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4 things that have ruined Kenyan women

13 August 2015, 16:43 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - There are things that have ruined Kenyan women, men will say. Some can be avoided, others cant. Here's my point of view.


Any form of social media. We feed off what some other woman is doing better than us that we can score points off. It is even easier when you can have something delivered straight off Instagram. If she has a phone with internet and is on Instagram, just know she has no savings as of right now. You order the latest pair of shoes and bags from the latest dealer. So and so went to Oval and posted a pic of the meal they had last night, so this night with that 5k in your M-Pesa, you go to some equally expensive place just so as to show you did not have githeri for lunch. It is okay! This person went to Nyali last week, someone is about to drain their account to wear a bikini because they are on ‘vacation’. I just have to make sure you know that you will be broke afterwards so that you do not get confused later on.

It is exciting, and different but it is just a pass time.


This one. We all have obsessions. Even men have theirs. What you do with your obsession and how far it goes is the problem. You know what I mean. Even I would like to ‘twerk’ and post it so that I can show my skills. Be seen at this place so that I can take a pic and post it. Or wear some outfit that looks the same as…… (You know who). Doing the latest, being the trendiest and doing what is in has made a lot of young ladies forget what actually matters because you do not want to be left behind. Who does not want a lavish lifestyle? How you go about it always catches up, that is why I have a pause button in my brain.

It is good when you are in the know and it is not bad when you are aware. What is the icing on the cake is when you are healthy enough to know how to distance yourself from it all.


Make-up is not bad. Even I wear make-up. The problem is when you decide to do something without a plan. You will get angry, but admit that for a lot of Kenyan ladies, you are very lazy which means that at times, you do things without a plan. Make-up being one of them. You wake up one morning, tired of looking boring and your face shows it. So, you decide you are going to have a make-over and the fastest way to achieve that is make-up. No consultation. No research. If you put up in effort it usually is finding at least one YouTube video on ‘how to’ and wham, you are in.

That is why when you walk around in Nairobi, you see ashy-looking young/old women, with smeared colors on their face, wrong applications and you wonder where they came from. It gets worse when they use brands not good for them and the hazards show. They came from our version of what lazy, uninformed women should look like.

Men do not hate make-up, they just dislike it when you have no idea on how to use something that you are insistent on otherwise why would the women who easily get promotions (as some research showed) be the ones wearing the stuff.


I feel like a sigh should come after this statement but at times I look at some women, so beautiful and I ask why? The color, the combination of ten colors on one head with some weird braiding and the weird way some of them rise at the front and are flat at the back. Why?

Weaves are not horrible and/or distasteful; in fact they are a protective hairstyle when you want to have really healthy hair. Kenyan women are not the first to put on a weave and they can’t be the ones with the worst hairstyle. The only points I will give you on this is, I know it is very expensive to get hair from outside. It is also expensive to get a really good stylist. Most of our stylists exploit the fact that they are the best at something with hefty prices hence the very weird styles done by those who have no idea.

YouTube saves lives….looks, by the way. Go in there and there is a ton of information on how something should be properly done. You can even make it yourself if you can afford bundles (if you insist you are not lazy). If not stick to the simpler stuff until someone comes up with a way to get Kenyan women less pricey hair because what is currently on the market, is a no, no!

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