The Favourites : July

Monday, August 8, 2016

I love having a blog mainly because it's a space that I can share products and technique that work for me with all of you guys who I consider my gal pals! I want to keep it that way and share some products that I have been using and lovely and make up my July favourites.
First off, since getting on the third floor I am obsessed with my skin. I thank all the gods, my fairy godmother and most importantly my real mother because my skin is generally quite well behaved. I only have breakouts when Aunt Flo is around, but most of the time I am sailing on cloud clear skin. 

Skincare

I had to give up my beloved retin-a due to some personal issues so I went in search of a similar product to help me clear my pores and dead skin. All my internet skincare sisters aka Reddit recommended Glycolic Acid especially in its most potent form. 
I managed to get these Glycolic Fix Pads from Goodlife Pharmacy and the Serum from the UK ( you can probably get it from Goodlife as well). Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid which basically releases and dissolves dead skin cells leaving glowy skin behind and increasing cell turnover. 

The Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum I got from Camene Beauty. Vitamin C is the ultimate product for brightening skin and I had to get on that bright skin bandwagon.

I have been using these products at night after washing my face with SheabyAsal's shea butter soap, I rub the glycolic pad over my face and neck then apply the Vitamin C serum and glycolic serum. So far so good, my skin is definitely brighter and glowier. 

Haircare

I am still in love with the best leave in (hands down) the Profective MegaGrowth Leave in, it has such amazing slip and moisture. I have been using so many oils and had ignored Shea Butter, recently fallen back in love with Shea. 
I got this Dove Intensive Repair conditioner for Kshs 250 at Chandarana and I love it. 
These three products are curently on rotation come wash day.

Makeup
It is well established that I am a shameless lipstick addict, I got these two Kleancolor beauties for Kshs 500 each from @accessories__trend on Instagram. 
The one at the top is Winterberry a greyish mauve and the bottom is Hippy which is a rusty red colour. 


Happy Tuesday!

What are your current July favourites? Would love to hear more in the comments. 


The Series | Supporting Local - ZikoAfrika + ShopSoko

Monday, July 25, 2016

In a past life I must have been a magpie because I really do love shiny things. Since I turned 30 however, I have been leaning towards simple pieces of jewellery that can liven up an outfit but still give off that minimalist vibe I seem to be into at the moment. 
In the spirit of supporting local brands, I wanted to share some earrings that I am loving. They are the kind that make a simple white tee and jeans look super chic. 
The first pair are inspired by the earrings worn by women from the West African Fulani tribe. The women there normally wear much larger earrings but I got these smaller ones from Spinners Web on Peponi Road for Kshs 1,500. They are so light and almost feel like you don't have earrings on. 
If you like African art, pottery, fabric etc Spinners Web is just for you, they have curated a selection of brands and vendors in one store.


 At the Bizarre Bazaar last month I came across the stand by Shopsoko
ShopSoko was started by 3 women entrepreneuers to empower artisans to sell their items at a global level and increase their incomes. I got these simple earrings for only Kshs 500. Check out their site! 


 
I saved the best for last. I saw these earrings on the KungaraKenya instagram page and ordered them immediately despite the fact they only had a sample piece ready. They were good enough to let me know when the final pieces would be ready and delivered them to my office. If you haven't already, check out Kungara Kenya on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, they have some uber chic clothes, shoes and jewellery. 

These earrings are by ZikoAfrika which is a brand that was founded by Sisi and El, their focus is on simple and minimalist pieces which are just what I am inspired by right now. 
I love these earrings and I kinda want to go to a ball in a white dress, nude lipstick and these earrings! 


What jewellery are you guys loving at the moment? Are there any local brands that I definitely have to check out? Would love to hear about them in the comments. 

The Style | Goddess Braids

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

What do you do when you need to do a quick hair style that is pretty enough because you are a Bridesmaid at an important wedding and you only have 24hrs to sort it out? You log on to YouTube for inspiration and get a super easy style that takes literally 5 mins to do. This is literally what I did, two weekends ago. I watched a few goddess braid youtube tutorials and got to work!
Goddess or Halo Braids are reminiscent of Greek Goddesses in their Togas and are a fantastic style for when you are feeling like queening!
I posted this pic on Instagram and got so much love and requests for a tutorial, so here you go!

