Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

- The hairstyle was made by twisting and wrapping each of the parted hair with thick black thread

- This was to enable the hair to stand out straight in defiance of gravity and the resulting tresses resemble the spike proteins on a coronavirus membrane

- The spiky new look labelled the coronavirus was priced averagely at KSh 100 (N367.40)

- Pre-outbreak, a good day brought in KSh 3,000 (N11,022.07) but now, it is a quarter of that

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People are taking their role in the COVID-19 crisis seriously and are continuously rolling out new measures to not only raise awareness about the virus but also fight the pandemic.

Much like brands that have been pitching in to help their employees or their communities, local citizens also stepped up in different ways and some stylists in Kibera slums are among them.

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The hairdressers in Kenya’s largest slum created a new style designed to emulate the prickly appearance of the coronavirus under a microscope, Citizen TV reported.

Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

The hair is supposed to stand out straight in defiance of gravity and the resulting tresses resemble the coronavirus membrane. Photo: Citizen TV.
Source: UGC

“It is just simple and very cheap for every person to do it,” one of the stylists said.

This was the latest example of service industry workers finding ways to create awareness and earn a living as stay-at-home rules and collapsing incomes reduced customer numbers.

Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

The spiky new look labelled the coronavirus was priced averagely at KSh 100. Photo: Citizen TV.
Source: UGC

While the spiky new look labelled the coronavirus was still too new to appear on any of the common saloon posters, it is priced averagely at KSh 100 - set with the depleted budgets in mind.

“It is a hard life. We need to hustle every day so we can get food on our tables. We are still suffering because demand is very low,” another stylist said.

Pre-outbreak, a good day brought in KSh 3,000. Now, it is a quarter of that, salon owner Leunita Abwala said. But she hopes the new style will boost business.

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Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

The hairstyle was made by twisting and wrapping each of the parted hair with thick black thread. Photo: Citizen TV.
Source: UGC

To do the hairstyle, the three braiders at the Mama Brayo Beauty Salon start by parting their clients’ hair into about a dozen sections.

They then twist and wrap each one with thick black thread, so it can stand out straight in defiance of gravity.

The resulting tresses resemble the spike proteins on a coronavirus membrane.

Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

Nairobi hairdressers invent new spiky style resembling coronavirus to create awareness
Source: UGC

Hair salons can stay open under restrictions imposed by the government as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 and closing voluntarily was out of the question

Coronavirus has infected 411 and killed 21 in Kenya and wreaked havoc on the economy, especially for informal and low-wage workers.

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Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya was not out of the woods yet as far as containment efforts were concerned singling out Mandera county as a major concern due to its proximity to Somalia.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that stunning pictures of a never-seen-before hairstyle have caused a massive stir on social media as many people are stunned by the creativity.

The hair was made up of flat circular weaves that appear packed on one another as though they were simply put there and could be removed loosely.

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