Archive for August, 2012

Wrapping up August

Khanyi Dhlomo Khanyi Dhlomo


This month went by too fast, more months are needed to celebrate our female species. As a young lady or male, you have a special woman that you look up to. It may be a Woman that has made life easier for you and inspired you in some sort of way. A woman that raised you through all circumstances and met most, if not all your demands. If you’re on the road to a better life, have a roof over your head, attending at a top university or even If you’ve paved your way to success, you know there’s that one special woman that’s made life worth fighting for. Here are some women that deserve recognition in our country and who guide and influence many young lives.

Khanyi Dhlomo
Khanyi Dhlomo is the Managing Director of Ndalo Media, which she founded it in 2007. She is also the founder of DestinyConnect and the Editor of Destiny Magazine. Before starting her media company, Dhlomo served as the True Love magazine editor for eight years. In 2011, she made Forbes list of 20 Young Power Women in Africa.

Lindiwe Mazibuko
Hate her or love, she’s the one DA member that has made the youth listen to what she has to say. She’s brave and very well spoken. In a male dominating world of politics, she’s managed to make a name for her self, I mean who doesn’t know who Lindiwe Mazibuko is? Parliamentary Leader and the country’s fourth youngest parliamentarian, labelled a “rising star in Parliament” and a possible future DA leader.

Dr Precious Molio-motsepe
She holds a Diploma in Reproductive Health and Child Health.
Precious Molio-Motsepe the Executive Chairperson for African Fashion International. Her company owns and hosts Fashion weeks in South Africa. Her company aims to promote and develop African fashion and to bring it into global standards. AFI brings fashion designers, media, retailers and consumers together. She is also a Chairperson for Leisureworx, a motivational speaker on ‘Women and Health in the Workplace’ at the Global Summit of Women held in South Africa in 2000. She has served the public in hospitals in Johannesburg and Pretoria, specializing in Paediatrics. A Lady of many successes, a true inspiration in making a difference and promoting social development.

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron grew up on a farm outside Benoni, South Africa, as the only child. She got an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”. She moved to the United states where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She was also able to work as a photo model. She came to Los Angeles without knowing anyone and with perserverance and ambition she was able to find herself a good agent. she has taken acting lessons and her career has skyrocketed, most lately in “The Devil’s Advocate”. A woman like her proves to any ordinary South African, that if you’re determined, anything is possible.

Those are just a few positive role models and super women. Others include the likes of Basetsana Khumalo, Bonang Matheba, Sade Giliberti, Lorcia Cooper, Sibongile Zikalala, deborah Patta, Connie Ferguson, Miriam Green, Pam Golding, Wendy Luhabe and many more.

A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.

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Natural hair trending


For the past couple of years we have seen an increase in the fondness of natural hair. It’s been a tough battle for natural hair lovers as they face the temptation of fake hair. Let me not call it ‘fake hair’ as a fancy, less derogatory name has been created for it. Urban girls and ladies call it ‘the weave’. Don’t get me wrong weave is great and brings out your outer beauty, it works for many of us. Reality is though, your hair needs to rest, imagine being stuck in a stuffy room for months? Not cool hey. Just as so, our hair needs fresh air. Different artists and hair technologists have seen this niche.

The natural hair trend has increased as from 2008 till present. In 2008, the Afro was making waves, allowing for African sisters to resist the weave since the afro was a less expensive alternative. Dreadlocks as well became a big hooha, young girls were moving towards this trend as it was then not seen as ‘i-hairstyle yo-auntie.’ Although with many attachments to the dreadlock hairstyle, it has made phenomenal changes to the fashion industry as celebrities such as Samkelo Ndlovu have been rocking it.

Famous for its status, weave has been proven to damage natural hair. Whether the weave is Brazilian, Indian, or Hong Kong, a weak hairline plus fake hair will result in a non-existent hairline *smh*. Weave does not care who you are or how much you earn. You could be the girl next-door, Naomi Campbell or Khanyi Mbau. Give that weave a chance to destroy you and you will be destroyed.

Part of the many reasons as to why natural hair is trending is that people are starting to release that these weaves we pay R500 – R 5000 for, aren’t the long term asset they claim to be. We have been introduced to better long term beneficial alternatives. In 2010 we saw the rise of ‘the Mohawk.’ Though it did not work for all of us *smh* it was sexy funk and hippy adding to the whole swagger culture. New to our KZN territory is the ‘dry curl’ and ‘dry perm’ hair-do. These have been trending in Johannesburg for over a year now, worn by the likes of Noni Gasa and Azania Ndoro.

Let us take pride in our natural hair and take care of our hairlines. We do not want our hairline to look like Naomi Campbell at the age of 26. Think long term.