Big in the hair industry

2017-05-09 13:45
Emile’s Pam Thompson has been a Pietermaritzburg hairdresser for 58 years, and has trained many local and international hairdressers and stylists, some of whom have worked with celebrities and have their own successful salons overseas.

Emile’s Pam Thompson has been a Pietermaritzburg hairdresser for 58 years, and has trained many local and international hairdressers and stylists, some of whom have worked with celebrities and have their own successful salons overseas. (Ian Carbutt)

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Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Pam Thompson of Emile’s Hair and Beauty Salon has been a hairdresser for 58 years.

She trained many of Pietermaritzburg’s hairdressers as well as a few international ones.

“I was born in Pietermaritzburg and attended Russell Girls’ High School. I started as a hairdresser at 15 years old.

“I am very arty and I wanted to do something creative but in those days there was not much scope for creative work and hairdressing was the only thing I could really do.

“I worked for Salon Roy in Longmarket Street (Langalibalele) for 11 years before I started my own business with my husband, who is a trained and qualified tricho-analyst (a hair analyst). I am 73 and I still work and cut hair and I love it.

“I particularly enjoy training young hairdressers and have trained many of the hairdressers here in Pietermaritzburg as well as hairdressers now living and working overseas.

“I trained James McMohan (a successful hairstylist and hairdresser who has worked with Heidi Klum and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) as well as Shaun Struwig and Mark Roberts who both have their own salons in London.

“I came from a very driven family and my dad, who was a well-known runner, really made sure I worked hard at what I did.

“I have my regular clients, and I love the hair competitions. I love the avantgarde, or anything that is out of the ordinary.

“I have worked as a hairdresser in hair competitions all over the world in places like Hong Kong, and London but Pietermaritzburg is my home.

“I have come to notice that we have more potential than the rest of the world realises.

“I am a family person and my family is in Pietermaritzburg and I could not imagine living anywhere else.

“I will not move from Pietermaritzburg, let alone South Africa and I will definitely not be retiring any time soon.”


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