Since I big chopped (cut my hair, forgive my natural hair language), end of December last year, I have gone to the salon three times .I do my hair at home it has saved me a pretty penny and I now know what to do with my mane and what not to do. All those times I twist my hair because it’s faster and I find it neater (personal preference)but I once did some amazing Abuja lines that I still crave. As a Kenyan woman living I Nairobi you know there are two vibrant braiding markets, Kenyatta Market and Umoja Market. My hair has to be in braids for the next few weeks because I recently discovered joints in places I didn’t know they existed (from muscle flexing) hence my hair might all fall off from neglect. There are all kinds of people in these markets but for some reason I always meet Jaber’s. Women with beauty inside and out. These women are patient with all the clients but they bitch about each other like it pays. Bitching is like a full time job for them . A colleague will come ask for a pair of scissors and after she leaves they will talk about her whole life in five minutes.
One thing bugs me about twisting my hair though. You see how they lift one leg up to finish up your braids? They call it kumalizia. That is the mother of all things annoying about hair but there isn’t much I can do as it’s the only way twists are done or is it not? When they lift their leg onto the arm rest and start twisting, pray to God you don’t meet one who last met water when Obama was in town because that was a huge event. You will have all types of nasal blockages. I’m also always thinking they are leaving their dead skin on my hair and I will carry it with me for the four weeks or so I will have these braids on. But I love these women from the lake side I just do.
I also love the dholuo language and I need a dedicated tutor to teach me. All these years I’ve been braiding my hair I only know greetings, “Ithi nade” you answer,”Athi maber”. I also only hear three other words, “Sani, Sani”, “Onge wach”and “Mayie” I don’t know in reference to what but I hear them constantly and I think it would do me good to learn dholuo. I don’t know for what purpose, maybe it’s just out of curiosity but I would love to know a bit of dholuo. Oh I know why, they also speak a lot of politics and all I hear is ,Raila blah blah blah, Uhuru blah blah blah,Kibaki ecetera ecetera, Ruto e.t.c. e.t.c. I know I would love to know their opinions on politics even if I am nonpartisan in politics as at now. At my next salon visit I will pick up a few more words maybe by then I will have a tutor to practice on/with.