Here is a shout out to what a sister is doing as a hair salon owner in the up market Woodmead Retail Park. Nomsa, the owner of Salon Nomsa took some time off her busy schedule to grant Natural Sisters an exclusive interview. Here it goes.
NSs: Thank you for your time. How long have you been in the hair industry?
Nomsa: I have been in the industry since 1992 and was working together with my brother in the East Rand but we went separate ways. He was concentrating on natural hair, dreadlocks to be precise and now he has his own natural hair product line, Jabu stone and a salon in Rivonia Johannesburg.
NSs: Are you a professional hair stylist or just a business woman?
Nomsa: I am a business woman and not a professional stylist but being in the industry for so long, I know a lot about hair and how to take care of it properly. I can style hair but I concentrate more on management.
NSs: How long have you been at Woodmead Retail Park?
Nomsa: We opened our doors here in December 2012.
NSs: You have another salon in Benoni, what made you think of opening another one here?
Nomsa: There was a need. There are a lot of offices and shops but there was no ethnic hair salon close by. There are also a lot of people who come to this shopping centre so I figured business would be good so I applied and was granted space to operate.
NSs: Do you deal with both African/ethnic and Caucasian hair?
Nomsa: We were given space at this centre to do ethnic hair but we handle Caucasian hair when they want braids or other styles that are usually done by ethnic people. But the centre rules are quite strict so we mainly concentrate on ethnic hair.
NSs: What do you think about more African women wearing their natural hair?
Nomsa: It’s good though I think the styles are limited. It does not spoil business for us because we deal with natural hair styles as well.
NSs: What do you mean the styles are limited? Surely a natural head can do pretty everything a relaxed head can do, like, wash and blow-dry, flat iron, braids, conditioning treatment etc. It is only the relaxer that’s an exception.
Nomsa: Yah. Pretty much hey.
NSs: Do you do odd hours for special occasions like weddings or onsite hair styling?
Nomsa: We do odd hours for special occasions and this is normally arranged well before the date services are required. We are not doing onsite hair styling services yet but we will surely be doing it in future. It just needs to be arranged on time.
NSs: Do people come to the salon by appointment only?
Nomsa: Both. You can make an appointment or you can just pop in and get your hair done.
NSs: Where else can people find you? Do you have a website or facebook page?
Nomsa: Not yet. I am a bit of old school but I understand where business is going these days and we need to have that set up.
NSs: Anything you would want to say to Natural Sisters readers.
Nomsa: Come along, give us a call and pay us a visit to give your hair that extra boost with professional hands and exclusive products. You can also learn how to take care of your hair at home since we also offer advice on that and what products are the best for your hair type.
If you in live in Joburg, Northern Suburbs or you are just visiting, why not give them a call and have your hair pampered a little? They are situated very close to Deon wired and Woolworth’s. I went into their shop and it is very clean and smart. The stylists are very friendly and professional too. Go on. Pay them a visit and don’t forget to tell them I sent you.
Nomsa’s number is, 083 568 1763. Here is their business card which also shows what they offer.