JustNaturalKe ; Yes I believe that African natural hair is alive.

 Remember the what’s natural hair to you series? Well, here is to comeback or may not.

Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back. 

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Who is Chebby Karimi, JustNaturalKe

I am Chebby Karimi, an African girl from Nakuru Kenya, a happy soul, a believer, lover of love, natural hair, nature & African cultures. 

I am an upcoming naturalista (I’m only 1yr 8 months in). I am currently a freelance natural hair stylist in Nakuru town among other things & an Instagram content creator around hair & books. 

What’s natural hair to you?

Natural hair to me is not just hair, a trend, or style. It is my identity as an black African girl. Natural hair reminds me that I am all a part of nature since it grows upwards towards the sun like trees.

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Why “JustNaturalKe?” 

I’m just Natural I can say. How I came up with this name is when I started wearing my hair out & people will ask me is that your hair? How come it’s so curly & kinky? And I would say It’s just Natural, I still do & I couldn’t think of a better name for my page than JustNaturalKe. 

Also having JustNaturalKe as my page name has helped me attract so many fellow Naturalistas. I am glad. 

When and why did you start embracing your gorgeous natural hair, any inspiration to it?

For a very long time I never viewed natural hair as a big thing. Hair in general was the least of my concerns until the year 2019 when I started meeting girls who have embraced their natural hair & how beautiful & healthy it looked & I decided why not? I thought of it for a year & on 5th April 2020 I officially returned natural & started making my own hair at home(thanks to covid) 

What’s that one hair practice would you do away with if you could?

Detangling. Like for real I don’t wish that my hair was straight but I wish there was a way to go around it & I won’t consume too much time during wash days. 

As for practices I did away with are, stretching using heat & using surface conditioners after shampooing I just don’t see the need & I’ll deep condition anyway. 

What do you love the most about your natural hair?

The fact that it’s alive. Yes I believe that African natural hair is alive because what happens when it comes to contact with water? Or when humidity changes? It shrinks. Also the fact that Black natural hair has the audacity to defy gravity, that always has it for me. It’s magical & I love it. 

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Which hair goal are you currently chasing?

I think it’s everything: health, volume & length. I feel like I have achieved health though. My hair is currently the healthiest it’s ever been. 

Do you love your hair short, medium length or long?

My hair is currently medium length, and to be honest I don’t like it here. I can’t wait to see how it looks while long. (now you can imagine the amount of convincing I do every day to keep me from trying ‘magical’ growth products) I think I’ll love it more when it’s a little bit longer. 

Do you feel like Natural hair is overrated & is it expensive to maintain? 

I once heard someone on Instagram saying that natural hair is overrated & boy did I get pissed off? Natural hair is actually underrated, it’s not yet out there the way it should be. I feel like more people need to embrace it. 

Is it expensive to maintain? Yes & no, why, because it all depends on what you can afford. There are affordable products like mikalla woman or tcb naturals that are formulated for natural hair that one can easily start with before they can start buying the expensive products like Cantu & aunt Jackie’s. There’s always a place to start. For me personally it’s not expensive because before I transitioned I used to use 2k every month in a salon. 

Which hair care tips would you swear by?

Deep conditioning after every wash and daily moisturizing. 

What’s your favorite hair style and which hair style have you been meaning to try out?

Two strand twists & an afro any day any time though I really want to try out this 3tone ombre spring twists. 

How does wearing your natural hair make you feel?

It makes me feel proud & confident really. Like when I’m walking in town with my hair out I feel like I own the world lol. 

What would you tell someone who wants to embrace their natural hair but still unsure about it?

Don’t overthink it. Just do it. Start from where you are at, (as I said there are legit affordable hair products out there, follow natural hair bloggers/content creators,(e.g. me & Val), ask questions & have fun while at it don’t be shy or scared, when I started this journey I didn’t even know how to do twists & now there’s no style I can’t try out. Trust me your hair will thank you for this. 

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I don’t just do hair, I connect. I connect with my hair every time I run my fingers through my afro. It gives me a sense of belonging.. In short I belong to my hair & my hair belongs to me. 

You can find me at @justnaturalke on IG @Chebbykarimi on fb & Chebbykarimi74@gmail.com on e-mail. 

Why deep conditioning your Type 4 Natural Hair is Essential for growth of healthy hair.

