One of the most attractive features of any creative is the ability to teach themselves whatever trade they are practicing. The effort that goes into researching until you are a pro in what you do goes to show the lengths you will go to provide what the client needs without failure. This is the story of Sofia Saungweme, the Bulawayo based hairstylist who has been working with hair for as long as she can remember. When passion meets hard work, the crown stays intact, here’s how she makes sure you look your best at all times.
How would you describe your style of hairdressing?
My style of hairdressing is contemporary yet afrocentric.
Where did you hone your craft?
I am self-taught. I started learning from the people around me. As well as the Internet.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in the hair industry? What is it about dressing the hair that appeals to you?
I believe in 2015 , I just didn’t know where to start or how to go about it.
What is it about dressing the hair that appeals to you?
I like to see things grow, seeing the transformation of the hair after I work on it, just that.
What is your creative process for your styles?
This is a difficult question. I just touch the hair /see or speak to the person & let my hands do work. In some cases, there is no creative process, I just copy a picture the client showed me.
Any important lessons about hair you have learnt over the course of your career?
Patience & consistency are the most important ingredients for healthy hair.
Five hair products you swear by?
2. Natural oils
What projects or accomplishments are you most proud of?
Being alive lol. Hope that counts? Seriously though, taking the step of putting my work (even in its
immature state) out for the world to see was the hardest decision I have made, and for that I am super proud, especially the journey up to now.
Let us in on your productivity secret sauce?
There is none. I wake up, go to work, then back home. The rest is done by the Lord.
One of the major elements that contribute to a creative’s success story is collaboration and you’ve recently partnered with Moyo Beauty. Tell us why collaboration is important and what you look for in a potential partner or collaboration.
Collaboration is important because you get to learn more about different aspects of business from your partners. Also you gain a bigger audience, which means more money & that’s why we are all here, yes? What do I look forward to? Well, money obviously lol. However, I love learning and in every collaboration I get into, I look forward to learning.