Hair always has been and always will be a big deal for Africans, says Siyavuya Bandezi, the founder and managing director of Liyana Beauty.
Sporting an afro and glowing skin, Bandezi is a walking advertisement for her company’s hair and skincare products made from indigenous plants, tested and approved by the South African Bureau of Standards.
The unusual thing is that she’s only 17, and still studying at The Glen High School in Pretoria.
Liyana Beauty was born out of her frustration with her hair’s inability to retain moisture. “I have this big afro that I love and it was becoming a mission to maintain it,” she says. Seeking a quick and simple daily routine, she researched the power of plants and began making her own products, which has grown into this business.
Bandezi sells Liyana Beauty products online and at craft markets, and hopes to soon feature in major retailers.
Don’t allow age stereotypes to dictate what you can do when.