Cheap Hairstyle Alert! Curly Synthetic Weave

Awesome curly weaves do not have to be expensive at all!

I am a sucker for big hair and it is no secret. Big hairstyles have a way of giving me a confidence boost because there is nowhere to hide so the only thing to do is hold your head up and enjoy the attention. 🙂 I first discovered my love for big hair by mistake. 3 years ago, I bought the wrong weave and hated it at first and because I was on a budget, I just went with it and oh boy!

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This was the first big hairstyle I ever tried. June 2016!

I ended up loving the color of the hair and how big it got. Some good things in life are stumbled upon and there is no denying that.

Weave Hairstyles Kenya - African Blogger

I totally love my Indian Human Hair but once in a while it is nice to spend a little money on hair so I end up buying Noble/Gold and Fashion Idol weaves that cost less than 10dollars.

I have gotten this hairstyle twice in 3 months and I would totally love to get it done again!
Weave Hairstyles Kenya
Weaves that cost less than 1,000Ksh
Do you love the look on me? Which other looks should I try?

Let’s Talk About Indian Human Hair!

Let’s talk about human hair!

I have had a hard natural hair journey because my hair grows at a very slow rate. It could be because of genetics or diet or the fact that I do not take care of my natural hair as well as most naturalistas do. Last year, I learned how to style and love my natural hair but this year is all about protective hairstyles.

I have been loving big hairstyles for months now but in May, I felt that I needed a change. When Human Hair Company, Hair Shopee reached out to collaborate, I decided to try out a straight hairstyle. They sent me two bundles of straight human hair bundles and a closure.

The hair arrived in a few days but it took some time for me to get the hair done and I wanted to actually wear the hair for a while before writing the review.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee
Application: 

I got two 20 inch bundles and a closure from Hair Shopee but had to add an old one as well because two bundles were not enough. My hairdresser adviced that she should add the old human hair pieces at the back so that they are covered by the new hair.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee
Review:

Right off the bat, the hair was so light and soft. A few days after getting my hair done, I started getting itchy but it could be because of the hair oil they used on my scalp or the fact that I wore the hair without washing it first. Regardless of the itching, I got so many compliments.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee
After washing. 

I decided to wash my hair after a week to try and calm my scalp and it worked! I washed the hair with a mint based shampoo and applied the Marini Naturals Leave-In Conditioner to soften the human hair even more. I combed it gently with a wide tooth comb and there was shedding because of the additional piece that I had to use. The shedding was expected because the quality of the extra human hair piece was lower than Hair Shopee’s. After air dried it, I flat ironed it with the help of a friend and voila! It had amazing volume, it did not itch at all and it looked amazing.

Human Hair Kenya - Hair Shopee
Human Hair Kenya – Hair Shopee

All in all, I love the hair and cannot wait to test out their curly weaves and wigs.

You can buy their weaves and get them delivered to you wherever you are around the world. Here is a link to their website. https://www.hairshopee.com/

Hair Done By : Maria, Pink Chocolate Salon, Shopping Arcade next to Green House Mall. 

OLAY Cleanser And Moisturizer Are Perfect For Oily Skin

OLAY PRODUCTS ARE PERFECT FOR MY MORNING ROUTINE.

I have never had fantastic skin. My skin is prone to breakouts and I have oily skin so any moisturizer and cleanser I use, need to suit my needs. The search for an amazing product started earlier this year but it is not until this month that I got the courage to change form my “St Ives” products and decided to  try out OLAY. I had heard so much about the products and I was hoping all that hype was not going lead me on to disappointments.

OLAY Kenyan Fashion Blogger Reina Kimeu
Source: FashionForensic Africa

I went to a few stores in town and every time I asked the sales lady questions about my  skin, they did not seem to convince me on the OLAY products they stocked. I finally decided to pass by Beauty Wholesale on Kimathi Street, Nairobi and met a fellow shopper on the section with the OLAY products. She swore by the products and she told me that she was over 40 and honestly, she did not look a day over 28. I think that was it for me, “Who does not want to look like her at that age?”. So I picked up the OLAY complete moisturizer and a cleanser that also doubled up as a toner.

OLAY Kenyan Fashion Blogger Reina Kimeu
Source: FashionForensicAfrica

The first time I used the cleanser and toner, I was surprised that there was no burn because the toners I have used prior were all harsh. This one was mild to the skin.  I use the cleanser/toner twice a day, applying generously using a cotton wool from my neck up. I needed a toner because my pores had been enlarged due to not cleansing properly or sleeping in my makeup. The 2 in 1 option also meant that I could spend less on the products.

OLAY Kenyan Fashion Blogger Reina Kimeu
Source: FashionForensicAfrica

When I first used the moisturizer, my skin became extremely oily. I could not wear powder and leave it on for more than three hours without a touch-up. I got a breakout because of that and it was a little worrying.  A few days of continued use, I started noticing that the oily feeling was gone and that my skin was softer and less irritated. The moisturizer sat well under makeup and it kept me moisturized for the whole day. This moisturizer also has SPF 15, which means that it protects from premature sun damage of the skin. I only use it in the morning on my face and neck.

