'Sisters indulgence encouraged me'

Nthabisang Moreosele

Nthabisang Moreosele

Mohau Mokoena's sisters indulged him so much that they let him play around with their hair. They did not realise that they were encouraging a talent that would make him one of the top 10 hair stylists in the country

"I started working with hair at the age of 14 when I practised on my sisters. I used to visit the Sister G Salon in Heidelberg to watch what the hairdressers were doing. Then they let me work there on weekends and after school," Mokoena said.

Mokoena is a matriculant and holds several certificates in his profession. He is based in Heidelberg, Johannesburg, and has his own hair salon. He is a Gauteng Golden Scissors finalist but hopes to pick up the best hairstylist trophy in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, next year.

He has been a finalist for the last three years but feels that his time has come.

"I attended courses at Softsheen Carson, Kaival and Black Like Me. I still go for refresher courses - one can never learn enough. My clients are happy because I am creative. Students who want to be hairdressers must have a passion for hair," he said.

Mokoena said it helps to learn other related skills like cosmetics, manicure and pedicure and fashion. He has released a DVD on hair texture, colour, cut and bonding which is on sale to other stylists. He is already recording a second DVD for next year.

His most notable success was styling Baby Mokoena, a finalist in the Miss Limpopo competition last year.

"I have also dressed contestants during the Miss Ukhozi FM, Miss Kaizer Chiefs and others," he said.