My top 7 favourite hair products

Hey loves,

Happy Friday…. How’s your fro doing? Today we talk my top hair products that I absolutely love and have probably helped me in my journey.

  • Mosara moisture milk

This has to be one of my hair’s first loves to be honest. I wasn’t too fond of the scent (or lack thereof) that the product had initially but it kinda grew on me. I like the fact that the product does what it promises. Your hair is literally moisturised and combable. The best part is its Kenyan, handmade and organic!! As a plus, it is relatively inexpensive. I would definitely recommend this.

  • Cantu leave in conditioning and repair cream

My hair has a love affair with this product as well as the Leave in conditioning cream for natural hair! It has a thick consistency that my hair loves and smells like a tropical paradise quite literally. I like that my hair feels moisturised as a plus.

  • Genuine botanica coconut hibiscus conditioner

I got this product by mistake, after sending my cousin for some shea moisture and she accidentally brought this conditioner to me. I am not sure it is available in Kenya but I can’t possibly omit this from my list either. If you are ever looking for a conditioner that is silicone free, thick, has tonnes of slip and smells good and is organic, this one is it!!

  • Whipped shea butter

At the beginning of my hair journey, I always wondered why everyone raved about shea butter because ti just never worked for me. Fast forward one year later, after re-trying this whipped shea butter, my twist out results were bomb!! The thickness of the product is definitely a win, especially in helping your hair retain moisture for longer.

  • vo5 conditoner

A little light and runny but has excellent slip and is really great for detangling. It is relatively inexpensive and smells great. You may need to use a lot but I love it.

  • Suave naturals coconut conditioner

Is my absolute favourite and has literally walked with me through my hair journey. It has just the right consistency, tonnes of slip and smells really great. I can’t seem to spot it in the shops any more but it has been a lovely conditioner .

EDIT: I found it in Carrefour supermarket in the Hub mall in Karen. I used it for wash day last week and it was too awesome!!

  • Venus anti breakage hair treatment

This is the most un-natural product in this list (in terms of stereo typical natural hair products) but works better than a lot of products I have tried. I use it as my protein treatment because it has hydrolyzed keratin and it is literally anti-breakage as it promises.

What are your favourite products?

Love and love

Nyake.

Keeping moisture in your hair

Hello lovelies,

One of the biggest struggles of naturalistas is to keep their hair moisturised. When I began my hair journey, I suffered from extra dry hair for the most part simply because I had no idea on how to take care of my hair, especially with regards to retaining moisture. So for anyone with a similar struggle… I compiled a list of reminders for you. I hope you learn something or you remember stuff you used to do.

  • Pre-poo your hair

This is basically adding oils to your hair to not only impart the good stuff on your hair but to also prevent your hair from being stripped of its natural oils during washing. It is best advised to use penetrative oils like coconut, olive or avocado oils because these three penetrate the hair shaft .

  • Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner

This helps greatly to impact moisture in your hair. A good moisture regimen begins at wash day. Avoid using shampoos that are high in sulfates and that will dry out your hair. Also, it is essential to condition ater every wash to get back the moisture lost during the wash day.

  • Deep condition your hair.

Deep conditioning adds the lost moisture and nutrients back to your hair. Always deep condition with a moisture rich store bought conditioner or you may just DIY your way out. I shared cheap and easy DIY hair deep conditioning recipes in this post.

  • Moisturise your hair midweek / everyday/ every other day

A great way to ensure that your hair stays moisturised between wash days is to re-moisturise during the week. Depending on your porosity it could be daily, every other day or just once a week. This ensures that your hair has a constant moisture supply.

  • Seal in your moisture.

After imparting moisture to your strands, seal it in with a heavy oil like castor, or a butter like Shea butter. This keeps the moisture in your strands, and you will realixe that you don’t have to re moisturise as much between wash days.

  • Sleep in a satin/ silk scarf

In your night routine, adding a satin scarf before you go to bed ensures that your hair retains moisture till morning. Cotton pillowcases sap moisture out of our hair and cause it to be dry and crinkly. If you are not big on scarves, a satin pillowcase or a satin bonnet will be an amazing substitute.

