Skincare Routine...You asked!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We are on a roll guys...really excited to get back to blogging :-)

You ladies have been asking me on Instagram and Facebook about my skincare routine which I thought to share in this post. For the longest time I never thought I had great skin mainly due to my hyperpigmentation/dark marks as well as scarring from childhood fights with my little brother teehee. However I have received loads of compliments which of course make me feel rather smug since my routine is quite simple. 

Lets get to it, I use very few products in my routine,

Mild Soap: Dove or Pears 
Skincare Brush : Rio Sonicleanse Exfoliating Brush from here 
Toner/Facial Mist : Rosewater
Secret Weapon : Retin-A Cream
Moisturiser : Nivea Creme 
Sunscreen : Nivea Protect and Moisturise Sunscreen SPF 50
Oils : Shea Nut Oil or Coconut oil, Coconut oil for everything because it is LIFE!!!

Once a week, I use a facemask with either my new Bentonite Clay from SheabyAsal or Quasil Powder ( this is a Somali beauty secret and is a powder from the Quasil tree). I mix a teaspoon of either of these with honey and apply it to my face for 30 mins then rinse off. 

My nightime skincare routine is more intense than the morning. My morning routine consists of rinsing my face with plain water then getting on with sunscreen and makeup. I have numerous reasons why I do this but mainly because I have dry skin and I do not want to dry it further by using soap.

For my nighttime skincare, firstly I take of my makeup by massaging a small amount of coconut oil on my face and wiping it off with a wet flannel or cotton wool.

 I then wet my facial cleansing brush under the faucet and rub the brush on my soap to make a lather. I then press the start button and run the brush on my face and neck for 60 secs. The brush alerts you with a beep after every 20 secs. Using this brush has made my skin and pores so clear and make sure my skin is completely clean. I only use it max 3 times a week. 

After a thorough cleanse with my brush, I dry my skin and then wait about 20-30 mins before I apply my secret weapon against dark marks and fine lines.......RETIN-A. I have been using this cream for about 2 years and was introduced to it by Mary, to say it works is an understatement, see this article here for evidence; The thing about Retin-A, it works! . The main ingredient in the cream is Vitamin A which allows for increased cell turn over meaning that your skin is constantly regenerating. 

However please note, you have to use it on dry skin and only use a pea-sized amount because it can cause peeling and some slight burning. Also, if you use retin-a, SUNSCREEN IS A MUST!

I then finish off by moisturising either using Shea Nut Oil from Keyara Organics or my Nivea Moisturiser ( in a blue tin). Here is my cleansed and moisturised face. 

 I also drink a lot of water probably about 2.5 litres a day, do not wear heavy foundation and do not wear make up at the weekend unless absolutely necessary. 

Do you guys have any tips for clear skin? What are your skincare routines? Would love to hear you guys on the comments. 

Supporting Local Brands, Do or Don't?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

By not supporting local brands, the African consumer is assisting overseas countries to grow which has a direct influence on job losses and even the closing of businesses. 
Prof. Donald Boateng 

I will begin by saying that this is not a sponsored post, none of the brands mentioned on here have paid me to sing their praises lol.

We have been blogging for about 5 years this year which is amazing! When we first started our regimens we were using a lot of US sourced products including Organic Root Stimulator, Elasta QP and Creme of Nature amongst others. We used these brands mainly because they were all that was available and all the bloggers at the time including Curly Nikki and Black Girl Long Hair were all raving about them, Since then a lot of foreign natural hair products have emerged including SheaMoisture, AsIam, Cantu and Eden Bodyworks, they have even penetrated the local market and are sold at exorbitant prices. 

Despite the price, these products are flying off the shelves which is astounding! We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some fantastic brands that are local and whose products work amazingly well. 

1. Marini Naturals

This is the newest entrant in the market and is fully local started by the lovely Michelle Ntalami. They currently have a 4 product line up with a butter, gel. sulphate free shampoo and leave in conditioner. Check them out on

2. Ajani Handmade 

AJANI Handmade is a social enterprise that was started by the lovely Sharon Njavika to provide organic hair and skin care products. Their aesthetic is fab! They have a 3 product line up; The Waridi Whipped hair and body butter, the Shea Cocoa Butter Bar and the Peppermint and Rosemary Essential Oil Elixir. Check them out here,  

3. Shea by Asal 

The brains behind Shea By Asal is absolutely the kindest lady ever, her hair is FAB as well. Lucy is a Jill of all trades and has done everything from graphic design to accounting. She has a lovely brand that makes soap, shampoo bars, whipped body and hair butters as well as stocks Bentonite clay. You can check her out here,

4. Harvest of Sunshine 

This is a brand that was started by Mumbi who was inspired by her kitchen which was full of sunshine, warmth and light. She started whipping up butters and oils which led to the birth of the product line. They have a leave in, butter creme, deep conditioner and a hair and body cleanser. Check them out here, 

These are not the only local brands available and we shall be posting soon about other brands that are worthy of mentions. Do you guys support local brands? If you have used any of these brands, do you think they work just as well as foreign brands? Would love to hear your thoughts?
Follow us on Instagram, we shall be having a giveaway from tomorrow! 