Whether your hair feels healthy, don’t skip the deep conditioning step. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back.  What’s deep conditioning? Deep conditioning is an essential wash day step that involves applying a moisturizing and/or protein treatment  to restore moisture, improve elasticity, repair and strengthen hair, reduce breakage and split ends. Experiencing dry, damaged hair and a lot of breakage and shedding? Well, about time you invested in a moisturizing and protein deep conditioner, both are essential for growth of healthy hair. Deep conditioners are also referred to as; hair mask, reconstructors, deep treatments, penetrating treatment, deep masque etc. Deep Conditioner Types. There are 2 deep conditioner types ;  Moisturizing deep conditioner (restores/ retains moisture and improves elasticity)  Protein deep conditioner (repairs damage, strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and damage) Balanced deep conditioner (works as a moisturizing and protein treatment 2-in1 deep conditioner) Each of the deep conditioners has specific ingredients that you should look out for when purchasing. For moisturizing deep conditioners, look out for products with humectants & emollients & protein deep conditioners must have amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins etc. Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Type 4 Dry Natural hair. Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair. Why deep condition? Restore moisture after cleansing. Improves hair elasticity Adds or restores natural shine. Repairs and prevents damage. Strengthens the hair minimizing breakage and split ends. How to deep condition. Start off with freshly washed hair. Detangle, use your favorite shampoo to cleanse & thoroughly rinse off the shampoo. Dry your hair until it’s damp  Section your hair & apply the conditioner from the ends to the roots of your strands on each section. Ensure every strand is coated with the hair mask, detangle with your fingers then use a wide tooth comb to properly get rid of the tangles. Twist each section after  applying the deep conditioner. Wear a shower cap, thermal cap to infuse the conditioner nutrients in your strands. You can also warm up the deep conditioner before application, make sure the conditioner isn’t too hot, just warm. Leave the conditioner  for 30 minutes to an hour, you can leave it overnight (the downside of this is you might over moisturize your hair) Rinse off with cool water & if after rinsing your hair feels moisturized, softer & manageable, the deep conditioner has done its job. Deep conditioning Tips. Always aim at maintaining the moisture-protein balance for growth of healthy hair. Heat is important for deep conditioning, it opens up the cuticle for the nutrients to penetrate. Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner every time you deep cleanse your hair. How often you use protein treatments depends on the state of your hair, how often you use heat and manipulate. Don’t overdo it, letting your deep conditioner sit on your hair overnight consistently might lead to over conditioning or hygral fatigue. How often do you deep conditioner and what tips have worked for you?

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Why protein treatment is essential for Healthy Type 4 Natural Hair.

When was the last time you deep conditioned with a protein based conditioner/ protein treatment? We rarely talk about protein deficiency or even complain about it. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for everything hair care. To my loyal ones & day ones welcome back. Protein based deep conditioners are as important as the moisturizing deep conditioner because maintaining the moisture- protein balance is essential for growth of healthy hair, minimize breakage, repair damage and strengthen the hair. Our hair is made up of keratin, a protein which due to daily manipulation, use of heat, chemicals, colors and environmental stressors get worn out. Protein treatments come in handy to fill the gaps left by the worn out keratin. Keratin keeps your hair strong thus minimizing breakage and hair shedding.  How often you use protein treatment depends on the amount of damage , manipulation, if you’ve recently colored your hair, amount of breakage you’re experiencing and how your hair feels. How to tell your hair needs protein; Hair is highly porous- absorb & release moisture faster than normal. Hair looks limp, lacks the bouncy look & looks dull. Hair lacks its elasticity. Hair feels gummy or sticky Increased breakage & shedding. Which ingredients should you look for in a protein based deep conditioner? Hydrolyzed proteins are the main ingredients to look for when purchasing a protein based deep conditioner. Why hydrolyzed proteins? Because hydrolyzed proteins have been broken into smaller particles that can be easily absorbed & they include Hydrolyzed soy protein Hydrolyzed wheat Keratin Hydrolyzed silk Hydrolyzed oat flour Collagen Lipids Amino acids Protein treatments for type 4 hair Aphogee Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “APHOGEE Two step protein treatment is a serious treatment for seriously damaged hair. It rebuilds broken damaged hair. Rebuilds hair structure within six weeks. Ideal for Permed, tinted or relaxed hair. Stops hair breakage” Product Review, “The best protein treatment for curly hair” Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner Product Promise, “Perfect as a deep-conditioning treatment, this conditioner infuses moisture, shine, and strength into the hair follicle. Natural proteins strengthen hair to decrease frizz, improve volume, and increase hair growth.” Product Review, “I would definitely recommend this product to my friends. It is a wonderful protein treatment for your hair.” ApHogee Intensive 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor Product Promise, “Prevents breakage and split ends. Antioxidant green tea protects hair. Adds body for easier styling.” Product Review, “It works great as a light protein treatment for my natural hair. It doubles nicely for a deep conditioner. Great purchase.” Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein-Strong Treatment Product Promise, “This masque treatment powered by reparative proteins and butters, in a nutrient-rich strengthening cream to naturally reinforce and revitalize over-processed, abused hair fibers, while reducing breakage up to 76%” Product Review, “Perfect protein treatment for my fine damaged curly hair.” How do you maintain the moisture – protein balance & which protein treatment works for your hair?

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