Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ever wondered what it might be like for a man dating and/or living with a natural haired sister; there is a dark side...
#1. Everything smells like coconut oil.
#2. Keeps using my gym t-shirts to dry her hair.
#3. Getting yelled at for using the olive oil she just bought to prepare us a surprise dinner. My bad I guess.
#4. Night after night, that damn silk bonnet will not come off for anything.
#5. Henna stains.
#6. Doesn't comprehend my physical and mental inability to braid or twist hair.
#7. Countless near death experiences in the shower caused by slipping on conditioner.
#8. Catches me looking (harmlessly, haha) at another sister with straight hair and automatically accuses me of preferring relaxed hair.
#9. That pudding in the fridge is NOT pudding.
#10. The countless hours of Youtube tutorials and actually knowing who Curly Mae is.
#11. Damn near eats me alive for buying her shampoo instead of conditioner.
#12. Bobby pins everywhere... so many bobby pins.
#13. Finding mayonnaise, eggs and avocado in the bathroom doesn't shock me any more.
#14. Ignorantly running my fingers through her hair freshly styled hair... and product primed hair.
#15. Mysterious spray stains on the mirror.
#16. Having to constantly remind myself not to play 'Spot the Weave' in a crowded room.
#17. Other brothers ogling her ;)
This goes out to all our 'significant others' out there. Thanks for sticking with us through all our complexities. xoxo
Reasons why you love us and our hair coming soon...
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Mission : A quest to enhance curls and make them pop like crazy
The Contenders : Ecostyler Gel VS Castor Oil
What it claims
Eco Style promises a product that won’t flake or tack, and will provide a vibrant sheen. Ideal for updo’s, pin-ups, and twists, this product will provide the maximum hold, without damaging your hair like many other products with alcohol added. Professionals use this alcohol-free product as well. Eco Gel.
Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Carbomer, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene, Glycol (and) DMDM Hydanton (and) Methylparben, Fragrance, Carmel Color, Love and Pride.
Castor oil is a thick, pale yellow substance derived from the tropical castor bean plant. It is a natural emollient, thereby hydrating your hair while healing the scalp. The moisture penetrates the roots and the tips, thus dispensing with the need to use a leave-on conditioner after you shampoo your hair. When you buy castor oil, there is no need to worry about split ends or frizzy locks.
Pure castor oil can serve as an organic hot-oil treatment for the hair. Warm some castor oil then leave it in your hair for 30-45mins under a plastic shower cap.Rinse off for shiny, moisturised hair
To achieve the above, I cowashed my hair with Enliven Coconut and Vanilla conditioner then used Organics Olive Oil moisturiser. I used the castor oil as my twisting product. Slept in the twists then released in the morning. The pictures above are day 2 hair.
Castor oil although being the cheaper option is very moisturising and provides medium hold. The oil leaves your hair looking lush and shiny. One thing I noticed is that if you use a small amount of castor oil, you hair still maintains its bouncyness rather than lying limp.
Ecostyler gel is a strong holding gel and hence if you use too much it can flake and make your hair hard. We find the best way to use it it to layer it over already moisturised hair and use a little.
Thanks for reading and Frugal Fridays continues next week... Have a great weekend X
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Anyway, I started my fit and healthy workout regimen this year and I'm loving it. I feel great about myself and I think it shows in my general attitude. I agree with you gals' ideas, I admit I was a little taken over by counting calories (my dietitian house-mate talked me out of it) but I realized that I'm much free-er not counting them. I would end up over/under-eating or eating the wrong things out of fear that I might break my calorie intake goals.
I eat good food, I ask myself what benefit a certain 'morsel' will give my body. I have found that "the rule of thirds" works effectively. I fill my plate 1/3 veggies, another 1/3 protein and the other 1/3 carbs (complex carbs that the body will work hard to break down, things like brown rice, barley, quinoa etc.). Or sometimes I do 2/3 veggies and the other 1/3 protein. Also portion size matters. I eat from smaller plates than before- try it, it works.
