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Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

Time flies, can you believe we are already past the half year mark? Just the other day we welcomed the New Year with long lists of resolutions. Well, the year doesn’t feel so new anymore, it’s that time of the year when energy levels sink, we get sucked into the routine of life and many times become complacent. All these are symptoms of Mid Year blues.


Posted by Editor On JULY- 18 - 2011

Growing up, I was a ‘someday girl’. I had dreams of someday publishing a book, someday working for a newspaper, someday being an editor, someday. Until one day many years later I woke up to the realization that someday was today; the only assurance we have, not 2 years from now or tomorrow but today.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

For some April habitually brings in to mind Spring; sunshine, blooming flowers, the green of trees and sliding into flip flops. For me, April is just April because luckily where I live the beauty of ‘Spring’ and getting high on Vitamin D is something I experience every day.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

As I kid, one of my all time favorite TV shows was 'The Jefferson’s'. As I write this, the theme song is playing in my head. “Well we’re movin’ on up, to the east side, moving on up, to a deluxe apartment in the sky. Moving on up, to the east side, moving on up,we finally got a piece of the pie.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

February is a special month, apart from the red roses, boxes of chocolate, great deals and the romance, it’s also the month we celebrate the history and contributions of African American men and women to society in the name of Black History Month.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18- 2011

Happy New Year!Yes, I know I'm a little late on the wishes just like the way I'm late with our new January Issue but it's finally here. New year, new layout, new name, basically, new things. Its all about the new new! For all those who knew this blog as The Ladies Room, I now introduce you to AfroElle; a blog for women of afro-descent from all over the world.


Posted by Editor On JULY - 18 - 2011

The year has literally flown by, I can't believe it's already December. To many, December is a month of in depth self evaluation and stock taking; taking that walk down memory lane to see if you accomplished the goals you set at the beginning of the year.It's also about looking at your present to see what has worked for you or what you need to eliminate before you head on to the new year.

Going Natural

Posted by AfroElle On 5:55 AM
So you have gone natural what next?
Most people are cautious about going natural because as you know our hair i.e. African curls can be very dynamic and hard to tame. Going natural can be scary at first but as you see the little curls and coils sprouting from your scalp it all gets very exciting.


What you need to know about going natural;
·         African hair is very dry because the sebum (oil) from the scalp does not really get down the hair shaft, due to this natural ladies have to incorporate a lot of moisture into their hair. Moisture is key in your natural hair journey and you can add moisture by using water based leave in conditioners and leave in sprays.
  • Do not have preconceptions of your hair, everyone’s curls/coils are unique and do not go looking at other ladies hair and think that yours will look that way.
  • Build a regimen when dealing with natural hair. A regimen should include cleansing, deep conditioning and styling . The cleansing can be done with diluted shampoo or natural products such as baking soda or apple cider vinegar. Deep conditioning is important to keep your hair strong and moisturised , using protein based deep conditioner will keep your hair strong. An example of a regimen can be found here. Never comb your natural hair dry! Always comb your hair when its wet, dripping with conditioner and with a wide toothed comb. This will get rid of tangles and prevent breakage.
  • Try to minimize the amount of heat you use on your head. Heat in excess is very bad for your hair and will only lead to limp, weak hair with split ends. When using heat such as blow- dryers and flat irons it is imperative to use heat protectants which come as sprays or serums. These protect your hair from the harmful effects of heat styling.
  • Stretch your ends as much as possible. This means keeping your ends straight using rollers or protective styles. This will prevent little knots that are a defining feature of natural hair. Due to the curliness of natural hair it can tend to get little knots on it and these knots cause a lot of breakage. Try and keep your hair in protective styles such as twists, braid outs and twist outs as much as possible.
  • Enjoy your natural hair! Keep your head up and enjoy having your little afro, your twist-out or huge afro. Naturals are always looked down upon especially here in Africa. You will always get the “Insert name here, don’t you think your hair looks shaggy, unkempt? Maybe you should think of relaxing”. Never get discouraged and always be proud to know that your hair is natural and it is very versatile.
Nyachomba and Mary are bloggers at www.thenaturalgirlsguidetobeauty.blogspot.com. They share a passion for natural hair and showcasing Kenyan culture to the rest of the world. 

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