This month Blossom met up with hairstylist and curl whisperer, Mahine Tchiakpe at salon Chez Tina, located in Vetroz. Mahine is based in Lausanne, but occassionally works in Vetroz to service her customers in Valais. I had the pleasure of getting my hair trimmed by her and took the opportunity to chat with her about her career and hair.
She describes herself as sensitive, funny and ambitious. After hearing about her pathway, I think she could definitely add courageous to her list.
Why did you choose a career as a hair stylist?
I’ve always been interested in becoming a stylist, I just had to find the courage to do it. I needed my life to be complete, by doing something I love, which I wasn’t doing before. So, I saved money for 5 years, dropped everything and went to New York to attend beauty school and Deva Curl Academy.
What inspired you to become a curly hair specialist?
I’ve grown to appreciate all of the seasons, though at heart I live for spring, summer and fall. And since spring is around the corner, I thought I’d share a little inspiration. Long live sunny days, life outdoors, vibrant colors, fewer layers and florals. Long live soft, fluffy, voluminous curls or chic short hair! Which looks are your fav?
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Shampoo! It’s a controversial word in the world of curly hair. There is even a whole language that revolves around different ways to shampoo: pre-poo, no-poo, co-washing, etc.
People with curly hair tend to fall in one of these two groups:
Curly and afro hair is often a topic of conversation. I get a lot of questions and comments about my hair. Although most comments are positive, sometimes comments are negative or are based on a lack of understanding or misconceptions.