Our bodies just need training, getting fit is training your body to be active and to desire 'good things'. It also works the other way around.
Yours in naturalness,
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Introducing Frugal Fridays!!!
It's Friday the 16th, we are smack in the middle of September... and guess what, we are BROKE y'all! I'm talking Aloe Blacc - I Need a Dollar, broke. This happens every month; we blow our spending money frivolously on fabulous finds (I regret nothing), wine and dine like money ain't a thing, splurge on pricey beauty products and before you know it, we find ourselves staring bitterly and solemnly into our empty lamb skin pocketbooks.
But you know us, we are two resourceful sisters; and we would love to share our money saving tips and tricks with you! Today is the first of many FRUGAL FRIDAYS to come! There is always hope for the fabulously and frugally inclined. If there is a low cost and effective beauty remedy out there, a clothes store that is running a sale, or a superb meal that is on the cheap and tasty: we shall rant and rave about it this, and every (other) Friday.
Let's get things started shall we?
As staunch believers of the miraculous powers of natures good gifts, we try as much as we can to infuse natural remedies into our hair and skin care regimens. This counterbalances our mutual affiliation with store bought products that promise the very same amazing results. More often than not, the latter remedy is on the higher end of the money spending spectrum. In the end... we find ourselves asking, "was it worth it?"
For our first installment, let's talk skin.
The Mission: An effective cleansing mask for clogged skin that has the added advantage of healing properties.
The Contenders: Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask VS. Homemade Honey + Cinnamon Mask
Kshs 560 for 226.8gms
What it claims
Mint Julep Masque is the original natural home treatment developed by a dermatologist that helps dry up acne pimples, rinse away blackheads and shrink enlarged pores.
Simply apply Mint Julep Masque to your clean face and neck. Within minutes it firms and hardens, drawing out impurities from your pores. After the masque is removed, your skin will feel clean, refreshed and smooth.
Even for individuals who are fortunately free of skin problems, Mint Julep Masque is a refreshing facial treatment that helps relaxed tired muscles and ease tension lines on the face and neck.
IngredientsWater, Kaolin, Bentonite (CI 77004), Glycerin, Zinc Oxide, Propylene Glycol, Sulfur, Chromium Oxide Green (CI#77288), Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
My name is Diane, I leave in France and I am writing to express my admiration about your website. It is great to get some information about natural hair care etc... for girls like me who have decided to be fresh and natural forever.
You must hear that a lot but the only think I regret is not to have started earlier. Even if I leave in France, and most of people are white and not comfortable with black girls with own natural hair I decide to be a soldier of black beauty.
Thanks again for making me laugh and trust that man it is possible to feel beautiful with natural hair.
The Kurlies Say:
Thank you so much for your email! We love hearing from our readers :D
We agree with you completely when you say that 'you wish you would have started sooner.' We imagine how big our afros would have been if we had started earlier, but its never too late :-)
Its so refreshing to hear that you have taken on the task of soldiering on for natural black women in France! Thats great, should you need any help from Africa... please do not hesitate to let us know.
Thanks for reading our blog and showing us some love .
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
Today, we let's focus on our scalp and the steps we can take to a happy, healthy, itch free scalp. Oh, and just so you know, the road to beautiful healthy hair begins with caring for your scalp. Take notes.
A healthy diet is paramount. Consume foods rich in essential acids, proteins, zinc, iron, carotenes, and vitamins B, C and most importantly vitamin E. Vitamin E is amazing for healthy hair and skin - this is through both ingestion and direct application.
So by now you have heard the Kurly Kichana girls rave and rant about our unified hate for shampoos that contain Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). We still do,and we are still at it. However, we also champion the call for a clean and healthy scalp. This obviously calls for regular cleaning and nourishment, let's do a run down on how one can achieve this.
