Natural in Nairobi

One observation from my long Nairobi trip a couple of months ago – more and more people are embracing their natural hair!

Which makes me happy because it means that more and more people are starting to accept that women who wear their hair natural can still operate as productive members of society. What do I mean by this? I have heard too many women talking about how they wish they could wear their hair natural but it won't be accepted at their place of work. There is this perception that natural hair = unkempt. An idea whose origins deserves interrogation … but not now.

Here are a few pictures from my trip (excuse the cameraphone-indoors-in-the-dark quality!).


Images from top: with my friend Naliaka; make-up artist Muthoni Njoba (love her accessorising!); We met a Ghanaian-American naturalista who was visiting Kenya; the weekly regimen included a wash, two-strand twists for around 4 days and then twist-outs for 3.

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