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Looking good on a budget may seem like an impossible thing to wish for, but it’s totally possible. We often overthink, protective styles assuming they are expensive. But the truth is, protective styles can be affordable even with a tight budget or none at all. The simplest protective style also happens to be one you can do-it-yourself. Put up your hair in a bun, then twist hair with simple knots – ‘matuta’ – or ‘bantu’ knots, add a little moisturizer and Viola, that’s the first and easy to do protective style! If knotting your hair or braiding it is difficult, consider having a friend who can help you with doing your hair, which will enable you to save a few coins in your pocket. The next batch of protective styles, are pretty much outsourced hair in the form of wigs and weaves. These are quite versatile and very easy to…

 

Tis’ the season and it’s not only the walls and the streets that need decking this festive season, hair could certainly do with some attention. If you want to add instant festive glam to your hairstyle, hair accessorizing is the quickest way to go. Imagine oversleeping and not having to do your hair in the morning, or you accidentally forget to remove your night scarf. It’s OKAY, because your night sleeping scarf, is an oh so trendy fashion accessory (tears of joy). But there is a fine line between a la mode and oh dear Lord, so here’s how to get it right! Hair clips – accessories that will probably never go out of style. Practical, affordable and handy for styling all types of hair. Scarves- scarves basically do everything. From protecting hair from the elements and…

 

Hair is a significant part of a woman’s whole appearance. It can drastically change her looks and holds a sentimental meaning in her life. A woman is acknowledged by her hair, but a woman is not her hair. The politics of hair- more so black women’s hair, is intense. Looking back in history from the big fros made popular by the Black Civil Rights Movement, to the growing trend around the world where women are embracing natural curly African hair with popular hashtags like #TeamNatural #Afro #BlackMagic #BlackLivesMatter, natural hair is here stay. That being said, many women are having a hard time maintaining their natural hair.  Just because hair is natural, doesn’t mean it’s got volume or length. It could be affected by many arbitrary factors, for example, the products you use, your genetic make-up, how often you care for it amongst other things. In Kenya, the hair industry is booming…

 

Shades of Grey… Grey hair can be cause for a complete nervous breakdown. More so for women, because when men go grey they look so much better! Remember when Obama went grey? We didn’t think it possible, but he actually looked hotter! You will often wonder why it happens and what it means, so here a few common  grey hair myths Fright causes grey hair Only older people get grey hair. Hair can turn grey overnight. Plucking a stray grey hair often means three more will attend its funeral. (But avoid plucking hair because it damages your hair follicles. But seriously, there’s a simple explanation for why hair goes grey. Hair and skin tone come from the same cells called melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin for the skin colour (black/brown) and hair. Grey hair happens when hair follicles stop producing melanocytes. When it happens it is mostly caused by genetics but…

 

We love the designs showcased at the first TCB Naturals Hair Runway Show, by TCB Naturals the heritage brand, founded on science, innovation, nature and quality. The competition saw a number of Kenya’s top hair stylists battle it out to win KShs.30,000 each in 3 categories! The event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel and hosted by Sheila Mwanyigha

 

With the weather changing for the sunnier, we’re all about #triballines How gorgeous is our cover this month?  Created by Maureen, this look took about 4 hours to create. Her advise on maintaining  the look is to wear silky hair bonnets when sleeping, spray on sheen moisturiser at least twice a week and always use a little edge control on the edges of your hair for that nice baby hair look finish. Maureen has been a hairdresser for 8 years and is currently based at Rapunzel Hair Affair Salon. She loves playing around with different types of hair and texture and that’s where her creativity lies.Maureen enjoys her work and defines it as easy! But what’s most challenging for her is not being able to make a client happy with what her creative mind expresses on hair! Being recognized in her field of work while participating in award winning hair…

 

I don’t know about you, but my mornings can be pretty hectic. Between a light workout, preparing breakfast and getting changed for work, I barely have time to do my hair in a complicated style. That’s why I opt for a simple protective style such as a kinky-textured wig. I find that following an understated styling routine during the work week lets me maintain the health of my hair. Why Wigs? Wigs are a fantastic way to maintain the health and length of your natural hair. That said, long, healthy hair is not simply a matter of throwing on a wig and walking out the door, often times, we do need to prepare and maintain our hair over the course of our protective style. Here’s what I recommend: 1. Ensure your natural hair is clean Prior to wearing your wig, take a moment to ensure your natural hair is clean.…

 

There’s a short natural African hair fad currently in Nairobi. However, quite a sizeable number of women still get the jitters just thinking about donning short hair. Here’s why; 1. African hair takes a longer time to grow. It is a known fact among African women that our hair does not grow back quickly to amazing lengths as that of our Caucasian counterparts. This seemingly slow growth phenomenon is however explained by Science. An article dated two years ago on Blackamericaweb.com states; Science has revealed that black hair tends to be more dry and brittle, and that can cause it to fall out and/or breakoff. But fortunately, there’s a solution, and it is based on a scientific fact, so many overlook…iron. Iron deficiency, is one of the most prevalent of all vitamin deficiencies amongst the human population. And is extremely prevalent, amongst women of African descent. Though there are other…

 

Embracing the Kink The 70’s birthed the era where African natural hair was celebrated in all its nappy, knotty glory. In the 80’s, the curly kit fad that our mothers loved to rock, ushered in the new normal that was chemical processing of African hair, which then became a way of life for many an African woman. Indeed, the decision to fully embrace what is naturally God given to us has been a tough one. A testament to the politics surrounding our hair was the decision by Nigerian celebrated Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, to address African hair in her best selling book, Americanah. Worth noting, is that Chimamanda is one of the few African women in the public eye, who proudly displays her natural hair. Societal perceptions and portrayals of what is considered beautiful hair could be the reason why many African women shy away from wearing their hair natural.…