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NFATW: Nyachomba in Kenya

• Dec 6, 2010


Nyachomba is pictured at right


Nyachomba is pictured at right

Where are you from?
N:
I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I was born and bred here and apart from my 3 year stint in Nottingham, England for University, I have always lived in Nairobi and absolutely love living here.

What is interesting about Nairobi?
N:
Nairobi is the only city in the world with a National Park in it, it’s a cultural melting pot and we house people from all over the world. It’s always bustling and is also called the city under the sun. Nairobi is a cosmopolitan city with tons of things to do, great clubs, lovely restaurants and the friendliest people ever!

What is the natural hair scene like in Nairobi?
N:
The natural hair scene is slowly growing. Most Kenyan ladies are relaxed and have been relaxed since they were in primary school (ages 7–14) . However the natural hair scene is slowly growing and emerged with many young people both male and female sporting locs. Slowly and with time more and more ladies are doing the big chops and embracing natural hair.

Why did you go natural?
N:
I have always been natural. My mother always encouraged me to keep my hair natural although she herself was relaxed (although she now sports short natural hair). I begged her over and over again to relax my hair but she never gave in, always insisting that I had lovely hair and didn’t need it relaxed. At the time I was very bitter and upset especially going into high school, but now I am very grateful for her insistence of me not getting a perm. I had locs for two years but decided to cut them because they were difficult to maintain. I woke up one day and cut off all my dreads and was left with about 1 inch and a half of hair, this was 2 and a half years ago.

What’s your regimen?
N:
I shampoo my hair every two weeks with diluted shampoo and co wash at least 2 times a week. I use a cheapie shampoo but co wash with Suave Naturals Green Apple Conditioner (which is very easily available in Nairobi).

I deep condition weekly and use mainly what I have lying around the house. This could be avocado, mayonnaise, honey, coconut milk and sometimes mix them with a store bought conditioner. I leave this in my hair for a minimum 45 minutes.

I also henna every two weeks because my hair is very fine. This has definitely made my hair thicker, stronger and shinier. I use Nupur henna which has 9 Indian herbs including Shikakai and Amla and is very cheap.

I wear protective styles such as twists, buns and twist n curls (which is one of my favorites) most of the time. I try to moisturize with a mix of water, conditioner, peppermint oil and glycerin twice a day and seal with either shea butter or coconut oil.

What would you like to see in Nairobi in terms of haircare?
N:
I would love to see more ladies in love with their hair especially naturals. I would also love for more of them to do their hair rather than relying on salons which have staff that may not be able to deal with natural hair. I also want mothers to teach young girls to love their hair rather than slap a box of relaxer on their daughters heads. I am ecstatic that the Kenyan Natural hair scene is growing.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
My friend Mary and I blog at thenaturalgirlsguidetobeauty.blogspot.com. This is a blog we started to encourage Kenyan Ladies to appreciate their natural hair. We also reach out to natural haired ladies from across the world.

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Lissie

Hello Nyachomba! Thanks for sharing your story! You and your hair are absolutely beautiful! I look forward to reading your blog! I’m obsessed with traveling and I LOVE reading blogs from fellow Africans showcasing THEIR homeland. Most of my favorite African bloggers are living abroad, so your blog will be really refreshing to read! Hopefully in the next few years, I’ll head your way to Nairobi, Kenya.…God willing <3

TAB
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TAB

You’ve got beautiful hair. It’s always nice to see a fellow Kenyan online. 🙂

S
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S

TAB, I second you on that one! They both look good!

thelady
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thelady

gorgeous hair

G
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G

Nice to see a fellow Kenyan being featured. Can’t believe there’s Suave conditioner in Nairobi…I’ve looked for it in Sweden and come up with nothing. Guess thats what I’ll be buying when I get home 🙂

ineyo
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ineyo

I love your hair! Nice to see a Kenyan featured

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Very nice! I love the blog. I love seeing other African naturals. 🙂

Hello
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Hello

Nice to see a Kenyan featured! I have searched everywhere for Kenyan natural hair blogs so you can imagine my surprise when I saw this. I’m proud of you Nyachomba, this is ground breaking for Kenya. Please keep on spreading the natural hair bug!

O.
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O.

It’s sooo awesome to see a fellow Kenyan featured! I moved to the States when I was 7 but I’m happy to know that the natural scene is growing in Kenya.

Miss P
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Miss P

You guys look beautiful and so stylish! It’s always great to see other African naturals featured!

Nyachomba Kariuki
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Time zones make it hard to reply at the same time as you…I am totally overwhelmed by the response to the blog and feature..big up to bglhonline. Thanks so much guys. @Lissie, Thanks a lot and we hope to see you heading to Nairobi soon..there is loads to do here and we would love to have you here @G, Trust me I was as surprised as you are about having Suave in Kenya.Sad you cannot get it in Sweden but for sure you can come stock up when you get back lol Mary (My fellow blogger) and I will make… Read more »

sarahk
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sarahk

Soo proud to see a kenyan featured and all the support from fellow natural kenyans. beautiful.

Elaine in Nairobi
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Elaine in Nairobi

Nyachomba, good to see a post from nairobi! the natural scene is growing which is so nice! I would like to see a salon (some of us need extra help!). i will definitely be visiting your blog!

Chilli Mango
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Nyachomba and Mary rock!!!!!! Just what we needed here in Nairobi…if it hadn’t been for them, my hair wouldn’t be what it is now!!

Kudos!!!

Anisa
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Anisa

Hi Nyachomba, as a Kenyan natural I read your blog from time to time. I’d like to know where you bought Suave products.

kabinti
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kabinti

yay for Kenyan naturals!

Nyachomba Kariuki
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Awwwww @ChilliMango…dont you just have the ability to always keep me smiling…thanks doll.
@Anisa I bought the Suave Products at the big Nakumatt Stores..look out for them whenever you visit a nakumatt

We really appreciate the love!!!Love you guys

KK
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KK

Congratulations on being featured, Nyachomba. All the Kenyan naturals out there, let’s have a meet‐up!!!

kinky_lockz
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kinky_lockz

Nyash and Mary.. showcasing some serious Kenyan beauty here :))
as always love your blog ladies!!! Congrats Nyash, this was a wonderful feature. Many blessings xx

Jc
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Hongera! (which means congratulations in Swahili). I have not seen this blog before but will now 🙂

deepbrownkinks
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deepbrownkinks

You are so pretty.…love your blog.Kenya is on list of countries to visit.
with love from Nigeria.

Dorcas
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Dorcas

Hey Nyachomba. I went natural about one year ago. Been desperate to find some fellow naturalistas in Kenya. I will definitely visit your blog and love your pics.

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