6 hairstyles to rock when you're on a tight budget (Photos)

Which is your go-to hairstyle for those broke days?

Keke Palmer rocking braids (Courtesy)

Being a lady is not an easy job, especially when you’re a woman that cares about how you look. Now, you can be really well dressed but if you’re having a bad hair day, that will completely ruin the whole look. Sure, you can always salvage a bad hair day with a turban or hat, but it doesn’t always work. If you’re on a budget, there are some hairstyles that you can opt for. These will last well over a month, or even longer and are not only economical but also chic.

1. Box braids.

Box braids, especially the three-strand technique braids can last you even as long as two months with proper care and maintenance. In addition, there are incalculable ways to style your braids, not to mention that you can get them in a myriad of styles and upgrade them once they start getting old, say by adding accessories, cutting them into a bob, or even putting them in hot water for a curly finish. Most of the times, braids will not cost you more than Ksh. 1,200 unless you go to places like Kenyatta Market or uptown braiding centers which are pricier.

2. Natural hair.

Truth of the matter is, natural hair products are not cheap and you definitely need them if you’re looking to be a true naturalista. However, if it’s just for a short period of time, simply get a coconut oil and learn how to do twist outs and bantu knots, then you can sport a curly fro. Good thing with natural hair is that it’s very versatile and you can style it in so many different ways. You just have to get creative; lucky for you, you can draw some inspiration from the all the YouTube tutorials out there.

3. Go for the big chop.

Not everyone looks great as a baldie but if the shape of your head allows you to rock short hair, hey feel free to go for the big chop. You don’t have to shave all of it if you’re afraid, you can go for a tapered cut or chop it into a small afro. You could also add some color for a different look.

4. Wigs.

I know what you’re thinking, wigs on this list? Well, if you don’t have money to buy a human hair wig, you can get really nice synthetic wigs for less than Ksh. 5,000 and the good thing with a wig is that it will last you for months if you take good care of it.

5. Temporary locs.

Temporary locs will cost you an arm and a leg, around Ksh. 7,000/8,000 but, they will last you even over a year. So, sounds fair enough right? And the good thing with temporary locs is that they look really good and they actually resemble real locs. In addition, they come towed with a plethora of styling options.

6. Retouching hair.

If you’re not a naturalista, you can always retouch your hair which will not cost you more than Ksh. 1,000 unless you go to an upscale salon. You can style your own hair or add extensions and this style can last you well over a month, before your hair gets growth. 

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