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New salon a boon for people with Afro hair.

DOHA A NEW Afro hair salon offering ethnic hairdos, products and services has opened in Abu Hamour area. AfroChic Beauty Salon is the newest outlet offering services to clients with kinky hair. The salon had a soft opening on July 19. The timings are 10am to 9pm.

Speaking to Qatar Tribune, the parlour's manager Janet Ogari said that the salon has different sections to cater to the needs of its clients. The exclusive services include braiding, colouring, trimming, weaving and microweaving, among others.

According to her, the latest styles of braiding include micro-weaving, mohawk (also referred to as Mohican) braids or cornrows, full-head weaves, bonding, and various other types of locks.

Ogari added that these hair styles are attracting not only Africans, but also people from other nationalities as well.

oeOur services are not only limited to women with kinky hair, women with Caucasian hair also want braided hair, blowdried, deep conditioning and colouring. Even Westerners visit our salon, A[yen] she said.

The other expatriates coming to the salon include South Africans, Sudanese, Kenyans and Qataris, among others.

Ogari said that the service charge for a particular hairdo depends on a particular style.

oeFor cornrows, for example, the charge depends on the extensions, and it begins from QR200, A[yen] said Ogari.

She added: oeIt depends on how intricate the design is.

Some people want diamondshaped cornrows. The charges range from QR200 to QR3,000, depending on the intricacy and the duration of time in micro-weaving.

Micro-weaving takes several hours, but this hairdo can last for up to six months. A[yen] According to Ogari, the salon also provides other services like basic manicure and pedicure, spa manicure and pedicure, and nail extensions in its nail section. Facials, waxing, threading and body massages are also done in the beauty section.

Ogari, who came to Qatar about 17 years ago, said that she always wanted to do something to express her creativity.

However, after coming to Qatar and realising that owning an Afro hair salon was not possible for her, she decided to work in the salon.

Ogari, who was an editor with a prestigious organisation before becoming manager of the salon, said: oeI have always been passionate about beauty and hairdressing. At an early age, I discovered that I had some skills that needed to be sharpened. I even braided my own hair. A[yen] oeWhen I came to Qatar, I could not find a place to have a hairdo. It was a nightmare for me. Not many people knew how to handle the kinky hair. Even the products for the hair were not suitable for the African kind of hair. I settled for doing my own hair. The idea for a salon came later. A[yen] According to her, the salon does advance booking in the lead-up to Eid Al Fitr.

Elizabeth Maitha, a hairdresser at the salon, said that she offers services like braiding, cornrows, dreadlocks, fixing dazzling extensions, and weave-ons, among others.

But what inspired her to become a hairdresser? oeSince childhood I loved the art of hairdressing. I knew that it was the career I would pursue in future. I did a course in hairdressing and beauty parlour.

I have been working as a hairdresser, A[yen] she said.

Regarding her new job in Qatar, Maitha said: oeI expect to gain more experience here. A[yen] Another staffer at the salon, Eunice Muthoni, who specialises in manicure, pedicure and some other services, said: oeSince my childhood, I have always been interested in beauty fashion. After high school, I pursued a course in beauty therapy and hairdressing, A[yen] said the beautician, who is an alumnus of the prestigious Ashleys Beauty College, Nairobi, Kenya, and also an expert hairdresser.

Beatrice Ekeno, another beautician at the salon, who does manicure, pedicure, facials and hairdressing besides other services, said: oeI feel good when I do what I love the most. I have always loved the art of hairdressing. I would make friends' hair in school when I was just 10- year-old. A[yen] She had worked as a hairdresser previously in the upmarket 4ever 18 Salon, Nairobi, Kenya.

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Date:Aug 6, 2013
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