One of the things I was most worried about when I moved to Australia was finding a good afro hairdresser.
In London there are so many to choose from. In fact I became best friends with mine because I was there so often!
Check out my Instagram and see the myriad of hairstyles I’ve sported in the last year and you’ll see what I mean.
When I met my husband one of the first things I said was, ‘We need to talk about my hair!’ I live at the hairdresser’s, for hours at a time! I remember an ex-boyfriend sitting with me for 8 hours at a salon in West London while I got my hair braided.
Rumbie and Co – The Best Afro Hairdresser in Sydney
A hairdresser will end up being one of the most important people in your life right?
I must say I have had a few disasters in Sydney. I won’t share all the horror stories, suffice to say I have left a few salons in tears of frustration! I have travelled everywhere from Newtown to Parramatta on my quest to find the best afro hairdresser in Sydney!
So when I was told about Rumbie and Co I was expecting to be disappointed but when I saw the salon I was pleasantly surprised.
Set in trendy Chippendale Rumbie and Co has all the elements to make your visit special. As soon as I walked in I loved the stylish, minimalistic decor and the ambience. It’s worth a visit for the Instagram worthy feature wall!
And then there’s Rumbie herself!
Rumbie Mutsiwa is an absolute professional with a vivacious personality, after 5 minutes I knew I had found my hairdresser.
We talked about my hair goals and how she could help me achieve them. I felt completely comfortable with her, in fact we’ve already been out for dinner!
She knows exactly how to make your hair look and feel amazing. You do not understand how relieved and happy I am now that I have a Sydney go-to and no longer have to wait for my trips to London to sort my hair out.
I’m so excited to start my hair journey with her and share with you.
Rumbie kindly agreed to an interview for Mama Stylista readers – here she shares her favourite hair products, hairstyles and more..
Interview with Rumbie from Rumbie and Co
How long have you been in Australia?
13 years in June??!!
Do you enjoy living here?
Indeed I do, but it hasn’t always been easy, living away from family, being a minority, navigating life as an adult when coming straight out of high school and trying to belong in a cliquey Sydney.
What made you decide to become a hairdresser?
This is not going to be a short answer but you asked for it!
It definitely wasn’t by traditional means. I came here from Zimbabwe to study psychology but due to family pressures, I changed over to do nursing a week before uni started. I followed through with nursing for six years until I realised it was not for me.
At this time I was managing an age care facility, The money was good particularly at my age but I couldn’t help feeling that there was something else I’d been made for so I went on and introspective journey trying to find out who I was and what I liked.
In this process I asked my sister what she thought I was good at and she suggested hair at which I was appalled by because growing up in my family and I guess in my culture there is a huge push for you to be an academic and trades were definitely not on the list of Career options. Best it was a hobby.
So I remember being upset with my sister going home pondering on how futile my conversation with her had been until I sat back down and started to consider again what it is that I liked and because my sister planted the seed of hair it hit me that I love how people felt when I did the hair love how I felt just seeing there reactions and the transforming power of hair.
Erin Molan – Rumbified
What I didn’t mention earlier was that when I first came to Australia my sister had hair loss due to stress and no one seemed to do her hair extensions well. They always looked fake and after most installations, I’d would try to fix mistakes until one day I got tired of this exercise I tried to find great extensionsts to no avail, so I opted to to learn specifically for her but my clientele grew from her friends and their friends friends and the rest is history.
Fast forward a few years and I resigned from my job to start up a small extension business but I realised I wanted more than just doing extensions so I ended up going to one of the best colleges Sydney had to offer and attained my Cert III in Hairdressing.
What has been your favourite hairstyle that you have achieved?
That’s a hard question to answer. each experience I’ve had has been personal but I guess I can say I love working with hair extensions and wigs a lot.
What do you love most about your job?
The relationships built. The conversations. The transformations.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Other than trends, culture, celebrities and experiences, anything really. Architecture, shapes, colours.
What hair products can you not live without?
Oooo. I love Kurlee Belle shampoo, leave in conditioner, serum and TGIN honey mask. They are not mainstream but they are the best for my hair and may other Afros, curly heads and even Asian hair textures or stressed bleached straighter Anglo Saxon hair textures. It’s magic!
Describe your personal style
Like with my hair…Expressive. I feel as though my style changes depending on how I feel. But I definitely like to be comfortable.
Who is your fashion icon and why?
The world is too big and too rich with individuals for me to pick one.
What advice would you give someone who wants to start their own business?
Don’t!!! Jokes. It’s hard work but if you put your mind to it you can achieve your desires. Also surround yourself with people who will be constructive and generous in their thinking in their words and in their actions.
What does the future hold for Rumbie and Co?
Growth is the focus word. There may be education and a premium hair extension brand to be launched soon. Watch the space!
I will definitely be watching Rumbie! You are destined for big things!
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