Fab haircare tips from SA’s best stylists

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People should do a proper treatment every two weeks. Our hair goes through a lot, so treatments help minimise damage.

Jawad Mophoto, owner of Lajawi Beaute Cafe. 

A haircare tip that I like to share with people is to visit the salon regularly. Find out about trends and how you can solve the problems you may be having. Nourishment is also important. Our ethnic hair is very dry, so if we condition it and treat it all the time, the scalp and hair will be nourished.

Nthato Mashishi, ambassador for Motions Haircare SA. 

Treatments are compulsory. Hair should be treated two weeks after relaxing, before putting in your weave or plaiting it. People tend to neglect their own natural hair; they plait straight after relaxing. It is also wrong to relax your hair immediately after taking out braids or a weave. This puts strain on your hair and doesn’t let it breathe. You need to treat, moisturise and deep-cleanse your hair to keep it healthy.

Isaac Letele, owner of Head 2 Soul Hair Studio.

Every woman should know exactly what hair type they have and which shampoos and conditioners to buy. Also know your face shape. A small forehead means no fringe. When it comes to choosing colour, it needs to complement your skin tone.

Phepa Moloi, celeb stylist who’s worked on the manes of Kgomotso Christopher and Mbali Maphumulo. 

The most common problem for women is that their hair feels rough, frizzy or just plain dry. Sometimes, it might feel like it grows very slowly. The answer to these problems can be summed up in two words: go natural. Yes, going natural is the key to making your hair grow and look better than ever – keeping you from having to worry about its condition.

Thomas Tsheola, educator/ celebrity stylist and PD for Frika Quality Hair Company.  

Make a point of trimming your hair every couple of weeks, avoid shampoos with sulphate and invest in a good conditioner.

Saadique Ryklief, celeb stylist who’s worked with Charlize Theron, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and the Kardashians.

If you’ve done a chemical treatment, it’s important that you treat it every one or two weeks, with a once-weekly thorough wash.

Rupert Mpanza, celeb stylist who’s responsible for Gail Mabalane’s hot short cut.

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