Cape Town-based entrepreneur Anathi Majeke has had a passion for hairstyling from an early age. 

The chief executive of Naturastics Hair said although she only started her business two years ago, her entrepreneurial journey began when she was about nine years old in Lwandle. The 21-year-old’s business includes the supply of hair extensions, manufacturing of wigs and the installation of weaves. 

“I have been in the hair industry for a very long time. From the age of seven, I was already interested in doing hair and had my own clients when I was nine. A lot of kids were still playing around at that time. At the age of 10 I had a mini-spaza shop where I used to sell sweets and ice-cream during the summer months,” she admits.

“But then, two years ago, that’s when I initially started the business, because after high school I studied law at the University of the Western Cape and then I decided that this was not for me and took a break, which was when I started my hair business,” Majeke says.

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“I cater for something different, something that was not here (Lwandle), which was my advantage because that’s how I quickly climbed the ladder. Not a lot of people did what I did and people copied me,” she says.

Majeke added that she has had her fair share of financial challenges, such as getting the business to where she wanted it to be but continued to work hard at making it succeed.

She said that when she started her business she kicked off with four people and added another three later in the month.
“Find something that you are passionate about. Don’t stop, do it until you get it,” Majeke advises.