I am so glad Gail agreed to answer questions for the blog. I have been admiring her hair from afar! I first knew of her when she made it to the top 10 in season six of South African Idols (2010). She had her signature short hairstyle even back then. She currently stars as Lelo Sedibe in the soap opera ‘The Wild’. It airs on Mnet and on Africa Magic. She has got to be one of the most beautiful women on South African (and African?) television! I’m sure you will agree. I asked her a few questions relating to her hair. Take a look at her answers:
1. Where are you from?
I’m a proud Kimberlite (Kimberley, South Africa)
2. Do you relax your hair? Which relaxer do you use?
3. How do you take care of your hair day-to-day?
That’s the fun thing with short hair, it’s the easiest to maintain… so much so that some mornings I literally just wake up!! I use bees was for daily styling and to help with texture.
4. How do you achieve your short crop style?
Hmmm… I have my hair cut in that style. I wash and condition my hair, then I wrap it with wrapping lotion and sit under the hair dryer. Once the hair is dry, I either style it with my fingers or with a straightening iron!
5. What are your favourite hair products?
None in particular but I use hair silicone and bees-wax regularly.
6. Do you have a particular hairstylist who does your hair?
Yep, besides myself, I have two
7. How do you keep your hair healthy with the daily styling required in your acting career?
As mentioned, because my hair is short, it does not require daily styling, so it is naturally healthy as it’s not exposed to heat on a daily basis. I also do regular scalp and hair treatments and keep my hair and scalp moisturised daily
8. What’s the longest your hair has ever been?
About shoulder length, but I felt and looked much older :-D
9. How often do you trim your hair to maintain your cut?
It really depends on how long I want it to grow. Sometimes I’ll trim it monthly and sometimes I let it grow longer. It really just depends on how I feel.
10. You started off in ‘The Wild’ with long weaves. What brought about the change to short, cropped hair which your character now wears?
I’ve had my hair short for six years now, so having to wear a weave was a tad uncomfortable. Then I tried wigs because it allowed me to be myself when I’m not on set. For me, there is just too much effort in maintaining a weave or wig, so I suggested to our head of hair and make-up to start using my own hair from Lelo’s ‘wedding day’. They agreed and I never looked back.
Lelo’s ‘wedding day’
11. There have been debates about whether you sometimes wear short weaves / wigs that resemble your short crop hairstyle. One such debate centred around your hair in an interview you did for the current season of Idols. Do you sometimes wear short cropped weaves?
Nope, whenever you see my hair short, it’s always my own hair (view the Idols interview here).
12. We heard news that ‘The Wild’ is being cancelled – any plans in the pipeline for life after ‘The Wild’.
Oh yeah, I’m always excited about my growth and development both as a performer as well as an individual. Apart from being offered various roles and exploring business opportunities, I’m excited about going back into studio and working on my music. I’m working with some of the country’s greatest producers and creative and cannot wait to be on stage again performing my own material.
13. Any hair care / style tips for someone wanting to try your short crop style?
The biggest challenge is finding a hair stylist who knows how to cut hair. Once its cut, you can pretty much go wild. With short hair, there are no rules!!! The best thing is to learning how to style your own hair, that way you can play around and explore. Take care of your hair, it’s just as important as your face.
Read more about Gail in this interview from Women’s Health magazine where she was on the June 2011 cover. You can also follow Gail on twitter.
Take a look at other interviews with featured guests here.