02 Aug People of Jozi – Francois Louw
Francois Louw is a hair and make-up extraordinaire, a style fundi and wardrobe specialist and is one of the most sought after Image Consultants in South Africa. His passion, knowledge and experience in the beauty industry have made him a popular Media Personality as well, with regular appearances as industry expert on various TV and Radio programmes.
Of course we were intrigued to find out more. We caught up with Francois one on one…
Francois, how did you wind up in Image Consultancy?
This career path was never a planned one. In 2002 I started my career at a small unknown cosmetic company. Some of my duties were to train hair dressers and makeup artists, and this soon evolved into image consulting too. I then made the decision to start my own business in 2007.
You also are involved in the production of beauty products, correct? Tell us a bit about your product range?
Yes, I started a business called CosmoPro which specializes in cosmetic development and manufacturing, and we are still going strong. We supply many well-known South African cosmetic companies. Along with CosmoPro I created a brand called Resulté which is a pharmaceutical range. We have a well-known Anti Hair loss tonic and a phenomenal beard range.
What is your one wardrobe staple item that works well for every woman?
This is a really difficult question as there are so many factors to consider before you decide on such an important item. I will play it safe and go for a well-balanced sized hand bag in 3 neutral colours.
What’s in the pipeline for you for the rest of this year?
Sandton Magazine, you know you will be invited to these launches. But all I can say for now is keep watching your TV 😉
If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Princess Diana. She had such a tough and sad life, but still made a tremendous difference to so many peoples’ lives across the world.
Your fave style tip, that works for just about anyone?
Well, seeing that your hairstyle plays such an important role when it comes to one’s personal style, always keep in mind what your face shape is as well as your body shape. The correct hairstyle can make or break your entire look.
What item of clothing is currently in your wardrobe, that you just cannot live without right now?
If you thought my legs are a bit beefy these days, you are wrong! It is my long johns underneath my trousers to keep me warm during the winter! But, I seriously love my winter blazer that is made with the same fabric of that of a jersey. Its comfy and smart.
What song is currently on repeat on your I-pod or CD player?
Don’t laugh but I love old school music and currently I am obsessed with ‘Hold on’ by Wilson Phillips.
Find out more about Francois on his website…