Miss Felicia!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Our absence cannot be explained! Sigh….However we have definitely felt the love this past couple of weeks hence the need for us to pick our proverbial quills and draft a post.
So if any of you natural heads have been on social media these past few weeks you must have heard about the Curltalk Event with the legendary Felicia Leatherwood. It happened this past weekend and was an absolute blast! Felicia is like a hair fairy godmother, you just want to give her loads of hugs and perch your head on her bosom. She is graciousness, queendom, loveliness, kindness personified. 

We would happily pay for a ticket to Los Angeles and sit on her salon chair…..btw have you guys caught her youtube show Headcases. If you haven’t, watch the first episode below.

The event was such a great opportunity for the growing natural hair population in Nairobi and beyond to learn from Felicia but also to catch up and share their own experiences. The pics below can attest to that.

It makes us all warm and fuzzy inside to see how huge the natural hair scene in Nairobi and how it’s such a welcoming community.

Did you guys attend the event? What were your thoughts?

If you have not done so yet, follow our shenanigans on Instagram @kurlykichana. 

No more Fuzzy Funky Braids

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

 So this week is my fifth week in braids! I am still on my protective styling tip and want to keep them in till the 6th week mark. They were getting rather funky and needed some TLC, so after I saw Wairimu of  www.wairimunyandia.com purchase some Aussie products I ran to Nakumatt Junction to get me some of that Aussie ish. 

I bought the Aussie Moist Conditioner (Kshs 645) and the 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Treatment (Kshs 745) and an impulsive purchase of Doo Gro Mega Thick Growth Oil (Kshs 795). 

To proceed with wash day, I diluted Tresemme Natural Shampoo with water in a spray bottle and sprayed my scalp then gently massaged my scalp to loosen the dirt. I rinsed the shampoo and used the 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Treatment and left it in for about 10 minutes. I then applied a few drops of Suave Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner along the length of the braids as a leave-in. 

I then oiled my scalp with the Doo Gro oil, after adding Lavender essential oil to make the smell more bearable. This product is a mixture of Soybean and Almond oil as well as Shea Butter and has no mineral oil. 

Quick tip to avoid frizzy braids, apply some gel on the length of the braids and wrap with a silk scarf before bed. It works a treat.

Do you have any tips and tricks for maintaining protective styles?

Happy Tuesday Folks.

Voyageuse Africaine Giveaway

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hey guys,

 Selorm Anklet

 Hope you liked the post on Norkor who is the brains behind the Voyageuse Africaine brand. To give one of you a chance of owning a piece of authentic Ghanian jewellery, we are having a giveaway of two pieces of jewellery from the Voyageuse Africaine website here

The Naaki Necklace

To get a chance to win, just follow @KurlyKichana on Instagram and a random winner will be chosen. Winner announced on Sunday 28th June. 

Voyageuse Africaine

Monday, June 22, 2015

Today we are featuring a beautiful young lady that is inspiring the heck out of us! If you think you recognise her, we featured her sister here 

Hello Kurly Kichana readers! My name is Norkor, and I'm the face behind Voyageuse Africaine, the blog and the brand! I'm 17, from Ghana and I have been saved by the grace of God and by what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross.

1. You have amazing hair and a fabulous hair cut, tell us more about your routine
 and what products you currently use?

My natural hair is quite short right now and I love it! I honestly don’t think I'm ever going back to medium-long natural hair. I'm such a low maintenance person especially with my hair it’s almost embarrassing. My routine is really simple. I wash my hair with Olive 7 Oils Cream Shampoo and condition with Cantu Moisturizing Rinse Out Conditioner. Once my hair is almost dry, I spritz it with water,glycerine, conditioner and olive oil. Every two days *cough* when I remember *cough* I massage my scalp with T444Z Hair Food. I spritz my hair in the morning, brush and I'm ready to go.

How gorgeous is this girl....plus MELANIN!!!!

2. What are your thoughts on natural hair especially as a young African woman?

It is really important that young African women embrace the hair that naturally grows from their scalps, with all its curls, coils and kinks. Relaxers are doing nothing but polluting our bodies with chemicals, not to mention the burnt scalps + general pain that go hand in hand with the relaxing process. We need to re-educate ourselves and our children on our hair and its uniqueness. No another race on this earth has hair quite like ours, and that is something that is worthy of celebration, and not to be looked down on.

