Hey everyone!

Most of you might know that over the past few years, I transitioned to natural hair- by far one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my hair! The transition is a process of growing out your relaxer. This means, scaredy cats like myself can pass on the big chop and instead grow out our hair and the relaxer over a period of time. Lots of protective styles came to play during this period, from cornrows, to braids, to weaves, you name it!

As new as I am to the curl chronicles, I’m enjoying the versatility and styling options available for natural hair! I recently paid Alex- natural hair guru- a visit at his salon where besides getting lots of advise, we managed to achieve a look I absolutely loved, using just a few products and perm rods and today I will be taking you through a step-by-step process of the same 🙂

STEP 1: CO-WASH

Cowashing is the abbreviated term for “Conditioner Washing,” which as the name suggests, is a method of cleansing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo.

Since I had shampood my hair a few days prior to the visit, a co-wash was the most logical move so as to avoid stripping the hair of moisture. Retaining moisture, I learnt, is key as far as healthy natural hair is concerned. Anyway, for this we used Daily Defense Keratin Conditioner which is available at Chandarana Supermarkets.

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STEP 2: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR (ACV) RINSE

Hair is on the mildly acidic side of the pH scale and has an ideal pH of 4.5 to 5.5, which is close to that of an ACV rinse. Many of the hair care products we use are strongly alkaline and ACV serves to balance the pH of your hair and remove the buildup that can result from the use of these styling products. It also reduces the mess that is flaking and dandruff! Yaas, please! We mixed one part of American Garden ACV into three part water, massaged it on the hair and scalp and let it sit for a minute or two, after which we rinsed it off. The vinegar is available in most supermarkets.

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STEP 3: STRETCHING

Before stretching the hair, Alex applied some CANTU Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner, a mix of Argan and Avocado Oil as well as some Olive Oil Eco-Styler on the wet hair, paying attention to the tips which otherwise tend to get dry. The Leave-In Conditioner, Argan and Avocado Oil are all available at Super Duper- Greenhouse Mall. I got my Eco-Styler a while back from Super Cosmetics, so my guess is it’s still available 🙂

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STEP 4: PERM RODS

Once the hair was stretched, the Perm Rod fun begun 🙂 Sectioning small portions of hair for each perm rod, Alex sprayed some Water and used some Olive Oil Eco Styler to ensure we locked in moisture and achieved defined curls. I then sat under the drier for about 40 minutes.
STEP 5: SEPARATION OF CURLS
For each portion, I noticed he separated the curls into about four smaller portions, using the magic mix of Argan and Avocado Oil. Grape Seed or Jojoba Oil are light enough alternatives that can be used in the process of separating the curls.
Now that I had a head full of bouncy curls, just one thing was missing, a much welcome glow! To achieve this we used CANTU Shea Butter Oil Sheen– Also available at Super Duper.
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In just five easy steps, I transformed from this and the style has lasted me over a week now! Did I mention how amazing all these products smell? Well, save for the vinegar whose smell is overpowered by the rest of the products 🙂
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Photos of me are by Antony Trivet. See more here.
For bookings or any further enquiries, kindly contact Alex on +254 721 986910
Hope this was helpful!
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This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. hey, I love your blog. keep it up. I am 10 months natural after big chopping and the journey has been challenging. I have watched videos on youtube and thought ‘ I cant find these things in Kenya! and I’m not in Nairobi’ but then you did this blog, thank god! do you think any other hair creams and gels can work? if yes any suggestions? thank you xx

    1. Thanks for reading dear.
      I’m also just trying to discover the products that work for me. Creams and gels that work are highly dependent on the look you’re after and your hair type. CANTU products are working wonders for me though 🙂

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