We chatted to one of our favourite hair gurus, award-winning artist Saadique Ryklief, to gain insight into the exciting industry of hair styling. Born in Cape Town and now based in Johannesburg, Saadique has lived and worked in many different countries.
Saadique has worked for international publications such as British and Italian Vogue and on global campaigns such as Nokia Face of Africa, where he was Head of Design (Hair). His personal clients are as impressive as his commercial ones, having styled celebs like Kelly Rowland and the Kardashian sisters.
How did you start your career?
I never chose this career, it chose me. I’ve wanted to do this since as long as I can remember. From the age of 15 I was working at a little local salon in my neighbourhood. I am completely self-taught and never had any professional training.
What do you love most about the industry?
I love everything about it. I have been in this industry for 23 years, what’s not to love?
What do you dislike most about the industry?
Indecisive clients and early call times.
Which was your favourite Marie Claire editorial that you have worked on?
I honestly could not say, they have all been equally epic.
What advice would you give to someone starting out?
Perseverance is key. You do not just walk in and make it, unfortunately. You have to have patience and be the best you can be.
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