The last 5 years has seen the natural lifestyle industry grow tremendously via online platforms & word of mouth. As it all starts to go mainstream, it’s important to have candid conversations about where we have come from and where we are headed.┬áThe inaugural Kike Space Meetup was graced by Naturalistas interested in discussing where we have come from as a community; and where we can go in terms of the future.

Roundtable discussion ongoing

Wachu Wanjaria and Ess Kay Co-Admins of Kurlly Diaries graced the event. Wachu represented the Hairlab 2.0 team with a desk where she explained the idea behind the historical hair experiment. She, with the help of Ess Kay, helped attendees collect hair samples. Ess Kay was also representing her natural hair and skincare brand Ruzena Naturals.

Wachu Wanjaria (Co-Admin Kurlly Diaries) and Ess Kay (Co-Admin Kurlly Diaries & C.E. O Ruzena Naturals)

Amina Jasho a.k.a Ami was also at the event. She spoke passionately about pricing for naturals in salons based on her experiences at some establishments. Are salons taking advantage of Naturals in their pricing? What’s your experience? Share with us in the comments below. Ami also shared with the group about her latest project called Try This, where people will be encouraged to rate and give feedback to products and services that they’ve actually tried, in Kenya. Watch this space!

Maureen Murunga of Amadiva Beauty passed by to say hi but had to leave early.

Liz Lenjo-Kags the prolific IP lawyer was at hand to share her knowledge about Intellectual Property and KEBS certification. She also shared about her High tea event that will be held at the end of the month of July.

Shirley Bee of Awali Naturals and Co-Admin of Tricia’s Naturals listening to Nina Odongo, event moderator and owner of My Big Fat Afro.

Shirley Bee, veteran naturalista and Tricia’s Naturals Admin also was in attendance. She was interested in seeing the greater community come together and collaborating. Nina Odongo, the meet up moderator, got us thinking and discussing on what our hair means to us. It was quite an eye opening chat especially for veteran naturalistas like Ess Kay who expressed having just gotten out of a bored stage.

Catherine Ngima listening intently to the conversations.

Catherine Ngima is a budding organic agriculturalist. Her interest in the event was to understand the other side of the value chain in terms of manufacturing and consumer experience. Our pictures were generously taken by Wagio Mokaya. Follow her on Thy Natural Hair on YouTube for some exciting content coming your way.

Finally, we’d like to thank Nenkai for their water donation and to iHub for their lovely new space. Follow the Kike Space Meetup Page, learn about our next event. We hope to see you there as we take on many types of conversations that affect women in business and life in general.

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