You went away for a while (London) to pursue your modeling career, and came back rocking some seriously hot kinks on your head. What led to you going natural?
I had just left SABC 1 and needed to break away & “disappear” from media attention. My intention was not to model or to work in TV in England. The intention was to get a new perspective on things, be as carefree as possible and see the world. I had a short Afro when I left and it turned out to be the most convenient, (and cheapest!), way to maintain my own hair in the UK. I just felt that natural was how God created me, why fight it?
Locs are easier to manage than freestanding natural hair. Do you ever miss your Afro?
Yes, I miss my Afro every once in a while. I miss the variety of other styles I used to love to do like cornrows and braids.
I like the thickness of your locs. Is it what you had in mind when you decided to lock or did you want them either thicker or thinner?
Thank you! My favorite locks in the whole entire world were Rudeboy (Paul Mnisi) Paul’s locks! Wow! Long, thick and rich! Those locks were always my reference.
That is why I locked them myself because no hair salon can do that. I don’t think locks should be in perfect rows and spaghetti thin. I adore bongo locks!
I think that’s what locks are supposed to look like.
They have more character that way.
Now your son. I’m quite sure he’s a big boy now. would you consider locking his hair as well.
I can’t wait to lock Neo’s hair! He’s 5 now but plays a lot in the sand and mud, so we keep his hair really short so that we can wash his head on a daily basis. Will wait a bit longer before we go the lock route.
Which products do you swear by?
I use any shampoo and conditioner, with that I’m not picky. I dye my locks so I need to treat my hair regularly, for that I use Perfect Choice Cholesterol Treatment. For my scalp, Jabu Stone Hair Nourisher. For moisturizing my hair Jabu Stone Multi Purpose Spray. When my hair is really dry, I use an oil moisturizer.
Now let’s touch on your career. What have you been up to lately?
I’m currently freelancing. Nothing permanent.
Is it a challenge to get jobs in your industry with natural hair? Or does it work to your advantage?
My natural hair makes getting jobs SO DIFFICULT! I’ve lost many opportunities because clients do not want to “associate themselves with rastafarians”! What?! Huh??! Hello??!
I’ve been asked to cut my hair MANY times. I recently shot a commercial that I almost didn’t get because of my hair. It’s sad but true. My industry is based on appearance, and natural hair, or in my case, bongo locks, are not received as well as a weave.
Do you do your own hair, take it to a salon or have a stylist?
I’ve only recently started going to a hair salon. My hair is getting long and managing a good wash at home is getting trickier and trickier! My arms are exhausted by the end of it all! Otherwise, for the most part, I’ve done my own hair till now.
And the who’s whos you loved working with during your modeling career?
I enjoyed working with many many people when I used to model. To name them here, I’m sure I would leave someone out!
Would you go back to the runway?
No. I want to be validated and recognized for my ideas, thoughts and intelligence. Modeling doesn’t get me excited anymore. Plus, there are younger, prettier girls that want it more than I do. It was the right time to move on when I did.