‘Afro Kinky’ a jack of all trades

1st March 2016, Life Style
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Sharon Kavhu

Harare- Recently, trendy boxed braids were loved by many African women particularly South Africans, Zambians, Zimbabweans, Angolans and Namibians.

The boxed braids were mainly plaited from thick, bulky and heavy Bella or Angles braids.  However, today, braid lovers have moved to a very light braid that has a more natural texture and does not tangle or easily fade called, ‘Afro kinky’.

Unlike other types of braids, Afro Kinky is washable and can have permanent hot curls.

Afro kinky has always been there but, these days the braid is being used for all types of hairstyles and thus this writer has decided to call it, ‘A jack of all trades’.

“I love Afro kinky braid not only because it comes with trendy hairstyles but, it saves me from the hustles of brushing my hair or weave every morning before I go to work.  Whenever I wake up, I just use my hands to tie or style it in the way I like because of the braid’s flexibility,” said Sophia Ndanga, a local girl who is obsessed with Afro kinky.

“Of all the hairstyles that can be made from Afro kinky, my favourite hairstyle is ‘twist’. I love the twist especially after it is dipped in hot water wrapped around rubber rods to create permanent curls.  The curls appear like they type of curls that come from rollers-set.

“Afro kinky can look awesome in all the styles that can be made on locks because its texture is so natural that one may never see that it is a braid.  The texture blends well with natural hair.”

In a separate interview, a local hair stylist Pauline Munyuku from Ebony hair saloon said twist made from Afro kinky can be curled from the root or just the ends of the braids and yet still looking super.

“Afro kinky gives you a wide variety of options, some people may be against having the bulky twist hairstyles and prefer something that allows some air to penetrate.  For example, the braid can be used to make stylish cornrows and different styles of carrot,” said Munyuku.

“It is also fashionable to plait the front of the head with cornrows and complete the rest of the head with twist using Afro kinky.  The style can also be done from one side of the head going to the other.”

She said women who have crazy ideas for their hair can experiment on the braid to do any hairstyle they wish to do.

Afro kinky can make unique ‘Alisha key’ cornrows which can last for as long as you want because the braid does not fade away.

“The braid is like a 100 percent weave, it doesn’t show that it has been used.  The same texture it has when you remove it from its package is the same texture it maintains until you decide to remove it from your head,” said Janet Mpofu a local hairdresser.

“Some people can actually reuse it but, no one can tell the difference. Its texture creates a unique natural appearance that is associated with African beauty and which is why it was named ‘Afro kinky’.

“Many women love the braid on ‘bun style’ where cornrows are plaited from the back of the head to the front.  At the front, a bulky neat round thing is created from the ends of the braid in a shape of a bun.”

She said Afro kinky is vastly imported from Tanzania and Kenya where it is manufactured.

However, counties such as Zambia and Mozambique are importing the braids to export to neighbouring countries with a mark-up.

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