Shea butter Two strand Twists

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I’m almost certain that everybody is familiar with Shea Butter. Yes? I have personally heard of Shea butter for most of my life. It’s a common ingredient in body lotions and soap so I believe its benefits are definitely undeniable. Before we delve much deeper into this though, how is it pronounced? Is it “shiya butter” or “shay butter”? I’ve always pronounced it “shiya butter”, right? Then I once heard this fine mami in a YouTube video say “shay butter” and my version sounded so wrong and basic. Anyway…

Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. Raw Shea butter is yellow in color. It is full of beneficial vitamins such as A, E & F and fatty acids.

Benefits of Shea butter on Natural hair

  • Acts as a sealant, hence helps hair retain moisture
  • Protects hair from the sun, with its SPF properties
  • Softens dry hair
  • Soothes scalp irritation and helps fight dandruff

I’ve been using Shea butter daily on my hair recently and sometimes I combine it with coconut, almond and castor oil. At the moment, it’s my go to hair sealant plus it makes my hair so soft and shiny, I can’t help but love it. I got my Shea butter tub from Sheth Naturals. I feel like I should just mention that Sheth Naturals Shea Butter is amazing. Its texture is soft so application is easy (this is great for me because the one I was using before was a task to apply). The smell is subtle but with the fresh hint of raw, nutty and earthy scent. The tub is quite cute too. Next time you get your Shea butter, give this one a try and let me know how you find it.

For these twists, I used my daily DIY moisturizer (which contains water, almond oil, a pinch of Cantu leave in conditioner and rosewater) and Shea butter only. I will do an update of how long I wear the twists for before I unravel them. Mombasa is too damn hot, so I don’t have the luxury of wearing my hair out like I used to everyday. The shrinkage is real.

For those who use Shea butter on their natural hair, kindly comment and share your pics on social media, I would love to check them out. I’ve shared Day 1, 2 and 3 pics below. Till next time.

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Mwende.

Mwende Mutua

 

 

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Bentonite Clay Mask for Natural Hair

Hello guys!

It’s been a minute, right? The last few weeks have been so hectic for me. In between the hassle of relocating to a new town and settling in, I barely had the time to post anything. But I’m here now and on that note, I am now officially based in Mombasa. I will talk about all the nice things I like about living here on a later post. For now though, I have to talk about a gold mine I just unearthed.

I heard about this hair clay mask called Bentonite Clay Mask from other natural hair enthusiasts on social media so I grabbed myself one. Bentonite Clay Mask is clay that is mined from the earth.  It’s basically formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. It has a strong negative electromagnetic charge and when activated by water, it acts like a magnet in and on our bodies, pulling metals and toxins to it.

Just by how this hair clay is made, you can guess how awesome it works. The benefits of using Bentonite Clay Mask will awe you too. Some of the benefits are;
⁃       Detoxifying the hair without stripping it off essential oils
⁃       Removing product build up
⁃       Conditioning and softening the hair
⁃       Treating dandruff
⁃       Preventing tangling
⁃       Balancing body PH level
⁃       Hair growth; cleanses hair follicles and removes dead skin cells making skin healthy, thus promoting hair growth
⁃       Increasing curl definition

How to use the Bentonite Clay

  • Mix equal parts Bentonite clay and water in a non-metal container (Metal activates the clay, so using metal utensils renders it ineffective to your hair).
  • Mix paste with non-metal utensils until a smooth yoghurt like consistency is achieved.
  • Wet your hair in small batches and apply mixture from root to end, making sure each strand is evenly coated.
  • Detangle gently as you apply. Let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes under a plastic cap ( I left mine to sit for about an hour or so)
  • Do not allow mixture to dry on hair.
  • After desired time, rinse it thoroughly and apply your moisturizer of choice (I applied Shea butter from Sheth Naturals after).

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Voila!