They retail in Kenya for  OLAY 2in1 Cleanser & Toner about Ksh 1300 (cannot remember) and OLAY Complete Day Moisturizer Ksh 1650.

 

P:S This is not a sponsored post. I simply love OLAY products.

Which are your favorite cleansers and moisturizers?

I would love to hear from you.

Have a lovely week.

Reina Kimeu

Lime Crime Lipsticks Matte Sensation

I have always been curious about makeup and the variety available in the country were not that many a few years ago. Now with the rise of imported makeup, Continue reading “Lime Crime Lipsticks Matte Sensation”

Hair Tips: What To Learn From A Wigs Addict In Kenya

My hair is kinky and takes ages to grow. Over the years, brands like Marini Naturals have created products that are meant to help women of color tackle this issue. Their products make African hair easier to maintain. Alicia Keys has the no makeup movement talking and Kenyan blogger, Sheila Ndinda always looks amazing with her perfectly styled natural hair. I have not joined the natural band wagon yet, but I am thinking of giving it a try.

I am adventurous when it comes to my hair and most times, I let my hair stylist decide what she wants to do with my hair. I have been her client for years and she knows what goes well with my personality. A few months every year, I get tired of braiding and weaving hair so I opt for  more relaxed and easy bad hair day fix, WIGS.

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Where to buy a good wig.

I have a few that are both human hair and fiber. For the human hair ones, I would recommend my friend, Gathoni Brown Kenya on Instagram. She sells amazing human hair wigs that are not only trendy but affordable as well. I would also recommend Unbeweavable Hair Kenya.

I recently discovered countless stores on the famous, River Road, that sell fiber wigs that are not of very good quality, but will do if you are on a budget. These can only take a few washes before thinning out and changing texture.

Wigs 101

How to clean your wig

Comb the wig before washing to untangle the fibers or hair. Then using warm water, wash it using your favorite shampoo and conditioner. Make sure your shampoo does not dry out the hair. My favorite is the Amla Legend Oil Refill Hair Wash, that is available at any Nakumatt supermarket , Best Lady or Beauty options store in Nairobi.Dry it out in a hair dryer or outside, under the shade. I find cleaning wigs very tedious so I sometimes take mine to my hairdresser. It costs me ksh 200 (2$) to get it cleaned  but it is money well spent.wigs kenyan blogger

And that is wig 101.  If you have any additional tips, kindly share with us on the comment section below. Thank you for stopping by.

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Makeup: House Of Awuor

Photography: Naito Designs.

Imagine.Believe.Achieve

Love, Reina.

Say Goodbye To Cracked Lips With EOS

The rainy season we are currently experiencing is not only bad for the hair and our moods but the cold that comes with it, is bad for our skin. One  of the most annoying things is that the lips tend to chap and crack. Moisturizing and using normal lip balms is not enough anymore. EOS lip balm Continue reading “Say Goodbye To Cracked Lips With EOS”

The Big Kinky Hairstyle Everyone In Nairobi Is Rocking

I have always loved big hair.  Many people shy away from hair styles like these because of the nature of their jobs, the fact that they love simplicity and most times, the reason is that they are scared.  They are often afraid that they will not look like the model on the package. All these are viable reasons. I also usually have a lot of doubts on my mind as my hair stylist tries to make me try something new. Every woman is scared of looking like a mess but the only way to find out is to try. My hair stylist has done my hair for three years now and I trust her judgement so I went with it and I actually love the end product.DSCN6540This hair makes me feel amazing. It’s light, bouncy and has the 80’s vibe. Some people actually think its my own hair. How can anyone be so blind? But hey! I am not complaining.  Not everyone likes my big hair. I went to a children’s home with a few friends and everything was going smoothly until we walked into the 1 year and below dormitory. One of the adorable babies saw my hair and started crying and then all of them followed. It was so funny. 🙂 I am guessing they thought they had seen a ghost.

WARNING: If you work around babies, stay away from this hairstyle. 🙂DSCN6542Things to remember when getting an Afro inspired look:

  • Oil your scalp as often as possible. I use olive oil  twice a week to sooth my scalp.
  • Spray the hair daily to give it a good shine
  • Use a large shower cap to keep water away when taking a shower and hence preventing tangling.
  • Trim the ends once every week. Use a pair of scissors and make the cut with the scissors facing down a few inches at a time. Trimming your hair straight gives it a very unappealing look.

DSCN6544I hope this article inspired you to try a big hairstyle of your choice. If you love have a big hair do or are planning on going wild anytime soon, kindly leave a comment below and help inspire other women to join the #bighair movement.

Happy Jamhuri Day.

The Milani Liquid Color Lip Color Swatches

Choosing the right makeup for your skin type is very important. I have spent years experimenting with different makeup brands and different types of lip products. I have to say, over the years I thought that I will come down to a simple answer. The truth is, there is no specific makeup brand that is better than the rest. All you need is a good combination of products that work for you and that are safe to use. Continue reading “The Milani Liquid Color Lip Color Swatches”