Sho Madjozi on all things hair and braids

Sho Madjozi hair
Sho Madjozi hair

Please tell us about your hair journey

Growing up, my cousins and I always wore the same hairstyles. I think it was in order to prevent competition between us because we were all the same age. We always rocked braided bobs, or shoulder length ‘singles’. I think we got inspiration from Boom Shaka’s iconic braid styles, and other black American ethnic hair beauty trends. Sometimes we simply did styles that used wool. I have no idea where we got that, but as I grow older, I am starting to see similar styles in Central and West Africa, where women wrap and braid their hair with thread.

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What inspires your unique hair creations? 

I tend to get most of my inspiration from Fulani and Tuareg (indigenous African tribes) women. Then I’ll add to that whatever else I may have picked up along the way.

What is your current favourite braiding/plaiting style? 

Currently, I'm really enjoying fibre in various bright colours. And I’m experimenting with different versions of the hairstyle that I have now become quite well-known for.

What hair products do you use to maintain your hair? 

My hairstylist Princess Ndlovu (IG: @princessthehairwhisperer) prefers to use natural products, like shea butter and coconut oil.

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Hair Essentials to get Sho Madjozi’s braid look:

  • Marble Braids By Darling R70,99
  • Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Braid Refresher R59,99
  • Shea Moisture Braid Up Conditioning Gel R349
  • Sofnfree Black Castor Oil Anti-Dandruff Moisturising Braid Spray R29,99 
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