- A new hairstyle made by twisting and wrapping parted hair with thick black thread has hit the scene
- This is to enable the hair to stand out straight in defiance of gravity and the resulting tresses resemble the spiky proteins on a coronavirus membrane
- The hairstyle is to raise awareness about the virus
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 to 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 Nairobi are among them.
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.
“It is just simple and very cheap for every person to do it,” one of the stylist said.
This is 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.
While the spiky new look labelled the coronavirus was still too new to appear on any of the common saloon posters, it is cheaply priced - 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.
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.
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 in Kenya and wreaked havoc on the economy, especially for informal and low-wage workers.
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