Say goodbye to bad hair days

2014-02-20 18:12

The first hair academy that trains hairstylists to specialise in African and Caucasian hair officially opened in Braamfontein, Joburg, today.

The L’Oréal Professional African Salon Institute promises to turn ordinary hairstylists into world-class hairstylists by the end of the academic year. Forty students have already begun their training and are ecstatic at the prospect of being able to style just about any hair type found in South Africa.

One of them is Donne-Leigh Hatting (18) who says: “I have never styled African hair, but it always fascinates me how the hair always obeys the rules when done professionally.”

Another stylist has been in the business for more than 15 years but has never received professional training. She says she jumped at the opportunity when her boss told her she was going to be training at the institute where she would learn how to style and treat Caucasian hair.

Nazi Mkhabela (36) says: “I have been a hairstylist since 1998. I specialise in ethnic hair but I always wanted to be specialise in Caucasian hair as well.

“When my boss told me she was going to pay for my training, I praised God because that meant more skills for me and more opportunities.”

Mkhabela says she will continue working at the Fourways hairdresser she is employed at for many years, but wants to venture into the global market five years from now.

Students have an opportunity to study full time for eight months or part time for 16 months. Fees range between R30 438 and R32 490.

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