Five minutes with Nthato Mashishi


We chat to the stylist to the stars and local Motions ambassador

Q: You’ve worked with major celebs – have you ever been star struck?

Yes, but not only by international celebs. I was in awe when I had the opportunity to meet Miriam Makeba, Mama Letta Mbulu and of course Tata Mandela. I was lucky enough to do make-up for Oprah Winfrey and that’s an opportunity I’ll always cherish.

Q: What advice do you have for aspiring hair stylists?

The industry is not about glitz and glam. It’s about being inspiring and a trendsetter. It’s an intensive industry that’s always changing. You have to be assertive to know where it is and predict where it’s going.

Q: What is your top tip to prevent hair breakage?

It’s all about nourishment and conditioning. I always tell ladies that they should attend a salon as often as they enjoy shopping and spoil themselves with a conditioning treatment.

Q: What hair trends are you looking forward to?

Look out for side partings with straight hair and wavy hair. Braids are still big and not going anywhere. Beehives are statement hairdos that will be making a comeback too.

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