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, fragrance, fd&c yellow no.5 (CI 19140)


The cream can be quite pricey, between Kshs 800-900.
Be prepared to dig deep ladies. You can find the entire Elasta QP range at Nakumatt super store.

Our Thoughts

The olive oil and mango butter cream is a heavy, moisture rich cream with a relatively thick consistency, perfect for moisture retention. Because it is quite thick, its best to use it after spraying your hair with a little bit of water. This helps the cream spread evenly throughout the hair.

It is great for twists and twist outs, if used straight up from the jar it makes a great holding cream.

We love its amazing scent.

Purchase worthy?

If you are looking for a treat for your hair, this is it! Its not something you can use everyday considering the price but definitely a great pick me up for your hair :-)

Enjoy the day.x

Overdue cut!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hey guys, Had a good weekend? Mine had me frustrated, my hair was all in knots and everytime I go to touch my hair my fingers pick up stray strands, broken strands and knots. Argh!!!! So annoying. I have been telling Mary that I need to cut my hair and she always says NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."just leave it and trim a little". I have been doing that for a few months and nothings changed

So Kshs 260 later for a pair of hair shears and some helpful hands, got my hair cut at home. All I did was get it wet with conditioner then sectioned off into 6 sections and cut. My ends feel amazing. I cut quite a lot of hair, the hair at the back is shorter (2-3inches) with the front being longer. Hmmm we shall see how this uneveness goes on :-)

Before the cut, Can you see the knots dangling from the rest of the hair?

After, a bit uneven but I love it.

The hair cut has made my ends feels lovely, its much shorter than I thought , the shrinkage is amazing. The reason for the hair cut was to get healthier hair and oh well, hair does grow after all. I will try take pics of how it looks from the front. I am totally feeling this hair cut :-)

Happy Monday lovelies

Badu Be the Baddest ★

Friday, August 19, 2011

We. Adore. Her.

sapphrikah: oshun-girl:

Y’all know what a cypher is? [“Yeah!”] It’s all kinds of ciphers. But a cypher can be represented by a circle, which consists of how many degrees? [“360!”] What? 360 degrees. And my cipher keeps moving like a rolling stone. So in my song when I say that, my cipher represents myself or the atoms in my body and the rolling stone represents the Earth. The atoms in the body rotate at the same rate on the same axis that the Earth rotates, giving us a direct connection with the place we call Earth; therefore, we can call ourselves Earth. Okay? On my hand I wear an ankh. This is an ankh. An ankh is an ancient Kemetic symbol. The word Kemet is the original name for Egypt.
Erykah Badu



It's a way of life.

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Kurly Kichana Mail: Daisy Asks

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hi Kurly Kichana,

I need your help. I don't have natural hair but I would like your advise on what to do to my temple hair. It is really weak whilst the rest of my hair is strong. Things went south when I braided my hair. Is there a sure fire way of growing it back.

Thanks a milli.

The Kurlies Say:

Dear Daisy!

Hi hun! The hair around our edges is extremely very weak and susceptible to traction alopecia and thus we should be very careful. Too much braiding can result in very weak, thinned out edges.

We suggest you make sure there is no stress on your edges. Do this for as long as (3-6 months, or longer depending on the damage) you can so that your hair can grow back over time. Avoid tight ponytails, micro-braids, tight weaves and other stressful hairstyles. One remedy we would recommend is a simple mix of peppermint oil mixed with castor oil. This will be good treat for your edges and will aid regrowth.

Another product we would recommend is the ORS Temple Balm. It contains a fertilizing serum that stimulates hair growth. You can find it at Super Cosmetics and Beauty Options for about KES 600/- (last we checked). Works wonders it does...

Kind Regards from Kurly Kichana,
A Kurls Best Friend

Natural Hair Story: Jackie

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today we introduce Miss Jackie!

Jackie is a Kenyan living in Houston, TX, US. She has been natural for five years now and couldn't be happier! She shares her experiences and knowledge on her natural hair blog where she details her enthusiasm for the global phenomenon that is the natural hair revolution.

Read on and get to know a little more about her and her journey into 'natural'.

1. How long have you been natural?When did you decide to go natural and what influenced you?

I have been natural for 6 years. I did the big chop in June of 2005. I decided to become natural because I was curious about my natural hair which I could hardly remember. I got a perm when I was 13 years old and do not remember how my hair looked like. I was curious about my hair and also beginning to wonder why straight hair seemed to be the only acceptable way to wear my hair. I have a little bit of a rebel streak.

