Saturday 9th of December 2023

Nairobi, Kenya

African-American Youth Runway Model Inspires as a Natural Hair Advocate

She’s not even a teenager and she’s already walked the runways at New York and LA Fashion Week. Twelve-year-old model Celai (Seh-lay) West continues to inspire.

This time, with a special honor to her ancestry.

Celai lives in Sacramento but is known on the SoCal fashion scene after walking in shows in Los Angeles. The first time she wore heels was when she was ten years old and walking in the Style fashion show in Palm Springs Fashion Week

At 10 years old, Celai perfected that walk on the runway. She’d been invited to hit the catwalk in New York for designer David Tupaz after being “discovered” as a model as a child.

It’s not only that mature-beyond-her-years strut that makes her a stand-out it’s her signature hair. The African-American model is an advocate for natural black hairstyles.

She calls herself a “texture activist.” She said she’d be on set and the stylist didn’t know how to do her hair.

On her social media page, you’ll find hair tutorials. She’s an advocate for natural black hair.

At seven years old, she started an empowerment t-shirt line called The Chatty Chick. A signature t-shirt reads “I’d be jealous of my hair too.”

Celai West has appeared on ten magazine covers, published inside several magazine issues and newspapers and many of her images as well as videos have been shared on social media in viral numbers. She currently has two viral runway videos that to date, have been viewed more than 17 million times collectively. She can regularly be seen walking the runway among an all adult line-up as well as her coaching runway techniques.

For Black History Month, Celai did a modeling photoshoot in honor of her great-great-great-grandmother Maddie Ligans, who passed away in the 1930s. Along with the black-and-white photo with her dress in lace, she titled her copy “Dear Ancestors” and wrote, “I will make you proud.”

Although the coronavirus numbers are now easing Southern California into the less-restrictive red tier, fashion shows that would normally be held in March are still a no-go. If pandemic numbers hold, expect the fashion world on both coasts to go big in September and October for Fall Fashion Week.

Content courtesy of FOX 11 & Nairobi fashion hub 

Issa Rae Is Now the Co-Owner and Face of Sienna Naturals

To re-launch a brand with bigger and better products is one thing. But to return to the game with improved offerings and a big celebrity name is a feat very few beauty brands can brag about, especially when the said celebrity is none other than Issa Rae.

HBO’s hit show Insecure is known for its beautiful display of natural hairstyles thanks to creator and star Issa Rae. This week, the filmmaker announced she is now the co-owner and face of Sienna Naturals, a brand of natural hair care brand with clean ingredients.

Rae will join the team with founder and CEO Hannah Diop to work on expanding the collection and its customer base.

“I’ve known Hannah for a long time, and I got to see the brand evolve from her home. It’s expanded so much beyond that. The care and the research that has gone into this natural, safe, healthy brand, I knew that I wanted to be involved,” Rae said in a statement according to The Cut.

“We get coerced into manipulating our hair into styles not right for us or using damaging products,” Rae continued. “I have an opportunity to make hair care digestible via my sense of humor, my openness to my own hair struggle journey.”

Diop says she was happy to work with Rae and praised how she used Insecure to showcase the versatile beauty of Black hair.


“Sienna Naturals is not a company that is telling you how to wear your hair,” said Diop. “We believe in empowering our customers to be who they really are and have a product that supports them.”

Customers can add themselves to the waiting list to learn when the products will become available.

Content courtesy of Black Enterprise & Nairobi fashion hub

Hair Care for Men

How well do you take good care of your hair? most men are not that knee to take care of their hair below we have listed few tips for men hair care.

Given that hair is technically dead, it’s surprising how much it requires to look its best. And it’s not just the actual strands that need care and attention the scalp does too. Now the question is how can you deal with problems like greasiness and breakage.

Hair care for men,simple but effective way to carter for your hair as a man

Apply Shampoo To Dry Hair To Remove Wax
The best way to deal with wax is to apply shampoo to dry hair and rinse, then follow this with another application of shampoo. You’ll find that this method helps to breakdown the product and leave hair clean. Pat Dry, Don’t Rub men tend to think that the harder we rub our hair after washing the quicker it’ll dry. Doing this will just cause breakage, hair tends to be weaker when wet so don’t rub too hard.

Keep It Cool
Wherever possible you should allow hair to dry naturally. Or change the hair dryer setting to low. If using a dryer, don’t overdo it, as this will leave the hair frizzy and damaged, set the dryer on the cool mode. It might be a bit more time-consuming, but it’ll help keep the hair in good condition.

Manage Your Fro
like all types of hair, afro locks come with their own unique set of requirements. You must always invest in an afro comb or else grooming will be very painful, an afro comb’s teeth are specifically designed to detangle large clumps of curly hair that no other brush or comb can. We also suggest using a conditioner at least once a week to lock in moisture.

Carry A Comb
Here is a cheeky hair tip for fellas always carry a comb with you, in the event of a hair crisis, most styling products can be reactivated by wetting a comb and running it through your barnet to re-style.

Protect Hair When In The Pool
Chlorine chemically bonds with the proteins in the hair and causes the cuticle to lift, which makes hair dry, brittle and dull, to minimise chlorine’s effects, we recommend wetting hair thoroughly with clean water before swimming, as this dilutes the chemical. Or try applying a small amount of conditioner before diving in.

Content Courtesy  Of Nairobi Fashion Hub