Lippie Stash, Part 1

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Most of you may know that Mary and I are lipstick addicts and have accumulated quite a stash between us, see here 

We always have at least 3- 4 lippies on our person at any one's an obsession you guys! Today's post, I wanted to share my 5 favourite lippies which are a mix of local Kenyan brands and international. 

If you guys have not heard of Pauline Cosmetics...visit their website and check out the stockists. I discovered them when I saw my cousin and bestie wearing a dark goth inspired lipstick and immediately asked to share the deets. My two favourite shades are Marvel (1)  which is a dark almost black shade and Revel (4) which is a deep wine red. 

These lippies are BOMB! They feel so moisturising and seem to hug your lips, additionally they last at least 6 hours before you have to reapply. They start off shiny and end up drying slightly matte. I am absolutely in love with them! They are only Kshs 800 and you can find them at Qpharm chemists and Super Cosmetics as well as other beauty stores. 

Another of my favourite lippies is House of Uni Brownin which is a matte brown and is the perfect nude for dark skin women. Perfect nude to flaunt your Melanin. This shade lasts a long time and does not dry out your lips. I got mine from Ayanna James who was one of the organisers for the Nairobi Curltalk last year but you could possibly pick them up from Amadiva Salon. 

Nouba Millebaci No. 7 is a bright red that POPS! If you are afraid of Red lips look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself why? Then run to the Nouba shop at Nakumatt Ukay and pick yourself a bright red. This lippie made it through my entire wedding day which was over 12 hours of happiness :-). It is about Kshs 1200 and is the best matte red lippie I have ever worn. 

The final lippie is one I have shared before in this post. I love Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipsticks, they are exactly that ultra matte and last over 7 hours even with coffee drinking and eating. I got mine from @accessories_trend on Instagram. 

That is only a small part of my stash and I will be sharing more in future posts if you guys are interested. 

What are your favourite lippies, any local brands that we should definitely pick up? Do let us know!

Video Throwback

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Happy Thursday,

We have been blogging for quite a while and thought that it would be a good idea to bring up some #tbt posts.

Having a blog is one of the coolest things because you are able to go back in time and see how much you have grown in size teehee and maturity.

The other day we got asked the question whether Natural Hair is a passing trend or a reawakening of African women and how they view their hair. Our thoughts have always been that natural hair may be a trend for some but for most women it's a glorious discovering to loving and nurturing themselves.

Here is a video we did in 2013 on natural hair being a trend.

Natural Hair as a Fad
from Kurly Kichana on Vimeo.

Do you guys think natural hair is a trend? Tell us more in the comments.

Kipilipili....Loving your coily hair!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ever wondered what the natural hair scene is like across the border in Tanzania, well today we are showcasing two amazing women Ziada and Basia who have started  great movement called Kipilipili. Now for you Kenyans, you are probably thinking its something to do with chillies! It is not, Kipilipili is a Swahili word meant to describe coily, tightly textured hair. 
We absolutely are enamoured with these two, their regimens are super and include some products from Kenya including our faves Marini Naturals and Ajani Handmade. Also Ziada has an emergency kit for her natural hair, how many of you ladies have one? What's in your stash?

Photography: Manifester Brand 
MUA: Nura Abdi & Photography
Jewellery: florinyahdesign
Models: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
Stylist: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 

1. We love what you guys are doing in Tanzania, can you let us know what the spirit behind Kipilipili is?
The spirit of the Brand is to Encourage. Embrace. Empower other women, children and all other naturals to feel confident and embrace their natural selves. 

2. How did Kipilipili begin and for us beginner swahili speakers, what does it mean?
Kipilipili is a Swahili word  used to describe natural hair in East Africa -Tanzania. It is usually used to describe very coily and closely textured hair. Our company Kipilipili began out of personal frustrations of not being able to find natural hair products in Tanzania.

Photography: ElleEmmanuel Photography

MUA: Nura Abdi & Star Vivian Malikita
Models: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 

Stylist: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
3. What is the natural hair scene like in Tanzania?
It is small, but growing at the moment, a lot of people need awareness and education on how to take care of their natural hair and reasons why they should. But we see a lot potential out here and we hope to get it up-to speed with the rest of the world in no time.

4. What are the perceptions of natural hair in Tanzania?
The perceptions are mixed depending who you talk to. we have come across three most common views
Some still think that natural hair is rough hair and does not look professional. Most people also think it's high maintenance and takes up too much time to style.  
Some ladies love the natural hair look and feel empowered by it and often swear never to go back to relaxers
Most ladies get inspired but are too afraid to give it a go.

