Those looking to get their hair done in the Johannesburg CBD are spoilt for choice, with a multitude of salons all promising the best braids, cuts, weaves and treatments. In recent years, the hair market has experienced a resurgence in consumer demand for natural hair-care products and styles, and niche salons have mushroomed as a result. This is a global trend premised on conscious hair care. In Commissioner Street, one of the busiest parts of the city, is Indalo Nubian Naturals, a salon started three years ago by Smangele Sibisi. She said she opened Indalo after she noticed the dearth of salons that catered to black people with natural hair, and the damaging styling done by some salons. She has since opened another salon in Pretoria and business is booming. "I've realised that there's a lot of demand. And also, now people are following this natural hair thing. Now [the] black woman can appreciate her blackness without anyone telling her otherwise," she said. Sibisi was referring t...

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