Once again, I saw a cornrow trend, I fell in love with it, and I tried it. 🙂 It took me a while before deciding to cornrow my hair because (1) I dreaded having my hair blow dried, and 2) I wasn’t sure if the outcome would be as good as I wanted. (See here the image I used to direct my salonist). So let me share with you what you may want to know about the process of achieving this look.
Photography by: Kenyan Story Photography
Pre- Plaiting care
So before went to the Salon, I washed my hair using Mikalla Woman Shampoo and Honey conditioner. I love the Mikalla Products because they are inexpensive, (trust me you can get yourself a whole regimen with less than Kshs 1500/=), and secondly, because they are very good for natural kinky hair as they leave your hair rejuvenated, curly and soft. You can watch here my full video review of these products.
I then applied the Mikalla leave in conditioner when my hair was damp then set my way to the Salon at Umoja Market. I applied more of the leave in just before my hair was straightened because I’m always so paranoid about heat damage.
I used the rebranded Abuja braids by Darling because from my instagram post here, I mentioned that they had added volume to their packs. What a better way to put this to test than to actually have your hair braided and see if you will use lesser packs than usual. Turns out it is true because never have I used three packs of braids. I added a half pack just to make them longer so that brings it to 3 and a half. I have also noticed that the new pack is not as itchy as the old one. I actually haven’t itched at all since I was plaited.
My Salon Experience
My salonist, Dorcas, started plaiting and I must say this, she has the most tender hands. I couldn’t even believe it 😉 She is super sweet and clearly that flows down to her hands. I even made a decision that henceforth, she would make my hair.
When we were halfway, there was a small challenge because I have a looot of hair and i wanted a total of six cornrows but the grip was so slippery and loose. So Dorcas advised that she tries a total of ten big cornrows and it worked out pretty well as you can see. I was patient enough for her to undo and start again because all she wanted was a happy customer. She took one hour and twenty minutes to finish and I left the salon a happy customer because of her customer service and she gave me what I wanted.
Another thing I must say about her is that she is not very talkative, which I loved. It is so rare to go to a salon this days and not find the women so loud in your ears. I was quite impressed to meet a lady who just minded her own business.
To reach her, I got the general salon contact which is 0791840680. Just ask for Dorcas. 😉
Care and maintenance.
I am using Tropical Coconut Oil for my scalp and sleeping using my satin bonnet from Apparel & Accessories KE which unfortunately doesn’t fit the extensions but is quite handy with protecting the hair around the hair line. I am also sleeping on my new satin pillowcase from the same shop. So comfy!
Got any questions? Please shoot them right below and I would be happy to answer them 😉
PS, Can you imagine these high waist pants cost only Kshs 50/=? 😉