Women in the wig business

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Wigs are on trend right now, making them a definite go-to hairstyle. Three women who specialise in tailor-made wigs share their stories.

Phindi Mtyingizane – O’Natutal Wigs

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How did it all start?

In October 2014, I was frustrated with my hair so I researched how I could improve my hairstyles without getting box braids and cornrows. I made my own wig, which my husband loved. I posted a pic on social media and people commented positively asking me if I can make some for them.

What kind of wigs do you have?

I do natural hair and braided wigs.

What’s the biggest challenge about what you do and how do you overcome it?

Most challenges I face are to do with sourcing hair for my wigs. It’s difficult because I buy my hair from local shops and if they don’t have it then I can’t make a wig.

What do you plan to achieve with O’Natural?

I want to build an empire. I’m currently a 9–5 employee, and work on my company part-time. I want to eventually make O’Natural my full-time employment so I can employ and inspire black women. The joy that O’Natural brings to my customers when I deliver the wigs inspires me to do more.

What’s your price range?

My wigs start from R600 to R1800

Contact Phindi on onaturalwigs@gmail.com or 0828720811

Refiloe Khoali – Refiloe Wigs

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How did it all start?

I don’t have amazing hair (I’m working on it), so I thought why not fake it ‘til I make it. I researched how I could make my own natural hair wig because I didn’t know of anyone in that business. It usually costs an arm and a leg, so I decided to make my own. It turned out amazingly and a couple of people were interested!

What kind of wigs do you have?

I use a method called crocheting. I offer Afro or Afro curly wigs using Marley hair /Afro twist. For now, I’m really into the natural hair look!

What’s the biggest challenge about what you do and how do you overcome it?

I struggle to make time for work and being a mom, but I find that if I manage my time properly, then it’s not so overwhelming.

What do you plan to achieve with your wigs?

Hopefully I will get more clients! I want to expand the wigs I have on offer, and ultimately open a natural hair salon. We don’t have many of those.

What’s your price range?

R750

You can get a hold of Refiloe on R.khoali@gmail.com

Nie Ngema – Dlokovelihle Wigs

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How did it all start?

I started making wigs in June 2015. My main aim as a stylist was to save my clients’ hairlines and make them look gorgeous at the same time.

What’s the biggest challenge about what you do and how do you overcome it?Fortunately, I haven’t experienced many challenges. Currently, client base is growing, which can be quite tricky to keep up with.

What kind of wigs do you have?

I use real hair, so I have straight, curly, wavy, full front, and U shaped. The sky is the limit.

What do you plan to achieve with Dlokovelihle Wigs?

I plan to open my own salon. With God’s grace I believe and have faith that my prayers will be answered.

What’s your price range?

It’s R500 if you come with your own hair and R250 for colouring.

You can get ahold of Nie Ngema on 0737243821 or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dlokovelihle/

Pics of Phindi and Refiloe taken by photographer Masego Morulane 

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