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Hair Musings: SA's Top Hairstylists Create Their Ultimate Look

Our May hair issue celebrates hair stylists and the muses that inspire them, we sat down with some of the best hairstylists in the country and asked them to create looks inspired by their muses.

Hairstylist Connie Gwandure and founder of online mobile service Good-Hair

After moving to Johannesburg over a year ago, Liz Letsoalo, a co-founder of Good-Hair, an online mobile hair service focusing on dry hair (braids, cornrows, faux/goddess locs and weaves), needed someone she could trust with her hair, especially for the creative, current hairstyles she loves to wear. She met her muse and hairstylist, Connie Gwandure, through a mutual friend after her move to the city. They soon started making magic together.

Connie on hairspiration: I draw my inspiration from fashion and trends. The style I chose for Liz is inspired by the rise of Afrocentrism in fashion and lifestyle.

Hairstylist Candice Wyatt and model Emelda

Candice Wyatt, a multiple award- winning hairstylist, traces the

beginning of her romance with hair to her gap year in 1997. She worked in a salon and was inspired, by hairdresser Andrew Confait, who had just joined the team. ‘He was so incredibly talented that wanted to be just like him,’ says Candice. She adopts a sustainable approach to her work – from her beautiful, eco-friendly salon in the heart of Jozi down to the vegan hair products she uses.

Candice on hairspiration: I saw Emelda on Facebook a few years ago and loved the strength of her look and contacted her. We have been shooting together ever since. I love cutting curly hair and enjoy creating solid lines within the curls.

Hairstylist Nomasonto Malefo and Nikiwe Dlova, founder and content creator of own your crown

Nomasonto’s hair relationship with her best friend and hair muse, Nikiwe Dlova, started in high school when they’d constantly come up with the cool, creative masterpieces they still collaborate on and produce today for Nikiwe’s exhibitions. With braids always having a major moment, we nd out how to recreate the look Nomasonto has created.

Nomasonto on hairspo and hair icons: I’m inspired by what’s currently trending in braids, like the tribal look. My hair icons are different tribal woman in Africa.

Hairstylist Tumelo Mpholo and her sister, Ntswaki Mpholo, retail associate at Edcon Tumelo Mpholo.

Tumelo Mpholo, Senior Hairstylist and Director of Tumelomj’s Afro Boutique, decided to specialise in natural hair when she was still a teenager after she realised that there was no research or attention paid to Afro hair. Her sister, Ntswaki, has been her muse since then.

Tumelo on hairspiration: I love Afro-punk. I also love experimenting with the avant- garde because it can be technical, especially when it’s done on Afro

Hair. Fro-hawks and up-dos are my signature styles.

For more, buy the May Hair issue.

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