  • Concentrate on your ends.

Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and resultantly loose moisture the fastest. Ensure you give them extra love. Protective styling in buns and styles that tuck in your ends are a good way to keep moisture in tour hair.

Product recommendations:

  • Cantu leave in conditioning cream

  • Kentaste Virgin coconut oil

  • Dove volume boost conditioner (nutritive solutions line)

  • Castor oil

  • Shea butter. (whipped, you can talk to me if you need some)

  • Mikalla shampoo and conditioner

  • Mosara moisture milk

What habits do you use to retain your moisture? I would love to know.

Love and love,

Nyake.

3 ways to deal with Breakage|Natural hair

Hello loves

About a month ago, I noticed my hair was shedding more than usual and I was wondering what was wrong. Usually these instances usually throw me into some sort of panic lol. It is not the first time it has happened and I bet lots of us experience this. So I put together ways I combat my excess breakage and I hope this will be helpful for you.

  • Dusting

Dusting is actually a mini-trim. It is lightly trimming the ends of our hair that are usually prone to single strand knots and matting. Our ends are the oldest part of our hair and so may be prone to misbehaving. I dust my hair myself in two strand twists.

HOW TO: section your hair into medium twists and lightly trim the ends. It is recommended that you trim your hair once every 6-8 weeks….but I will say that you only do so when need arises. You may also opt to get it professionally done.

  • Tea rinses / spray bottle

These are effective in reducing shedding a great deal. Your best teas are black tea and coffee and a selection of herbal teas as well. I prefer spray bottle as opposed to rinses because, I can use them all the time and not necessarily during wash day only. I store my spray bottle in the fridge and use it two to three times a week to moisturise my hair especially before styling.

HOW TO: I made a super concoction, with black tea, coffee, green tea and hibiscus and let it cool before storing in a spray bottle.

  • Protein treatment

Protein treatments are excellent because they temporarily fill in the gaps in the hair strand where the hair has been damaged thus strengthening the hair. I like the Venus Keraflex treatment because it does the job so well, and it has a moisture protein balance.

HOW TO: apply on damp hair after was smoothing it to coat every strand, then don a plastic cap for 15-30 minutes then rinse it out and follow with a moisture treatment.

Have you had a lot of breakage? How have you dealt with it?

Love,

Nyake.

Henna glossing for hair growth

So henna is amazing yea? You have read a lot about it and you really want to try it out. But you don’t want to colour your hair. This may just be your solution… a henna gloss. I had wanted to try henna for a while after reading about its amazing benefits from the natural hair community. In fact my first deep conditioner promised me henna benefits so I was really excited about it.(I also want it back. Anyone knows where I can find this?) I was a little nervous though because I just didn’t want any colour on my strands… no thank you! So after reading lots of different articles… I settled for a henna gloss!! So I shall share my experience and basically hoe I use the glossing method.

Let’s start by making sure that the henna we are using is 100% body art quality. If your pack says so, then lets proceed. I’m learning also that the bigger the henna particles, the more stressful it is to rinse it out in the shower. I learnt it the hard way!! You may want to sieve yours!

What you will need:

  • Conditioner

  • Henna powder

  • Oils (optional)

  • A mixing bowl

What to do:

I usually eyeball the ingredients to my desired consistency, though I never really found a recipe (or is it formula) that had exact measurement

  • So in the mixing bowl, put your henna powder.

  • Add conditioner bit by bit stirring thoroughly to attain even mixture

  • Add the ingredients to your heart’s content.

Application

  • Starting with freshly washed hair, carefully apply mixture on your strands giving extra love to your ends

  • Wrap your hair in a shower cap/ plastic bag and sit with it for about an hour or more if you wish

  • Then RINSE and RINSE and RINSE it out. (I can promise you it is hard work)

  • Then IMPORTANTLY deep condition your hair with a moisturising Deep Conditioner.