Results

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My hair detangled easily when applying the hair clay and the curls were beautifully defined. It felt quite smooth even during the process. It also wasn’t a nightmare to wash off and I liked that. Afterwards my hair was left feeling very soft and moisturized. Oh and the curls? Need I tell you how much they were popping?  Guys, this will definitely be a monthly routine addition to my hair care regimen. That’s how much I loved the hair clay mask. I can confidently vouch for this product.

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Now, I used the mask on my face as well, but I’d like to use it consistently for a little longer, then I’ll talk about how it will treat my skin.

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Has anyone of you guys used it before and how did it work for you? Let’s talk about it. If you haven’t used it, give it a try and let me know how you like it.
Love and light,
Mwende Mutua

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Product Review Shoot

IMG_3682Seeing this project come into fruition is a big relief. i had to go shop for the accessories that we were to shoot with and couldn’t help but feel anxious about how it was going to turn out. Needless to say, I was also excited about it, because which girl doesn’t like to glam up and capture the ‘slayage’?

Depicting the beauty of the African woman using the timeless Maasai ornaments and accompanying it with a tasteful facebeat using quality affordable products, was the aim of this project.

IMG_3678To achieve these looks, we used the Elf Foundation palette (which is oh so creamy, has good coverage and is perfect for both contouring and highlighting since it has different shades). We then went in with the Elf Blush in the shade of Twearl pearl and Elf Highlighter In the shade of Blush Gems after powdering the foundation with bobby brown powder.

2017-07-18-PHOTO-00000615For our lips, the lipstick used was the Elf Velvet matte in 6 shades: Vampy violet (my absolute favorite), Deep burgundy, Dark brown, Bold berry, Ruby red (best seller) and Berry boerdeaux. We also used some amazing glosses called Elf Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby lips and Pink lemonade. I am in awe of these! They are perfection.

For the eyeshadow, we used the Elf palette and Elf Lustrous Glitter eyeshadow was also incorporated in the shades; Toast, Confetti and Gala. You can never go wrong with your brows if you use the elf brow kit, with it comes a brush and the Elf Dark brown Pencil with a spoolie (which is perfect for our melanin). We also slayed in the Elf Mascara and Brow Gel (designed for setting them brows in place). And lets not forget the Elf eyeliner, for that flawless wing.

2017-07-18-PHOTO-00000613If you are thinking of where you could get all of these makeup, do not panic, I got you. Visit the page Andem Store Facebook page as well as Andem_store Instagram page for these value for your money makeup. Good news for the makeup lovers, there’s a 10% Discount coupon for every slay queen referral, this gives the customer an opportunity to redeem free makeup once their points are enough for a product we have. Easy-Peasy. quality makeup for free, is everyone excited like I am or what?

The shoot was nothing short of fun, inspiring and successful, I’m all for more times like this, where time flies by so fast, everyone is team-spirited, enthusiastic and overall a joy to be around. Cheers to all that made this happen.

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Photography –gitahimartin
Makeup artist- makeup_bymariam
Models – Njoki_Val, listakendi mwende_mutua
Maasai accessories – Kariokor Market

Love&Light
Mwende

Debut Thrill

I have always enjoyed reading blogs, articles and books. People are different so they offer distinct opinions and perspective about a lot of issues. Starting my blog has been in the works for a while now, albeit shying away from it. Why? I don’t know….it just seems like there are so many out there. And more so, with the same topics that I’m passionate about. But that’s what fear feeds you (Oh fear, the lies you tell!)

Trust me, we all have something new to offer, no matter how many times it has been done. Well I’m here now and ready to share a little of me with you all. Speaking of, my name is Mwende Mutua, a sassy 27-year-old mami based in Nairobi. I’m crazy about all things natural hair, good food , bomb makeup, impeccable fashion, DIY and positive vibes. Theres actually much more to me but a few posts in and we will be well acquainted.

All these things I’m crazy about, will be discussed in this blog. I will offer my opinion, experience and point of view to my best of abilities. Check out my instagram page @mwende_mutua for notification on new posts. I look forward to interacting with you guys (lets spark conversations at the comment section, shall we?) Thank you for stopping by and starting this journey with me. Welcome to my simple thrills.

Love & Light Mwende.