Photography: ElleEmmanuel Photography
MUA: Nura Abdi & Star Vivian Malikita
Models: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
Stylist: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
5. Getting products in Africa is always difficult, are there some great natural hair products available in Tanzania?
We definitely agree that it is difficult to get natural hair products in Tanzania but times are changing. Currently at Kipilipili we are trying to bridge the gap by stocking international brands such as Cantu, Aunt Jackies, Kinky Curly, SheaMoisture, As I Am,  Bentonite  Clay, Eco styler and Mamado Oils. Additionally we are now also investing time, money and research in introducing East African Brands i.e. Marini Naturals ,AjaniTausi Signatures, Nuya’s Essence.
 Soon we will have Tanzania's online one stop shop for natural heads with all these products available to order online.
Currently ,we sell via Instagram and Facebook, quarterly pop-up shops ( please check out pop-up bongo for more).
6. Could you summarise your hair regimens for us?

Photography: ElleEmmanuel Photography
MUA: Nura Abdi & Star Vivian Malikita
Models: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
Stylist: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
Basia Wellu
WashnGo's: Kinky Curly Shampoo, Leave in Conditioner and Curling Custard
On days I am very busy but need to look the part in a hurry.
Twist outs and flat twists:  Aunt Jackies detangler leave in conditioner ,Mamado jojoba oil, Aunt Jackies Flax seed gel or Marini leave in conditioner and Curling Butter
For days when I have more time to spend on my hair 
Deep conditioning treatments every 2 weeks  with SheaMoisture Jamaican Castor oil grow strengthen and restore masque or a coconut hot oil treatment
Emergency kit: Jojoba oil, Cantu Curl Activator which makes your dry dull hair bounce into shape in matter of minutes without washing.
Braiding - Tausi Signatures natural raw Shea Butter for braiding and a mix of water, leave-in conditioner and oil for use when protective styling to moisturise.
Photography: ElleEmmanuel Photography
MUA: Nura Abdi & Star Vivian Malikita
Models: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 
Stylist: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 

Ziada Gigi 
Ziada uses the low manipulation method and deep conditions every fortnight with mixtress DIY (yogurt, oils and honey). 
She moisturises using Liquid Oil Cream (L.O.C) Method and she combs her hair once a months  but finger detangles every week. 
Her go to products are;
 Shampoo: Sheamoisture Jamican black castor oil 
Co-wash): Aunt Jackies  in Control moisturising conditioner  and As I Am Coconut co wash )
Leave in Conditioner: Marini Leave- in conditioner, Aunt Jackies Instant Detangling Therapy  and Tresemme naturals conditioner
Oils: Jojoba, Coconut , Jamaican black castor oil and Avocado oil 
Creams: Aunt Jackies curls la la la defining curls, Marini Curling Butter, Tausi signatures raw shea butter 

7. The natural hair scene in Kenya is exploding, is this the same in Tanzania?
The natural hair scene is coming along in Tanzania, but there is still a lot that needs to be done to get it to the Kenyan Level.

Photography: Manifester Brand 
MUA: Nura Abdi & Star Vivian Malikita
Jewellery: florinyahdesigns
Models: Ziada Abeid, Basia wellu, Star Vivian Malikita, Nura Abdi, petra_eileen, Asteria Malinzi , Vanessa
Stylist: Ziada Abeid | Basia wellu 

8.What is the long term goal for Kipilipili
The long term goals  for Kipilipili is to become the one stop shop for natural hair products in Tanzania similar to CurlMart in the US. In addition to that we want to inspire  and educate across borders on the how to take care of our Vipilipilis
We started the movement here in Tanzania  by asking our followers to join our  hash tags #JIVUNIE KIPILIPILI CHAKO | #GUNDUA UPYAUZURI WA NYWELE ZAKO ASILI | ENCOURAGE . EMBRACE . EMPOWER  movement in re-introducing and rediscovering our natural coils.
Check out the ladies at

Supporting Local, SheabyAsal

Friday, February 12, 2016

 Following up on last week's post on Afroliciouske, we are continuing with spotlighting local entrepreneurs and this weeks it's SheabyAsal. You know when you meet someone and get on like a house on fire....that was myself (Nyachomba) and Lucy the owner of SheabyAsal. She is absolutely lovely and has such yummy goodies for all you natural haired ladies. Just a disclaimer, she did not pay us to say all of this :-)

Lucy and her sister Sue and yes that is also Lucy on the poster! Hair and beauty goals!!

