Photography by Tatiana Karanja
Location – Dusit D2 Nairobi
I think itâ€™s safe to say that Iâ€™m not quite the adventurous type when it comes to hairstyles. Donâ€™t believe me? Ask anyone whoâ€™s known me for at least a decade.
This style is by far the most daring look Iâ€™ve ever had, so much so that Mondy – one of my girlfriends and the sweetest beings to have walked the planet earth – decided to name the hair.
Meet Sharmaine. (Sharonâ€™s Mane)
When I first got asked by Maureen of Amadiva Salon to try a different look and saw the pictures of women in larger-than-life, luscious, natural styles, I was rather excited to try it out. Sure, it was totally different from anything I was used to but I was happy to have the weave installed for a two hour shoot and take it out right after.
If you follow me on Snapchat then you already know the next part of the story: from the moment I started to see the kinky weave being installed at the back of my head, I knew Iâ€™d have it on for a lot longer. I couldnâ€™t believe that I was seeing a texture that was so similar to my natural hair; something I last saw when I was 14 years old.
Because of the emotions this new look evoked, I was so curious to see what other peopleâ€™s reactions would be. What would my parents, fiancÃ©, colleagues, friends say? What would you guys think? I got a good number of messages from people saying how much they liked the new look and a whole lot of gasps too! Understandably, most were shocked, some confused and others not a fan. I actually jotted down a list of reactions from people lest I forget – hilarious!
As for me, I’m quite happy with the hair and it’s definitely something I’ll be playing around with.
Â If there’s any of you in need of a salon to help you on your natural hair journey, you’ve got to try Amadiva! While I was having my hair done, two women with long, natural hair came in for their treatments and twist outs – a good sign that they know what you’re doing if you ask me. You can get the weave there and have it installed too.
And if you are a naturalista or just love having conversations around hair care in general, then make sure to stop by the Curl Talk event starring Felicia Leatherwood – a celebrity hairstylist and natural hair expert known as the â€˜Hair Whisperâ€™. Some of her clients include Jill Scott and Viola Davis so I know that you know that she knows her stuff – youknowwhatI’msayin?! The two-day event will be on Saturday (14th Nov.) at Sankara and Sunday (15th Nov.) at Dusit, 14 Riverside, from 1pm to 5pm on both days. Iâ€™ll actually be on the panel on Saturday so hopefully Iâ€™ll see some of you guys there! If youâ€™re hoping to transition to natural hair or just want some tips, then I honestly think this talk will help you out. You can get your tickets here!
Â As always, love and love.