She has always had a love for natural hair and is continuing to research and understand it more. She believes in maintaining the integrity of our hairlines whilst at the same time caring and looking after our natural hair in a healthy and nurturing manner. Her focus is to braid and install beautiful protective styles and do this correctly. Whats does correct mean? As already mentioned, in a way that reduces the added tension to the hairline and reduced breakage, if any at all, whilst protecting the hair. She believes in her hair, she believes in our hair and in maintaining it in its natural state. She believes in protective styles - that they are utilized to help with hair retention. She doesn't just braid, she can help with twists, cornrows etc etc of one's own hair to last longer than a week. (I need more of this) She believes in giving the hair a break in between protective styles and advises her clients in the best way to take care of their hair.
Working from home gives her the freedom to run her business and work her hours as she sees fit until she has sufficient capital to set up a more viable location. Come with your hair already washed and conditioned. I deep conditioned overnight and rinsed this out as well as detangled the next morning. I then put my hair into 4 twists and went to Mapula's home aka studio. I carried my own leave in conditioner and hair butter with me, but Mapula does have ready on hand the Earthy Hair Care range to use on her clients. We used the expressions range of synthetic fibre/hair to incorporate into the style as I wanted some extra length, some colour and my own hair needed some extra hold to help keep the style in longer. She used this from her stock which was great. We started around 7:30am and were done by 8:45am...1 hour 15 mins and R150 is all it took. (2015 prices) I am tender headed as you know - that means, I do not like and neither does my scalp like pain and I wince at any unnecessary pulling but Mapula didn't pull too much, she needed to be a little firm for the style to hold but didn't make me wince, maybe close my eyes lol, but not wince. My hairline is neat but not pulled tight. She said she does not start 'planting' the synthetic hair at the hair line as this does indeed put extra additional tension there.
Would I go to Mapula for a protective style again - a definite yes and I need to book asap as 2016 is already filling up. Yes, you read right.
Mapula can be found on Facebook and Instagram where you will find more proof of her beautiful work.
I am so looking forward to a good break on the beach with effortless hair and my hair couldn't agree more.
Listen to your hair x