Loving in September

Friday, September 14, 2012

Long time no blog huh! Sorry about that guys, life has us moving at supersonic speeds. I (Nyachomba) just wanted to share the products I am loving this month.

Firstly I have been loving using Aloe Vera extract in my spritz bottle. We are so in love with Naptural85 and her hair, she uses aloe vera juice and water to moisturise her hair. Now you guys know we are frugal, Aloe Vera juice in Nairobi can cost up to Kshs 1000. Uchumi to the rescue! They stock products from Herbal Garden who do a bottle of Aloe Vera extract for wait for it.....................................Ksh 350! Don't sleep ladies!
I have been using this extract mixed with water in my spray bottle and its been keeping my hair shiny and moisturised all day



Second Product thats receiving a lot of lurrve is coconut oil. I grab my bottle from, you guessed it. UCHUMI! Kshs 110 per bottle. This coconut oil has a funny nutty smell however the smell does not hang around for long. I have been using it for detangling as well as sealing.


HEHH has been declared a holy grail product by so many ladies out there. Ladies, when you find it at any shop..grab two maybe three bottle. There is a reason why this is a
cult favourite




Parnevu are a brand that I have seen around beauty shops and in the local supermarket but the prices have always put me off. However my hair was feeling rather weak and felt like it needed a boost of protein. I spent about 500 bob on this, but it lasts a long time. Its smells herbal and has a thick consistency which will make it last forever. Not sure I would repurchase but so far so good. My hair is kinda loving it.


What products are you guys loving right now..Share! Share!

22 comments:

Wordsmith said...

I've tried the Herbal Essence line but it hasn't worked for me. I used the pink bottles, the shampoo and conditioner. First of all, the shampoo has no lather until like the fourth wash, so I have ended up using sooo much of it. The conditioner does not detangle or leave my hair feeling moisturised at all. Which particular Herbal Essence product do you recommend?
Have you guys seen the Jamaican Mango & Lime line that has popped up in most beauty shops? Has anyone tried it? I'm curious but it's rather pricey and I wouldn't want to spend so much on experimenting. They have cool-sounding products like detanglers, Stretch-It-Straight for heat styling, etc.

Kenyan Enterpreneur said...

Hey, I too started on hello hydration! I love the smell but it is too soon to comment on the effect. What do you use to detangle?

Sue said...

Aloe vera juice is just wonderful, especially as a braid spritz. I tend to use it on it's own,sometimes adding an essential oil. I also use coconut oil alot, I use food grade coconut oil. Usually solid at room temperature unless it's very hot outside. I did not see that in Nairobi though, looked in a few shops. Ended up buying something similar to the bottle you have in SuperCosmetics. Also had a really nutty smell, it was also quite thick, worked well enough though.

I use conditioners by Suave Naturals or Aussie Moist, affordable and work well.I would recommend trying the Suave Almond and Shea butter if you can find it, thick, creamy and great slip!

I tried Herbal Essences and didn't really like it. I haven't bought a deep conditioner in ages, I use Coconut oil or another oil as a "hot oil treatment"/leave-in product.

Pure Honey is also great on hair, just add a spoon or two to your conditioner, plus a little coconut oil. BUT make sure to warm in microwave for 20-30 secs! Otherwise you have a sticky mess.

atieno said...

sue, foodgrade coconut oil is available in a can at nakumatt (look out for the cbc brand) made in singapore. it comes in a green 1.5 kilo alluminum can (like the canned zesta jam) thats why its so easy to miss...just go to the food section.

i love palmolive naturals conditioner milk and honey when my hair is dry and brittle (coarse hair territory) its thick, smells great, has an even better slip and alittle goes along way for my dense bush of hair. 270/=

lorys deep conditioner comes in a large jar for 365/= in nakumatt...i like to use the ceramides version. Now ladies, it does contain mineral oil and parabens, and silicon but it does halt breakage for me and leaves me with zero crunch and since i am an unemployed (as of yet 20 something) i am so not going to trip over that.

Lulu life shea butter available at healthy you in any nakumatt you venture to is a life saver but it will cost about 1350/= or so for 250 ml jar...but the slip is to die for when combing through clean damp hair and when styling my hair into the freench rolls i so love.

extra virgin coconut oil 1.5 ltr will set you back between 850/= to 1500/= but it will last you a full year unless you shower in it.

clove essential oil and lavender essential oil both of them 750/= will also do for me. i mix them in my oils to alleviate itchiness and for their deodorizing effects. You could dilute it in a bit of sweet almond oil to deodorize your scalp after washes or to mask any unpleasant scents like dirty hair smell, scalp sweat and smoke or even use to daub your armpits. You will sweat no doubt but your sweat will smell of flowers and/or spice. Never use an essential oil straight.

castor oil i love for its humectant property but it creates alot of drag in my hair due to its thick consistency and obliterated my fine hairs unless i mix it with something more free flowing like sweet almond oil which may cost you 650/= avocado oil is available at healthy you in nakumatt stores for 500/= or there abouts for 140ml.

because i am simple and broke , i pick coconut oil, lorys, palmolive naturals, and good old shea butter any day and use them with no replacement for a year. occasionally i might do mustard oil which is wonderful for softening coarse hair from my experience with it in the past.

Muthoni Hari said...

Hi there. I use the HH shampoo and condition using the Olive Oil Leave-In conditioner. I then seal in the moisture with olive oil. I however watched a You Tube video by Naptural85 where she talked about parabens and how harmful they are on hair. So I started reading product contents to the very end...and every single one I put my hand on had parabens!!! If there are products without parabens it would be cool if you would profile them as well...Also, if there is someone who has managed to get the Terressetial Mudwash products to Kenya...SHOUT ABOUT IT!!! :-)

RachW said...

