Ayanda Thabethe and other celebrities tell us about the hairdressers who take care of their hair

Our hair can make or break our moods – hence, we love our hairstylists. Four celebrities tell us about the special people who take care of their hair.

DJ Zinhle

DJ Zinhle

@xola_madube/Instagram

What inspires your hairstyles?

My industry gives me great creative freedom. Also, my team always asks me what I want to do next, which keeps me on my toes.

What is your favorite and worst hair memory?

I loved the mohawk I had a few years ago. It made me a trendsetter. Then some time ago I cut my hair short at a salon in Durban where I had never been before. The hairdresser cut my hair so much that it looked like I had no hair! This disaster made me go back to wigs.

How did your relationship with Xola Madube begin?

I had a shoot and my hairdresser at the time canceled at the last minute. I went online and found The San Hair. They arrived at the shoot on time — I was impressed with their professionalism and styling techniques.

What’s your hair care tip?

Pearl Thusi encouraged me to always moisturize my natural hair under my wigs, which has become a habit.

Xola Madube, DJ Zinhle’s hairstylist:

DJ Zinhle

@xola_madube/Instagram

What is your hair specialty?

Our specialty is weaving, laying wigs and hair coloring.

What do you like most about styling DJ Zinhle’s hair?

Zinhle is always ready to try new and vibrant colors that many people are afraid of. She is a true pioneer.

What hair care tips do you share with Zinhle?

She has a busy schedule, so we step in to help her maintain her wigs, but we always encourage her to take care of her own natural hair by moisturizing and treating it regularly.

What hair products do you recommend to maintain healthy hair?

We always encourage our customers to invest in good quality conditioners, shampoos and brushes to take care of their wigs. For Zinhle’s hair, we use natural oils, moisturizing shampoos and conditioners so the weaves retain their color and silkiness.

Ayanda Thabethe

Ayanda Thabethe

@kudatot_hair/Instagram

What inspires your hairstyles?

I get inspired by the different seasons, my mood and how I want to express myself at that time.

What is your favorite and worst hair memory?

Growing up, my mother used to do my hair. Spending quality time with her was priceless. I shaved off all my hair my freshman year in college and I remember begging my hair to grow back faster [chuckles].

How did your relationship with your hairdresser, Kudakwashe Magora, start?

I was struggling to find someone who could meet my ever-changing hair needs. I asked a colleague to refer me to her hairdresser, and I never looked back. She is versatile and always ready to try something new.

What is your favorite hair product?

I prefer Mizani products. I love their Miracle Milk conditioner, which I use to soften and detangle my hair before pulling out braids or weaves.

Kudakwashe Magora, Ayanda Thabethe’s hairdresser:

Ayanda Thabethe

@kudatot_hair/Instagram

What is your hair specialty?

My specialty is braids, natural hair and weaves. My salon, Kudatot Hair & Beauty Salon, is based in Johannesburg.

What do you enjoy most about working with Ayanda’s hair?

It is very refreshing and fun to style. She always has creative ideas and we often collaborate to create hairstyles that complement her work outfits.

What hair care tips do you give Ayanda?

Because she travels often, I always encourage her to nourish her hair by treating, conditioning and moisturizing often.

What hair products do you recommend?

Ayanda has thick natural hair and a very healthy hairline. We use Mizani products to nourish her scalp and hair. ORS Fortifying Hair Oil is ideal for strengthening hair. If you wear wigs or weaves, condition your hair regularly to keep it in top condition.

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Gugu Gumede

Gugu Gumede

@lelisonene/Instagram

What inspires your hairstyles?

I didn’t want to conform to society’s beauty standards, so I went from relaxed hair to natural hair.

What is your favorite and worst hair memory?

While relaxing my hair (and burning my scalp), [my mom would] say: “You have to suffer for beauty”. The pain was unbearable, but we bonded immensely.

How did your relationship with your hairdresser, Leliso Nene, start?

Leliso found me on Instagram and asked if he could do my hair. I gave her an opportunity and we completely gelled.

What’s your hair care tip?

Rocking my natural hair has been so fulfilling, but you need to arm yourself with plenty of information on how to take care of it.

Leliso Nene, Gugu Gumede’s hairdresser:

Gugu Gumede

@lelisonene/Instagram

What is your hair specialty?

I specialize in weaves and natural hair. I am based in Durban.

What do you like about styling Gugu’s hair?

I love it with Gugu, every hairstyle has a story behind it. Her hair is healthy and rich, which allows me to play with different styles.

What hair care tips do you share with Gugu?

I always advise her to base her scalp three times a week with hair nourishment, treat her hair fortnightly and weave twice a month.

What hair products do you recommend for her hair texture?

For natural 4C curls, I recommend Cantu hair products, as well as Jamaican castor oil, and the L’Oréal hair range.

Michelle Mosalakae

Michelle Mosalakae

@melforddivashair/Instagram

What inspires your hairstyles?

I like to experiment. What inspires me the most is how I feel and the hairstyles I see around me.

What is your favorite and worst hair memory?

My grandmother used to twist and dye my hair for me. I cherish those moments to this day because we laughed and bonded as she made me look fabulous for school. Fortunately, I had no hair disaster.

How did your relationship with your hairdresser, Melford Hlabola, start?

Melford and I met on the set of a cover. It’s my Kim Kardashian’s Mario!

What’s your hair care tip?

I moisturize my hair with shea butter and Jamaican castor oil, and I use a softer, wide-tooth comb.

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Melford Hlabola, Michelle Mosalakae’s hairstylist:

Michelle Mosalakae

@melforddivashair/Instagram

What is your hair specialty?

Anything related to hair is my forte, whether it’s relaxed or natural hair, weaves or extensions. My salon, Melford Divas Hair & Beauty Studio, is based in Alberton.

What do you like most about styling Michelle’s hair?

I love that Michelle always takes good care of her hair. She washes and moisturizes it regularly, which keeps it soft and healthy. She’s generally a pleasure to work with, especially when trying out different styles.

Any hair tips you’d like to share?

Wash your hair with dandruff shampoo and use moisturizers with nourishing oils like almond, coconut, jojoba, tea tree and avocado. Minimize hair drying as it can compromise the volume of your hair.

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