Kurls & Kocktails: Dress Code

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hello lovelies... 

The ladies behind Kurls & Kocktails have been getting a lot of buzz on what could probably be the most important question about the event; 

"What should we wear and what the blazes is a 'Retro Glam Theme'?"

Not to worry ladies, we've got you!

When asked, Tricia of Tricia's Naturals describes Retro Glam/ Pin-up Posh as this:
"Pin-Up" is an entire genre of dressing and makeup from the 40s and 50s basically evocative of a very flirty, feminine, formal type of wear but today it has been reinterpreted with more flexibility and flair. Think Josephine Baker, Marylin Monroe, Audrey Hepurn. There is a whole Pinterest page entitled Pin-Up and a number of online stores and FB groups. Just think girly and glam with bright lipstick, nude eyes and long lashes. But of course this is all open to your individual interpretation y'all!
Last night at La Descarga for the “Folly” event with lovely Ashley (in blue) and April (in red). The theme was a Cuban Speakeasy of the 1940s/1950s. Man, I love Latin music!  (Taken with Instagram at La Descarga)
The Pinup Noire

Ms. Wacuka (The Bella Nubian) describes this look as so;
"Okay ladies hold up with the panic attacks! The theme actually, Tricia Wanjala, is Retro Glam which is close to pin up... which is style inspired by the 50's and 60's..current celebs that rock this look are Janelle Monae and Solange. So think throwback elegance with a dash of the now... does this help?? Think dresses that are clean cut but have a flair or even classic evening suits the make up is a soft eye with a strong eye liner and a bold lip :)"


thepinupnoire:  How adorable is she? :)

Us KK girls like to think Retro Glam is a combination of all the above! You can't go wrong with a strong cat eye and bold lips! Whether you pin your hair or leave it wild, keep your make up clean and polished and don't forget the most important accessory; your unique personality!

So whether you want to dress up or dress down: make it glam!
Bold lips. Clean face. Eye liner for days..... Retro glam all the way. 

Over to you lovelies, any questions or comments?

Kurly Kichana's 2nd Meet-up

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ladies... Get your fro's and locs out. It's back!

Kurly Kichana, in conjunction with Tricia's Naturals, The Bella Nubian and Patricia Kihoro invite you to join us for; KURLS & KOCKTAILS!

Date: December 15th, 2012
Venue: Sierra Lounge
Location: 2nd Floor, Yaya Centre
Time: 7-11pm
Cover charge: 1000/-

Ending the year in style: we want to take this opportunity to meet, hang out and dine with all of Nairobi's Fabulous Naturals (yes, YOU!). We would love to see you all there! Here's a teaser: you can look forward to fantastic make-up tutorials that suite any natural look, product swaps, product samples and an a la carte menu courtesy of Sierra! 

We will communicate more details day by day! Remember, this event is for all of us so if there is anything else you guys would like to incorporate, kindly comment and we shall definitely add them in!

PS: Ladies (and gents) of all hair types and preferences are more than welcome to attend!

Natural Hair Feature: Aisha

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The lovely Aisha

Hi! I’m Aisha. I’m from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and I currently live in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1. How long have you been natural? When did you decide to go natural and what influenced you?

I stopped relaxing my hair in February of 2011 and big chopped three months later in May 2011. So I’ve been fully natural for a year and a half now. I actually decided to go natural the day after my last relaxer. I had gone to the salon to remove some braids and after they removed them, I retouched my growth, despite the fact that I’d already lost about 1/5 of my hair to the unbraiding process. I know it’s a huge no no to relax your hair right after removing braids, but I’d done that so many times before and I got away with it. Not this time. My hair was in shambles. My hairline was so broken, my hair looked weak and miserable. There was no doubt that it was telling me something. I wasn’t happy at all when I left the salon and I already had a deep feeling that something was going to change. What that was, I wasn’t sure yet but I woke up the next morning and made the decision that I was going to stop relaxing my hair. I didn’t know what was in the future, I just knew that relaxing wasn’t for me nor my hair anymore.

2. What reactions have you gotten from your friends and family about your natural hair?

In the beginning it was a mixed bag of reactions. My boyfriend loved it and I think his reaction also came from a place of understanding because he knew why I cut my hair and what led up to that day. He was also prepared for it since I told him the same day I made the decision to stop relaxing, and he had three months to get used to the idea but he was all for it from the beginning. I only told a couple of friends before I cut it and one or two seemed a bit doubtful that I’d go through with it. I can’t remember if I told my family or not but I didn’t get a great initial reaction from them. 