I did buy the Jamaican Mango and Lime Shea Butter pomade but it has petroleum as the first ingredient but it's has a lot of natural ingredients too. The shea butter is #2 in the list. It sure beats Lulu Life Pure Shea Butter if you are on a budget.

RachW said...

Where did you buy the mustard oil?

Mercy Mkhana said...

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner + Coconut oil = heaven for my hair. I was laughing to myself when I saw the picture of the coconut oil that you had up. Are you guys old enough to remember the white thin-long-neck bottle of coconut oil that everyone and their mother got from Uchumi and Ebrahim's back in the day? I picked up such a vintage bottle of coconut oil when I was last in Kenya - nostalgia made me do it more than a need for it at the time- but after I combined it with the leave-in conditioner...it was as AWESOME as it always was when I was a young'un! My hair loves it. I have always sworn by coconut oil but never knew how to properly use it to seal in moisture until I was a grown-up.

I had heard so much about aloe vera juice and gel especially the Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel...I got some but my hair doesn't seem to really like the gel. It did make my hair a bit curlier, especially at the ends but it didn't stay...it just kept shrinking so maybe I have to experiment with the FotE gel + Coconut oil and see what happens.

I try to just keep-it-simple as much as possible for my hair so I don't use too much stuff but I will be forever loving that coconut oil!





athena said...

Ladies, I am transitioning and I need as much help as possible. SOS

Ess! said...

You should have named your title "Hey Sharon, this one's for you"

Aloe Vera Extract and 100% coconut oil?
Yes please.

I've written down both product names in my little notebook - I'm hunting them down this weekend. Wish me luck!

I'm absolutely loving my conditioner {Elvive Smooth Intense Anti-frizz conditioner with silk protein and argan oil} and leave-in conditioner {Schwarzkopf Gliss hair repair liquid}.
You've inspired me to do a post on the products I usually use on my hair!

Which Uchumi did you go to?

Ess! said...

Mercy you know that Coconut Oil you described? I've got a couple in my stash!
Smells horrid though.

drcikks said...

I'm replying to your blogs for the first time and I am going to commit murder (or whatever the most grievous natural hair commandment is). I cut my hair and went natural purely as spur of the moment. AS it happened I had just bought the stuff I used pre BC - Motions silicon treatment, creme of nature conditioner and shampoo and moisture lotion. I'm cheap so I continued to use the same products for my natural as my relaxed hair. Can't say I've regretted it so far. My hair is already 5 inches long after less than six months and very soft. A few knots but that's just coz I don't know how to cut my own hair and I can't stand the salon anymore. However I finally ran out of conditioner (everything else is still there - but I use conditioner as shampoo and as shaving gel) this post has come at the right time so I can finally use the right products and figure out whether I've been doing the wrong thing. Wish me luck!!

drcikks said...

Hi. I emailed you a while back about combination hair and styling short hair. I have learnt a lot since then (God bless Youtube!). There is an even cheaper coconut oil with a lovely smell called Ballet for like 50 bob. I bought at Naivas. Check it out. Also my hair is now like 5 inches long and I was looking into hair accessories like bands. Review a few for us - pictorial style why don't you. Keep up the good work. Off to Nakumatt to try a few of the products mentioned above.

atieno said...

pure mustard seed oikl is available in nakumatt and occasionally healthy you stores. Looka at the isle where the glycerin and the rose water is in nakumatt galleria Karen. I also buy mine from indian/ ayurvedic shops, try diamond plaza or Ngara

atieno said...

Dr.Organics brand of hair products have no parabens in them. The conditioner and shampoo line retailing at 950/= for 180ml bottle- are the only one's available so far at nakumatt.

Look at the healthyou at galleria-they have the castille soaps for those with sodiumlaurylsulphate and paraben hangups and organic paraben free, sls, silcon free, and artificial scent and color free conditioners and shampoos. Make sure you are ready to splurge because the cheapest item is the castille soaps for 300/= a bar, shampoos and conditioners will cost you over 2000/=

alternatively you could go to grassroots salon at the village market, they told me that they could buy niche products like oyins, carols daughter, phto and the like on your behalf.

Maisha said...

I love the coconut oil from parachute. use it on my hair and my body. It's actually quite pure and if any one of you has ever made your own coconut oil from your kitchen you'll know that that nutty smell is how homemade coconut oil smells. My family makes coconut oil for all our babies and it's used to bathe the baby [with a cotton ball] a few days after birth and used for their hair and body once they start water bathing. Amazing. My boyfriend looooooves it when I have that oil on.

Faith Muraya said...

in lucky that i get straight up great shea butter and black soap from ghana....
id be glad to share the richness..
im selling some now...because honestly wea being exploitd...
email me:fthmuraya@gmail.com

Faith Muraya said...

in lucky that i get straight up great shea butter and black soap from ghana....
id be glad to share the richness..
im selling some now...because honestly wea being exploitd...
email me:fthmuraya@gmail.com

pepper tht awesome chiq said...

Started my journey with natural hair today....felt bad cutting my shoulder length hair...but its for the better i think.....any advice???

Anonymous said...

I did my big chop a few weeks ago and I am totally loving it. I just realized that the shampoo I use has sulphate which I hear is not good for the hair. I use the suave conditioner(coconut oil),..another product I love is the curls unleashed jelly quite expensive though but it real defines curls especially when doing a twist out.

Anonymous said...

can someone please tell me where i can buy authentic extra virgin olive oil?

Anonymous said...

Nakumatt or any supermarket in the food section