Photography by Tatiana Karanja
Location – Dusit D2 Nairobi
I think it’s safe to say that I’m not quite the adventurous type when it comes to hairstyles. Don’t believe me? Ask anyone who’s known me for at least a decade.
This style is by far the most daring look I’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. (Sharon’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 I’d have it on for a lot longer. I couldn’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 people’s reactions would be. What would my parents, fiancé, 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.
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 ‘Hair Whisper’. 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. I’ll actually be on the panel on Saturday so hopefully I’ll see some of you guys there! If you’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!
As always, love and love.