Cape Town-born Claire Mawisa needs no introduction. She’s a powerful businesswoman who keeps it together and can hold her own. Her list of accomplishments is so long, we’ll leave you to handle that over our friend ‘Gugulethu’ – more famously known as Google (FYI, Claire spent her early years living in Gugulethu. Do you see what we did there?).
What’s not to love about the humble and down-to-earth Claire Mawisa? What we love most about Claire (besides her beautiful soul and amazing gentle spirit) is her staying power. She’s managed to make herself relevant without leaking sex tapes or nude pics out of sheer desperation, such as queen of nelfies Kim Kardashian. Nude Kiki aside, Claire’s always remained true to herself and what she believes throughout her career within the entertainment and modelling industry, which is rare, indeed. We caught up with the flawless and talented Mzansi beauty to talk about her sexy mane of locs.
Claire, when did you start growing your dreadlocks?
Started growing my locks 11 years ago.
Wowzer! Do your dreadlocks define you?
No. It’s just hair.
Fair enough. How do you treat, manage and maintain your dreadlocks?
I go to my hair salon once every two months to get my hair treated and twisted and styled. Other than that, I maintain my own hair as much as I can. I wash my hair weekly, base my scalp, and use a water-based moisturizing spray if they’re feeling particularly dry.
Makes sense that you maintain your locks yourself. Roughly how much do you spend on your dreads?
I spend between R200 – R300 at the hair salon, and about R150 on products that usually last for months.
That’s amazing! What are your thoughts on hair supplements?
I personally do not take any, as my hair is naturally strong and thick. You would need to ask an expert on supplements!
What myths vs truth about dreadlocks have you encountered?
1. The biggest myth is that all dreadlocks are dirty. Truth is, dreadlocks are probably the easiest hair style to keep clean. In summer I wash my hair daily, and in winter, once a week. Girls with weaves, or afros don’t have the convenience of wash and go that dreadlocks give.
2. Another myth is that all dreadlocked people are rastafarians. We’re not. For most it is just a style choice and has nothing to do with the religion and beliefs.
3. Many people tell me that they can’t commit to one hairstyle forever because they believe that dreadlocks are not versatile. This is a myth I try to bust regularly. Locks are as versatile as you make them, you just need a little imagination.
Share a story about your locks
Unfortunately I don’t have funny stories. I do however have countless stories where I’ve been discriminated against because of my hairstyle. Years ago, when they were still quite short, I lost a lot of work and opportunities because of all the negative connotations people associated with dreadlocks. Right now it seems ridiculous, but it is interesting to see how perceptions can change over time.
2. The same dye will work differently on different people, so don’t think that we will have the same result.
3. Sun exposure, sea and chlorine will bleach hair further.
4. Avoid bleaching, because it makes already dry brittle hair even more brittle. Dreadlocks will literally break off.
5. Dyeing your locks will only temporarily conceal lint caught in your locks, it is not a permanent solution.
Thanks for the chat, Claire. We look forward to catching up with you again real soon.
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