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‘Coronavirus Hairstyle’ in Africa is Helping Raise Awareness

The coronavirus has revived a hairstyle in East Africa, one with braided spikes that echo the virus' distinctive shape. The style's growing popularity is in part due to economic hardships linked to virus restrictions — it's cheap, mothers say — and to the goal of spreading awareness that the coronavirus is real. (AP Photos)

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Gettrueth Ambio, 12, center, Jane Mbone, 7, right, and Hamida Bashir, 3, left, have their hair styled in the shape of the new coronavirus, at the Mama Brayo Beauty Salon in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. The coronavirus has revived a hairstyle in East Africa, one with braided spikes that echo the virus' distinctive shape, with the growing popularity in part due to economic hardships linked to virus restrictions.

AP Photo/Brian Inganga

Jane Mbone, 7, arrives home after having her hair styled in the shape of the new coronavirus at the Mama Brayo Beauty Salon in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya.

AP Photo/Brian Inganga

Gettrueth Ambio, 12, left, and her friend Jane Mbone, 7, arrive home after having their hair styled in the shape of the new coronavirus at the Mama Brayo Beauty Salon in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya.

AP Photo/Brian Inganga

Margaret Andeya takes her daughter Gettrueth Ambio, 12, right, and her neighbor's daughter Jane Mbone, 7, left, back home after having their hair styled in the shape of the new coronavirus at the Mama Brayo Beauty Salon in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya.

AP Photo/Brian Inganga

Gettrueth Ambio, 12, has her hair styled in the shape of the new coronavirus, at the Mama Brayo Beauty Salon in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya.

AP Photo/Brian Inganga

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