Founded by three female entrepreneurs, sisters Hope Lukoto, Tshilidzi Makhari and Kelebogile Mashigo, Kurlz & Kutz is a haircare salon for all types of hair. The salon is designed to take the guesswork out of which haircare products work for its customers.

Lukoto, a mother of two and a clinical psychologist with a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Pretoria, a coach and HR professional, says her young daughter’s hair needs were the inspiration behind the business. “I enjoy imparting good grooming skills to both my kids, teaching them to love themselves, to love taking care of themselves and appreciate who they are.”

The three women identified a gap in the market for children’s haircare services from the perspective of the appropriate environment as well as haircare products.

Makhari, a married mother of two daughters, who is currently an investment professional with a chemical engineering background from Wits University, says the salon was born out of the countless frustrations she and her eldest daughter experienced each time they went to a salon.

“The issues we faced ranged from the hostile environment as we entered the salon imposed by the sound of blow driers, big overwhelming chairs, adults milling around, etc, to dealing with stylists asking me if they can use some relaxer products to soften her natural hair to make it more manageable.

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“Eventually my sister and I decided to address these frustrations and based on my engineering background, we developed a children’s haircare range and opened a salon that provides a nurturing and calming environment for children, using hair techniques that ensure no pain or tears and promote healthy hair growth.”

Their aim is to change the narrative that “you suffer for beauty” and that natural hair is difficult.

“We also empower parents with the knowledge to take care of their children’s hair at home,” says Makhari.

Mashigo, a marketing brand manager with an MBA in International Luxury Brand Management which she studied for in France, says: “The hair salon was born out of a need and passion among the three of us. My partners both have young children and they were constantly frustrated about the lack of excellent service and care for children’s hair. I’ve always had a deep interest in haircare since my first job at Unilever, working for the Sunsilk brand. That interest steadily developed into a passion for ingredients, products and general care for hair.”

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She says they have created a haircare range that caters for all hair types and is exclusively available at their salon.

Their unique selling point includes having a salon that has plenty for kids to do while parents can keep themselves engaged with their free wifi and work station or they can get their hair or nails done.

Kurlz & Kutz has been nominated in the Kiddies Hair Salon of the Year category in the 6th Annual African Hair Awards. The awards ceremony will be in Durban in December.