I’m a very simple laid-back guy. I had no direction for the longest time. I couldn’t figure out my passion and what I wanted to do with my life. I was also on a constant journey to find what made me happy. I’ve always loved talking, and I figured presenting would be the next best thing.
Acting is such a beautiful craft. I get to escape, play someone else, and in the process, captivate an audience of five million Uzalo viewers. Even though critics weren’t sure of my acting abilities, it was a natural progression from modelling to presenting, and then to acting.
Getting used to the idea of wearing make-up when I first started wasn’t easy. I am from eThekwini, in KwaZulu-Natal, and the whole idea of make-up was perceived as being soft. After shooting an insert I would request wet wipes and remove it immediately. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it.
I don’t have a rigid grooming regimen, but I don’t believe I’m doing badly for a Zulu guy. I recently got a facial scrub, which I was advised to use twice a week. I use a Dove Men facial soap, and recently stopped using body lotion on my face. I’m that guy who’s still struggling with taking care of my skin and the grooming world. All of that is changing though – one product at a time.
I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my hair. I go to the barber at least twice a week, and that’s on a bad week. I’ve been going to the same barber in Durban since 2009, and we have a good relationship. He sometimes comes to my home, or he’ll open very early for me. It’s like therapy in a way. He’s unbiased and not part of my personal life, so it’s always good to be able to just vent without being judged.
The one cut that black guys should stop doing is the mullet! I’ve seen a lot of brothers try to pull this look off and it’s just not working. Rather opt for a cut and style that’s suited to your hair type and texture.
I didn’t use sunscreen growing up, and my excuse was always: “I’m black and produce melanin”. I was ignorant because black people do burn and suffer from skin cancer. I now use it religiously when I’m shooting outdoors.
My ultimate scent is Joop! Homme, and I’ve been wearing it since Grade 10. It’s always awesome for people to associate you with a specific scent. Joop has a beautiful musk note. It’s strong, bold and masculine without being over-powering.
My top three grooming tips for DESTINY MAN readers:
- Always smell great. Be conscious of how you smell, it’s extremely important.
- Breath mints are essential and invest in oral care.
- Always carry lip balm. Dry cracked lips aren’t sexy.