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CityPress - - Careers - BOI­TUMELO MVIMBI projects@city­press.co.za Tell us about your­self and your love for hair and beauty. What does a hair­styl­ist do? What are the re­quire­ments for be­com­ing a hair­styl­ist? What qual­i­fi­ca­tions do you need to be­come a pro­fes­sional hair­styl­ist? A

air­dress­ing is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a pop­u­lar ca­reer choice in South Africa. Ta­tenda Sibanda, a 33-year-old se­nior hair­styl­ist from the candi&co beauty sa­lon in Rand­burg, Johannesburg, tells us more.

I am orig­i­nally from Zim­babwe; that’s ac­tu­ally where my love and pas­sion for hair started.

I started pro­fes­sion­ally in 2006, but started do­ing hair way be­fore that, when I was in pri­mary school.

I at­tended board­ing school and, be­cause there were no sa­lons on cam­pus or any­body who would do our hair, we were forced to do our own hair.

That’s where I dis­cov­ered how much I loved do­ing peo­ple’s hair.

Quite a num­ber of things, but it all comes back to pro­vid­ing a proper con­sul­ta­tion. The con­sul­ta­tion is the fact-find­ing mis­sion that con­cerns the client’s hair and lifestyle.

This is where I find out more about a client’s hair and scalp. Then I can pro­vide proper rec­om­men­da­tions, give clients my ad­vice and dis­con­tinue cer­tain prod­ucts if I be­lieve they are harm­ful.

You need to hold a ma­tric cer­tifi­cate and a diploma or de­gree from a rep­utable hair in­sti­tute or academy where you would have learnt more about hair. And have a love for ev­ery­thing hair.

I at­tended Ty­rone’s Cos­me­tol­ogy Cen­tre in Zim­babwe. It was a two-year course and I ob­tained a diploma in cos­me­tol­ogy.

When I came to South Africa, I went to the candi&co train­ing academy, a cos­me­tol­ogy cen­tre.

I was given the op­tion of study­ing make-up, hair, wax­ing or other beauty-re­lated cour­ses. I chose to study hair, which was a full-time three-month course. It was kind of in-house train­ing to pre­pare me for work at the sa­lon.

We ac­tu­ally call it hair type. There are dif­fer­ent hair types.

Hair is cat­e­gorised by a com­bi­na­tion of hair tex­ture, which is the di­am­e­ter of an in­di­vid­ual’s hair strands, and the hair for­ma­tion, which is the shape of the hair as it grows out of the hair fol­li­cle.

For in­stance, I have fine hair, which means that the

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