Growing up in Mazalayedwa village under Chief Njelele in Gokwe South where early marriages are the order of the day and accessing higher education, especially for girls, was a luxury, did not deter Lieta Ncube from pursuing her passion and dedication to fashion and beauty.
By style Reporter
Gokwe South is regarded as one of the most marginalised communities in Zimbabwe, but Ncube, who runs a successful cosmetology business in Greencroft, Harare, said she managed to manoeuvre through the meandering path which is ordinarily almost impossible for a girl coming from that part of the country.
“It wasn’t easy, but I managed to pull through and fulfil my dream,” Ncube told The Standard Style.
Ncube did her early education at St Cuthbert Primary School in Gokwe South before moving to Harare for her secondary education. She said she was interested in cosmetology at a young age and stepped into the business straight out of Harare Polytechnic, where she studied for a Higher Diploma in Cosmetology.
“It has always been my passion to do beauty and my wish is to establish a very big factory that manufactures hair extensions. It was out of passion that I decided to be a professional hairstylist though I had wanted to study law. I love hair and beauty,” she said.
Today, Ncube runs a popular cosmetology business, Wig Centre in Greencroft, specialising in hair.
“We make and sell wigs, mainly the popular Brazilian and Peruvian hair. We also make hair closures, hair colouring, braiding and weaving,” she said.
“My business is located in Greencroft and is quite popular as we export some of our wigs and hair extensions regionally and internationally. We have quite a number of local celebrities among our clientele, including musicians, radio and television personalities, politicians and business executives.”
She says she is working on establishing a cosmetology training institution.
“The Wig Centre is working on opening a hair academy. It is something in the pipeline with the aim of training future cosmetologists.”