Candi & Co founder Candice Thurston on deracialising hair

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Candice Thurston tells Drum about her business journey and entrepreneurship during lockdown.
Candice Thurston tells Drum about her business journey and entrepreneurship during lockdown.
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It is one of the strangest things that apartheid normalised – the idea that hair salons should serve different races. To this day, it remains one of the most enduring legacies of its diabolical segregationist laws.

This is why, growing up as a mixed-race child in post-apartheid SA in the Mpumalanga town of Secunda, Candice Thurston always knew that she wanted to go into beauty one day, as she watched her mother struggle with taking care of her hair.

There’s been progress since those days when they couldn’t find a salon to go to together or the right products for Candice’s hair.

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