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 kurlykichana.com/
thenaturalgirlsguidetobeauty.blogspot.com [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 kurlykichana.com with winner’s mailing address at kurlykichana@gmail.com 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


susaneve said...

Susaneve,It brings out the greatness, confidence and african beauty in me.

shizysunshine said...

shiz: natural hair is deeper than about hair....it has helped me accept me in totality not waiting for the day am thin,cubed etc etc...and am now convicted that there is nothing more beautiful than black skin and black hair..now i find it simply breathtaking

Eva said...

Hey Ladies,

Thank you for spreading the word on how to be natural and for supporting the growth of the natural hair community in Kenya and beyond.

My Name is Eva Githina

I think that it is awesome for us to rediscover the beauty of our natural selves. African women have always been put down about their looks by mainstream media and it is time that we learned how to heal our receding hairlines, our bruised souls and flagging self esteem.

The power to reclaim our beauty both physical and spiritual is within our grasp and starts here. Only then can we stand confidently.

Anonymous said...

Hey ladies,am Shanyisa..having natural hair is liberating,beacause i dont have to try make my hair look like what its not or what it cant be..its refreshing,empowering and just feels right in africa..its not always easy to keep up with the co-washes,hennas and DCs,but thats the beauty in it,itsa journey,getting to know it from scratch...

Wanjiru said...

Wanjiru M,
For a woman from any part of the world to embrace her hair in its raw state is a beautiful thing. And so I love and embrace my curly moisture-loving hair; the way it grows on my head and has a life of its own.

Erika said...

Erika (but I'm not entering). Prior to my trip to Senegal a couple of years ago an African/American friend who grew up in Cote d'Ivoire told me that I would stick out like a sore thumb in Senegal with my natural hair because it was something not culturally accepted. She said, "They think you are crazy, certifiably insane". I disregarded what she said hoping that I would engage in this 'unique African' experience that had consumed my thoughts. I saw no naturals among the Senegalese and when I did spot naturals it became a warped game, "I bet they are from the 'New World'". This was the case, upon spotting twists, afros and cornrows, those ladies were invariably from the Americas. Maybe they too were expecting a home-coming of sorts, an opportunity to let their hair loose and just be. In the US there are so many constraints (social/professional). I had this notion that in all the continent everyone was unadulterated Africans. Colonialism affected us all on both sides of the Atlantic but I find it wonderful that Diaspora in the Americas and Europe and Africans within the continent are choosing to be as we were made.

Samba said...

Samba...I am beautiful, I am black, God knew why the hair coming from my follicles had to be extremely curled...and running away from the responsibility of taking care of it by going through shortcuts as I did before is just disrespectful to my creator...that's why I am natural, or rather trying to be natural, because for me it's a way of worship and thanksgiving to God :-) for making me the way he did

Anonymous said...

I've been natural for just about 3 months since my BC in October and so far, so great. I love how my natural hair makes me feel more authentic and a natural beauty. I'd advocate for more African women to try it out; embrace your true God given self and once you do it wholeheartedly, it will be easier for others to accept you as you will exude confidence.

Njambi said...

Hi Kurlies, my name is Njambi. This is my 3rd month being totally natural and after over 20 years of frying and dying my hair I am so relieved to have my natural locks back! Some days I love it and some days I less than love it, depending on how I've been treating it, but I would not have it any other way now. I love being natural...in all it's kurly glory there's nothing more fabulous than my hair!

Mugs Gitau said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

SugarPuss said...

Wanja...what's not to love?? natural hair is the perfect accessory for every season, every outfit, every event, every emotion, every day, every night, every decade!!! Never goes out of style, bad hair days are transformed into awesome monday do's...braid it, colour it, twist it, straighten it, it always remains naturally you! Big up yourself all the time!

Joyce said...

I love it because it is my own naturally beautiful crown for the African queen that I am.


Dorothy said...

The name's Dorothy. I've been "properly" natural for about a year now, and love that it's made me much more capable of accepting things won't always turn out as i like. My hair's a boss and does exactly as it likes! Still, those moments when we're in sync are that much more awesome.

JandyKanini said...

Jandy. I think its awesome, especially at this time, because we are taking back Africa. Women have been given so much undue negative backlash for being too westernized. I love being natural coz I get my Africa ONNN! I do the whole Maasai ornaments thing, Kitenge and Ankara fabric and just look as African as I feel inside. I LOVE IT!!!

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! :-)

AnitaQ4 said...

Hi Kurly Kichana, Anita here! I LOVE being a natural haired lady because it shows the world that I'm proud of the form in which my hair grows out of my scalp! I've influenced 6 other ladies in my life to go natural, and I've seen them grow so much as African women. That makes me sooo proud! #sidenote my 1 year nappiversary is in three days *WINK WINK!

Aisha K said...

My name is Aisha Ngonze and being natural in Kenya and in Africa to me means freedom, the freedom to choose who i want to be, It means fearlessness and the courage to shun away from conformity to other people's ideals on beauty and what is beautiful.

Being natural to me means being proud of what mother nature gave me and embracing my beauty with all its "flaws"

Being natural to me means liberating peace and inner strength.

Being natural to me means being beautiful

Being natural to me means being happy and at peace :-)

wambui said...

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

Kurly said...


Mary & Nyachomba

Mrembo said...

Kindly let everyone know that you can get unrefined shea butter from southern sudan at nakumatt in westgate. It is a tad expensive but it is the real deal.

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