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