To start off you need the following;
Long Kanekalon Hair/Xpressions Braids in your preferred colour
Styling Gel
Hair pins
Parting comb


Get started by parting your hair in the middle, apply your gel and brush it down into a ponytail at the base of your head. 
I used a mix of Aloe Vera gel and Marini styling gel to lay down my edges and hair. I then tied down a scarf for about 20 mins to ensure everything was LAID!!
Tip: Aloe Vera gel is great for laying down edges and also encouraging growth to struggling edges


 I then took half of the pack of Kanekalon hair , combed it a little and braided it loosely to make it look a bit more natural or as natural as can be.


I then attached a rubber band to the braid and used it to wrap the braid around my ponytail.


After that I just wrapped the braid around my head and pinned along the braid to secure it on my head. 



Depending on how long the braid is you can wrap it twice and keep pinning. 
All done!




Hope you guys enjoyed the quick tutorial! Happy Wednesday. 

The Hair : Sensationnel Sage Wig

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge is still on and we are now on the home stretch. I have been protective styling with crochet braidsbeyonce inspired cornrows and the occasional bun and puff. So far so good and my hair is retaining some length as for my edges, they are slowly growing in. 
One protective style that I have never worn is a wig, when I think of wigs I think plasticky looking hair!Had you dared me to wear a wig I would probably have run for miles. I have since changed my mind, especially since following Gina aka NaturalBelle aka The Wig Witch who slays wigs like no one else. She has been wearing wigs for a while as she nurtured some hair loss issues. 
I was looking to get a wig and went straight to Blush Hair & Beauty who sell a variety of hair pieces, wigs and weaves. I used the Super Reggae braids from them for the last bomb crochet braids I had. 
After looking and trying on a few wigs, I settled for the curly Sensationnel Sage Wig in the colour F1B/30 which is black with brown/gold highlights.

 It is a U-part wig which you can part on the side or in the middle and is made of synthetic hair that is so so so soft. You can also use heat on it if you need to.
Can you tell I like it?
The wig has a comb at the front and two combs at the back and also has adjustable strap that give you that extra piece of mind that the wig will not fall off :-)

I wore the wig after pinning my hair down and wearing a wig cap that I bought from Super Cosmetics. 
After I wore it for a while, I felt that the hair was too big for my face and needed some shaping. I spent some time on YouTube watching some wig cutting videos and settled on the video below to guide my cutting. 

I followed her instructions exactly but got a bit over eager and snipped a lot more than I should on the right side, I panicked but managed to sort it out. 


I gave the wig a fringe that suits my face better. 

All  I need now are a flared jumpsuit, platform heels and I can channel my inner Diana Ross. I am loving this hair ladies, as you can tell from my recent instagram post


Tip: Always shape your wig if you are not happy with how it looks straight out of the box. 
You can get this wig for Kshs 4000 from Blush Hair & Beauty who are on 1st Floor, Apic Centre in Westlands. They also have Lace Wigs, Weaving Hair, Braiding Hair including Marley Hair and wig caps. 

We are having a giveaway where you can win a voucher for Kshs 4000 to buy a wig from Blush Hair and Beauty. The details are on the Kurly Kichana and Blush Hair and Beauty Instagram and Facebook Pages. 

The Face Masks | On Rotation

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I was following @misskihoro who had a brilliant idea to treat herself to a face mask every two-three days. In this vein, I thought I would come through and share my favourite DIY masks to cover all skin types. 
I must admit sometimes I am too lazy to do a facemask but once a week on Selfcare Saturday or Sunday it's that little bit of indulgent me time that is sooo needed. Anyhoo on to the face mask recipes.
For these three masks, I used ingredients from my kitchen that you all probably have;



Turmeric -  this spice is wonderful/full of wonder. It is an anti-oxidant,anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. If you suffer from acne it reduces the size of those pesky spots whilst killing the nasty bacteria. The yellow pigment also helps with giving you a glow coz it helps even out skintone. I used this almost every 3 days in the run up to my wedding and not to brag but my skin was glowwwiiing!
Bentonite Clay - This clay is amazing for sucking out any gunk from your pores. If you have oily skin, its great for getting rid of some of that extra oil. You can pick up some from SheabyAsal
Honey - Another wonder ingredient, honey is soothing, moisturising, an anti-oxidant and anti-microbial. This is a dry skin girl's bestie. 
Plain Yoghurt - It contains lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolved dead skin. It can act as a gentle exfoliant and help get you a natural glow whilst preventing future breakouts. Always go for full-fat yoghurt never that fat-free stuff.