Natural oils and your Scalp
Shampoos come with a guarantee to cleanse your hair of all the nasty "oils" and build up gathered over a period of time. Their floral scents stimulate your senses and the happy advertisements whisper a promise pure unadulterated joy. They fail to mention that shampoos were not actually formulated with natural African hair in mind (with reference to a of majority internationally attainable brands). Caucasian hair/ Asian hair is less coily and is predominantly straighter in comparison to our natural hair structure. As such their naturally produced oils (sebum) manages to coat the entire hair shaft (from root to tip) and provide the hair with the basic nourishment it requires. This can sometime result in greasy, grimy and dirty looking hair over a short period of time. Shampoo therefore intends to rid hair of the excess oils and grime.
African hair is curly. Far more curlier than Caucasian hair. Due to its nature, sebum does not build up as much as it would for other hair varieties and thus our hair is mostly drier by comparison. As such we need to INFUSE as much moisture and nourishment as possible to supplement our naturally produced oils. Regular shampoos literally strip our hair of what little nourishment our scalp produces; it also manages to change our natural pH levels, leaving our hair dry and brittle and vulnerable to chronic breakage.
If you can get your hands on a suphate free shampoo or carry out an ACV rinse or a Bicarbonate of Soda rinse as you have heard us mention time and time again. Nyachomba will demonstrate this for us on the next post :)
There you have it - your scalp needs its natural oils. However, as we may not be able to produce enough of these oils, be comforted to know that there are various natural remedies that you can employ to boost your scalps needs. These remedies have the power to boost hair growth, aid afflictions such as flaking and itching, sooth allergies, dandruff and stimulate your sebaceous glands. Miracle workers really!
Essential oils are the magical elixirs that we swear by with regards to scalp treatment and conditioning. They are very potent and must be used with caution. We emphasize on the use of a carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil (on its own, jojoba is an excellent scalp moisturizer and can help re-balance sebum). If applied to the skin undiluted, essential oils can cause severe irritation or reactions in some individuals. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils prior to application. They carry the essential oil onto the skin.
Tea Tree: Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp.
Basil: Promotes hair growth
Clary sage: Dandruff, itchy scalp treatment
Lavender: Dandruf, itchy scalp treatment, as well as scalp treatments
Peppermint: Great for dry hair, promotes hair growth, stimulates hair growth
Myrrh: Treatment for dry hair, dandruff, and underactive sebaceous glands
Rosemary: Treatment for a flaky and itchy scalp
Ylang Ylang: Great for dandruff treatment
Lemon: Treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, and underactive sebaceous glands, enlivens the scalp.
Note: You can get most of these oils at Healthy U store ranging from Kshs 500 - Kshs 1600
There are loads of other essential oils to choose from. Let us know which ones you subscribe to and your experience with them.
GARDEN REMEDY: Go to your garden and get 3 sprigs of Rosemary, and chop up and add to 3 tea bags of Chamomile tea. Boil gently, let cool, strain and rinse your hair with this liquid for a calming antiflammatory effects. :)
Anti - bacterial hair growth serum
3 drops Tea tree oil
3 drops Peppermint oil
3 drops Rosemary oil
Aloe Vera Gel
Mix all the above in a 50ml bottle and shake before using. Aloe Vera is great for the scalp and encourages hair growth and kills bacteria
Add 2-3 drops of tea tree and peppermint essential oils per dollop of shampoo or conditioner - Shampoo hair with shampoo + essential oil, or add a few drops to your conditioner for an added treat. This helps flaky and itchy scalps. The tingling feeling induced by peppermint oil is an added plus
Nourishing scalp and hair growth mix
Add 3 drops each of the following essential oils to 1/4 cup of Olive Oil: Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lavender. Mix well then add 3 drops of Vitamin E oil. Add to a dark coloured bottle, and store in a cool location. This is a great hair growth and scalp nourishing mix, plus the smell of Lavender is calming. Giving your scalp a massage with this oil before bed will ensure a great nights sleep :-)
Do not use Rosemary oil if you are pregnant or suffer from high blood pressure