Black to Blonde
IT'S called the Amber Rose effect
IT'S called the Amber Rose effect, but to be honest many African American celebs - such as Beyoncé, Mary J Blige and Eve - and our own Lebo Mathosa have been sporting blonde locks for a while and are at present influencing the peroxide bottle trends the youth are going gaga over.
But what does the blonde look say about black girls, and, more importantly, are some of the local celebs following the trend.
Zinhle Jiyane, aka DJ Zinhle. describes her hairstyles as funky and creative and as having become part of her identity.
"I get bored when I have an ordinary hairstyle. I like to be edgy and different," she says.
DJ Zinhle usually searches the Internet for those different looks that define new hair trends. She changes her looks every month to be a trendsetter.
And what kind of comment does she usually get?
"I have never been asked about my hair. It's only my mother who occasionally worries about it."
Celebrity stylist and socialite Iko Mash has been flying the blonde flag for a while now. As someone who also keeps tabs on international beauty trends, she cautions that it only takes a bit of guts to pull blonde hair off.
"If you are going to rock a blonde hairstyle you need to have the personality to carry it off and make it look hot. You have to know your story very well. Blonde looks good with lots of style and confidence," Mash said.
He adds that only stars such as Khanyi Mbau, Amber Rose and the late Mathosa were able to make blondes look as if they were born with it.
"Young people who like to make a statement can wear blonde hair any time ... as long as you know that it is an accessory on it's own and if you get it wrong you will look like a floor mop"
Isaac Letele, a celebrity hairdresser, believes the trick lies in getting a good hairpiece and matching your blonde weave to your tone.
"Light-skinned people will not go wrong with blonde unless it is done badly.
"It's all about the make-up, wardrobe and attitude. Not anyone can rock a blonde like a rock star."
Blonde hair has always been associated with a vacuous personality or gives off an impression of someone lacking substance but obsessed with vamping their sexuality over other attributes.
How are black blondes viewed in the workplace?
Talent Resourcing executive Joan Hefer surprised us with her impression of black blondes. She said her first impression when she interviews a black lady with a blonde hairdo is: "Wow! She is daring, has confidence and is a risk taker."
Hefer said a black woman would not necessarily be judged on such a hairstyle but their ability to do the job will takes precedence.
Kgosi Gosiame Seatlholo, a traditional leader of the Barolong Boo Tribe in Lotlhakane, defends traditionalists who are not impressed with these new trends.
"Changing hairstyles means you don't appreciate who you are instead of maintaining your own identity."