I am a dry skin girl as I have mentioned too many times.  I have this mask on rotation every weekend. I mix in half a teaspoon of Turmeric, 1 teaspoon of honey and two tablespoons of yoghurt in a small bowl. Apply it all over my face and let it soak in for 30mins then rinse off, your face may have a yellow tinge which goes away. 
Warning; Use your dark coloured towels to dry your face after using this mask! 


If you are fighting spots or acne, this mask is great to reduce inflammation and get those nasties. Mix half a teaspoon of Turmeric with 1-2 tablespoons of honey. Apply and leave it on for 30 mins. You can do this twice a week for added benefits. 


This mask is great for normal-oily skin types, the lactic acid in the yogurt helps to get rid of dry skin and bentonite cleans out your pores. Use 2 tablespoons of yoghurt to 1 tablespoon of bentonite clay, mix, apply and leave for 30mins. 

Tips 
- Use rosewater or aloe vera juice in your bentonite clay mask instead of yoghurt for moisture
- Add a drop of lavender essential oil to your mask for some aromatherapy goodness
- Try multi-masking if you have combination skin, use a bentonite clay mask on your oily bits and a yoghurt and honey mask on your dry bits.

DIY masks/are super, marvel at how much your skin glows after a few weeks of using these masks. 
Apart from DIY masks which off the counter masks would you guys recommend?

On: Instagram and the illusion of perfect

Wednesday, May 18, 2016



I am standing on a stool in my bedroom by the nook right next to the window that has the best light. I have my succulents at the ready, if not I will go outside and grab a fern leaf or an "instagram worthy" leaf. I then arrange all my products and make sure that my flat lay is popping. I take a bazillion pics and then edit it on VSCO or Afterlight to make sure the whites are white enough and the colours are bright and pretty.

In another instance, I am taking a selfie to capture my new hair, the new lipstick I got, my glowy makeup and trying to make sure Le hubs does not appear in the photo. I take another bazillion pics and edit one after another. I edit out the darkish neck, the period spot on my chin, the hyper-pigmentation damn even the glare from my glasses. I then post it on Instagram and deep down inside I want it to get more likes than the last selfie I put up.


No one sees the messy clothes chair ( you know, you all have that chair that you drape all your clothes on), the unmade bed, the face without foundation and the hair looking a hawt mess. This is all cropped, filtered and edited away. It's nice that I want to show you pretty pictures but its an internal struggle I have knowing that I have to be "instagram worthy" . Luckily for me as a hair blogger, the focus is on my hair and not my body, waist and makeup. If it was, I would be on to the next detox tea, waist trainer, MAC makeup counter and would have a personal trainer on call. Even so, that does not mean that I do not feel a bit intimidated/insecure by what I see in my feed. Going through Instagram feeds, it takes a lot to not feel the green eyed monster creeping over you. It is so hard not to wish you looked like that "Instagram Baddie" (yes apparently this is a term), wish you could go on holidays in Morocco, Paris. Santorini and have a Vogue-worthy wardrobe. 


Instagram feeds have images of perfection that we are so used to seeing and thinking they are normal and can make even the most confident person feel a bit insecure. Trust me, I love going through my feed and seeing beautiful pictures, this post was mainly to highlight a struggle that I have. 

What do you guys think of instagram? Do any of you feel a tad bit insecure ( although I know you are all super-confident)?

Would be lovely to hear your thoughts in the comments.


The Cult Product | Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

In today's post, I wanted to share a review of the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie which I also got from Goodlife Pharmacy. 
SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Product Claims
SheaMoisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie defines curls, reduces frizz and smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. Restores moisture, creates brilliant shine and conditions hair without weighing it down for bouncy, healthy curls. - Made with natural and certified organic ingredients. - Coconut Oil hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage. - Silk Protein smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. - Neem Oil controls frizz while adding brilliant shine.
The product smells amazing and is so thick you only need a little bit for each twist. 

