For as long as I can remember, I have always been a great lover of kanga, the East African cotton fabric with bold designs, bright colors, and a Swahili saying, aphorism, or slogan printed along its bottom border. If you’ve ever seen children wearing kanga wrapped around their bodies and tied behind their necks, then you have a perfect picture of me as a child. If you were to drop by my house unannounced today and I didn’t have a chance to run and change into something “decent”, then chances are that you would find me in a kanga, though this time worn in the kifua style (wrapped around my body, passing under my arms), rather than tied behind my neck. Why? Continue reading
I can still remember the day when I first became aware of Mr Price’s existence. The year was 2007; I was driving along Ngong Road in Nairobi near Prestige Plaza. I looked up to see a huge banner announcing the opening of a home furnishing store called Mr. Price Home at the Westgate Centre in Westlands. I found the idea of a home furnishing store interesting and made a mental note to check out the store the next time I was in its vicinity. Continue reading
Can I let you in on a secret? Although I absolutely love the look of dreadlocks, I don’t have the patience or the commitment necessary to grow them. It’s true – I’ve tried four times so far and no matter what I do, about six months into the locking process, I simply wash out my locs and do something else with my hair. Still, every so often, I get tempted to try again. As you can probably infer, I am flirting with the idea right now as I write ( ), hence this post.
Want to flirt-with-the-idea along with me? How about it? Today, let’s talk about locs! First, I’ll share with you a little of what I’ve learned on my previous four loc journeys, and then you, by commenting on this post, can share what you know about growing locs. Let’s get started!
First things first, let’s start by talking about the motivation to grow dreadlocks: for those of you who sport locs (or have done so in the past), what was your main reason for beginning to grow your locs? Was it simply about fashion, or did you have a deeper, more meaningful reason to start growing locs? Continue reading