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Power hairstyles

Whether you part it on the left or right side of your head, or not at all, your hair influences how others perceive you

They say that first impressions are everything, and one of your most distinguishable features is how you wear your hair. Your hair speaks for you, even when you don’t say a thing.

Have a long, curly, blonde weave? The world is going to see you differently than someone with a straight blow-dried hair. So, what message are you sending with your hairstyle?

The ponytail girl: A ponytail is more than just a hairstyle you rock when you are confused on what to put on your hair. Be it a messy pony, high pony or low pony, it’s a look that works everywhere.

It brings out the girl in you. This style is appropriate in the office, in a job interview or if you want a job promotion. It is also for comfort reasons because it holds your hair in the right place and makes one look well organised.

“Every time I would change my hair to a ponytail, my colleagues would say I look younger, and the fact that I wore glasses, it made me look brainy.

I really liked how fast it was to get ready to work. I never got a pay rise, but certainly my colleagues noticed and my boss would refer to me as the push back girl,” says Faith Njoki, a marketer.

The pixie girl: She is the ‘It girl’, which is a slang for a beautiful and stylish woman. Her best style is short hair. You may insinuate that she works in a fashion industry or a PR firm.

Short hair is daring and it shows someone is not afraid to push her boundaries. Short hair screams fun. Women with short hair tend to portray life is a party and also as one person that everyone wants to hang out with, and a person who wants to get things done.

Wavy long hair girl: If you work in an environment where it requires more interaction with people, like marketing, wavy hair would be appropriate. Wavy hair says you have a warm personality and you are a good girl.

Clients are more likely to relate with you more than any other person. Stacey Muriuki of Ace Consultants, an image consulting company, explains that most TV personalities would go for the wavy hair because this style is great for interacting with big audiences.

With in-laws: When you want to meet the parents of your better half, you need a polished yet not overdone hairdo, because you want to make a good impression. Well, first impressions are lasting impressions.

Of course, it shouldn’t be wild or unkempt. Muriuki advises that the best option would be to go for simple hairstyles. It makes one look respectable and attractive at the same time.

The best hairstyle would be braids or the stylish Ghanaian braid lines. With this, be sure to win the heart of your in-laws. “When I first visited my in-laws, it was awkward because I did not know what to expect as we come from different communities.

So, I went for the simplest of all, braided hair. I didn’t over do it. It was a style that can work in almost all occasions. And it did for me,” explains Serah Boyani, a Nairobi resident.

For a business meeting: Go for a hairstyle that will insinuate that you are in control and can handle your business. A sophisticated bun says you are a professional and sassy. Stacey notes that instead of going for the cliché top knot bun, which people think is too strict or cold, go for the low bun and add a twist to it to make it girly.

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