Cutting-edge chance for PMB hairstylist

2017-04-12 06:02
Khe Zondi (back) cuts Msunduzi Mayor, Themba Njilo’s hair. PHOTO: supplied

Khe Zondi (back) cuts Msunduzi Mayor, Themba Njilo’s hair. PHOTO: supplied

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WELL-KNOWN Pietermaritzburg hairstylist Khe Zondi stands a chance of walking away with R250 000 in the Sofn’free HairXperts Masters Challenge.

The competition, which has been running for three years, began airing on e-tv on Tuesday and Zondi is one of the 18 stylists taking part.

He made the cut after being chosen as a finalist in the first leg of the competition that was held in Durban in September 2016.

Zondi from Imbali has over 15 years’ experience in the hair industry and owns Khe’s Professional Hair Salon, which has three branches in Pietermaritzburg.

Relaying his excitement on being part of the competition, Zondi said he was approached by one of the managers at Softn’Free to try his luck in the competition.

“I was just taking a chance. I didn’t think I would make it this far in the competition. I have been doing hair for many years and it is a passion that started when I was young.

“I would offer free hair-cuts to neighbours and friends and the passion for it grew until I realised it was more of a God-given talent.”

Zondi said that is when he decided to open a professional work place where he could provide a service to customers.

“After doing proper research on the hair industry I decided to open my own salon.

“I have done numerous courses on hair trends and training and I think that constant drive to learn sets me apart in the competition from the other contestants.”

He said to be a stylist one needed to have enormous creativity.

“Creativity is key in this industry. You cannot duplicate what other stylists are doing, you have to come up with your own styles and think out of the box.

“The hair industry is booming, do something different and unique and always challenge yourself.”

Challenging himself was the reason Zondi decided to take part in the competition.

“I have years of experience in the industry, but have never competed professionally.

“This competition will allow me a chance to rate my skills among other contenders and see where there is room for improvement.

“It is also a good platform to promote my brand.”

To vote for Zondi SMS *120*44222*7#

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