Just like that, your henna gloss is complete. sorry I don’t have pics of the after hair look though you can check in Curlynikki.com.

Ps: i do not do this very often!!!

So, have you ever tried a henna gloss? What was your experience?

Love and love

Nyake

Alberto Balsam Shampoo and Conditioner review

Hey everyone,

Hope you have heard a good week so far. Today’s post is a product review. I have been shying away from doing these, but here I am. So let’s dive right into the post.

I bought the two products at Nakumatt retailing for 225 kshs which may be just under 3$ for each product. I love the packaging and both products smell really nice. I used the product on my wash day three weeks ago after wearing my hair blown out for three and a half weeks.

I opted for the sun-kissed cherry flavor for the shampoo because it smells gorgeous.it also is quite light and flowy. After my 30mins prepoo with my coconut oil, I headed to the bathroom to wash my hair which was in four sections. I applied about a handful of shampoo to my scalp and massaged it into my scalp. I then rinsed it out.usually I do one wash, but I opted for two washes for properly clarifying sake. Speaking of clarifying, this product has a sulfate, yes it has. I use sulfates as clarifiers (of course with pre-pooing). Surprisingly my hair was clean without my hair over-drying at all. WIN!!

For the conditioner my choice was the anti-oxidant blue berry flavor that also smells amazing. After rinsing out the shampoo I applied the conditioner on to my hair strands and the slip was magical I actually liked it a lot. I let it sit for five minutes on my hair. My hair was actually soft by the end of wash day which is awesome.

So my final thoughts…

PROS

The conditioner’s slip is awesome

The shampoo doesn’t actually dry out your hair.

Its cheap, both products retail for under $5

There is a wide variety of flavors…

CONs

Sulfates… need I say more

Also the conditioner has silicone which makes it un-ideal for co-washing.

Have you used this product before/ what was your experience?

Love,

Nyake

The Puff life

Hey lovelies,

Any natural will tell you that this is probably the go-to style. It literally turns the messiest of hairs into the prettiest in a matter of seconds (or is it minutes?). I have done a couple of puffs since my hair was a bit shorter and the learning curve is great.

So lets talk about this look spotted in this blog post here. Yes the bantu knot out puff.

After I washed my hair in my two week old mini twists, and they were dry I decided to take them down and rock a twist out puff which, FAILED miserably. The puff wasn’t giving me the life I wanted. So, I decided to detangle and moisturise my hair after two days of rocking the twist out puff.

I then set my hair into bantu knots and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day was glorious!! The hair!!! So much definition and so much life!! (the vanity that went on though)

MORAL OF THE STORY: your kinks will make you very happy when you understand them!! So here is the final look.

Love

Nyake.

My hair regimen

I have been natural all my life really but I just began minding my hair about one year five months ago. Its been quite an experience and an interesting.

One of the major things / tasks you embark on is to then come up with a regimen that will make it easy for you to cope with the seemingly new lifestyle. I shall share with you mine and hopefully it will help.

So when I started I decided to go heat free for six months. This is how I coped with it.

WEEKLY: -co-wash with conditioner

-deep condition

-style hair in two strand twists

– Alternate between twisting hair and having hair in an up-do

MONTHLY

-shampoo hair and condition

-deep condition

Then after school began, I made slight changes in my regimen. I began to stretch my wash day two weeks apart and shampoo my hair less.

Also I incorporated protein deep conditioners, henna glosses and lately, bentonite clay also made its way into my regimen as well. I have seen lots of progress with my hair as far as length and volume are concerned.

My current hair regimen is:

DAILY-EVERY OTHER DAY: -moisturize and seal

BI-WEEKLY: -co-wash with conditioner

-deep condition

-style hair in two strand twists

– alternate between twisting hair and having hair in an up-do. (I also wear my hair out a lot these days)

MONTHLY

-shampoo hair and condition (I can stretch my shampoo days to six weeks)

-deep condition with a protein conditioner

-Do a henna gloss treatment

(I have begun to supplement my shampoo with bentonite clay and my hair loves it.)

