Dreadlock queens

Zizo Tshwete
Zizo Tshwete

Zizo Tshwete

Our July cover star and Umhlobo Wenene FM radio presenter Zizo Tshwete is our go-to person for dreadlock inspo. This beauty wowed us from her Miss Teen SA years with her love for her natural tresses. Zizo loves a high ponytail or simply letting her dreads cascade beautifully down her back.

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Mane ??

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Have you ever had an experience that just completely calms you? Being in that space, with those people, gave you a connectedness to the Earth? The Universe even? The feeling of safety allowed you to let your guard down and breathe. Many of us actually want to be able to present ourselves like that. We want to be in a space with people who create a safe environment for our existence - as imperfect as we may be. I wake up daily with a deep desire to express gratitude for all that I am blessed with. Along the way we came to place more emphasis on the material things - I like to constantly remind myself to slow down and to take it ALL in! So, thinking back to this day, (the day this photo was taken) I remember being grateful for the slow drive to a destination I was visiting for the first time. The warmth of the sun’s rays on my skin on the drive down. The music blaring from the speakers and the insane singing along peppered with so much laughter in between at all the missed high notes. The laughter itself! The warm welcome of tight hugs on arrival. So this is home too, I think to myself. The sky - a backdrop to the beautiful conversation that just flowed all day. I love it here, I decide. I’m staying. I conclude. I suppose I may appear to be rambling but I’ve come to realize that sometimes the outward expression of an inward feeling is so liberating. If even, just for me. I would love to know about some of the things that you’re grateful for that, maybe, don’t make our daily list. ??

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Claire Mawisa

Timeless beauty and Carte Blanche presenter Claire Mawisa has always been dreadlock goals from when her dreads were short as a SABC1 Simunye presenter to her long curly colourful locs. Claire plays around with plaits, curls and ponytails. She is an advocate of hair health and loves to share tips on how she cares for her dreadlocks.

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Bontle Moloi

Choreographer and radio host Bontle Moloi has us glued to Instagram every day watching her enchanting dance moves. She adorns her dreadlocks with hair accessories such as gold braid strings, and plays around with blonde and copper colours.

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The plan is to keep these locs forever...

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B L A C K ??

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Zenande Mfenyana

The Queen actress Zenande gives us major loc style envy. She usually keeps her hair in different protective styles like twists, coils, curls and plaits. Scroll through Zenande’s IG for lots of loc inspiration.

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Don’t touch my hair ? #MboreGape

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Samkelo Ndlovu

We all remember seeing TV and film actress Samkelo for the first time on our screens with beautiful red dreadlocks styled in a fringe. Her dreads have become her signature look. Samkelo creates different styles such as a twisted bob, high ponytail, fringe and long curls to show just how versatile locs are. 

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Dreadlock care tips:

1. Apply a leave-in conditioner and massage your scalp to maintain the blood circulation. This will stimulate natural oil production and prevent dryness and breakage.

2. Wash your hair at least once a week with a residue-free shampoo. Gently massage your scalp and let the shampoo soak into your dreads. Rinse well and towel dry.

3. Don't retwist more than once every three to four weeks. If done too often, it can cause breakage and thinning at the root.

4. Sleep with a silk head wrap or satin bonnet to retain moisture in your locs. Locs tend to shed a lot, so protecting your edges, scalp and locs is crucial.

5. Dreadlocks require products that don’t leave residue or contain harsh chemicals. Look for ones containing natural ingredients that will nourish and protect your hair.

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Products to try:

1.    Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel R79,95

2.    Jabu Stone Natural Hair Care Multi-Purpose Spray R30,99

3.    Stylin’ Dredz Lock Shine Serum R68,99

4.    Sta-Sof-Fro Dreadlocks Moisturising Spray R44,99

5.    Cantu Moisturizing Twist & Lock Gel  R199,95