Even though some of my siblings hated the weaved up look, they also weren’t warming to the short afro look either. I’d done the big chop and everything while in Joburg then went home to Tanzania a couple months later and some people who hadn’t seen me since I left as well as some family members implied I looked better before or even just plain out asked me what on Earth I did to my hair. I kept up a brave face but after being there for about two weeks, I slapped on a weave before I returned to Joburg. I think that was the weakest moment of my hair story. I’m not against weaves now that I’m natural. I still think they’re great for protective styles but the reason why I put one in was the issue. I’d let other people’s negative opinions affect me to the point that I didn’t feel pretty with my new hair and that I should wear another style to ‘get back up there’ in the pretty books.

3. What products do you currently use?

I’ve tried quite a few products and at the moment I’m experimenting with V05 Love My Colour range as I recently dyed my hair. But my core staples are Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner as my deep conditioner, Vatika Oil for hot oil treatments, my own butter which includes shea butter and coconut oil, and my own daily spritz which has glycerin, water and avocado oil. Before using V05, I used Tresemme shampoos and conditioners. I love products that easily moisturize my hair. It took a little while to get to this point where I’ve got some core products and I used to think I always had to change it up but I realised that there’s nothing wrong with sticking to something if it works for you and your hair. Not to say that I don’t ever want to try new things, but I’m definitely not as ‘itchy’ as I was before.

4. What are your natural hair goals?

I actually don’t really have any, except to have healthy hair. I’d love my hair to grow longer and longer but I don’t have a set length in mind that I’m aiming to reach.

5. What styles do your wear most of the time?

I’ve learned that my hair at this length doesn’t work well with anything other than a braid or twist out. So I always braid big mabutu after I was and deep condition as well as rebraid every night. Not doing this leaves my hair really tangled and also reverts back to a shorter length. I usually style my hair differently pretty much everyday. I love leaving it out but I also love a style I call “side pull ups” where I pull a section on either side of my hair (or just one side depending) and I pin them towards the top of my head. It’s a bit hard to explain :S I have blow dried my hair about 4 or 5 times since I went natural, I try to keep that to a minimum as I don’t like applying heat to my hair.

6. What is the best thing about being natural?

That I can wear my hair in sooo many different ways. The longer it grows, the more I discover new things to do to it. I can rock it straight, blown out, curly, wavy, it’s endless. I love that there’s always a new thing to look forward to trying.

7. What advice would you give someone who recently went natural or who is transitioning?

Give you and your hair time. The last time you had your natural hair was probably a long time ago. Give yourself some time to adjust, experiment and don’t be scared to try things. What works for one natural may not work well for you. If it doesn’t work, move on to the next thing. I was quite hard on myself I the beginning because I thought I’d have it all figured out, but remember that you had your relaxed hair for years. You learnt how to care for it, similarly you need to give your natural hair time for you to learn how to care for it. It might take a month, it might take a year. I’m a year and 6 months in and I still have some “oops” moments. It’s a dynamic experience too. I’ve changed my routine quite a few times at different stages of my hair growth. Patience is key.

If there's anything else you would like to add, go right ahead!

Thanks for this opportunity! I have a blog where I document my experiences with my natural hair, from even before I big chopped as well as share the things I’ve learned and am still learning. I also have a Youtube channel where I do tutorials on quick and easy hairstyles. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest ;)

Look up Aisha on social media on the links below..show her some love!

Twitter: @Cosmoaisha

Colour Me Burgundy

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hiya folks!

So I was a busy bee this morning; I woke up at 4.00AM and couldn't go back to sleep. And so, I did what any normal person would do at that time and coloured my hair!

Now, I didn't use a permanent dye, in fact, I didn't use any dye at all! We are testing out a new hair colour applicator and we will give you our reviews at the end of the trial. So if you love colour as much as we do but can't commit to long term maintenance, we got you covered! Stay tuned....

I started out on a beat up old twist out by the way...

Have a looksee!

Burgundy seemed work appropriate...

I only coloured a teeny tiny section at the front... in case it falls off - knock on wood.

Kinda cute, no?!

But for work, I decided against the bangs.. :(

A little colour spill on my skin... Bummer.

But over-all... I LIKE IT! 

I think I might have a new obsession here... If the effects are not as adverse as I hope, best believe I'm going to go crazy with my colour options!!! I foresee a warning letter from HR in the near future.

What do you guys think?

Queen Badu Coming to Kenya: Fangirl Post

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

We are going to start this post letting all of you know that the ladies of Kurly Kichana are hands down, the Ultimate... Devoted... Erykah Badu Fangirls in the planet. Past fandom posts are here and here!

We would drink her bath water. Sorry, I'm not sorry. 

