Actress Linda Mtoba on being the main attraction.
Actress Linda Mtoba on being the mane attraction
The 26-year-old star of 1Magic’s The River, talks inner beauty, hair obsessions and her impressive wig collection.
Glamour: When do you feel your most beautiful and con dent?
Linda Mtoba: I get a confidence boost when my skin is clear and my hair is laid.
Glamour: Tell us about your skincare regimen.
LM: My daily regimen consists of the following products: a gentle cleanser, rose water as a toner, vitamin-rich moisturiser, a clarifying serum, (1) Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Cream (R642), sunscreen and (6) Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil (R560).
Glamour: What pampering treatments do you enjoy?
LM: I treat myself to a weekly Thai massage and a facial at Cosmetology.
Glamour: You’re all about great skin. What aspect of it are you most focused on?
LM: I have very dry skin, which is also prone to eczema and acne breakouts. It’s sensitive, too. So I have to take extra precaution in making sure that the products I use don’t have any artificial fragrances, are gentle and moisturise my skin. Face oil has become my go-to, as it gives much-needed hydration to my desert of a face. It also adds a glow, which is great when applying makeup.
Glamour: Your beauty crushes?
LM: Kefilwe Mabote has the most beautiful skin. And Thembi Seete is the definition of ‘black don’t crack’ – her face is flawless.
Glamour: It’s impossible not to discuss your amazing hair. Spill all the tea.
LM: Wigs, wigs and more wigs. I’m obsessed with them; I have one for every season – maybe even every month! I get my wigs from my hairstylist Lebohang Teejay Motsumi, owner of Lebo’s Hair Studio in Fourways and Joburg city centre. In Durban, Nombuso Ndebele, from Phophotha Hair Boutique, is the only one I trust to maintain my hair. I don’t believe every hairstyle works all year round, so I’ll switch things up every month, but my everyday style would have to be my Mongolian curls and a straight lace front.
Glamour: After wearing protective styles as often as you do, how important is nurturing your natural hair?
LM: It’s important to maintain healthy hair underneath, because, at the end of the day, the wig must come o. My husband will randomly pull my wig o if I’m annoying him. Now I have to make sure that he never catches me slipping.
Glamour: Which hair products do you swear by?
LM: For natural hair, (3) Aunt Jackie’s Oh So Clean Shampoo (R65.95). For wigs, I’ll use (5) L’oréal Elvive Curl Nourishment Masque (R94.95) together with (4) Marc Anthony Bye Bye Frizz Keratin Smoothing Shampoo (R139.99).
Glamour: Your makeup essentials?
LM: Bright lipstick, highlighter, bronzer, (2) Dior Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm in Pink Glow (R605) and false lashes.