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Khanyisa Monqo is a B-Com Law graduate, YouTube influencer, natural hair masterclass hostess. Her latest accolade — entrepreneur.
Born and raised in East London, Monqo’s passion for the hair care industry stems from fighting societal norms that stated that her natural hair was “different” and not deemed professional. The lack of locally produced hair care products also encouraged her to create something that she could use and be proud of.
Derived from the Latin word meaning “to love”, Afroamare is a product for black women to use to help them trap heat when doing deep conditioning treatments on their hair.
“Throughout my natural hair journey I have always used plastic bags to create the greenhouse effect, to trap in heat when doing deep conditioning treatments or even protein treatments. I tried to look for a heat cap in the market, which I couldn’t find, and that is how the idea was born,” says Monqo.
The young businesswoman saw a gap in the market and decided to produce a heat cap that women could use whilst going about their daily routine.
Her time spent in Mdantsane, 15 kilometers from East London, is where she fostered a sense of community. The quality heat caps are produced by a lady in Mdantsane and Monqo believes that it is this environment that has enabled her to empower other women — through the creation of these products and the hair and beauty tips that she imparts to her followers.
Her locally produced caps are named to honour indigenous African names which relate to the concept of beauty or beautiful objects. Some of the names include: Zuri meaning “beautiful” in Swahili, Ndaloentle meaning “beautiful creation”, Buhle meaning “beauty” and Mbalenhle meaning “beautiful flower.
Her YouTube channel is about teaching women how to best care for their natural hair and physically shows them how to get their hair to be the best version of itself.
“A lot of black women do not know how to look after their natural hair and are unlearning a lot of things with regards to how to care for it,” says the entrepreneur.
Regarding the current hair products on the market she says, “I want to see more of this, more women of colour who understand our hair products and skin products that cater to our hair types and our skin.”
Monqos’s parting words to young entrepreneurs are, “I definitely advise women to not listen to the ‘what ifs’. That will always keep you from starting. Whatever you want to venture into, grab it with both hands and just start.”
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