When we heard she might be coming to Kenya, (should this event not take place, anarchy will be let loose on the streets of Nairobi, delivered by the hand of the KK girls) we suffered mild joy-inflicted aneurysms. 

As tribute to Ms. Badu, we welcome you to enjoy this post of her divine imagery and some of her magical tracks for your musical enjoyment.

You are welcome.

Coming to Africa! KENYA


slimmcharles: trevaa:
She is Perfection.

As a natural hair icon, this is one of my favourite looks on her.

Her individualistic style is simply sick.

Can you feel it? She's mesmerizing you with her hazel eyes. Don't fight it.

Now... For some choice tracks!

The ever controversial 'Window Seat'

'Other Side of the Game' Featuring Andre 3000

'Four Leaf Clover'

'Next Lifetime'

'Out of  My Mind, Just in Time'

Where were you when you heard Ms. Badu was coming to Kenya? 

Mary: "I was in a staff meeting and my sister sent me a text. I had to excuse myself so that I could go cry silently in the ladies room."

Nyachomba: "I was in my new flat on Twitter at 7am on Sunday Morning, shock, disbelief tears of joy said it all...Badu in Kenya!"


Watch this! Gotta love Ms Badu
What about you guys? Let us know!

Locs! Do not........

Friday, November 9, 2012

Locs are a great way to keep natural hair, they also show off a whole lot of length! However there are various ways to get locs wrong and various DONTS in maintaining locs.

What not to do when you have locs

  • Wear updo's that are too tight, very many hair salons in Nairobi cater to ladies and gentlemen of the locd variety. They offer a variety of styling options which include beautiful updos. If you leave the salon looking like you have had a facelift and you cannot move your head side to side, YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG! Traction Alopecia does not discriminate, constant pressure on your locs especially at the front of your head can lead to severe traction alopecia! If you have to bun or updo your locs, keep it loose enough to make sure you dont lose strands
  • Red Locs, Blonde Locs, Purple Locs.....dyeing locs can seem like a great idea. However if you dye your hair, make sure to rinse out your hair completely ( 4- 5 rinses). Incomplete rinsing will leave chemicals in your hair, which will make your locs weak and could possibly start falling off. 
  • Sleep without a satin scarf! Lint on locs is not pretty!Remember to sleep with a satin scarf or on a satin pillowcase
  • Not washing your hair! Some people believe that if you do not wash your hair it will loc faster! That right there is a myth. Unwashed locs are smelly locs. Wash locs twice a month minimum

Natural Hair Feature: Wacuka Thimba

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hello gorgeous,

We would love to introduce you to the lovely Ms. Wacuka Thimba; natural hair goddess and makeup artiste! You can get to know more about Wacuka's natural hair journey by visiting her blog; for more on her work as a talented makeup artist she has an awesome facebook page that you should really take a look at! 

Enjoy the read!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm a freelance makeup artist and natural hair blogger but mostly I'm a mum to to gorgeous kids 

2. How long have you been natural?When did you decide to go natural and what influenced you?

I actually bc'd in 210 out of frustration and a not so good emotional situation. Went to the barber  and just cut it off...used to wash it and condition and go and then cut it..it was so dry and the curls would only pop when wet..then my sister came for your last meet up and told me she had learned new things about natural hair and that I should research it and I did and here I am with longer healthier hair

3. What reactions have you gotten from your friends and family about your natural hair?

Well my hair is quite curly so I get the your lucky you have good hair and kimira hair so  its good your hair is natural

4. What products do you currently use?

I use a sulphate free shampoo my friend got me from Ethiopia, conditioner at the moment is Alberto Balsam strawberries and cream, make my own leave in and DC's and moisturise with Organics Kids Shea Butter moisturiser and seal with Castor oil, I usually pre poo with olive oil or coconut oil 

5. What are your natural hair goals?

I want length but most of all I want hair that doesn't break and shed so much!! in other words healthy hair 

6. What styles do your wear most of the time?

wash n go's, twist outs and braid outs that still look like my wash n go's and puffs 

 7. What is the best thing about being natural?

The versatility of my hair I can do so much,  I feel more myself and more aware of myself and being knowledgeable about different haircare techniques and now I can even do my daughters hair

8. What advice would you give someone who recently went natural or who is transitioning? 

Be patient, research research on You Tube(Your Tube for President ;)) blogs and mostly don't give up Its a trip but so worth it in the long run

Kenyan Kurlies, if you would like to get a chance to meet Wacuka, you will be pleased to note that she will be co-hosting the upcoming Natural Hair Meetup! More on that, coming right up!

Thanks for reading!

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