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How To Manage A Bad Hair Day In Kenya

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Your long time friend calls you for a new movie showing at IMAX on Saturday afternoon In Nairobi. You are clad in that fancy blue chino pants, and a matching top that shows your just healed tattoo. Everything seems perfect save for your hair that looks like a ball of cotton wool. Let’s face it; we have all experienced those days a look at the mirror attests to having passed through a hurricane! Bad hair days are every girl’s nightmare in Nairobi, especially on those days when you need to step out. You have to scurry for a fast solution. The financial strain leave alone the time we need in a salon contribute to extended periods of bad hair in Kenya.  Here are a few quick ways to fix this hitch.

1)    Talcum Powder

Talcum powder is efficient for those scalps that look like you just stepped out from an oil rig. For greasy looking hair, the need for talcum powder is vital. Pour a generous amount of talcum powder on your hands and spread it evenly over your hair. This not only adds volume to your hair but also seeps up the excess moisture and grease on your hair. However you best be careful on how much powder you apply. Too much will cause a whitish sheen and too little won’t make any difference.

2)    Focus points 

For hair in bad shape,  it is best to take the focus off your hair.  To do this, use hair accessories such as headbands and barrettes or fancy clips. Colored hair bands and butterfly clips for instance can be used on hair held in a ponytail for a fun day. This will put more focus on the accessories and less on the bad hair.

3)    Hats

Wear hats to conceal that bad hair. You can rest assured that this look will do the magic. Cowboy hats and fedora hats are big during this time. Team your fedora with fitting jeans and a classy top. A pair of boots completes the look.

4)     Bed Head look

If you cannot tidy up that hair, then mess it up the more. Creating some lazy messed up curls on your head to give a “just out of bed” look works magic. You can spice it up by putting on a plain headband with a bow perhaps, and you are good to go. Make sure that your hair is clean to pull off this look. You can spruce it by applying generous amounts of hair oil for that final finish.

5)    Tie it up

This is one of the most used methods to tidy up hair. It is the most common method used in Nairobi. Make sure that your hair is not tied up in a scrunch. Chic styles work better. For a laid back look, you can tie your hair loosely at the back and leave some strands to your face. Then add that hair scarf, tied in a bow and ensure that it will be secured.

Now ladies, you got no reason to miss that movie, even with your bad hair.

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Born in the vibrant heart of Nairobi, Kenya, Wa Kimani was always destined to stand out. From the colorful markets of her hometown to the world's most sophisticated art galleries and fashion runways, her journey has been one of relentless passion and unique insights into the world of fashion and art.

From an early age, Wa's love for patterns, textures, and colors was evident. As she grew, so did her inclination towards integrating traditional Kenyan elements into modern designs. Her family often recalled her incessant sketching and her knack for turning ordinary fabrics into extraordinary ensembles.

Wa's academic pursuits led her to one of Kenya's esteemed universities, where she majored in Fine Arts with a focus on contemporary African fashion. During her years in academia, she frequently contributed articles to local magazines, always stressing the symbiotic relationship between art and fashion.

After graduating, Wa ventured into the fashion journalism scene. She quickly gained recognition as an authoritative voice, blending her keen aesthetic eye with a profound understanding of Kenya's rich artistic heritage. Her articles, deeply rooted in both tradition and modernity, have since graced the pages of international fashion and art journals.

Today, Wa Kimani is celebrated not only as an accomplished writer but also as an advocate for the fusion of traditional African art with contemporary fashion. Through her writings and collaborations with designers and artists alike, she continually strives to showcase the beauty and depth of Kenyan culture to the global audience.

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