A NEW shop has opened in Basingstoke offering extensions and braiding for people with Afro Caribbean hair.

3K’s opened in Church Street, in Basingstoke’s Top of Town area, earlier this month.

Erica Sey, who owns the new shop, said she recognised the need for the services in the Basingstoke area.

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The 39-year-old mother-of-three, from Medstead, has been braiding and doing hair extensions at people’s homes for 10 years.

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She said: “I’ve wanted to do this for the last couple of years."

Erica moved to England from Ghana 11 years ago and lived in Basingstoke before moving to Medstead.

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She said: “I like braiding and enjoy doing it. I have a passion for it and it helps the Afro Caribbean community. People have come in and they say ‘thank you for being here’. They don’t want to travel to Reading.”

The businesswoman said hair braiding takes up to four hours, which lasts around eight weeks.

She added: “A lot of the Afro Caribbean community are in Basingstoke now and they struggle. If you come from the Afro Caribbean side of the world you come here and you can’t do anything with your hair. It’s kinky and curly and you wake up every morning and it’s a nightmare.”

The shop is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 6pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.