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Sunday, July 15, 2012




Hello there! Yup, we are still alive and well. On our facebook page we are constantly being bombarded for shea butter be it Ghanian or Sudanese.

We think it may be time to let you guys know that we East African girls have to make do. Shea butter may be seen as the holy grail of butters, but sadly it is not native to East Africa and hence it is not in huge supply and when it is, its very expensive

We are lucky to have great oils such as coconut, castor and sunflower oil in our great region. You can buy 500mls of coconut oil for Kshs 250, you can see it was included in one of our lists.

This Sunday, Make do! Here is a great post all about our wonderful coconut oil

9 comments:

karenskita said...

Funny how easily i can find genuine shea butter for very litle here in china yet its not native here either.Next time i'm coming to 254 i'm going to make good business hehe

els said...

I use shea butter from Lira (Uganda). There's a shop in Kampala (Oasis Mall). Leaves my hair soft. 7,000 Ug shs for 125ml. http://www.sheabutteruganda.com/index.html

alexia said...

Hey ladies. I buy my Shea butter at healthy you stores in Nairobi. This Shea butter is native to south Sudan . It's about kshs 700 for 100ml and kshs 1350 for 250 ml. Now you know

alexia said...

Hi ladies it is available at the healthy u stores in Nairobi. Native to south Sudan

thecleanvan said...

I'm surprised it would be expensive. There is a kind of shea butter that comes from Uganda if I'm not mistaken. I guess people are exporting all of it or hiking up the price. Even the prices quoted here are more than I have paid outside the country. Sad that it's native to Africa and people can't find it.

atieno said...

i use shea butter to seal my ends and i will be the first to admit that it is NOTHING SPECIAL. i like that it has alot of slip and that it may be assisting me in dealing with my porosity problem (4b tight coils territory) especially at my ends but like any product...it may not live up to its hype.

before you purchase a product the first thing you should not do is look at reviews...that is in my humble opinion. the first thing to be done should be to isolate and discern exactly what you want your hair to do and make sure its a realistic expectation. for example; alot of folk will tell you in their shea butter reviews that they got more curl definition, and more moisture retention. A realistic examination of the ability of tightly coiled hair to do that is =0% probbability. why? because if you are like me then your curls do not clump by themselves and defining them via product is simply a waste of money and a waste of hope. do you want some shea butter to reduce your hairs tendency's towards being overly porous? that's a possible reality

vanessa atlantis said...

its not true that shea butter is not native to East africa the genus nilotica is more abundant in northern uganda than southern sudan infact throughout markets catering to northern cuisine in kampala you'll find it in abundance

Nyachomba said...

Hey Vanessa! Thanks for the heads up. It is native to Uganda and South Sudan..however it is very difficult to find here in Nairobi and the stuff from Kampala is too smokey to use for hair...

What!? This blog still exists! :) said...

Hey Nyachomba. There's a company called Shea Mantra that has started packaging shea butter and selling it in kampala for only 7000 Ushs which is around 250kshs. Its not smokey at all and I'm sure would serve you well.
Otherwise I love your Blog:+) Keep it up.
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