Candice Wyatt-Minter is an award winning and internationally recognised hairdresser. Her cuts are distinct and unique, and can be seen gracing the heads of all the who’s who of Joburg’s most stylish trendsetters.
Apart from her everyday job of keeping her clients looking cutting-edge, Candice has also become renowned for her collections, which push creative and conceptual boundaries.
We caught up with this talented lady to find out more about her day job, and the thinking behind her creative process and collections.
Please tell us what your official (or unofficial) job title is:
Candice: Owner and hairdresser at Wyatt Hairdressing and Barbering. I’m also an international platform artist for Davines.
What and where did you study?
Candice: Hairdressing, graphic design and photography between Jozi and Cape Town.
What characteristics and skills does it take to do what you do?
Candice: I’m a very open and friendly person, I like to interact with people and I’m a collector of stories. I enjoy fashion and art. I’m creative and have a strong streak of perfectionist in me.
What do you love most about the work you do?
Candice: It is great to do something that you love everyday and because I have been doing it for seventeen years, there are parts of my craft that I feel I have really mastered.
What’s the part you could do without?
Candice: Like any creative, I have to say the admin!
What is your creative process with each client who sits down in your chair?
Candice: I have a different process with each client, as each is unique. Some people like me to guide them entirely, whilst others have an idea in mind that we then work on together. My daily job has a balance of executing precision and artistic flair. And then there are also the intense periods of conceptualizing new trends for my collections that require me to research and dream.
Your proudest work-related moment?
Candice: I won the Davines World Style Award in Berlin.
Where is hairdressing in South Africa in relation to international industry trends?
Candice: South African hairdressing standards are highly respected throughout the world. But because it’s all about trends, like anywhere, it all depends on where you are looking!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your collections and why?
Candice: Well, it all depends on what is influencing me at the time; I love fashion, architecture and art, and these seem to be the recurring themes in my collection.
Can you tell us a little about your thinking behind your most recent collection, Virtruvian?
Candice: I was inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian and this enticed me to do some research into his work and I found that he was using the Golden Ratio as the formula in his artworks. I then looked into the Golden Ratio and this brought me to Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, who was the first person to represent the Golden Ratio in relation to the human form. From the connection between Mondrian and Pollio, I formed a theory that if I use the golden ratio as a guide to my cutting and colouring I could only end up with a form of beauty.
Can you let us in on what we might expect in your next collection?
Candice: I’m working on a collection with Jozi photographer Steve Marais on a concept called ‘This is who we are’. It will be a showcase of all the amazing creatives of Johannesburg, which is in my opinion the best city in the world!
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Candice: I was going to be a lawyer, but I’m really happy with how its all turned out!
Do you have any advice to those who might consider a career in hairdressing and barbering?
Candice: We are looking for trainees?
Find more of our ‘My Day Job’ series here.