What is your hair regimen? Do you love it? I’d love to hear what you say.

Love and love

Nyake.

Newbie Natural…|5 basics

So are you are new natural or as confused as I was when I began my journey? (Let’s not even mention lusting after long tresses from other natural hair gurus). Are you planning to walk into the shop to begin your purchases? Well, I have a couple of ideas for you… especially if you are in Kenya.

Where to go:

  • Your kitchen : its valuable, lots of stuff come from here… you won’t even believe

  • Supermarket: I find Nakumatt quite stocked. You may opt for other supermarkets.

  • Super Cosmetics : its singlehandedly the largest stocker of natural friendly products at a relatively fair price

  • Facebook vendors: they are life savers. Get one from an established source like Tricia’s Naturals Marketplace

So let’s begin…

1. Three letters: L.O.C

The Key to healthy natural hair is maintaining moisture in your hair. For moisture to be maintained we need to introduce moisture into our hair first hence the L in L.O.C. it stands for liquid. Water is the ONLY liquid that can introduce moisture into our strands. Water is free!

The O in L.O.C is for oil. It is best to buy food grade oil like Extra Virgin Olive oil or Coconut oil to get the nutrients in their most pure forms. These oils are also great for your skin. One or two oils are just okay, don’t break your bank.

The C in L.O.C is for Cream. This helps seal in the moisture. Shea butter or any butter (mango, cocoa) that includes petroleum Jelly can do the job just fine. Petroleum products however need to be washed out of the hair with harsh shampoos so caution should be taken when using it.

2. Shampoo

Sulfate free shampoo should be priority at all times unless you are using harsh ingredients all the time. If you have to use a sulfates shampoo, opt for kinder versions like laureth sulfates as opposed to lauryl sulphates. Generally sulphates shampoos should be used once in six to eight weeks and hair should be conditioned afterwards.

I learnt a super easy sulfate free shampoo DIY recipe that I will share soon on the blog. Hang around.

3. Spray Bottle

This will facilitate moisturizing your hair and can easily be obtained in a supermarket.

A simple recipe to incorporate in the mix:

  • Water

  • 1 teaspoon of conditioner

  • Glycerine/ aloevera juice

  • 1 tablespoon of your favourite oil

Mix well and spray away, let your strands soak in the moisture.

4. Satin scarf

To sleep with. Satin unlike cotton helps keep moisture in the hair longer so do yourself a favor and get one.

5. Patience

Hair takes time to grow… don’t get frustrated just hang in there. With the right diet and lifestyle you should be just fine.

Love and love

Nyake.

Protective styling | natural hair

Hey loves,

I am just over a year a year natural…more like just over a year of being heat free and salon free. I finally resolved to quit having people handle my hair (mostly because I didn’t have a single person who could handle unblowdried hair.)

So how did that go…

I woke up one morning, after about a month of trying to figure out what I needed and walked into Super cosmetics and picked up Cantu leave in conditioner, made a spray bottle mix and after washing my hair,I applied Cantu and began twisting my hair. Just like that, two strand twists became my go to protective style.

I kept them in for a week, then switched with and updo the following week so that my hair could get to rest then switch back to twists. Doing my hair became my weekend plot. This was of course until I discovered that with good care I could keep the twists in for two weeks… this was pretty much the first six months of my journey. Between me and you tho: there are times when frustration took a hold of me and I just fluffed my fro and walked out of the door.

The Result….

I did a mini length check at the end of month six, and while length wasn’t as significant, I got volume and volume for days.

In the second half of the year…

I embraced the fro, wore it out more often. I learnt the art of doing my puffs, or at least I think so. They became my friend. (I secretly like them because they are easy to put together and usually look so nice effortlessly.) I also wore my two strand twists or did updos to supplement my puffs so that my edges could be spared the strain.

The Result…

I gained volume again, and length…. More than the times I used to regularly heat and braid my hair.

I have been craving extensions of late, I’m not sure I will yield just yet. I am currently extremely content with being able to handle my hair by myself.

What are your favourite protective styles?

love and love

Nyake