When Sorbet Man approached me to join the family and become one of their new Store Ambassadors and to write a story about my hair journey, I knew that I had finally reached a happy place. I have been through the absolute most with my hair, I truly mean the MOST. From a sliced head, to pealing scalps, to different colours and lengths and now, finally, in a happy place. In this blog post I will be sharing with you a few of many stories I have about my hair.
Let us start from my High School days, I started to push my mother’s buttons here, testing the waters in a way. First started with frosted tips to blonde streaks and finishing off with pitch black hair. These were all PG hair styles and at the time, I thought, were quite fashionable and made me look good. It was only once matriculating with my emo black hair and starting university, did I realise how silly I looked with my fringe over my eyes. This is when I start with my signature style that I still maintain today, the pompadour. However, this was just the beginning of the story.
In my first year of varsity I dyed my hair red, then back to black once the red started turning orange. I then started finding myself frustrated with not being able to find a hairdresser / barber that could cut my hair the way I wanted it, I started to settle with what I knew. I stuck it out at a hair dresser’s whose price would increase every month and who cut my hair great one visit but terribly the next visit. It was at this point I started my YouTube channel and also started to cut my own hair.
Cutting my own hair may seem economically good but time wise, extremely draining. It would take me two hours to cut my own hair with two mirrors, one in front of me and one behind me. The worst part was the clean-up afterwards, it was at this point I knew I needed to find a new barber.
Some of my friends call me ‘smurf’, the reason for this is when I met this group of friends I had blue hair and blue skin. When I hit 2000 subscribers on my YouTube channel I decided to become a Bluenette. Since I’m a brunette, the bleaching process is more intensive and harsh on your hair. This story has two terrible outcomes. First, the place I dyed my hair blue did not properly wash the blue hair dye out of my hair. That evening, when I took a shower, the blue dye ran down my body and dyed my skin blue. I, therefore, looked like a smurf. I stayed blue for about a week.
The second outcome: due to the overly harsh bleaching process and the hairdresser not following correct procedures and bleach doses, my scalp dried up and started to peel. Pieces of skin the size of my palm were coming off of my head. This was the worst hair experience I had to date. It took me 3 years to get rid of the dandruff and dry scalp.
2 years after my blue hairdo, I decided to celebrate my YouTube channel turning 4 years old by dying my hair Yellow. This time, I thought that I had learnt my lesson and made the decision not to bleach my hair right down to the roots and instead bleached a cm away from the roots. Although this method left with a few patches and an uneven bleached line, the yellow looked glorious. At this time, no one dyed their hair this yellow before. It was a bright colour that I loved and my subscribers loved as well. This sunshine, pun intended, lasted for a week. The yellow hair dye washed out of my hair within 3 days, and by the 5th day my hair turned to straw and dyed. I had to return to the hair dresser to cut my hair off and dye whatever yellow pieces were left back to a natural colour. This week-long experience cost me just under R3000.
It was at this point I gave up all hope on finding the perfect barber. I asked Facebook friends for suggestions. I visited 8 different barbers to find the perfect one. One sliced my head with a blade. Another charged me R40 for a haircut, which I though was great until I left with all the hair, that used to be on my head, on my lap and down my shirt. I even once went to a barber who made me wait in line for an hour and a half before cutting my hair since they didn’t have a booking system. I once had a barber shop wanting to charge me R500 for a haircut, I walked out before even letting them touch my head. All this pain until I was introduced to Sorbet Man.
My first visit was magical. It was love at first sight. Now I’m not saying that because I’m a Store Ambassador now, I’m saying that because it’s the truth. It was the first proper haircut that I had in years. It was then that I knew I needed to work with this brand and wanted to be one of their Brand Ambassadors. The service I received did not match anywhere else I had been before and I was finally coming home with haircuts that I was happy with. I put it into the universe that one day I will represent this company and a few years later, here I am. Not only am I the new Store Ambassador for Sorbet Man Benmore but I am at a happy place in my hair journey.
Watch the video announcement here and what a Store Ambassador really does in my latest vlog:
Photo Credit: DGS Photography