JOE MUTHUI, 26, a hair stylist, encroached into what was once a woman’s forte. He has made inroads in the ‘exclusive’ club with impressive results. He spoke to ALLAN OLINGO
What does your job entail?
I braid hair. I know it’s strange because most hair stylists prefer doing locks, chemicals, weaves or hair relaxing. I love braids because to me, it is an art, which I am passionate about.
Where did you study?
I attended Endarasha Boys High School, in Nyeri County. After high school, I worked at a cyber café before moving to hairdressing. I then joined L’oreal Hair and Beauty College in 2010 to study hairdressing.
|Joe Muthui. [Photos: Martin Mukangu/STANDARD]|
Where does your motivation come from?
I get motivated when I put a smile my clients’ and my employer’s faces. It is always a great feeling when your boss has faith in you. I also trust in God because it’s through His mercies that I have been able to harness this talent.
What do you love about your job?
It is fulfilling. The working environment is also quite relaxing. I get to meet a lot of new people and I am happy when I meet their expectation. Nothing makes me happy like a happy client.
How did you get into this career?
I started as a cyber café attendant but when business slowed down, I tried working at a salon. When I saw how they did the braids, I thought it was easy and requested to give it a try. Initially, I was only allowed to braid children but when I proved myself, I slowly moved up to adult clients.
Why do women prefer male stylists?