Hair Creative, Nikiwe Dlova is the hottest new TV face on HONEY’s Hair To The Throne.
Eight hairstylists go toe-to-toe for the title of hair champion on the DStv 173 show. Dlova has worked across different media platforms, including having work featured in Beyoncé's Black Is King project. Every week she gives feedback to the stylists in the drama-filled weekly show. We sat down with the judge for a catch-up.
1. Who is Nikiwe Dlova for people who don't know?
I am a creative artist working with hair that’s creative, headpiece-based and even artworks I'm also a sister and an aunt from Soweto, Diepkloof.
2. What's been the most defining moment of your career so far?
Doing my solo exhibition titled “Royal Hair Salon” at Botho Project Space last year. I got to showcase the diversity of my work, African culture and hair. It also showed my growth as a creative from styling hair, to making hair art exist in galleries - merging the past, present and future. The work was inspired by royalty from different African cultures.
3. What was the most exciting way part of shooting Hair To The Throne?
Observing how the hair designers interpret every challenge given to them and adding their own style and individuality to it. That's how we got to know each person throughout the show. I enjoyed seeing how they reacted to the different twists we threw at them. We never made them feel comfortable and I think that's a good thing, they got to see different versions of themselves.
4. What are three things you are obsessed with right now?
Leopard print, faux locks and milkshakes.
5. Where will Nikiwe Dlova be in 5 years' time?
God willing, a global creative with a global team to assist my vision so that it reaches many people. I will be focusing on documenting the work, so it exists in our African history using the latest technology.