Hairdressers invent style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

Hairdressers invent style resembling coronavirus to create awareness

- 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

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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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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