Bomzi Lekgoro is one of the most in-demand magazine and celebrity hairstylists in Johannesburg. At the top of her long client list is Bona magazine – South Africa’s most read monthly, consumer magazine. She is behind most of the ‘hair art’ that majestically displays on the cover of this publication.
Generally, a hairstylist, also referred to as ‘hairdresser’ is a person whose occupation is to cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person’s image. But Bomzi is not just a basic hairstylist! She uses her clients’ hair as her canvas to exhibit her photo-realistic, ingenious, magnificent work of art.
She explains how she landed a job to work with Bona magazine; “It was by default! When a hairstylist that was booked for a shoot could no longer come, they called me in as a replacement. So, I went through, did my work and they were happy. That was the beginning of a good working relationship and its growing stronger every day,” she says.
“I didn’t want to be known as just the girl who plaits hair”
Bomzi received a new guard award for best hairstylist at the first annual Marie Claire Image Makers Awards in 2018. She explains what this recognition means to her; “Receiving an award for the work that I do, was a definite highlight. Being a ‘Marie Claire Image Maker’ means being recognised for doing a great job behind the scenes. It’s for all the creatives who do an amazing job behind the scenes. It was amazing! I had just started my journey as a freelancer and receiving the award was such an honour. This to me meant that God is saying, “you’re on the right track my child,” she says.
Her biggest break was working on the cover of the now defunct – Destiny Magazine. “Being assigned to do my first cover was so exhilarating! Working with Connie and Shona Ferguson was even more exciting. It was such an honour to work with them,” she says.
“I never set out to do celebrity hair. I guess the stars are aligned in my favour and I’m grateful”
“I’ve always been interested in working in the industry and it was a blessing that the salon I worked for previously, was known as a premium salon where many celebrities did their hair. That’s how I met most of my celebrity clients,” says Bomzi.
Growing up in Orlando East and Orange Farm – townships in Soweto, Bomzi was destined to work with hair. She says styling people’s hair has always been a part of her life indirectly, but she never thought that it would end up being her career. Now, she is set for greater things as she continues to flourish as a well renowned hairstylist.
Here’s how she explains the inspiration behind the hairdos
These are Bantu Knots to compliment the accessories and the African print outfit
Most of the time people don’t know how to style their Mohawks. So, I did cornrows with beads in front, as a fringe and added a high pony with extra faux locks hairpiece.
I call this one “bantu knots with a touch of Maasai” the long braids were inspired by the Maasai accessories
This is a flat twist with a golden twine, to complement the makeup.