Tue, Jun 21, 2016
Wahu Kagwi traces her footsteps way back when she was in university. She would retouch her friend’s hair, do their nails or make up on their way to class or dates.
Afro Siri is one of the latest fashionable salons located at the ground floor of Krishna centre in Westlands. Its main objective is to provide care and advice to African men and women. Regardless of length or texture of hair, or skin tone you have, Afri Siri will always find a way to take care of you.
Wahu Kagwi, the owner of Afro Siri salon, revealed that it has been three years since she opened the salon.
“It took me a lot of gut, a lot of sacrifice and real power. It has not been easy,” she says. “I pushed on even when it seemed impossible because it has always been my dream and passion,” she added.
She traces her footsteps way back when she was in university. She would retouch her friend’s hair, do their nails or make up on their way to class or dates. This was after her father denied her a chance to pursue a hairdressing course immediately after she completed high school.
“I window shopped for all schools that were offering beauty and hair dressing courses and when I told my father about it, he insisted that I had to go to university. I had no choice,” Wahu said.
Business being business, client retention is very necessary thus the deployment of various strategies to ensure the clients not only come, but they keep coming. For Afro Siri, it is their duty to make you feel comfortable. Right from their attractive location to the ample parking space they have.
Afro Siri has been furnished with the latest beauty equipments. They also have a stylish design of the salon that incorporates their corporate color of red and black. “I had to travel to Dubai, do a lot of window shopping and got what I felt was the best stuff for us to start up,” Wahu said. The staff at Afro Siri is extremely creative, talented and neat.
There are thousands of salons in Nairobi and Westlands is one of the most competitive markets in this business. To stay on top of the business, Afro Siri makes sure they keep in touch with what is happening in the world. After knowing they outsource and implement what they can, whether it is in the nails or beauty technology.
Her advice to those who want to venture into this type of business is that they should be dedicated and have a plan. Having a mentor too will help you find a footing.
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Audrey is a communication graduate from St. Paul's University interested in gender equality.
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