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Microblading process being done on a client
Microblading process being done on a client. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Getting perfect, lush eyebrows has become an obsession for Kenyan women. For most salonists, weekends are usually fully booked by women who want to trim, shape or thicken their eyebrows.

Microblading is one of the hottest new beauty trends especially for women who want an easier morning or those whose eyebrows have been overplucked.

A super fine pen is used to deposit pigment into the skin that stays on for two to three years. Instead of using black or brown pencils to draw the eyebrows every day, microblading offers an almost permanent option to reshape the strokes of eyebrows in a tattoo-like way.

However, the technique that achieves natural looking flawless eyebrows is more expensive compared to brow gels, pencils and tattoos. Microblading ranges from Sh15,000 to Sh20,000 depending on the type.

Peninah Wanjiru, who does microblading in a Nairobi salon says she got obsessed with her eyebrows when she was studying in Maseno University. She researched online on how to get the perfect eyebrows and learned about microblading.

At the time, she says, there was no beauty school in Kenya that trained in microblading and she had to enrol in a US college where she perfected her skills.

“I studied microblading and microshading for a whole year in 2015. I tried it on myself first before trying it on anyone. I sat in front of the mirror and went through the whole process that takes up to three hours,” says Ms Wanjiru whose eyebrows are shaped in a perfect arch.

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She adds that microblading is best for any person looking to redefine their eyebrow look, whether is to fill them up, give them a distinct look or cover up gaps on the eyebrow line.

When microbalding, she first has to find the face symmetry, which determines the brow shape. She does this by measuring the distance between the eyes with a marking thread.

“Different faces have different symmetries so it is not always advisable for someone to come in with a picture of a celebrity saying they want that kind of eyebrow shape. It might not work,” she says.

She then applies a numbing cream on the eye area and then constructs the brows. Using a ruler, she measures the distance between the two eyebrows to ensure that they look ‘‘like twins and not sisters.’’

The idea of microblading is to create strokes that look like hair, which give the illusion of a person having very dense hair.

“You will never have to worry about drawing your eyebrows each morning and we all know how tough that is. Sometimes one usually ends up with one eyebrow which looks good and the other not,” she says.

After microblading, one can trim the growing hair.

Ms Wanjiru also says that there are other more expensive techniques like ombre brow for those who love make-up or to look glamorous.

So are there any side effects? “No I use organic pigments that I import from the US and they have no metal, no iron, they never react or turn colour, a person will have the same colour of eyebrows,” Ms Wanjiru says.

However, after microblading, a person must avoid doing activities that make the eyebrows sweat, such as sauna and sun bathing.

People with oily skins tend to react differently but after four weeks when touch-up is usually done to fill up missed spots, they look better.

She adds that there are low risks of disease transmission since she uses new applicators on every client.

“I throw the needles used on the electric pencils to draw or make the strokes. The needle pencil is made in such a way that the tip can be changed,” she says.

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Kenya to import mitumba after coronavirus pandemic

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Kenya is set to lift the ban on imports of second-hand clothes once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, the Industry, Trade and Co-operatives Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina has said.

The Cabinet Secretary last Wednesday announced an immediate temporary suspension of the importation of second-hand clothes as a measure to stop importing the SARs-Cov-2 virus that causes Covid-19 disease.

Ms Maina said the action taken is in line with the conditions as set out by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs).

“The government has suspended importation of second-hand clothes with immediate effect to safeguard the health of Kenyans and promote local textiles in the wake of coronavirus,” said Ms Maina.

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“Most of the Mitumba imports come from China and Pakistan, countries which are the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision is intended to safeguard Kenyans against the spreading of the coronavirus and is therefore a health issue,” she said.

In an interview with the The EastAfrican, Ms Maina said the Kebs will enforce the suspension as we wait for the situation to improve.

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“It is a requirement by the Kebs to take such an action in times of an epidemic like the Covid-19,” she said.

A recent study by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the virus can stay longer on different surfaces, including clothes.

Ms Maina, however, said the temporary ban will not in any way affect the policy on Mitumba imports from the US.

Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, Kenya sold about Ksh40 billion ($400m) worth of textiles and clothing to the US.

“This does not in any way affect our policy on our imports from the US. The decision is strictly an urgent measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus,” added Ms Maina.

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World Bank pushes G-20 to extend debt relief to 2021

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World Bank Group President David Malpass has urged the Group of 20 rich countries to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative(DSSI) through the end of 2021, calling it one of the key factors in strengthening global recovery.

“I urge you to extend the time frame of the DSSI through the end of 2021 and commit to giving the initiative as broad a scope as possible,” said Malpass.

He made these remarks at last week’s virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.

The World Bank Chief said the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the deepest global recession in decades and what may turn out to be one of the most unequal in terms of impact.

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People in developing countries are particularly hard hit by capital outflows, declines in remittances, the collapse of informal labor markets, and social safety nets that are much less robust than in the advanced economies.

For the poorest countries, poverty is rising rapidly, median incomes are falling and growth is deeply negative.

Debt burdens, already unsustainable for many countries, are rising to crisis levels.

“The situation in developing countries is increasingly desperate. Time is short. We need to take action quickly on debt suspension, debt reduction, debt resolution mechanisms and debt transparency,” said Malpass.

ALSO READ:Global Economy Plunges into Worst Recession – World Bank

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Kenya’s Central Bank Drafts New Laws to Regulate Non-Bank Digital Loans

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will regulate interest rates charged on mobile loans by digital lending platforms if amendments on the Central bank of Kenya Act pass to law. The amendments will require digital lenders to seek approval from CBK before launching new products or changing interest rates on loans among other charges, just like commercial banks.

“The principal objective of this bill is to amend the Central bank of Kenya Act to regulate the conduct of providers of digital financial products and services,” reads a notice on the bill. “CBK will have an obligation of ensuring that there is fair and non-discriminatory marketplace access to credit.”

According to Business Daily, the legislation will also enable the Central Bank to monitor non-performing loans, capping the limit at not twice the amount of the defaulted loan while protecting consumers from predatory lending by digital loan platforms.

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Tighter Reins on Platforms for Mobile Loans

The legislation will boost efforts to protect customers, building upon a previous gazette notice that blocked lenders from blacklisting non-performing loans below Ksh 1000. The CBK also withdrew submissions of unregulated mobile loan platforms into Credit Reference Bureau. The withdrawal came after complaints of misuse over data in the Credit Information Sharing (CIS) System available for lenders.

Last year, Kenya had over 49 platforms providing mobile loans, taking advantage of regulation gaps to charge obscene rates as high as 150% a year. While most platforms allow borrowers to prepay within a month, creditors still pay the full amount plus interest.

Amendments in the CBK Act will help shield consumers from high-interest rates as well as offer transparency on terms of digital loans.

SEE ALSO: Central Bank Unveils Measures to Tame Unregulated Digital Lenders

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