2. What reactions have you gotten from your friends and family about your natural hair?

The reactions from friends and family have been varied. Some people were supportive and others were a little shocked. I was not too cute with very short hair but that was the least of my concerns at the time. I felt a little sorry for my husband though since he would have to walk around with me:-) I hardly get negative reactions now since it has been so long since I have had straight hair.

3. What products do you currently use?

I try to use products that are readily available. My staples are;
  • Herbal Essences,Hello Hydration Conditioner for cowashing. I cowash my hair once or twice a week. It usually depends on the style I am wearing and how my hair feels. I shampoo my hair once or twice a year.
  • When I have buildup, I mix the conditioner with shikakai powder. I also use Apple cider vinegar to rinse out my hair.
  • I moisturize my hair with Cantu Sheer butter leave in conditioner and seal it with coconut or castor oil.
  • I also keep Carol's daughter hair milk in my drawer for moisturizing my hair when I am wearing curly styles.
  • I deep condition my hair with coconut milk mixed with olive oil and a little honey. I mix them and microwave the mix for a minute and then put it on my hair and leave it for at least one hour. Sometimes I put conditioner in the mix.
  • For daily moisturizing I mix ice water, coconut oil and a little honey and spray it on my hair as needed. I also use Fantasia IC pure tea tree moisturizing gel for my afro puffs and buns.
4. What are your natural hair goals?

My main hair goal is to have healthy hair but I have enjoyed growing it and my next goal is mid back length when straightened and armpit length when it is not straightened. I have loved and enjoyed getting to know my hair; now I want to grow it just because I can:-) My current length is bra-strap when straightened and just below shoulder length with no heat or straightening.

5. What styles do your wear most of the time?

I wear my hair in a bun during the week because it is really easy to maintain and do twist-outs, afros and braid-outs on the weekend.

6. What is the best thing about being natural?

The best thing about being natural is the discovery that there was beautiful hair growing from my scalp. I have loved discovering that there is nothing wrong with our hair and that it can grow. I also enjoy the fact that I am using healthier hair practices.

7. What advice would you give someone who recently went natural or who is transitioning?

The best advice I would give someone that is transitioning is to understand it will be a journey. Parts of the journey will be difficult especially if you had permed hair because the maintenance is so different. The good news is there is beautiful hair to be discovered on the other end. People tell me all the time that I can wear my hair naturally because it is soft to the touch but it has not always been that way. I have learnt how to take care of it and all of us can do that. It just takes time.

Jackie Mwandia
aka Rafiki at the Makuti Lounge

Le Puff: Simple Day, Simple Do

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Good Tuesday to you my dears,

I hope all is well.

The braids are off and my hair is out and free. For a while in any case. After I took my braids off I did a henna gloss treatment and I loved it! My hair was super shinny and oh so thick...

Today's up-do is a regular old puff on a three day old twist-out. Have at it.

Quick and easy, just how I like it.


Kurly Kichana Mail : Irene and J Ask

Monday, August 15, 2011

Source: Vashtie.com
Hi Ladies,

I have been following your blog for a couple of months now and the most amazing thing is that you've inspired me to go Natural. I'm now ready to do it, my only worry is I don't want to cut my hair to go Natural. Is it possible to go Natural without cutting my hair? & If so, please advice me how? Thanks :)


hey ladies!!

J here.... my hair is permed and I want to go all napptural!! I've had permed hair since ..... well a long time ago. I really dont know where to start.. I'm braiding it first so that I get enough growth to well... cut off the permed bit. But im scared!! you know.. how will I look with short hair.. how will I keep it looking fabulous. Coz I really think I am my hair *trust me I believe my hair is my crown and glory*. my hair is pretty kinky and all those pictures just show beautiful soft hair... I literally want to be walked through this journey. Seeing that even my significant other cannot stand the idea of me cutting my hair. I really just need to know where to start....
looking forward to hearing from you.

Miss J

The Kurlies say,

Irene: You can definitelygo natural without cutting your hair, this is done via transitioning. You can slowly grow your hair as you still have your relaxed ends. Some ladies have transitioned for upto 2 years. As you grow out your natural hair you will have to deal with two different textures.

As you transition you still have to deep condition and moisturise your hair as often as possible to prevent unnecessary breakage

Note: Maintaining a protein moisture balance is very important when transitioining, to prevent breakage of the relaxed ends it is good to do protein treatments which strengthen the hair. Look for products with egg, wheat and soy protein in them and use them every two weeks. Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise is a very good product for this.