3. You are such an inspiration as a young African entrepreneur. How did you do  it and what inspires you?

Oh thank you! How do I do it? To be honest, I have to give all the credit to God because I won’t have come this far without his hand/provision/wisdom in my life. I took a gap year right after high school to figure out what I really wanted to do in life, and it was probably the best decision I’ve ever made, right after giving my life to Jesus Christ. I started blogging more consistently about my gap year and what was going on, and Voyageuse Africaine: The Brand became an offshoot of the blog. Usually it’s the opposite but oh well.. I got the inspiration by this diy/fashion/lifestyle blog and I was like “dang I could totally do this but with African print!”. I started off by hand-stitching purses. At the time I had no experience with sewing machines, much less hand-stitching, but my mom was taught how to sew by my grandmother so she ended up teaching me basic sewing skills. Sewing was the last hobby I thought I would ever be interested in, but look at what God has done. I hustled for a sewing machine also known as going to River Road in town to find one, and here we are now! I also have an aunt who is a seamstress and she took me under her wing for a while! I learnt a ton of new information from her as well as from our beloved Google. I obviously have a lot to learn about like marketing, packaging, making sales through social media (I love Instagram!) and accounting. However, I can only up from here and I cannot wait to see how God is going to work in this project of mine. Running a business is hard work, as I have no background in business or management. Most days I’m like “Wait, am I making this all up as I go?” and sometimes the answer is “yes.. yes you are!”.  It is all a learning experience, no matter how overwhelming it is.
I am inspired by Ghanaian culture and textiles! I am also fascinated by the idea of making something beautiful and useful out of a piece of fabric, lining and a zip, the same way God makes beautiful things out of dust. I did not have the opportunity to grow up in my home country so this is really my way of learning and embracing my culture. There is so much to learn and I’m really excited about it.

4. Tell us more about the Voyageuse Africaine aesthetic!

Voyageuse Africaine is a brand inspired by Ghanaian culture for the glory of God! I create purses, laptop and iPad sleeves from Ghanaian wax print as well as Ghanaian glass bead jewelry. With the jewellery, I enjoy mixing modern and traditional aspects! Ghanaians usually wear glass beads for formal occasions but I wanted to bring a fresh, modern perspective to our jewellery. I want Voyageuse Africaine jewellery to be thrown on casually, yet be able to dress up or dress down an outfit. We also love the minimalism, bordering on dainty look!

Find us on our bloginstagram,facebook and pinterest. You can shop our products on our website!


Have any of you guys recently started  a business or become entrepreneurs? Share in the comments, we would also love to feature you!

Happy Week Folks!

Look out for a giveaway in collaboration with Voyageuse Africaine. 

Inspo for the weekend

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hi Kurlies,

Just wanted to share some beautiful images that are inspiring us, chilled out attire, faux locs, african print, sunkissed skin and Lianne La Havas' new album. Feeling Unstoppable for the weekend

 All images courtesy of http://hi-imcurrentlyobsessed.tumblr.com/ and http://naturalbelle.tumblr.com/

Make up and other stories

Saturday, May 30, 2015

After getting some requests to share our everyday make up staples, we thought it a good idea to share!

I (Nyachomba) do not wear too much makeup, I like my real skin to show through so end up mainly using concealer around my mouth and nose and  around my eyes to cover my dark circles. On days I want to be fancy I use MAC Face and Body Foundation which is a light to medium coverage foundation, I mix two colours together to get my perfect base.

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer, Black Opal Total Coverage Concealer and MAC Face and Body Foundation

To set my concealer I currently use Milani Pressed Powder which is the smoothest powder I have ever used, plus its cheap. Mary got hers in town for Kshs 900.

Milani Pressed Powder

For my eyes if I have time I do a simple Cat Eye with the Sleek Dip it liquid eyeliner which is one of the easiest liners to use. For eyebrow fleekness I use a cheaper brown mascara and the Sleek Eyebrow Pencil.  

Now anyone who knows me knows I live for Mascara, I am hardly seen without it. It just makes my eyes pop. I love the stuff! I always apply 2-3 coats to make my eyes look bigger

Benefit Badgal Lash Mascara, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Bourjois Volume 1 Second Mascara

I always finish off with some blusher or bronzer to make my cheekbones pop and brighten up my face. I always stick to MAC Bronzer or the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish blusher in a Rose gold colour. 

For my lips, I lined them with a brown lip pencil from LA Colors that Mary and I are obsessed with. Kshs 265 in Uchumi...don't sleep ladies!

What are your everyday make up staples. Share!Share!Share 

Back to Braids......Gah!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Braids have been a constistent feature here on Kurly Kichana, we love box braids! Evidence, here, here, here and here. It is defo our go-to protective style and since I am working out more often and need an easy to maintain style I was more than happy to wake up at 7am to go to Kenyatta Market to get braids.

To prep my hair, I prepooed with coconut oil for 40 mins, then shampooed with Tressemme Naturals shampoo and then deep conditioned. As I could not be bothered to dash to the CBD to buy deep conditioner, I mixed some Hellmans Mayonnaise, Honey and Lavender essential oil and slapped it on my hair for 45mins. 

