Many Nairobians, especially the ladies know Kenyatta Market is the hub of hair braiding. Many women are familiar with how the salonists’ around that market have their aggressiveness on another level. When a woman alights at the market, especially when they notice that her hair needs attention, they don’t hesitate and will come to you with ‘Siste come nikushuke'( Sister come let’s do your hair).
So long as you don’t mind sitting on rickety plastic chairs and inhaling heavy, stale air from nearby pubs, then Kenyatta Market shall serve you right. In a recent revelation, Kenyatta market hairdressers have changed tack. They no longer wait for you to alight at the stage near the market or even on Mbagathi Road.
They seek you out in the city centre. Assume you were in town and going about your business, then head to Kencom and just as you are waiting on the queue to board a Kenyatta Market-bound bus, a woman taps you on the shoulder. The lady is asking whether you need your hair done, trust me now that are seeking business opportunity on another level.
According to the hairdressers in the market, the plaiting and braiding business is not booming as it used to, forcing the hairdressers to devise ways of retaining the clients they have and attract new ones. As if that is not enough they even “Kill” their fellow hairdressers just so they can have their clients. It’s tough out there..huh?
These women at Kenyatta market are in their own league. 😂I went to get my braids done this afternoon and I had lost my hair lady’s contact so when I got there I asked for Ndunge they were like ‘huyo alikufa last week, kuja tukushuke’ only to walk a litu bit and see her💀😂😂😂
— Miss Etemesi🧡 (@Lynetemesi) July 25, 2019
Upon the lady above sharing her story, some Kenyans disclosed their experiences at the market.
I had braids done there once, I could not put my head down to sleep for a week. I had to sleep with my chin on my hands literally,even after taking panadol extra for the pain. I can’t!
— Smiley (@coneredrat) July 26, 2019
Others were shocked with the efforts to which the hairdressers would go just to have a client. Very dissapointing right?
So they kill their opponents like that… Cos of profit
— @@@@@@@ (@kiraangawa1) July 26, 2019
Disgusting desperation. ✋
— Benji Ndolo (@BenjiNdolo) July 25, 2019
The hairdressers have solutions to every thing, they would even recommend a hairstyle for someone with a bald head. It’s amazing what Kenyans can do.
i cut my hair last week, like super super supeeer short. passed there jana nikaambiwa “madam kuja tu hapo mbele tutaweka nubian” sis! you will literally need tweezers to part that hair they wanna plait but trust them to try.
— mwarī (@zoryah) July 25, 2019
Kenyan men can attest to this as well. They have confirmed the hairdressers can be nagging.
Went there with my gal for Nyama Choma. She had very near fresh pony tail. The women hustlers came and told her “siste nywele yako mbaya. Si tukuwekee braids. Stall 82! Stall 25! etc ”
— OkechKoech (@OkoechL) July 26, 2019
Below are more crazy reactions ladies have had at Kenyatta market:
😂 😂 😂 Those women are savage af. Nishai ambiwa nzisa ameenda kuzaa and I had just spoken to nzisa on the phone for directions 😭💀
— Chubby-One Kenobi (@kneenjar) July 25, 2019
Heheheheeee!! This is Kenya my sister nothing is impossible,,hao ndo death brokers sasa
— Oscar Kakello (@OKakello) July 26, 2019
Most of those ladies who are working in Kenyatta market salons , sometimes behave like crazy people. I am not surprised at the experience which you had.
— Pamela Kombo (@PamelaKombo1) July 25, 2019
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