Cocoa Butter

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Also known as theobroma oil, cocoa butter is a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cacao bean. It’s used to make chocolate as well as various beauty products. Cocoa butter has a distinct cocoa flavour and aroma.

💫BENEFITS FOR SKIN

✨Cocoa butter is high in antioxidants, which help fight off free radicals. Free radicals are skin stressers and accelerate aging.

✨It is widely claimed to help reduce the visibility of stretch marks and scars. There are no guarantees, but many women claim regular use of cocoa butter was what kept pregnancy stretch marks away. We’re not entirely convinced anything can keep them away, but you’ll find many anti-stretch mark cocoa butter products in the market.

✨Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids and moisturizes the skin deeply.

✨Regular use of cocoa butter might help reduce skin irritations such as eczema and dermatitis.

💫BENEFITS FOR HAIR

✨Nourishes hair and the scalp with vitamins and minerals thereby helping to keep both healthier for longer. This nourishing feature makes oil great for treating dry, damaged and frizzy hair in hot oil treatments and for massaging the scalp.

✨Has moisture sealing properties thereby keeping hair softer for longer. However, all liquid oils (except coconut oil, which is actually solid anyway and jojoba , which is actually a wax and not an oil) can seal hair better than butters because they have a higher proportion of polyunsaturated fats – the type that cannot penetrate the hair cuticle.

✨Penetrates the hair cuticle to fortify hair from the inside; they do this better than oils because they have a higher amount of saturated fats and monounsaturated fats.

✨Help to boost hair’s shine but not as well as liquid oils.

(credit; nenonatural.com)

Cocoa butter is usually solid at room temperature and this may make it tedious to use. However, it smells delicious and really is a great moisturizer. You can use it on it’s own, mix it with your other oils or butters or make yourself a delicious whipped butter that will keep your hair and your skin wonderfully moisturized.

You can find our Raw Cocoa Butter and the rest of our organic natural oils and butters at

Urban Hair Nairobi on the ground floor of Barclays Plaza, Loita Street in the CBD.Urban Hair Nairobibi.

Amadiva Beauty at 14 Riverside Drive near Chiromo, Nairobi.Amadiva Beautyty.

Amadiva Beauty at Prestige Plaza on Ngong Road, Nairobi.

Visit the salons to get any of our products and for amazing work on your natural hair;)

For any enquiries or personal orders call/text/whatsapp 0725466132 or 0707644851

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Stellah’s Hair Progress

Hey Ladies! This Nairobi weather..Argh! I thought we were past the cold and rainy season :'(:'(

Anyway, we love all the protective styles we’ve been seeing on the streets. So much spank! I’ve been having buns and doing the roll, tuck and pin method for mine and I simply love the versitility that accesories give me!

First off, I stumbled upon the roll,tuck and pin method after several flat twist fails lol. And I’d highly recommend it for those of us who can’t conrow or flat twist. Its easy to do,takes minimum time and just needs some bobby pins. I’ll try to do a picture tutorial soon,but in the meantime, this tutorial by my hair crush, Aisha of MyFroandI is perfect.

Btw incase your bobbys keep disappearing,we might have a solution for you on our page this week so stay tuned!!

For the bun,my fav style lately, I use basically anything from a string, to a piece of cloth, to shoe laces. Hehe. Talk of improvation. Sometimes I do a twistout to get curls at the top but other times I just leave it kinky and I’m pleased with the results on most days :-):-)

Here is a series of some accesories,scarves and styles:

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I love, love, love this accesory. It goes so well with the bun and even when I want to do a roll,tuck and pin, I simply wrap it around my forehead and I’m good to go (pics on my roll,tuck and pin post coming soon, I promise)

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Girls, those days you have a bantu knot then you get some shuglis out of the house. Simply take a scarf and do a knot at the front and you’re good to go!!

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More scarves! Honestly I’m starting to become a scarf hoarder hehe. I separated the curls from the bantu knot and made a bun then used a scarf to hold it in place.

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I love the curls bantu knots give me on day two!! So full and glorious ❤ ❤
I found some pearly beads in my room so I put a string in them and found me a new accesory for my bun. Score!!

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Washday! Incase you simply don’t want to do anything to your hair after its clean, try this hairstyle.The big scarf bow you make definately takes all the attention.

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Not so clear but leaving out a small bit of your hair while the rest is in a bun works too.

What accesories and scarves have you caped for yourself?

xx
S.

Curls and a bun with Shea Butter+Black Castor Oil+Coconut Oil

Hey girls. I finally got time to do a post I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. As you all know, my hair is 4C which means it’s more kinky and coily than curly. I’ve grown to love it a whole lot. It took patience and time to learn how to maintain it and what my hair loves and what’s simply a no-no.

