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Z: Please introduce yourself:

F: My friends call me Faridah, which means unique in Arabic. I am an Afropolitan – I’ve grown up around a mixture of cultures in the USA, U.K. and Kenya, making me a global citizen. I’m currently based in the Washington D.C. – the American Capital. I am definitely a big city girl and I love to travel.

Z:  How long have you been natural? 

F: I have been natural for 4 years now…almost 5.

Z: What inspired you to go natural?

F: I actually went natural by mistake (laughs). In 2006, I dyed the front of my hair a reddish/brownish tint. I loved it! It was trendy at the time and me being me, I wasn’t going to be left behind (laughs)! Soon after I got the color, my hair started shedding at the speed of light. The color proved to be too difficult to take care of and the so I decided to grow it out. To my surprise, the new growth was soft and manageable. I met and fell in love with my REAL hair and in that instant; I decided I wasn’t going to perm it. So that’s what really happened, but when people ask me, I tell them: ‘Going Natural’ was a new year’s challenge to myself! But when I think about it, I was really also tired of being bound and defined by a European standard of beauty. Especially being from Africa, I just wanted to stop conforming and hiding my God given, beautiful hair.

Z: What was your transition like? Did you big chop or cut it all off?

F: I was a little nervous about cutting everything off all at once, so I trimmed the ends little by little as it grew. My hair was half straight and half curly and I couldn’t style it to save my life! So I wore braids for a year until I got to my desired length then I finally chopped off all the residual relaxer.

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Back Story:

I first saw Suzie Wokabi a few years ago, on a talk show called Sebuleni being interviewed about her work as a make up artist. On the show, she talked about her desire to start a make up line for African women. I thought she was very intelligent and absolutely stunning. She also had this curly bob, that I thought was gorgeous, but I was convinced it was a weave! I remember sitting next to my mom and asking, “ I wonder where she bought that weave it’s so natural looking!” Fast forward, to last weekend. I turn on my television and see Suzie Wokabi being interviewed about the success of her make-up line! This time, the interview is in natural light and it’s obvious that those gorgeous ringlets, I thought we’re weave are real! I quickly jumped on my laptop, got her office number, put on my big girl panties and gave her a call to request an interview. To my surprise, she graciously agreed. So without further verbal diarrhea, I present to you, the beautiful, and the intelligent: Suzie Wokabi!

Z: What’s your hair story?

S: I’ve been natural all my life except for a short stint in high school, when I insisted on getting a relaxer – which was completely unnecessary, because, my hair is already quite fine. Other than that time, I’ve been natural.

Z:  Have you ever had any hair disasters?

S: When I was around 12 years old, I designed a fringe that I made my mum cut for me – disaster! It looked like a mullet. It was really bad!

Z: What’s your current hair regimen and what hair products can’t you live without?

S: I rarely ever visit a salon -I go to my hairstylist Andrea’s house for my trim every few months to keep my hair healthy, that’s about it.  I wash my hair every few days and then I tie it back. Once in a while, I’ll leave it out but it’s usually tied back.  I swear by Carol’s Daughter products.  The Hair Milk is great for my curly hair, and I love the Black Vanilla Hair Smoothie for my weekly treatment.



Z: What’s your nighttime routine?

S: I don’t have one. I wash and moisturize my face, brush my teeth and get into bed. Whatever my hair was like during the day is how it is when I hit my pillow (smiles).

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Z: Please introduce yourself

M: My name is Mary Wariara. I am a dancer. I’m a bubbly fun loving person. I go to City of Refuge Cathedral at the National Museum. I love my church.

Z: What’s your hair story?

M: I’ve been natural all my life. I’ve never ever had a relaxer. In fact the most drastic thing I’ve ever done to my hair is cut it. I cut it when I was 8 and that’s it.

Z: Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who’s been natural all their life! Did you ever consider relaxers?

 M: No, I didn’t. I like my hair natural and that’s because I find natural hair very low maintenance. I didn’t want to have to worry about the damage or expenses that come with relaxers.

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As many of you know, or don’t know, I literally LIVE on youtube. I hardly watch television except certain shows, the news and movies. I absolutely L-O-V-E  youtube and I consider it very infotaining, if you know what I mean.

And one of my favorite people online is author and motivational speaker, Shanel Cooper Sykes. This chic is awesome. Not only is she smart, she is also gorgeous. She recently made some videos about her beauty regimen and what it takes to have flawless skin. Take a look below:-

Flawless Skin Part 1

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With all the information floating around on the Internet, it’s hard to figure out what products are right for your skin, let alone build a good skin care regimen. This is something I’ve struggled with personally and from my experiences as well as tons of research, I’ve put together a guideline on how to build an effective skin care regimen that will give you the results that you desire.

1. Exfoliate.

Exfoliating is key to any skin care regimen. You can do this the old-school way, with a washcloth and good old water like me, or you can use a face scrub or an exfoliating brush. Either way, exfoliating rids your body of dead skin allowing products to get deep into your skin and do what they’re supposed to do. Exfoliating also gives way to brighter more radiant skin.

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Back-story:

I first saw this girl on TPF 3 and thought she had a phenomenal voice! I got a chance to meet her in person, a year later, when I was working as a full time freelance writer. I remember calling One Fm to book an appointment with her and being so nervous. Even though she was super nice on the phone, I was really nervous because on the show, she seemed very reserved. When I finally sat down with her, I realized how silly I had been. She gave me a big hug and some of the most candid answers I have ever gotten in an interview. Without further verbal diarrhea, I present to you, the beautiful, the talented, and the wise, Patricia Kihoro!

