Happy Birthday to the Queen of Real

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ecostyler! The styler

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ecostyler Pink Gel, is heaven-sent! The gel does not flake, moisturises like a dream and defines a curl like no other, we have found it works great at taming those edges and laying them down. 

We have received many comments about people not being able to find it, Fear not! Make a short trip to Super Cosmetics on Mama Ngina Street and you shall find a litre of this magical gel at Kshs 395, you can also do what we did buy the tub and split it between two, just call us frugal.


Water, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PVP, Glycerin, Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) Oil, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia, Centella Asiatica, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, D&C Red No. 33.

The ingredients may not great for those who like to use all-natural products but the product does a great job. See picture below

Eco-styler gel ( Mary got to keep the original tub and I was left with a Kenpoly container)

Any other gels that you guys can recommend?


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Today we have a guest by the name of Linda Oriannah! This girl is super refreshing and shares our love of all things footwear :-)

She shares her transition/natural hair story below, how cute is her TWA! 

This is where my transition began…

I was sitting in a bus one sunny afternoon and I overheard two elderly women having a conversation that was of interest to me (I am a coastal woman, any conversation is of interest to me, lol)
Aki hii perm imenikata nywele, ningejua zamani ninge kaa tu na ile curly-kit yangu

Translation ‘this relaxer has really cut my hair, if I had known earlier, I would have stayed with the curly- kit I had’
These are comments we hear all the time in different circles from women of different ages but out of curiosity I turned to look at the state of her hair. WOOOWWW!! Let’s just say it wasn’t in the best of states. Her hair line was practically non-existent and the hair itself was so thin I could count the threads.

Now you have to understand that as it was I had three strands of hair: my hair was dull, wouldn’t keep a set and was basically getting on my nerves. Fast forward to three months later, I see Nyachomba-who I was in school with- rocking really awesome natural hair. Back then I had a very ill informed perception of natural hair; I pictured myself trying to tie it which was impossible when I was a child thanks to the ever so embarrassing bald spot on the back of my head. But Nyachomba, she pulled it off really well- no bald spots..lol.
My cousin TT and I had been talking about going natural for a sometime but we never really got the guts to do it. She had been waiting for me to man- up and I had been waiting for her to man-up basically we were both being chickens.
I have never been a weave person so apart from braiding, there really was nothing else I did with my hair which is one of the reasons why it bored me to bits.

So on a really cold Wednesday morning I took the day off work, called my hair dresser to inform him that I was coming in for THE BIG CHOP. This I did out of fear of looking like Homer Simpson’s long lost sister (because of…you know…the 3 strands of hair I had left on my head) Peter, my ever so loyal hair dresser, cut it reluctantly. He had experience with cutting hair so he insisted that he wouldn’t let me see it until I he was done which is hindsight was a great idea . When I first looked in the mirror I shouted at him ‘PUT IT ALL BACK, I LOOK LIKE MORGAN FREEMAN’ Which I swear I did, well without the wrinkly face and graying beard.

After a pep talk, I went back home feeling like I had left something so valuable at Peter’s(more like on Peter’s floor) and started to strategize on when I would braid my hair. I needed to get used to the look- to not playing with my long locks, to not spending my Saturday afternoons at the Salon.  
I looked in the mirror again and that voice in my head kept shouting/teasing back "MORGAN FREEMAN.MUAHAHAHA"

Needless to say, I went to work the next day feeling so low, waiting for the nasty comments from my workmates. Surprisingly, everyone loved it, ‘The looked suits you’ they all said. You know sometimes when people convince you of something you slowly start accepting it and adapting to it. I spent the whole morning on the Kurly Kichana website, writing a list of what products I needed to buy, where I could get them, learning all the terminologies we natural girls use like CS, Twist out….OOH THE EXCITEMENT.
Of course my cousin joined the natural club a few days later, her afro was a few inches shorter than mine but she loved it and it complimented all her strong features.
I am a storyteller as you may have noticed and can go on and on and on about this but let me move on to maintenance. My hair loves Castor Oil and Coconut Oil, they both make it so soft and they also maintain my twists.
Conditioners I live; by Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner, Schwarzkopf Shea Butter Conditioner. I use Alberto Balsam’s Raspberry Conditioner for my CS, I mix it up with honey and Extra Virgin olive oil. For beautiful shinny twist outs, I spray my hair with ORS Olive Oil Sheen. Once a month I put henna on, I forget the name of the brand but it is in a white container, leave it for about 10 minutes then put the Replenishing Conditioner right after I was the henna off as it leaves my hair really dry. When I do shampoo, I use Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration Shampoo, it smells so yummy and it sort of has the texture of a conditioner as it leaves my hair moisturized.

If I do require a thorough conditioning I visit Tweezers Salon in the city center (where Peter is based). He is really good with natural hair. Until I went natural I had no idea how much time I spent at the hair dressers. After I went natural, apart from having the freedom to do whatever I want with my hair, my Saturdays are free as well (oww yyeaaa)
Many people, especially men, are for the idea of natural hair however there are still some non-believers out there who still give comments such as ‘Wow, you are so bold’ ‘You must be those free spirited, spoken-word loving women’.  None of which I am by the way *distant stare*
My recommendations: Because we tend to over think the process of going natural, it takes some of us forever to do the big chop. It isn’t half as bad as you think it is. IF YOU’RE THINKING IT JUST DO IT. Also I recommend going to a specialist to cut it, it reduces the risk of back-firing J
The only challenge I have is the flatness it gets after the gym…this is when I truly look like Morgan Freeman.

Any of you have funny transitioning stories?

Ode to Nyachomba's Haircut

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hey there good lookin'!

So I'm in love with Nyachomba's cut, however I lack the commitment needed for any long term change, so why not fake it right?

Below is my fake-it-till-you-make-it take on her haircut, it's not perfect, but then again it took me all of five minutes to do... haha!

Before: Shrunken hair out in a 'fro

Close up!

After: BAM! It sorta, kinda looks like her fabo cut, right... riiiiight?


Back picture

I just used three pins: tucked up the back and the sides, and teased the front to little curled up bangs. Nothing to it! 

I think next time, I will try it with stretched hair! What do you guys think?

Enjoy your Tuesday good people!

Nyachomba & Mary: Live and in Technicolor!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Our first video!

So here's our first introductory video! We are painfully shy.... and awkward... and dorky.. But we'll get the hang of it.

Thanks for watching!

Oh hang on! Before we hurt the feelings of any artist who is about to watch this video... we think you are professionals too! K? Okay. 

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