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Cape Town – From Rocklands to Mitchells Plain, 40-year-old Natalie Puffy has loved her hair since she was in school but never imagined she would one day have her own hair salon.
As thousands of people found themselves out of work when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Puffy took it in his stride and started his own business, which is booming.
Puffy started her career styling her mom and loved ones as a hobby.
She quickly gained recognition for her skills and began working as a shampooer at a local hair salon.
âAt a young age, I already understood that I would like to be in the hairdressing industry. I started out as a shampooer in a salon in Mitchells Plain. The owner quickly became my mentor. She taught me so much, âPuffy said.
Soon the single mother gained experience and started working in a salon in Strandfontein.
At the age of 21, with a partner, she opened her own spot.
However, about a year later, Puffy was on her own and the business closed a year later when she moved to Mossel Bay.
After returning to Cape Town, Puffy worked in Claremont, where she had built up a client base and was always available for clients in her hometown.
She became a senior hairdresser in Camps Bay at the Langaro Lifestyle Center, but lost her job early in the Covid-19 pandemic.
âWe were made redundant in April 2020 and the business closed permanently. I was shocked but kept my head up and for a few months I worked at my mother’s house.
âWith me having a background in the hairdressing industry and my sister, Shirlyne Arendse having a background in sales, we put our skills together and on October 24 of last year we officially opened the doors to Natz & Shirlz Beauty Studio, âPuffy said.
âI am extremely grateful to all of the loyal and new customers who continue to support our business. “
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