This is my hair in the morning after I’ve spritzed some of my Leave-In concoction lol (Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Conditioner and a little oil)

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It’s very cotton wool like and soft at this point. (I’m also very happy about my hairline, thanks to the Black castor oil).
I wanted to have some defined  curls at the front so I could have a bun and curls thing going on within the week (Look out for pics on the different styles I pulled off 💁💁)

Usually I use Ecostyler gel mixed with an oil and the results are good but I’ve been trying to avoid gel lately. I did a post comparing the Shea Butter Vs Ecostyler gel curl definition results.

So I decided to try something new that I’m really excited about you guys! Shea Butter+Black Castor Oil+Coconut Oil for styling!!!

-I sectioned my hair.

-For each section, I spritzed, applied the Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In conditioner, then the butter mix.

-I did 3 strand twists in the back (matutas), around 6 of them. Their main purpose was to stretch my hair out for the bun

-For the front, I did bantu knots as usual (For those struggling with how to do Bantu knots, here is a great pictorial)

-Slept in a satin bonnet.

-Next morning, I undid the matutas and bantu knots gently after rubbing a light oil (I used sweet almond) between the thumb and index finger.This is to minimize frizz aka wild strands of hair and to add shine to it.

Results?

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I loved it! This was day three, btw. I’m sorry I didn’t take pics of day 1 but I promise I will next time.

Girls with kinky hair, have you tried a whipped butter mix before? What were the results?

Love,
Stellah.

Black Castor Oil Test Drive 🚗🚗

I posted this a long time ago on facebook guys: Enjoy!!
“It’s Thursday, just one more day to the weekend I had to do this post early because my hairline is pretty much flourishing :mrgreen::mrgreen:
As I’ve said on the blog before, I’ve had a hard time with my hairline. It’s really weak and had almost no hair(See pics below)

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We got the Ugandan Black Castor Oil for sale because ALOT of naturalistas were raving about it and, why not? I got myself a 100ml bottle for experimentation, and I gotta tell you guys, this is probably voodoo lol.

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I’ve been doing a daily massage on my hairline and scalp nightly and in the morning for 3 weeks as of today.. and I’m so happy!

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I can see a difference so I’ll keep up my regimen and also update you guys on the progress. P.S It’s great for the edges too, but that’s a post for another day.

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Do you have a hairline problem? Feel free to tell us what you’ve tried and whether it has worked for you

xx
S.

Twist Out Using Beautiful Textures Curl Control Define Pudding

Good morning, loves! I’m in such a good mood today, it being a public holiday tomorrow and one of my oldest friends is getting married:)

Kinda sad I won’t wear my #Fro out to the wedding as it’s in braids now, has been for the last six weeks and this weekend is take-down weekend. One more reason I’m so excitedz can’t wait to get familiar with my new growth:D:D. Bring on the detangling, I be ready! The fro has been missed.

Anyway, I was supposed to have done this post ages ago but I was being lazy and using the excuse that I needed better photos. Today is the day!

This is sort of a review for Beautiful Textures Curl Control Defining Pudding. For those who missed it, Judy reviewed this product and the Moisture Butter for #WashNGos here ( https://afroliciouske.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/beautiful-textures-wash-and-go/)

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I used the Curl Control Pudding alone for my #TwistOuts. I have said before that Twist Outs have become my go-to protective and curl enhancing style since I gained some length, mostly because they’re so easy to do.

I used this product on damp hair that I had spritzed with my Leave in Conditioner.
I sectioned about ten times, applied my Cantu Argan Leave in to each section, then applied the Pudding before twisting my hair. I used each product sparingly and we always say, a little goes a long way.

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The first thing i love about this product is the smell. It smells lovely, some type of tropical smell. It’s also very light and very little is required for use.

As it’s not as heavy as Shea Butter it felt lighter on my head as I applied it and it dried pretty fast. I did the twists just before bed and by the time I woke up, they were completely dry.
I have complained that most times I use Shea Butter overnight for twists I wake up and my hair is still damp in the middle and the back sometimes. Also,since my hair was completely dry in the morning, the twists were firm and easy to take down, suffering very little frizz.

For the take down I applied Sweet Almond Oil to my hair and to the tips of my fingers. This is a really important step as it helps seal I’m moisture and gives your hair a really healthy shine. I love the smell of Sweet Almond but you can use the cold pressed oil of your choice.

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I don’t know how I slept but my hair was in all directions post take down. Smh. I keep saying this Natural Life is about improvisation. I wore a paperbag around my hair for 30mins to make my hair lie down like a normal person’s. Lol.

