- 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 GHC 5.00
- Pre-outbreak, a good day brought in G 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, many citizens also stepped up in different ways and some stylists in Kibera slums in Kenya 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.
“It is just simple and very cheap for every person to do it,” one of the stylist 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.
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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.
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.
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Hair salons can stay open under restrictions imposed 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.
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.
In another interesting report, a gentleman whose name has not been identified has given the mother what is clearly a prank of her lifetime after pretending acting like he was suspending in the air.
Although it is not clear when exactly the video was taken, it has undoubtedly added to the Mothers' Day sensation.
The prank was such a vivid one as it totally seemed without a doubt as though the boy was actually hanging in mid-air over the bed.
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