Catering for the celebs

CELEBRITY hair stylist Knox Teintein, whose hair salons are themed on black consciousness leader Steve Biko, has opened another salon.

CELEBRITY hair stylist Knox Teintein, whose hair salons are themed on black consciousness leader Steve Biko, has opened another salon.

The salons, which specialise in dreadlocks and are frequented by celebrities, is opening in Randburg, Johannesburg.

"We are also hope to open one in Soweto through a franchise," he said.

He was born in Meadowlands, Soweto, just before the June 16 student uprising. He grew up in Warmbaths, now Bela Bela, in Limpopo.

"Though Christianity was a great part of our moral system, my mother, teachers and others taught me that my history and cultural values are more important. Ubuntu is the religion they emphasised and that is what I practice in my businesses," Teintein says.

But whatever he undertook was never smooth sailing for him.

"After matric I tried hard but could not further my studies due to financial constraints," he explains. "I never gave up. In 2005, after 10 years of struggling, I opened my first salon in Newtown. I promised myself that if I were successful I would train and employ people.

"The vision was: once they are ready and want to grow we can form joint ventures. The stylists were very humble and grateful at first but...

"Everybody must explore new possibilities and they are free to go at any time as long as it is done in an ethical way.

"But between 2008 and 2010 I noticed that once stylists become good, they just disappear without a goodbye or a thank you. They market themselves in my salons and take clients with them.

"What kind of a society have we become? What happened to our values? Why do we condone this capitalistic, evil culture?

Teintein hasthree salons in Johannesburg and two in Pretoria.

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