Hair to­day may be gone to­mor­row

Ring­ing the changes from wigs to weaves is all the buzz for women

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KHANYISILE NG­COBO AND AYANDA NTSANGASE ● Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by the Daily Mail

THEY say that a woman’s hair is her crown­ing glory – and most women want to keep it that way.

A favoured hair­style is such a key part of a woman’s look that many don’t change it for years. And, if change is on the hori­zon, of­ten the ones who might be sought for ad­vice are a trusted stylist or fe­male best friend.

But now ex­perts say there’s an­other very sur­pris­ing per­son who may know bet­ter than any­one what will re­ally suit you: your hus­band.

Elle Ban­doc, top celebrity hair­dresser from Lon­don’s Neville Hair and Beauty salon, says: “A per­son who looks at you ev­ery day will al­ways be the best judge of what works best for your hair. While you might make de­ci­sions based on emo­tion, or fear of change, your hus­band can be more ob­jec­tive.

“And, of course, he knows what he per­son­ally finds at­trac­tive in you, so he’s well placed to know what might en­hance that.

“Of­ten, we stick to the same old style year af­ter year, but it can suit us less as we get older. Try­ing some­thing new can work won­ders!”

Some men here at home seem to agree, as is the case for a Mabopane, Tsh­wane, cou­ple, Lor­raine Mafoy­ane, 39, and her hus­band Themba, 40.

Mafoy­ane, who works as a picker and packer at Transnet, has been mar­ried to her hus­band Themba, 40, an HR man­ager also at Transnet, for 13 years and they have three chil­dren.

Themba says she and Ma­fonyane have been to­gether for 15 years and, when they first met, she had re­laxed hair that was sim­ply pushed back.

“I liked it and thought it suited her. My favourite hair­style of hers now is a ra­zor cut. I love it be­cause it high­lights her best fea­tures and suits her quite well. “She doesn’t do it that of­ten but it’s a treat when she does,” Themba says fondly.

Lor­raine agrees with his choice, say­ing he’s told her the ra­zor cut was his favourite hair­style. “He says it suits me and I agree, that’s why it’s also my favourite hair­style to do in the sum­mer,” she said.

Katlego Mabote, 29, a ra­dio host at a com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion, has been with her part­ner, Thabiso Matl­haga, 30, for al­most five years. The two live in Ga-Rankuwa and have a 3-year-old son.

Thabiso says: “We’ve been to­gether for al­most five years and, when I met Katlego, she had short hair, which I liked be­cause it suited her well.

Nat­u­ral hair makes her look gor­geous, a true African woman

“My favourite hair­style on her is when­ever she has a weave on, par­tic­u­larly a ra­zor cut, be­cause it en­hances her beauty and shapes her face.”

Katlego has since changed this hair­style and now sports dread­locks, a style Thabiso also says he’s okay with.

Katlego, mean­while, ad­mits she doesn’t know which hair­style her part­ner likes best but guesses it might be those she did be­fore start­ing her dread­locks.

“I don’t think he has a prob­lem with my dreads per se, he just thinks I’m do­ing the same thing over and over again.”

Sokha Vutha is a nurs­ery man­ager in Uping­ton, North­ern Cape, and has been with Zethu Radebe, a citrus farmer in Ko­matipoort, Mpumalanga, for six years. The 26-year-old says when he met Zethu, 25, she had a big Afro. Al­though he did not dis­like it, he was not par­tic­u­larly keen on it.

“I loved it but it was too much work to main­tain. It re­stricted her with a lot of hair­styles and was just a mess when she had to blow dry it.

“She ended up re­lax­ing her hair, then also de­cided to cut it short (a bob cut) and I was head-over-heels with this new hair.

“I don’t like weaves al­though I don’t com­plain when she does it.

“Her nat­u­ral hair makes her look gor­geous and a true African woman; it com­ple­ments her beauty.”

AU NATUREL: Zethu Radebe and her boyfriend Sokha Vutha. In this pic­ture, Zethu has re­laxed her nat­u­ral hair, a style that Sokha likes.

HIGH MAIN­TE­NANCE: Zethu Radebe in the Afro she had when she first met her boyfriend Sokha Vutha. Al­though he liked it, he thought it was just too dif­fi­cult to main­tain.

LOVELY LOOK: Katlego Mabote and her boyfriend Thabiso Matl­haga. Katlego is wear­ing a weave, a hair­style that Thabiso loves.

RA­ZOR SHARP: Themba Ma­fonyane and his wife Lor­raine. Themba loves the ra­zor cut hair­style that Lor­raine is wear­ing in this pic­ture.

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