After Yoga Twists and Shea Moisture Review

Thursday, February 9, 2012

I have a confession to make...

This morning, I didn't bother to tie or twist/braid my hair before my work out (Yoga Burn - I highly recommend it), I know it was wrong, but sue me. I was sleepy and grumpy and frankly my dear I didn't give a damn. But lo and behold! The shrinkage after was more than welcome! I actually liked it :)

Prior to that, I had tried out Shea Moistures Curl Enhancing Smoothie for my twists. I must say, It lived up to all the hype!

My two day old twist out

Post work out!

All fluffy and stuff :)

Shea Moisture Review:

My Review:
  • I have to say that I liked it.
  • It has a thick gooey consistency and pretty awesome scent - floral and sweet, but not too over-powering.
  • It defines the curls, adds shine and lustre however it doesn’t clamp your hair together as well as I would have liked (next time I'll add a touch of Eco Styler Gel).
  • As soon as my curls were completely dry my hair felt well moisturized but not greasy. Yay!
  • It has a smooth slimey feel to the touch (possibly form the coconut oil) but leaves no shine or oily residue.
  • As you can see, three days later my twist out was still hanging in there, even after a sweaty work-out.
Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Vegetable Glycerin , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Silk Protein , Ammonium Salt , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Sorbitol Esters , Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5) , Caprylyl Glycol , Essential Oil Blend , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Enjoy the day beautiful people.x

Moisturising 101

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Moisture is the state of being damp.In this case moisture in the hair is when water is absorbed and retained in the hair follicle or in the actual hair shaft. Having well moisturised hair is essential to attaining longer stronger hair.

We have been bombarded with questions regarding moisturising hair, especially now when the Nairobi sun feels like its pregnant with twins. When the air is very dry and humidity levels are low, moisture loss from the hair is very high.

In this heat there are two ways to make sure that your hair is properly moisturised.

1. Use a water based moisturiser such as ORS Olive Oil Moisturiser or our tried tested and cherished hair spritz. You can take out the glycerin and add a yummy smelling essential oil

2. Use either of these oils,
  • Coconut
  • Olive
  • Sunflower
  • Grapeseed
  • Castor oil
It is important that you lock in moisture to your hair. By moisturising and then sealing with an oil, the moisture is locked in to your hair for longer.

Please have a look at our older posts on moisturising hair in the archives;

Fitness and Hair updates coming up tomorrow!!

Suzanne Asks

Monday, February 6, 2012

"I so love the blusher on your cheeks...would never have the guts to wear blush....your skin is so flawless would it be to much to ask for you to post your am and pm face routine? Pwetty please?"

In response to this post, Suzanne asked if I could post my facial am and pm routine. So far my routine is pretty simple.


Wash face with aloe vera soap, Kshs 147 from Uchumi. I rotate from Pears Soap and All natural Aloe Vera soap.
Air dry face and apply Oil of Olay SPF 15 Radiance creme.
Apply Make up

Wash face with aloe soap/pears soap
Take off eye make up/mascara with a mix of rosewater and sunflower oil on a piece of cotton wool
Apply Pure Aloe Vera Gel on skin

I must admit my skin is looking the best it has in a long long time and I can attribute it to the following;
  • Keeping my regimen as simple as possible
  • Avoiding foundation and powder, I only conceal my under eye circles and use mascara and sometimes eye-shadow. Keeping make up to a minimum has really helped my skin
  • Weekly face masks with Queene Helene Mint Julep Mask, Honey and Cinnamon mask or Oatmeal and Yoghurt mask
  • Scrubbing my face up to two times a week with bicarbonate of soda
  • When I get a spot, I put some Sudocreme on it before bed and in the morning its disappeared

Sorry for the small image, only pic I could find

Polished for 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

In line with the hair and fitness challenge, We are also trying to be more polished this could mean more work appropriate clothes ( we suffer with that, looking like hippies at work), polished make up and moving slowly to wearing heels.

With this in mind wanted to share my work appropriate make up look. I put my hair in a bun after taking these pictures.

I used the grey colour ( last in the bottom row) and the two light colours ( second from the right on the top row and last on the left of the bottom row)

Face & Body

google images

Will definitely be posting more makeup looks and tutorials

Kurly Kichana Hair Challenge

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Abs and Afros

The Kurly Kichana Healthy Hair Challenge is finally here!

Phase 1 Start Date: 1st February 2012 - 1st May 2012

We will be giving away a prize to a lucky ACTIVE participant of this challenge.

On May 2nd there will be prize drawing to win your very own (gift/prize to be announced at a later date)

The Challenge and its participants will be monitored on the Kurly Kichana Facebook Fanpage (Have you liked us yet? Go on then!)

The Rules of Engagement:

You must enter AND submit a starting photo on our Facebook Challenge Note by February 6th, 2012 to be listed as a challenger and be entered into the drawing.

Prize drawing will take place on May 2, 2012 using You must have a beginning and an ending photo to be eligible for the prize. You are also welcome to add on your progress pictures as often as you would like :)

Now that thats out of the way...

PART I: Welcome to the "Give Your Hair a Drank Deep Conditioning Challenge 2012"

Do you want MORE MOISTURE, HEALTHIER curls and MANAGEABLE locks... Honey I've got two words for you - Deep Conditioning!

The benefits of regular deep conditioning include:

  • A means to increase and maintain proper moisture levels in the hair
  • Improve manageability
  • Reduce splits and breakage i.e. great for retention
  • Effective way of maintaining protein/moisture balance

We know, but we forget, we get lazy. This challenge is to keep us consistent.

The terms are simple;

1. Deep condition at least once per week, on wet or dry hair. If you are wearing braids or weaves, once per 10-14 days.

2. Shampooing is not required.

3. Deep condition using your method of choice: Heat cap, hooded dryer, steamer, hot towels or no heat.

4. You must DC for a minimum of 30 minutes.

5. Come check in at least once a week to update us on how it's going for you. Also, it would be helpful if we know what you are using as your deep conditioners of choice. This helps to inform the newbies in that we'll know if they are using the correct conditioners for their hair in an effort to avoid protein/moisture overload.

6. Let us know what kind of results you are getting from a conditioner as well, whether you liked it or not and why.

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PART II: Welcome to the "Giiiirl How Did You Get Your Hair So THICK Challenge 2012"

Is your mane looking listless and limp? Do you want to get that Diana Ross Curl Swag? Well we want to give our genetics a run for its money and do our part to attaining thicker, richer locks.

So here goes;

1. Purchase a bottle of pure castor oil; you can use any type of Castor Oil you desire.

2. You must apply the castor oil to your scalp 3x’s a week at the minimum.

3. You may apply the castor oil to the length of your hair if you wish to seal.

4. You may mix your castor oil with another oil if it is too thick for you, or if irritation occurs.

5. Carry out a henna gloss treatment once every two weeks! (This is the other magic ingredient)

6. Check in once a week and let us know how your hair is doing.

The Challenge is open to long time naturals, newbies and transitioners alike.

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