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 www.kipilipili.com




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