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01 June 2016

Sincengile Ntshingila, SAB Foundation

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My entrepreneurship journey has been a long one. After completing my BSC in Agricultural Economics in Swaziland in 2001, I went to the University of Pretoria to study MSC in Economics. After completing my Masters Degree in 2005, I enrolled for my PhD but dropped out a year into it when I landed my first job at the Department of Agriculture in Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal as an Economist. I spent the next seven years working in the public sector.

During my employment years, I experimented with various business ventures including a boutique in Umlazi, Durban which offered exclusive men’s clothing. However, the relationship between myself and my business partner soured and I opted out. This was my first entrepreneurship lesson - understanding that business partnership is like a marriage and partners must be picked with utmost care to ensure business prosperity. I learnt a lot from this experience and knew not to make the same mistakes in the future.

It was in 2014, while working as MD of the KZN Fashion Council, that I started experimenting with hair product solutions. At this point I had already started experimenting with the different hair formulations – and was helping a few individuals as a hobby. After resigning from the Council, I decided to focus on the hair business and LeCacci Hair Restoration was born. The motivation to pursue the hair business was because I had suffered same fate of hair loss, and understood what my customers were going through. Losing my hair made me question what makes hair grows, why it stops growing, why it breaks and why people go bald. I also realised that people who suffer hair loss go through so much physically, socially, psychologically and emotionally.

I am currently formulating my own organic poducts using natural organic oils and have studied and continue to study the components of each oil and how it supports hair growth.

I am motivated by the results from my clients - their positive feedback makes it all worth it. I have also started teaching people how to take better care of their hair. Prevention of hair loss is always better than cure – but people need to know that if you happen to lose your hair, it’s not the end of the world. It is treatable.

Being part of the SAB Tholoana Enterprise Programme has been an awesome experience. I learnt a lot about the fundamentalls for growing and mantaining a sustainable business. It helped me to improve the formulation of my products, which are currently being tested. I have used the funding to buy industrial equipment to use for diagnosis and treatment and employed four permanent staff. The SAB Foundation has also helped to open market opportunities and offered media exposure.