Lucy started SheabyAsal a few years ago by sourcing Sheabutter from South Sudan and making whipped butters and shea butter based soaps. When it became difficult to get the shea from the country, she got a local South Sudanese woman, the beautiful Aziza to help her with soap making and whipping butter whilst still sourcing shea from local women. 

This story won me over about supporting local!

Aziza has been working with Lucy to make all the soap, whipped shea butter and has since begun making oils e.g avocado and baobab oil. She also support the SheabyAsal pop up shop at Prestige Plaza every Friday and Saturday. 

Lets talk about the products they make;

The SheabyAsal soaps are all natural and made the old fashioned way with lye and oil. They smell so yummy and some have coffee, sage, turmeric and lemongrass. The plain shea butter soap is amazing for sensitive skin and works well even on babies. I have been using the Shea and lemon grass soap for my body and the turmeric soap for my face. 

The star of the show amongst most natural haired ladies is the Shampoo Bar which I have raved about here and on instagram. The bar is heaven sent and cleanses your hair without leaving it stripped, also it lasts an age! Also the bars have bentonite clay and beer which nourishes your hair strands.Don't sleep ladies....go out and get the bar, Ksh 350.

All the soaps are cured for over a week to ensure they dry adequately which means your bar will last quite a long time and will not get soggy.

Drying shampoo bars and soaps.

Scented and Whipped Shea Butter for body and hair. 
Okay have you guys ever smelled something and got ready to grab a spoon and dig in, this happened to me when I smelled the scented shea butter, she has pumpkin pie butter. Yum! She also makes a butter with coffee that can be used as a scrub.  
The haitian black castor oil shea butter is also great for edges and for thickening your hair. 

Hair stimulator
This is a mixed oil with lavender, peppermint amongst other oils which can be used on edges for growth as well as moisturing your scalp. Smells super. 

Lucy has also changed her packaging and labels, her new jars will look amazing in your beauty cabinet. You can get her products from Prestige Plaza on Fridays and Saturdays or get in touch with them via Facebook and Instagram;

Have you guys tried their products? Thoughts? 

Of Clay Hair Masks!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Who thought you would be able to use clay to cleanse your hair but also give you some super stretched curl definition? Well apparently we are late to the game because a lot of you guys and other bloggers have been using Bentonite Clay for hair and having fab results!

Bentonite clay is a made up of Montmorillonite and is a healing clay that swells up when mixed with water and is capable of  removing toxins. In Kenya, it is used by the Turkana for healing wounds and for brushing teeth. It works well for hair and ladies who have used it say that it hydrates,moisturises,
de-frizzes and encourages curl clumping and shine.

I got my Bentonite Clay from the uber lovely Lucy of SheabyAsal for Kshs 300 per pack. I used almost 3/4 of a pack and mixed it with half a cup of water and half a cup of aloe vera juice. The clay soaks up a lot of the water and becomes a thick paste. I mixed the clay with a plastic spoon rather than metal. 

The final product should be a thick paste which when applied to hair can form a sort of hair mask without dripping all over the place.

I then applied the paste in sections all over my head after a quick co-wash till my hair was completely coated and let it dry for 30 mins. It feels kinda weird ladies, putting mud in your hair teehee. The weight of the hair elongates your curls and causes a lot of clumping.

After 30 mins, I rinsed my hair and had the most amazing shine and clumpiness! The clay rinses right off as it is quite fine, I did not even need to co-wash to get it all out. After rinsing, my curls did seem elongates and clumped together really well...also the shine ladies, THE SHINE!

Excuse the left over clay on my shoulders :-)

Have you guys used bentonite clay before? How are you guys fitting it into your regimens?

Happy Wednesday Folks!

How to get super moisturised hair

Thursday, February 4, 2016

We get a number of emails and questions asking " Why is my hair always dry?" or "How do you get your hair so curly or coily". To answer this simply in one word, MOISTURE! If your hair is moisturised, then it will definitely feel softer as well as have some form of coil or curl definition. 

Rule No. 6 of the Kurly Kichana Growth Challenge is "Moisturise your strands and seal your ends" and it in this vein that we shall be discussing how to actually get your hair moisturised. 

A large number of ladies think their hair moisturised when they use some kind of oil on their hair, which is not the case. Here are the three rules of keeping your hair moisturised;

1. Use water/aqua-based products to moisturise. Water is the ultimate moisturiser so using a moisturiser with water/aqua as the first ingredient will ensure your hair is moisturised.  We love using plain water mixed with Aloe Vera Juice or Rosewater as a simple but effective moisturiser. 

