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. 

- 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.

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