I’m back from the mother land. I had an exciting time in Zimbabwe. The weather was glorious (warm days and cool nights), the food was great … and the hair … well the hair was interesting.
I got home without my trusted coconut oil. My hair wasn’t happy with me. First thing on my list was to look for coconut oil in the Miz. First 30minutes of my search and I FOUND IT. So I don’t understand it when people say they can’t find coconut or castor oil for that matter.
Where can I buy Coconut and Castor you ask?
I went to Kensington Shopping Centre and bought coconut and castor oil at KenLink Pharmacy (I think that’s what it’s called). It’s the pharmacy near ‘House of Josh’. Each little bottle cost me about $3. They were locally produced and all natural.
While I was in Avondale, I thought I’d try the other pharmacies, and again, I found Castor and Coconut Oils at the main shopping centre. Not knowing where exactly it would be placed, I just asked a sales assistant. They were really helpful. So if I hear … ‘There’s no castor oil in Zim’ I will scratch my eyes out.
Then a GEM. I’ve been talking about Amla and Coconut Oils from Indian stores. (You may find my business cards in this store if they are still there). At Sam Levys Village, when you walk past Edgars, to go towards Bon Marche, there’s a spice store on your right. THEY STOCK AMLA AND COCONUT OIL THERE. It’s called ZIMSPICE – Shop 43 Sam Levy’s Village. My trusted coconut oil that I lost at Melbourne Airport, is currently being sold at Zimspice. My hair thanked me.
I caught a young cold a few days before I was supposed to leave. I was taken to QV Pharmacy near First Street. And they had castor oil there too. So ladies, it’s smart to check your local pharmacy. If they don’t have it, then go a bit more central.
Plus these products are natural, which is great for African hair as it is very delicate. The products are also cheaper – as they are locally produced and also a very basic single ingredient with many benefits.
Coconut Oil is also great as a moisturizer for your body.
Coconut oil just wont disappoint. Try it today.
Sidenote on shampoos
I was unable to find sulphate free shampoos. The best I could find in Zim is the L’Oreal Elvive Shampoo range. In some salons, they are starting to stock Mizani. We’ll talk about My Salon Experiencein my next post.
I hope this helped somebody!