After the deep conditioning, I rinsed my hair thoroughly and then used Suave Aloe+ Ginseng conditioner as my leave in and sealed with jojoba oil. I then stretched my hair in two pig tails as below. If you are on instagram then you already know all of this :-)

Oops, bra strap showing!

Right after I got back from the market, this size is great coz my scalp was not tender at all.

Slightly feeling myself! 

Thanks for reading guys! Have you been protective styling? What styles are you guys rocking? Follow us on instagram to see more of our shenanigans :-) 

On Rotation!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Friday!

The weekend is finally here!WOOP! @nyashyk here, this past three weeks I have been letting my hair breath in between protective styling ( crochet braids and then cornrows). My hair has mainly been in pinned updos which has made working out and life much easier. 

My hair is now at a length where a twist out can still look reasonably good (thank heavens! that awkward stage between a twa and biggish hair is woe inducing). To achieve this look I started off with twists on Sunday night to stretch my hair and then wore the stretched hair in updos till Thursday. I then divided my hair into 4 sections spritzed with my water and conditioner mix, applied the Grohealthy Pudding and sealed  each section with almond oil and then twisted 4 big twists. 

I then untwisted this morning and let the fro breath! 

Below are the products I have been using on rotation

Suave Sun-Ripened Strawberry and Aloe Vera + Ginseng Conditioner for cowashing and as a leave in 

Jojoba oil, Aloe vera gel and @Nuyasessence Virgin coconut oil for sealing and restoring my edges

Fantasia IC Olive styling Gel and Grohealthy Pure Pudding - for general styling and laying of dem edges

@Nuyasessence raw shea butter for sealing plus applying it to every possible bit of hair and skin! Love this stuff. You can buy all the @nuyasessence products from www.kungarakenya.net 

I will be installing box braids at the weekend and will share my regimen for maintaining braids sometime next week. 

What techniques and products are you guys using at the moment, any great products out there? Happy Friday Folks!!

Have you followed us on instagram yet, check out our shenanigans here @kurlykichana

Video Review of Nuya's Essence Products

Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy Monday Ladies,

Two posts in 3 days...we are slowly getting into it. We did a quick video review of the Nuya's Essence products that you can buy from Kungara Kenya. These products are amazing but the stars of the show have to be the soaps, they are unlike other soaps and do not strip your skin or hair of moisture plus some of them literally make your skin tingle!!

We are back.....Video Review from Kurly Kichana on Vimeo.

We shall be giving out a bar of soap, the coconut oil and shea butter for the giveaway. By following us on Instagram you stand a chance to win the products.

We shall announce the winners on Wednesday evening.

Nuya's Essence plus WE'RE BAAACCKKKK!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

After a long, quiet spell brought about by the pesky distractions life presents, the ladies of Kurly Kichana are back and getting the ball rolling with an amazing give away courtesy of Kungara Kenya and Nuya's Essence.

We love our all-natural products, that's why we will be giving away a Nuya's Essence pack that includes extra virgin coconut oil, whipped shea butter and handmade soap (lemon grass, or tea tree & eucalyptus). Yummy!

 Nuya's Essential Goodies

 Our personal fav: Lemon grass soap

African Oils of the Goddesses 

Interested in getting your hands on this natural goodness? All you have to do is follow us on Instagram @kurlykichana. It's that simple! Winners will be selected at random.

Look out for the review video in the next post! 
We can't wait to fill you in on what we've been up to, so keep looking out for more posts from us xoxo

So you have crochet braids, what next?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

That is my face after finally stuffing the #bombshellhair into a scarf. Bobby pins do not hold this hair down Ladies.

Moving on, I have now had my crochet braids in for about 3 weeks and the Marley hair was smelling kinda funky! My daily walks to work do not do my hair any justice, the car fumes are horrible. I decided to wash my hair by just jumping in the shower, scrubbing my scalp with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing moisture shampoo and then doing a quick condition with the matching conditioner. I was terrified the hair would matt like crazy but this did not happen. After the wash, I wrapped my hair in a towel turban till it was dry and whooosh! The hair was back to bombshelling :-) You can see more of my antics on instagram @nyashyk

I noticed my edges had been kinda tight after the cornrows, so I have been applying a mixture of Aloe Vera gel and either almond or jojoba oil every other day and this has really helped. You can get all of these products at most health food stores or Chandarana Supermarket. 

I have also been spritzing my hair every day with a mix of water, Tresemme nourishing moisture conditioner and some almond oil mixed in a spray bottle. 

Not sure how much longer I will have the crochet braids in for, I am gunning for about 8 weeks ( if I do not get bored). How have you guys been maintaining your protective styles? Any tips?

Be on the lookout, Kurly Kichana will have fantastic new content from some great women :-) Stay locked!

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