Freshly back from the Toni & Guy Academy in London, master hairdresser, Surina Weyers has brought international hair fashion to Hartbeespoort, just in time for spring. During the intensive course at Toni & Guy, one of the world’s foremost hair academies, she has come to the conclusion that South African hairdressers can stand their own in the international hair fraternity.
How does the quality of hairdressing and education in South Africa compare to the international hair fraternity, especially those at the prestigious Tony & Guy?
I was actually surprised how on par we are with fashion and education. I actually think South African hairdressers are more versatile and accomplished. Over there a hairdresser specialises in one field, for instance colour. In South Africa hairdressers are trained in all the fields and one hairdresser does what three do in Europe. It was quite an eye-opener.
In saying that, what did you learn?
Oh, I learnt a lot. I studied and did practicals with hairdressers from all over the world and it has boosted my self-confidence immensely. I came back with so much enthusiasm to put my experience into practice. I have learnt a lot about techniques, new trends and colour. I mostly concentrated on blonde hair during a master colouring course on blonde trends and balayage, but did a cutting course as well.
What are the hair fashion trends in Europe at the moment?
They are a season ahead of us. Curls and blunt cuts are big, and natural-looking hair. Perms and bodywaves are very popular and colouring is more subtle.
You obviously love your job. Why did you become a hairdresser?
I really have a passion for it. I have wanted to be a hairdresser since I was a very small girl. I was always prettying people up and used to sweep hair off the floor in a hair salon during school holidays, just to see what they were doing. There was never any doubt in my mind about what my career would be, and I will not change it for anything.
It is hard work with long hours but the satisfaction it gives you )makes up for it all. It just feels good to see a woman walk out of the salon with more self-confidence than when she came in. Hair really is a woman’s crown. I see it as the frame around a painting. Only the right frame does justice to the beauty of the painting.
Hairdressing to me is about making people feel good about themselves. And I also think it is important that the salon space should be calm and comfortable – a place where a client can relax and be herself.
What is your personal preferences when it comes to hairdressing?
I like hair as natural as possible, with a style and colour that suits a client, rather than blindly following a fashion trend that might not suit the client. Look, today almost nothing is natural anymore but we make it look natural. That is my job. However, I do not let my own preferences interfere with what my clients want. I will advise, but in the end they have to walk out here happy and with a professional result. After all, my clients are my advertisements. That is very important.
How do you keep up to date with new trends and developments in the hair fashion world?
I believe knowledge is power, so I attend every workshop and course available to me. That is why I went to study at the Tony & Guy Academy, I want to be the best I can be. With technology, a hairdresser has to be. Clients have access to the latest trends and a hairdresser has to be able to deliver.
Do you regard yourself as a good hairdresser?
Yes, I believe I am. I work at being the best and educate myself continually. I believe in giving my undivided attention and ample time to every single client.
A couple of tips for our readers?
These are basic tips but can make all the difference to the condition of your hair. Do not rub your hair with a towel after washing. Pat and squeeze out excess water. Only shampoo twice a week to prevent colour from fading. Always use heat protection on your hair and moisturising is vital for length and overall hair health.