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tal­ent in the South African black hair in­dus­try. The com­pe­ti­tion started out with more than 500 con­tes­tants, which were then whit­tled down to 18 semi­fi­nal­ists last month. Tonight, the top eight fi­nal­ists will com­pete for a R250 000 prize. The eight fi­nal­ists are Khonaye Nkohla from Cape Town, Vuyokazi Man­gali from King Wil­liams Town, Khe Zondi from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, Ab­ner Hlatshwayo from New­cas­tle, Treavor Mokoaleli from Beth­le­hem, Makhethi from Sharpville, Doc­tor Sit­hole from Vosloorus and Tony Masangu from Soweto. The tal­ented hair­styl­ists will go head-to-head and are ex­pected to cre­ate hair mas­ter­pieces that defy the norm and take hairstyling to the next level.

Head judge Sipho Nzuza, who has been a judge on the chal­lenge sev­eral times and has more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness of cos­me­tol­ogy, says this is a unique com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’ve seen the hap­pi­ness in the eyes of the stylists as they go through this com­pe­ti­tion. I’ve seen hair com­pa­nies make a lot of money in this in­dus­try, but not put back into it.

“This com­pe­ti­tion has put a lot of money and ef­fort into this – they are mar­ket­ing small busi­nesses and giv­ing tal­ented stylists mas­sive ex­po­sure.”

The com­peti­tors get the whole day to work on their styles, and the fi­nal touches are done on stage in front of the crowd.

“On Sun­day I’m ex­pect­ing to see con­sis­tency, and that fi­nal­ists have planned well,” says Nzuza.

“I want to be able to see your point of view by just look­ing at the hair.”

Per­form­ing tonight will be the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning Amanda Black and Kwesta. The show starts at 6.30pm at The­atre On The Track, 4A Kyalami Boule­vard, Kyalami Busi­ness Park. Tick­ets are R150



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