2. Always seal your moisture in with an oil or butter. To ensure that moisture does not escape from your hair, it is important to seal it in. Trap that moisture ladies! This is to make sure your hair retains moisture for as long as possible. We love using coconut oil and shea oil as well as whipped shea butter. 

3. Make sure your styling includes a water based product if you hair is particularly dry. We are currently loving the Marini Naturals and AfricanPride Shea Butter Miracle Buttery Creme and Bouncy Curl Pudding for twistouts and curlformer sets. These two products have water in them which gives you a delicious, juicy twistout teehee! Got the AfricanPride sachets from the Curltalk and haven't used them all up.

Finally, incorporate a moisturising deep conditioning treatment every week or every other week to lock in more moisture. 

Moisturised hair is happy hair! What moisturisers do you guys swear by? Any product recommendations?

AfroliciousKe Share!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We love featuring naturals on the blog, See Aisha of MyfroandI, Patricia Kihoro and Irene. This time we bring you three amazing ladies who are doing big things in the hair and skincare world, Marion, Judith and Stellah. If you have been wondering where to get raw shea, mango butter, black castor oil then AfroliciousKE is your bet.

Read on for their story, 

1. We love what you guys are doing with AfroliciousKe. How did you guys start?

We started out when we went natural and back then (2013) there weren’t many local natural hair products. We were particularly interested in Shea butter, the miracle butter! We set out to get some for ourselves and got a bunch of great oils in the process. Some of our natural friends started asking us to get them some, and that’s how AfroliciousKe first got into business; for all the natural head and skin girls that were having trouble accessing natural oils and butters.

2. What motivates you guys?

Being a small business in this country is tough, but the thing that motivates us most is great reviews about our products and repeat customers. We are also motivated by just how much the local beauty industry and the natural hair movement has grown, and by how far we have grown as a company and individuals.

3. You guys are natural; could you please summarize your regimens?

We are three girls in Kenya with very different hair textures so we have very different regimens.

Marion Njeri

I co-wash every two weeks using Garnier Fructis (the yellow one). I’ve been trying out our *soon to be unveiled*liquid black soap and I love it so far. Squeaky clean hair without dryness. If my hair is feeling particularly dry, I do a hot oil treatment by melting Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Avocado and Jojoba oils before deep conditioning using ORS Replenishing Conditioner.
At night, I moisturise (with water+ a little Garnier mix), do big two strand twists using Shea butter or Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter then sleep under a satin bonnet.
For mornings, I undo the twists, spritz with the leave-in and seal with Avocado oil and style as desired.

Judith Nduta

Every two weeks, I co-wash with As I Am cleansing conditioner then deep condition with As I Am mixed with Shea butter.
In the morning, I wet hair under the shower, apply Sweet almond oil, massage Black castor oil to edges then seal with Shea butter.
At night, I spritz hair with water; braid into four braids or ‘matutas’ to keep it detangled then wrap a scarf before bed.

Stellah Wairimu

Every two weeks, I detangle hair after a pre-poo or hot oil treatment with a blend of oils; leave it overnight under a shower cap then do a co-wash and deep condition with my hair in sections. When I rinse off and pat with a T-Shirt, I seal in with the delicious mocha whipped butter.
For styling, Bantu knots are my favourites. I wet my hair with water+ aloe juice mix, and then twist with the whipped butter mixed with a little gel. I always take down with oily fingers to add shine.

4. We cannot talk Afrolicious without talking oils and butters, which are your favourites?

That’s a tough question to answer. We love our Mocha Butter and we all use it religiously on our skin. It smells heavenly, is a great sealant and is deeply moisturizing.
Marion loves Shea butter and Avocado oil.
Judy loves Shea butter and Black castor oil for literally every step of her regimen.
Stellah loves the Peppermint tingle elixir for both hair and scalp and also Black castor oil for edges and hair ends.

5. What tips can you give for using oils and butters on skin and hair?

Natural oils and butters are the cornerstone of every good natural hair regimen. Find your favourites and incorporate everywhere; in hot oil treatments, pre-poos, deep conditions and as sealants. Both your hair and skin will thank you for it.

We loved hearing from the three lovely ladies, also don't their regimens sound delish!They will also be at the Natural Beauty Bar!

Guys, The Natural Beauty Bar Kenya is hosting an event on the 6th of February; THIS SATURDAY at the Shifteye Gallery at the Priory Building. We are defo going to be there as well as a bunch of awesome Kenyan natural beauty brands. Tickets are Kshs 500...more deets here

Remember to follow us on @KurlyKichana on Instagram for your chance to win two tickets to the Natural Beauty Bar.

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