Featuring Marie Saru
I trust that you all had a wonderful time?
Introducing my very first hair crush Miss Marie Saru!
When some of us see a beautiful woman, we assume she gets it easy. Well, meet Marie Saru, devastatingly beautiful, resilient and also my hair mentor (if there is anything like that). Marie, a former branch manager at a well known restaurant in Nairobi is currently a teacher.
I had the privilege of asking her a couple of questions regarding her hair journey. She was generous enough to not only share hair tips but to also provide a couple of pictures of her lovely mane.
Feel free to ask Marie any hair related questions in the comment section below as Marie will respond in due time. Also, Share hair tips and network!
- Have you always been a natural? If not when did you start your journey?
Marie: While growing up I was natural, then I experimented with a curl(y) kit, then a relaxer as my hair grew longer. I had to BC (big chop) my hair when I joined high school since they did not allow relaxers. The rest as they say is history. I seriously started my journey 3 years ago courtesy of a relative who advised me that my hair wasn’t healthy. I’ve never looked back.
- What is your hair type?
Marie: I used to believe my hair was a type 3. I honestly don’t understand why we type hair; I believe that as long as the hair is healthy and we do the best to keep it that way it’s OK… It’s just hair.
- What is the most challenging thing about being a naturalista in your day to day life?
Marie: Having to put my hair in twists or matutaz every night to stretch it is difficult because when one has a busy schedule following through with that can hard. I’d rather just wear a scarf in the night.
- Briefly describe your wash days?
Marie: I used to wash my hair every two weeks, but that changed when I started creating time for my hair. I first pre-shampoo (act of applying oil or conditioning treatment to the hair before shampooing, also known as prepoo) my hair with coconut oil, leave it overnight and shampoo the next day. So I use a shampoo bar from Ruzena naturals. It really lathers well and I use it twice on my scalp. I’ll rinse my hair out with cold water. When deep conditioning I use the dark and lovely treatment, and this I do fortnightly. Since I haven’t found it at the supermarket for some time I use the ORS treatment. Leave it for 45mins to an hour, and then rinse out. I will then use a conditioner to smoother and soften my hair. I’ll use a t shirt to dry my hair and while it is still damp apply my leave in conditioner , oil(growth stimulator) from Shea by Asal and my Shea butter(Ruzena Naturals). I will apply in sections, as I twist my hair.
However my advice to all naturals is to keep their hair regimen simple. Use what works and keep at it. Don’t change what works just because everyone is using another product that worked for them. Find your unique regimen and keep it.
- What are your to go products?
Marie: Alberto Balsam conditioner I love it because it has really great slip.
Coconut oil– I love how it smells. I use it as a prepoo too. It prevents breakage and helps me detangle (the act of removing knots/tangles) my hair while finger detangling. Even after having braids for some time I apply it on my strands and there is minimal shedding. It also helped grow back my edges when I was a new natural.
Shea butter– makes my hair soft. Since my hair is thick it can’t do without.
Marini leave in –smells great and helps detangling all knots after washing the hair.
Water -it is a basic but our hair gets thirsty, it needs moisture, lots of it.
Dark and Lovely treatment – I use it when treating my hair and it strengthens my strands as it is protein based. I’m attracted to it too coz of the scent. Well, there you have it naturals! That’s Marie Saru!