05 Sep, 2018
Tabitha Tongoi stands out for us an enthusiastic and passionate Kenyan blogger. She successfully runs her platform, Craving Yellow which is everything we obsess about….yeah, you guessed it right…HAIR! Why Yellow, you ask? So we found out that Yellow to her is symbolic of love and sunshine. Here’s us deep diving into this yellow pot of gold and getting into conversation with the naturalista herself!
I started Craving Yellow as a way to connect with other naturalistas when I began my natural hair journey. Blogging gave me a platform to share my journey with others in the community where we’d share our struggles, advice and encourage each other which made my journey a lot easier.
My go-to natural hairstyle is the two strand twists as they are easy to install and take down.
I honestly cannot live without my daily hair spritz of water and aloe vera juice. I also really do love conditioners from Shea Moisture, African Pride and Design Essentials. Their formulations are really luxurious. Locally I’m a big fan of Sheth Naturals, Bu.Ke Products and Fluffy Buttah.
When I went natural, I really struggled with accepting my natural hair texture. My hair has a very tight coil pattern and gets matted quite easily. Over the years I’ve learnt to accept and embrace shrinkage, because after all, it’s what makes African hair so uniquely beautiful.
Wow! I transitioned for about 8 months before doing the big chop. Managing two textures was not the easiest task, but for any transitioning natural out there, I would highly recommend protective styling as a way to ease into natural haircare without going crazy! Low manipulation styles that favour both textures such as braid outs and twist outs are best. These will better mask the different textures, and ensure that you don’t comb your hair incessantly.
My number one tip for naturalistas would be to keep their hair moisturised. Our natural hair is dry and very prone to breakage. Keeping it moisturised gives it elasticity hence reducing the chances of breakage, allowing you to retain length.
Yes! My hair regimen mostly consists of three basic steps – cleansing, conditioning and protective styling. I pre-poo, I co-wash, deep condition and do regular ACV rinses. I then wrap my hair with a t-shirt and once it is 70% dry, I do the Liquid-Oil-Cream method to seal in moisture.
I always finish off my wash-day with an ice-cold water rinse! (I have a brave heart!) It closes the hair cuticles, giving you shiny moisturised hair.
Actually 90% of the time, my hair is in a protective style. I do my best to always keep my ends protected and tucked away.
‘A lot will come of you. A lot will come your way’. For me it means that all things are possible. The key is to identify what you want, claim it for yourself, and believe that you are worthy of receiving all good things.
I’d have to go with Erykah Badu and Lupita Nyong’o. They’ve always embraced and worn out their natural hair with lots of pride.
If you’re looking for some more diva-esque hair-inspo, check out Lupita Nyong’o’s Natural Hairstyles You Will Love.
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