Can you tell how happy I am to hold a natural hair cult fave!
I used this product after a full washday routine and after stretching my hair in 4 sections.  I did not do anything elaborate to stretch my hair, rather I just twisted it and pinned the hair in 4 sections. 
To get a fuller twistout I prefer to stretch my hair till its about 80% dry. Doing a twistout on wet hair gives me a twistout that looks like a wet cat....Fine haired natural problems!

Stretching my hair in 4 sections

Minimally stretched hair 

I then twisted my hair with loose twists at the back and flat twists at the front. I took about 1.5 inch sections of hair, lightly finger detangled and applied about a 1 bob size amount of the curl enhancing smoothie to the section then twisted all the way and applied Ajani Handmade Waridi whipped butter on the ends.

Fine haired natural tip: Try not to twist from the scalp and start twisting half an inch from your scalp to help give your hair some volume

The curl enhancing smoothie makes twisting very easy and does not feel heavy at all. The shine on my twists was heavenly!!!


I then pinned the twists back and tied a headwrap and called it an evening. 



The next day I unravelled the twists, separated the smaller sections and fluffed the roots with a wide toothed comb for volume. 
My hair is more 4a at the back hence twisting always leave the back section straighter rather than curly/coily. To deal with this, I normally tuck the back pieces and pin them to create a sort of bob shape. 


Unravelled twists without fluffing

I do not think my hair has been this shiny


Final product!

My twist out was amazing to say the least, this product did not weigh my hair down and gave me some awesome curl definition while keeping my hair moisturised. I was able to get day 2, 3 and 4 hair which for me is great as my fine hair does not normally cooperate after day 2. 

I completely understand why this is a cult favourite amongst naturals across the world. Have you guys used the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.


Product Review | Shea Moisture Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque

Thursday, April 28, 2016

We are big supporters of local hair brands as you may have read in our previous posts, however you know how you find yourself watching an endless amount of YouTube videos and all the ladies are using one product line. It only leads to FOMO! 
That was me and SheaMoisture, I have always wanted to use the holy grail of natural hair product lines and was over the moon to find them at Goodlife Pharmacy
As part of the #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge I have been in protective styles i.e. these fabulous Mambo twists and was worried about potential breakage especially since I have been lazy and not moisturised often enough. 



Product Claims 
This intensive treatment deeply penetrates to condition and smooth frazzled strands with a nutrient rich fortifying formula. Transforms frizzy hair into sleek, healthy strands. Helps bind split ends and improved the overall appearance of hair . 
The product has Baobab Oil which is super for skin and hair and Cilantro (read Dhania for Kenyans) extract. It has a pleasant smell which is not overpowering. The consistency won me over, this masque is so thick you only need a few palmfuls to cover every strand on your head. 


How I used it?
I took out my Mambo twists by cutting them close to the root and basically just pulled out the crocheted braiding hair from the cornrows. 
I undid my cornrows and applied coconut oil to the section of hair after taking out each cornrow. I do this to make detangling easier. Once my hair is saturated with coconut oil, the tangles just melt away. 

Here is my hair after soaking my hair in coconut oil for 45 mins! Pass no judgement for doing my wash day in tinted moisturiser and red lippie! Gotta look good for washday. 



I then shampooed with my holy grail SheabyAsal Shampoo Bar. I normally rub the bar onto my scalp and massage my scalp with the tips of my fingers, the bubbles are my little tangle melters. The formulation of this bar is bomb, it makes finger detangling a breeze. 

After rinsing, I dried my hair in a kikoy which work just as well as an ordinary t-shirt. 


I then made sure my hair was about 80% dry and applied the masque in small sections all over my head to make sure each strand was covered. 

At this juncture, I used a plastic paper bag and covered my head and then rocked a headwrap as I tried to kill 45 mins positioning my camera in the right spot and adjusting the settings as it was getting dark. 

Diras and Headwraps for the win!



After 45 mins, I rinsed my hair and quickly detangled with my Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush hot dang was my hair soft but strong.Is that an oxymoron? 
This masque made my hair feel sooo soft but also my fine strands felt that little bit more tough! If you have fine hair, this product is great for not weighing down your hair whilst still strengthening your strands. I absolutely love it. 


 Freshly washed hair, gotta love shrinkage

I am really loving this masque and it works a treat for fine natural hair, it is definitely joining my holy grail products.

You can find the entire Shea Moisture at Goodlife Pharmacies at Westgate and Junction. 

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