Miss J: Go on Girl for having the courage to even think about chopping off your hair,Its a big decision. Cutting hair is very freeing and you will realise that after all hair does grow back and when its grows back natural its healthier and thicker. Remember all natural hair does not look the same and you should never compare your hair to anyone elses. Embrace your own and remember to moisturise, deep condition and be gentle with your hair. Learn to listen to your hair and handle it as need be. Please have a good read through our archives which has tonnes of info on taking care of natural hair http://thenaturalgirlsguidetobeauty.blogspot.com/p/hair-care-guide.html. Braids are a great style when you are trying yo grow your hair, make sure to moisturise and keep your scalp clean.

Braid Takedown

We recently took down our braids and wanted to share with you how we both removed the braids and detangled.

I (Nyachomba) took about a week to take them all down, I wore headscarves for most of the week. After taking them down, my hair was in knots close to the scalp, I assume due to buildup. I then mixed shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil and sunflower oil into a bowl and heated it in the microwave for a little bit till it was warm. I applied this all over my hair especially the knots. Left it on for 45mins then added some conditioner to loosen the knots further. This worked well because the comb slid down the hair easily...detangling was a breeze. I did loose a little ball hair which is expected from keeping braids in for 6 weeks. Have a looksie at the pic.

Mary undid her braids using conditioner alone. As she undid each braid, she took a pea-sized amount of conditioner and ran it through the newly unbraided lock. Using her fingers, she gently removed the build up and shed hair all the while layering the unbraided section in conditioner. As the locks got bigger she would clump them together and carry on like so.

Her method calls for patience and a gentle hand. But the benefits include minimum hair breakage and the added advantage of a deep conditioning session. She used about a quarter amount of Enliven conditioner.

Enjoy the day :)

Kurly Kichana Mail: Doreen Asks

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hi ladies,

So, I had been thinking about going natural for a while but I didn't execute the plan. So, the other day, in a moment of adrenaline rushed impulse I went ahead and chopped off my hair. Now, as you can imagine, I'm now freaking out. I have no idea how this works, what to do with it and I hadn't prepared myself for the toughness.

Please help me out. What products should I buy to keep it soft and moist? Can I wash it daily? Please help me out coz I really don't want to braid my hair and I want to rock this.

Thank you for all the help you're giving.

The Kurlies Say:
First off, SUPER YAY!! Congratulations, adrenaline can make you do some crazy things, exciting ones though! We always encourage ladies to enjoy their hair when its in a TWA or below. When your hair is this short, you do not have to do so much to it, just wash n go.

Firstly Yes! you can wash your hair daily, as long as you do not wash it with shampoo that's fine. Wash your hair with a glob of conditioner, rinse and use a leave in conditioner. To trap moisture in your hair you can use some olive, coconut or grapeseed oil after using the leave in. Doing this often will make your hair soft and moist. If you do not want to wash your hair everyday, you can make a moisturising spritz with water, conditioner and glycerin. Use this to spritz your hair whenever it feels dry but do not forget to seal your moisture in with your oil of choice

Product Recommendation

Conditioners: Suave conditioner, Herbal Hydration - Herbal Essences, Alberton Balsam and Enliven ranges
Shampoos: Suave Clarifying Shampoos, ORS Aloe Shampoo, Creme of Nature Shampoo.Use diluted shampoo if your hair feels like it has buildup.
Moisture based products: Organics and Organic Root Stimulator have a wide range of mineral oil free products that are great for natural hair.
Sealants: Always seal your moisturized hair with natural oils or butters eg. Olive Oil, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter, Coconut oil etc.

Pssst! If you need a bit of inspiration before you do YOUR big chop... please click on this and feel inspired http://thebigchopfiles.tumblr.com/

It's the Little Things

The feeling you get when you are truly at peace.

The feeling you get when you take your first sip.

The feeling you get when you listen to your favorite record on loop.

The feeling you get when you are all alone at the shore.

The feeling you get when the night promises romance.

The feeling you get when you indulge yourself in a private pleasure.

The feeling you get when you sit by a camp fire.

The feeling you get when you and your loved one are alone in your private little universe.

The feeling you get when you suddenly believe in love.

The feeling you get when you are together.

The feeling you get when you accept your quirks.

The feeling you get when you take back the city.

The feeling you get when you finish another amazing book.

Picnic Time at Karura Forest

Friday, August 5, 2011

Well hello...

The cold season is indeed upon us.

It is ridiculously cold here in Nairobi... I'm talking bone-chilling cold; the perfect weather for a cuddle, a good movie and a steaming cuppa tea.

With the weather being as rank as it is, it was only natural to plan a picnic out at Karura Forest on the one day the sun made its diva appearance. We rallied up a few friends, lots of junk food and a couple of drinks. Et voila! A picnic was had.

The hours passed and the clouds gathered ominously in the sky... we looked up and the heavens, and toasted to a lovely day.

Enjoy the weekend beautiful people.x

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