Headwraps and Colourpopping

Thursday, January 21, 2016

If you know anything about the Kurly Kichana girls, then you know we love a great lip product. I recently got the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Limbo and More Better from Accessories__trend on Instagram. If you have heard about Colourpop they are all the rage in the States and for good reason. 

I have been looking for a Brown and a Pinky Purpley colour to complete my spectrum of lip colours and these two colours i.e. Limbo and More Better have filled that gap. 

 Limbo is described as a deep chocolate brown and it is just that, it remind me of something Mary J Blige would wear in one of the videos from the Share My World album. Right?

I have never been a fan of pink lips but More Better is a violety pinky colour which is just bright enough to make you feel spunky. I was feeling myself with this one! 

These lippies feel like you have nothing on your lips and do not transfer at all. You do need to exfoliate and moisturise your lips before you apply them. I am absolutely in love with them and ready to get my Colourpopcult card. 

Also headwraps for the win, the second one is actually a khanga dress that I manipulated into a headwrap. They are such a great protective style and an added plus is that you can be deep conditioning under that wrap and no one will know. Headwraps are an acceptable protective style for the #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge. 

Have you guys tried any matte lip products that we must know about?

Kurly Kichana Growth Challenge : The Regimen

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge 2016 has started off with a bang and we are so excited! I (Nyachomba) wanted to share some stapled that I will be using in my regimen. If you watched the Victoria's Lounge Show on NTV, you know we keep it super simple here. You can check out my before picture here in this post. With all that said, below are the steps in my challenge regimen. 

Step 1: I prepoo mainly to soften my hair in order to assist me with finger detangling. My fine hair does not like a lot of manipulation hence prepooing with Shea Oil or Coconut oil really help with removing shed hairs with my fingers. I normally prepoo for about 30 mins. 

Step 2: My current regimen involves wearing my hair in low manipulation protective styles for 2 weeks with a rinse once a week. This means that my hair is only washed once every two week, hence shampoo is required to get rid of the build up. I bought this bottle of Tresemme over 1 year ago and it is only just finished. I dilute it with water and spray it on my roots to shampoo. 

Step 3: I have been deep conditioning with either Vital Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise or the Aussie 2 Minute Miracle Moist. My fine hair needs a lot of protein and this mayonnaise truly delivers! 

Step 4: If you guys don't already know from our Instagram page, we are absolutely in love with the newest entrant into the Kenyan hair market Marini Naturals. Their leave in conditioner is amazing! It is moisturising but does not feel heavy. Check them out on their Facebook Page 

Step 5: From twistouts, twists, and updos the Marini Naturals Curl Me Pretty Curling Butter and Curl Magic Curling Gel work a treat. The products are very light and smell like vanilla fudge and strawberries. I have been using them in my updos and also to sleek down my edges. 

When I feel my hair is feeling a bit dry between the two weeks, I co-wash with either Aussie Moist or Miraculously Smooth conditioners. They leave my hair clean and moisturised. 

I am following the other rules by; Drinking upto 2 litres of water a day, Eating more veggies and drinking green smoothies, trying to exercise eep! and giving myself scalp massages every day whilst concentrating on my edges. 

What are your #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge regimens? What products are you guys loving?

Kurly Kichana 6 Month Hair Growth Challenge

Friday, January 15, 2016

I got my edges snatched and it was not in a fight you guys! Last year was all about protective styling for me and I tried the full spectrum of protective styles, from my beloved braids to crochet braids and even braided cornrows. What bliss! 

The bliss was shortlived however coz after taking out my last crochet braids in late 2015, I realised that my edges were thinning and had two almost bald patches on each side of my head. All this is documented on our instagram page:-)

After I posted this picture on Instagram and asked if you guys would be interested in a hair growth challenge, I got a resounding YES. So here we go, the Kurly Kichana 6 Month Hair Growth Challenge. 
With all challenges, we have to have rules

Rule 1: Take a before phot
Rule 2:Increase your water intake
Rule 2: Eat healthy, lots of fruits and vegetables
Rule 4: Increase your exercise
Rule 5: Wash and deep condition your hair at least twice a month 
Rule 6: Moisturise your strands and seal your ends
Rule 7: Give yourself scalp and edge massages at least once a day for 5 minutes
Rule 8: Sleep with a satin scarf or on a satin pillow case
Rule 9: Avoid heat at all costs 
Rule 10: Wear protective or low manipulation styles as often as you can. These include buns, twists, updo and wigs.*
For myself I will be wearing low manipulation styles mainly updos and loose twists, to save my edges that were. 

I’ll be checking in with you every month and at the challenge half way mark. The official start date of the challenge is January 18th and the end date is July 18th. You can check in with us on Instagram and our Facebook page with the hashtag #kurlykichanagrowthchallenge

Here is my before photo, sorry had to use my phone camera but I will update the pics over the weekend, 

Have a lovely weekend folks

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