“Our job is our happiness. Clients make you feel more comfortable,” Nyalko said.
She affirms that cornrows are one of the most popular styles in the area.
“I don’t know but majority here have that one,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s cheap or if it works for them.”
Nyalko is also from Ghana and came to Makhanda in 2010 because in South Africa there was more opportunity for her.
“This is my future,” she said. “This is my education because there is no money for me to go to school. If you didn’t choose hair you would learn to sew dresses. My mother put me in the salon to learn. It’s better for me and I am qualified.”
These two township salons share a name because both were opened by Nyalko. Se and Saarg are sisters. Saarg worked for Nyalko for three years before she branched out on her own and Nyalko opened the other salon in the shipping container for her in May 2017.