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Wedding natural hair

Q: How can I wear my natural hair for my wedding? I am told I can only put it in braids or a weave.   A: Natural hair is very versatile and can be worn in its natural state even for very high-profile formal events. Depending on where your wedding will be, you may be able to get it professionally and safely straightened using a good quality blow-drier, plenty of heat protectant and a ceramic flat iron. There are several curly styles you can wear depending on the length of your hair and  ...

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Wellness

NEWBIES NATURAL HAIR CARE SUMMARY GUIDE

Starting on the natural hair care journey can be overwhelming to say the least, but trust me it gets way better as you learn your hair. This is a SIMPLE SUMMARY for beginners that can be used as you continue to read and expand your knowledge on products and experiment.   MOISTURE & SEALING One thing about natural hair is that it LOVES water so moisturising is KEY to keeping your hair not only healthy but also manageable. Then you have to seal that moisture using oils of your choice  ...

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Wellness

Kurly Kichana Interview

Please tell us about your natural hair journey – start from wherever you would like, and what you have learned over the years as a minimalist natural. Growing up, I never had the option of getting a relaxer which meant that I had to learn how to deal with my hair. However I had an epiphany when I was 23 and started taking better care of my hair i after reading up on good hair practices from blogs in the USA and the UK. It was at this time that KurlyKichana got started which proved to  ...

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Hair Care

Jay Cee: Can boys and men join the Natural Hair Community?

Recently, I posted a picture of my son in a natural hair forum and while it got a lot of positive comments, there were some who felt that I was turning my boy gay. Why? Because he had some hair which I had finger coiled. And also because I had mentioned that I care for his hair with the same products I do mine. Granted, I did mention that he satisfies my hankering for a girl, having been blessed with only boys. I, however do not think that those two things mean that I am turning my son gay  ...

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Hair Care

TN Interview : Kirigo Kabuga, Sisterlocks Master Stylist

Kirigo Kabuga has been a Sisterlocks Master Stylist for 5 years now. She has grown from a trainee, to a Sisterlocks consultant and is now the 4th Sisterlocks Master Stylist in a Worldwide Ranking. She is based between Baltimore and Nairobi. – What are Sisterlocks? Sisterlocks as described be the founder Dr. Joanne Cornwell, “Sisterlocks are a framework in which the locks exist. Basically small parts of your hair with guided sections and a formulated grid. Constructed using a tool.  ...

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Beauty

The Best Homemade Charcoal Face Mask

Charcoal face masks have received a lot of hype on social media groups. Does it really work? We decided to try it for ourselves. Some charcoal peel off masks on the internet use office glue. It is said to pull out dirt from the pores. I would rather not risk experimenting on my face, so I used food-grade ingredients instead of glue. Here are the results of this all-natural face mask!   Charcoal Mask Ingredients 1)Gelatin powder 2) Activated Charcoal Tablets 3)Bentonite Clay Stockists:  ...

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Hair Care

Guest Post : Understanding Your Natural Curl Type

By Kate Moraa, Naturally Curl Hair Care. I have been a natural most of my life. As a child my mum always kept my hair short to avoid combing because I would cry my eyes out at the sight of a comb. When I joined High School and permed my hair for the first time. Discovering my natural curl type 6 years ago I went back to natural. After years of constant weaving and braiding I’d lost my entire hairline to the excessive pulling. It was time to give my hair a break. I stopped going to the  ...

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Beauty

This Face Mask Changed my Life

By Naomi Mruttu Image Consultant, Former Model. Turmeric Face Mask – an Amazing Beauty Booster For centuries turmeric has been a well-kept secret for smooth, glowing skin. The Indian subcontinent has literally millions of brides (and grooms) who have slathered it on their faces in preparation for their wedding day. They even have a ‘turmeric’ ceremony as part of their week-long wedding celebrations. Our Somali sisters are also famous for using it as one of the ingredients  ...

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Wellness

Where to Shop for Bulk Bargains in Nairobi

Hunting for bargains? Did you know that Nairobi is listed as one of the most expensive cities in Africa – it’s more expensive to live in Nairobi than Jo’burg and Cairo! *gasp* To help you stock up while stretching your shillings, this list has been doing the rounds on social media. Some are tried and tested by our TN team, and others were sent to us. Thanks Ma Maya and Amakove and everyone else who co-authored the most affordable shops in Nairobi! Food Bargains 1. Cereals  ...

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Wellness

Easy One Pot Pilau Rice

Pilau Rice Whenever we have guests or when I want to make something quick for the weekend, pilau is the easy choice. I have never really used a recipe, since I learned from my Mum and Aunts (Coastal folks) so we mainly eyeball the spices to suit each family’s individual tastes. The only thing that is an absolute must is to choose the best quality rice you can afford. And measure your rice:liquid ratio accurately. PILAU INGREDIENTS 3 cups (mugs) well-washed rice (or grade 1 pishori  ...

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