In early 2011, I needed a change. I had just graduated from law school and decided to change careers, before I had even really begun, by taking a job in advertising.
At the time, I had shoulder-length, relaxed hair which I wore back in a loose, messy bun. It looked nice-enough but I didn’t feel that it was an accurate reflection of me; this new me that had made a bold decision to head down a scary, uncharted path.
One Saturday in February I headed to my hairdresser and came out an hour later with super-short hair, which was curling into small black ringlets as it dried.
I felt really self-conscious, but also free and more than a little giddy. It felt wonderful.
That was until Monday morning when the askari in the building where I worked looked at me in shock and asked why I was ruining my looks (WTF!?!), and three different men asked if I had gotten my boyfriend’s permission (double WTF?!?).
But five years later, the reaction to my hair could not be more different. At least once a week, a random stranger tells me they love my hair.
This monumental shift is in part a result of the global natural hair movement, but also women-led brands like Amadiva that celebrate and empower women to wear their hair however they choose.
So it is a great pleasure to announce that Amadiva, 14 Riverside Drive, will be hosting the Maridadi.co pop-up store this weekend. We will be there from 9am to 6pm on Saturday 3 December and 10am-5pm on Sunday 4 December.
What are you doing this Friday? The roving Maridadi.co pop-up store will be at Wasp & Sprout from 5-9pm. Come join us! There will be mulled wine, delicious food & music.
Need more convincing?
We’ll have dresses from Zuri; horn-shaped earrings from ZikoAfrika; art prints, cards and notebooks from Lulu Kitololo; and bags from Suave Kenya’s recently released ‘Denim Collection’.
If you haven’t been before, Wasp & Sprout is on Loresho Ridge Road in the old Loresho Shopping Centre (Sikoka Place).
Photograph by Jacquie Mwai.
Since we featured Lulu Kitololo’s ‘Plant Something Daily’ series, we have followed her journey on social media and been continuously inspired by her endless creativity. Now that Lulu is back in Nairobi, we jumped at the chance to collaborate with her and this weekend (Saturday 26 November 10am-6pm & Sunday 27 November 10am-4pm) we'll be sharing a table at the Spring Valley Bazaar, 12 Bendera Lane, Spring Valley Road, off Peponi Road.
We'll have cufflinks from Salamu Designs and Embody Accessories, pocket squares from Ocell Luxury, tote bags from Endo², backpacks from our friends at Suäve Kenya, and leather earphone cases from WazaWazi. And there will be cards, notepads and art prints from Lulu.
See you there!
As of today, 111 different products from over 70 brands have been featured on Maridadi.co.
And we’re just getting started!
For the past two months, we've been working hard to bring what Maridadi.co does on the internet closer to you. The biggest challenge was finding a way that was not only reflective of the online platform, but complementary to it.
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