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I was very pleased with the results and the fact that the smell lasted a while. This particular #TwistOut lasted me five days before I braided my hair over the weekend. I loved it so much I took it out that night and to a baby shower😆

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(Soon after take down)

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(Later that night. Out with the sister)

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(Day 3 at the baby showerm. I’m way in the back, curls poppin’)

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(Day 5. Lots of shrinkage but that Fro still Fly 😉

Have any of you tried any of the Beautiful Textures products? How did you like them? Tell us, we love hearing from you!

I wish you all a lovely, lovely long weekend. You girls take care now and don’t forget to send us those photos to be featured for #FCF😚

#NaturalHairKe #ProductReview #BeautifulTextures #TwistOuts #Afroliciouske #KenyanNaturals #NairobiNaturals #BeautifulTexturesCurlControlPudding

Black Castor Oil

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Hey loves! We’ve been getting a lot of requests for Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) and we looked around and found Ugandan Castor Oil which has the same properties and is friendlier on your pocket! 🙂

Black Castor Oil is obtained by first roasting the castor bean resulting in a dark color and burnt smell from the ash of  the roasted castor beans. Yellow Castor Oil is obtained by cold pressing the castor bean.

Black Castor Oil may have become popularised by the Jamaican brands but the process for obtaining it has been used in Africa for years including in countries like Uganda and Zambia. Little wonder as much of the Jamaican Black population are of African or partially African descent with many being able to trace their origins to West Africa.

Both castor oils are great for hair. Their benefits include;

-Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid which is a omega 9 fatty acid and linoleic acid , an omega 6 fatty acid said to promote hair growth.

-Ricinoleic acid is also an analgesic (causes pain relief) and is an anti-inflammatory which comes in handy for itchy scalp days.

-Castor oil has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties and has been used as a food preservative and mould inhibitor. It’s use will help combat scalp infections.

-Castor oil is a humectant and will keep your hair well moisturized. It’s an excellent sealant and leaves hair with a wonderful shine.

Black Castor Oil has acquired a  widespread reputation for enhancing hair growth. If your edges be struggling you should definitely give this a shot. Massage a little into your scalp in the morning and at night.

The first time I used castor oil, I used it alone as a sealant. It was difficult to apply because it’s very heavy and viscous. However my hair immediately felt and looked fuller, for those that love their afros bulky. I mix it with a small amount of a lighter oil – olive or coconut – now to ease the application process.

You can use black castor oil as a pre poo oil, as a hot oil treatment, as a sealant and to increase the shine of your hair.

We’re selling Ugandan Castor oil so feel free to reach us on 0725466132/0707644851

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Have a great week😚

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African Threading on my Kenyan hair 💁💁

What do you ‘No-Heat’ girls do to stretch your hair?  I’m a fan of bantu knots and twistouts(see here , here and here ) They have never let me down. But I woke up on Sunday feeling like I needed my hair stretched out for different styles within the week.My sister had bought the African thread  earlier

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(4 bundles like the one above cost 500/=)
I was pretty excited to give it a try.
So on washday,

1.Baking Soda Rinse
To cleanse and clarify my hair.

2.Deep Condition
My ORS has been over for a while now so I decided to get a Creme of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning treatment
P.S. It smells amazing

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I don’t think one is enough though :?:? I ended up mixing with the remaining ORS Protein pack from last month and some shea butter.

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3.Detangling and rinsing
After letting the DC sit for around 2 hours, I rinsed while finger  detangling.

4.Moisturizing and Sealing
Applied the Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Repair Creme.

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Since we are giving whipped butters a try, we made one with some Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Seed Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil.

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Turned out so smooth and minty and delicious smelling mmmhh 😍😍

5.Threading
The threads were the perfect length for my hair plus you need less than one bunch.
I sectioned my hair, tied a knot on the end of one of the thread then tied it to the root and tightly coiled it on my hair until the ends,then made another knot.These were the results..

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It took me around 45mins but I think it will take less time with more practice.Plus my sections were really small.

6.Taking down the thread
-I undid the knot at the end then uncoiled the thread.
-As usual, I put some Cantu leave in and sealed with beautiful textures Curl defining pudding .The results..

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The joy in my heart!!! My hair was as stretched as when I had a braid out here

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I even had better defined curls:D:D

Definitely a worthy investment!!

Here is an infographic of other hair stretching methods popular in the natural hair community. Whats your cup of tea?

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PS. Since I had bought four bunches of the thread and only used less than one, I’m putting two up for sale at Ksh100 each. Holla at me if you’re interested. 0725466132

Xx
S.