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The natural hair community in Kenya is growing fast. Kenyan naturalistas are proudly ditching relaxers and embracing their curls and coils. We are learning good hair practices and sharing our ideas and techniques on various social media channels. Since the natural hair movement originated in the United States, many Kenyan naturalistas are accustomed to hair products that have been formulated specifically for the needs of natural community in the USA.

As such, some entrepreneurs are importing products from the United States while others are manufacturing products in Kenya. Online stores have sprung up to meet the demand for local and US-produced products. Here’s where to shop for curly hair products in Kenya.

Social media market platforms

Kurlly Soko  is the affiliate store of Kurlly Diaries, a Facebook group that was started in support of the natural hair community in Nairobi. Here you can find products such as the Organix line, crotchet braids, and Eco Styler gel. 
Tricia’s Naturals’ MarketPlace  is one of the better-established social media market platforms. Retailers have products such as Jamaican black castor oil, cold pressed oils, perm rods, Cantu Shea Butter, and bentonite clay. Products fly off these virtual shelves, so make sure that you are quick to make your purchases.

Online Stores Selling Handmade Hair Products

Sheth Naturals, Ajani Handmade, and Shea Butter Kenya all have e-commerce sites. These stores pride themselves in using local labor and ingredients in formulating their products. I’ve tried Ajani Handmade products and loved them. Their waridi butter is a great sealing cream.

Mainstream Supermarkets and Beauty Supply Stores

While mainstream beauty supply stores aren’t stoking a vast range of natural hair products just yet, some stock high quality supplementary hair products and styling tools. Supermarkets Uchumi and Nakumatt stock aloe vera juice, rose water, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, glycerin, satin bonnets, and spray bottles. Some international brands such as Tresemme Naturals, Giovanni, Herbal Essences, and Garnier Fructis are also in select Nakumatt and Uchumi outlets.

Beauty supply stores such as Our Price Kenya, Jumia Kenya, and Ashleys, all of which have been dominating the hair products scene in Kenya for decades, have yet to fully catch up to the demands of the natural hair community in Kenya. There’s still tremendous room for growth in the natural hair products market in Kenya.

Are you a natural in Kenya? Where do you purchase your hair products? Spill the beans girl! Let's help each other out here!