Hair­too craze is here to­day and here to stay

G-Force carves art­works onto peo­ple’s heads

Sunday World - - Life - By So­maya Stock­en­stroom

The silly sea­son is upon us and with schools break­ing up, the queues at the bar­ber will be un­usu­ally long in a bid to sport the lat­est hair craze.

Right on trend are hair tat­toos (called hair­toos) and vinyls. Re­ferred to as a hair ma­gi­cian, Gavin Boolc­hand from Florida, Rood­e­poort, bet­ter known as GForce, is the right man for the job.

He lit­er­ally carves mas­ter­pieces into peo­ple’s heads, de­scrib­ing what he does as “art”.

Im­ages in­clude the map of Africa, fa­mous faces, and ab­stract de­signs known as vinyls. Boolc­hand says he is es­pe­cially busy this time of the year.

The 37-year-old has been cut­ting hair since he was 12 and is self-taught.

He says he per­fected his draw­ings in his grand­fa­ther’s air­brush shop and prac­tised on friends and fam­ily.

“To­day, I can proudly say I am sought-af­ter. Peo­ple have come from as far as Cape Town to have me de­sign their heads. Peo­ple come with pic­tures – but I look at it only once and draw from mem­ory. I start with the clip­pers, carve it out with blades and per­fect it with fad­ing tech­niques and hair dye.”

And his work is not lim­ited to males. “More and more fe­males are hav­ing their hair done right through the year.”

Candice Nolan, an SABC jour­nal­ist, chopped off her curls one day af­ter spend­ing too hot a day at the zoo.

“I de­cided to do a mo­hawk cos my hubby’s name is Mo.

G-Force cut my hair and did my first hair­too [tat­too], a feather. Af­ter that I started us­ing the hair­toos to ex­press my­self. I had the Joburg sky­line done, rock art of African women, and the map of Africa.”

Nolan says with Madiba Day, she chal­lenged him to carve Madiba’s face.

“That was my favourite one. Madiba’s face took 67 min­utes. No jokes. He had to shave off the bot­tom half of my mo­hawk to do that one. He uses a blade. Then he shades it with hair dye. Main­te­nance is hec­tic. He has to do touch-ups weekly.”

Nolan says her Dezemba style will be an im­age of Kro­toa on one side and arms in chains on the other to sym­bol­ise slav­ery.

Boolc­hand says this sum­mer, blonde for men is out as well as man buns. “The New Zealand sym­bol of the feather is quite pop­u­lar, baby-faded afros with tribal art on the bot­tom of the afro is also trend­ing,” he says.

Young peo­ple will be flock­ing to have the lat­est trendy hair­styles for the long sum­mer hol­i­days.

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