Ed’s let­ter

True Love Hair - - CONTENTS - Ler­ato Seone

I have worked on a num­ber of hair mag­a­zines over the years and ev­ery edi­tion has left me feel­ing joy­ful. I al­ways flip through the fin­ished prod­uct and won­der what value it will bring to each reader’s life. I can’t re­mem­ber a time when hair meant noth­ing to me; it’s al­ways been a sig­nif­i­cant part of my life.

I grew up in a house full of women, who took pride in tak­ing the ut­most care of their crown­ing glory. I would watch my mom, a pro­fes­sional hair­styl­ist, awed by what she man­aged to do with her own hair. I would also ea­gerly ob­serve her prac­tis­ing her craft on me as well as on other fam­ily mem­bers, friends and clients, at home and in her sa­lon. In be­tween those mo­ments, I would play hair­dresser to my dolls in the hope of repli­cat­ing some of the styles I’d seen dur­ing the course of the day.

Once I grew old enough to de­cide for my­self what hair­style I should have, all I wanted was bongo braids so I could look like the late kwaito diva, Lebo Mathosa. They were long, thick and heavy, but I wasn’t about to let my mom know how much I was suf­fer­ing. I spent most nights in a wet doek, try­ing to loosen the ten­sion and cool my throb­bing scalp. Once my mom no­ticed this, and I couldn’t take it any­more, she ran a scis­sor through the braids, leav­ing them ly­ing at a man­age­able shoul­der length. I en­joyed them only be­cause they re­sem­bled the braids worn by R&B star Brandy.

That’s just one of the many hair mem­o­ries I hold dear. Since then, I have not al­ways made the best de­ci­sions about my mane, but I have had a blast chop­ping, colour­ing, braid­ing, weav­ing, re­lax­ing, lov­ing, hat­ing and fall­ing back in love with ev­ery strand. There are few hair­styles I have not tried, and I look for­ward to the many looks I will sur­prise my­self, and oth­ers, with in fu­ture.

Th­ese days, I switch be­tween my nat­u­ral crop and wear­ing wigs, de­pend­ing on my pref­er­ence. I’ve found my hair rhythm and couldn’t be hap­pier. Here’s to you find­ing yours.

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