 Z: You have the longest eyelashes I have ever seen. Are they real?

P: (Smiling) Thank you and yes, they’re real.

Z: Gorgeous! Ok, lets FOCUS, Lets talk about hair. What’s your hair story?

P: I had long, mid back length hair as a child. I also loved TV and I would see all these adverts of black women with bone straight hair. All those ads for “Style and Bounce” and “Beautiful Beginnings” adverts – had me begging my mom for a perm. So after 3 months of relentless nagging, my mom let me get my hair relaxed. I was 9. For me that was a license to swim 24/7, which is exactly what I did. After a swim, I would dry my hair under the hand drier in the hotel bathrooms, and grease it with Vaseline…and I was good to go. Suffice it to say, my hair never grew past my shoulders for the next 9 years.

Z:Wow! Those ads had me too. Damn creamy crack manufacturers! Lol. So, when did you finally decide to go natural?

P: I have shaved my head and gone natural more times than I can remember but the last time I did was in January 2010 and it was completely unintentional. 3 months after we finished filming Tusker Project Fame, I took a vacation to Mombasa. My hair was braided into tiny twists. I swam in the sea and rolled around in the sand, basically had a great time. So imagine my surprise when I got back from my vacation and took my braids out. It was a HOT MESS – Ropes and baskets is what I call it! I decided to shampoo and condition it before detangling, but that made it worse, so I went to the bathroom mirror with a pair of scissors, and did something I had done many times; I chopped it all off. I was going to texturize it again, and do my usual ‘whatever’ regimen with my hair but then I bumped into some really cool naturals, the girls from Kurly Kichana,  and started reading a lot of natural hair blogs –since then, my hair hasn’t been the same.

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Z: Please introduce yourself.

F: My name is Fayza Al-Mohallim. I’m 20 years old but I’ll be 21 in May. I’m American but originally of Somali-Ethiopian descent. I go to USIU where I’m pursuing a degree in International Relations.

 Z: How long have you been natural?

F: I’ve always been natural. I was raised in the Middle East and my grandma who raised me put such a strong emphasis on natural hair. She always says, “A girl is always prided on her long hair.” That’s definitely a mantra I keep close to me.

 Z: Your hair is gorgeous, what’s your current regimen and what are your fave products?

F: I don’t have a regimen per se. I just do the regulars. My favorite products are Garnier and I love the Elizabeth Arden Red Door hair care line. Their anti-frizz serum is total magic. I have a little tradition that I do on the weekends. I mix olive oil, lemon juice, coffee, henna, yogurt, mayonnaise and my regular hair conditioner together. I put it on my hair and leave it on overnight. The next morning, I wash it out and style. Its something that I mixed one day and it is like this deep moisture wrap. I swear by it!

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If you’re a type 2 curly meaning you have wavy/ loosely curly hair then your in luck. I found this video on you tube of former MTV VJ Ananda Lewis showing how she conditions and styles her hair. If you have more tightly coiled hair like me, not to worry, these techniques work for us too but produce a different result. Nonetheless, you will get moisturized soft hair with these steps regardless of your hair type.

Watch and learn curlies, watch and learn……..

 If your a Late 80′s/ early 90′s baby like me – then you must have worshipped the beautiful Ananda Lewis from MTV and then The Ananda Lewis Show, at some point in your adolescent life! 

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Z: Please introduce yourself

A: My name is Abigail Arunga. Most people call me Abi. Or, Gorgeous. Hehe. I am a writer by profession, currently Head of Development at Spielworks Media. Impressive, right? Lol. I’m 23. NOW it’s impressive, right? Lol. I also laugh at my own jokes,often.

Z: How long have you been natural?

A: I have been natural since early 2006. I have never liked hair, so I was looking for extra low maintenance…and KCSE was a good excuse as any!

Z: What’s your styling routine?

A: Styling…what? Ahem…it goes something like this: I wake up, go through my day, and sleep. Bam! Thats my styling routine.

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Habida 2

Z: Back Story:-

When I reached out this girl, it was at the insistence of almost every single curly I spoke to when researching this site. That said, when I wrote her a quick e-mail, requesting an interview, I didn’t really think she would respond, but lo and behold, a couple of days later, when I was at home, busy minding my own business * side eye*, she called me up on my cell and agreed to do it. I didn’t even have to beg or grovel ! So without further ado, I present to you, the beautiful, the talented and very down to earth song-stress: Habida.

Z: What’s your hair story?

H: My hair has been natural all my life except for a short period of time, when I was in Class 5. I think I was about 11 years old. I remember, begging my mom for a perm, because I wanted my hair to be straight and manageable. When I finally got it, it didn’t last too long because my hair is so curly, it lasted until, my next wash and then it reverted back to being curly.

Z: Have you had any hair disasters?

H: Of course ! I once got bubble gum stuck in my hair. I tried really hard to get it out, but in the end I just had to cut it. My other hair horror story is when I dyed my hair blonde (laughs). I looked like an Albino, it just didn’t look good on me.

Z: You have such gorgeous curls, what’s your routine?

H: I wash and condition my hair with Pantene Relaxed and Naturals shampoo and conditioner, moisturize with Wave Nouveau, add the Elasta Qp glaze and pull it back into a pony tail. Since I had my daughter, I pull my hair back a lot because she used to pull it alot (laughs).

Z: What are your fave products?

H: When I’m doing my own hair its; Elasta QP Glaze, Wave Nouveau, Pantene Relaxed and Naturals but when I go to the salon, I like Mizani products.

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