One may be forgiven for assuming Rumbie has only ever been a hairdresser upon meeting her, her passion for artistry oozes, however after taking the time to delve deeper, it is obvious her passion for life, people and community runs far more profound.
Rumbie Mutsiwa (pronounced: “Room-B” “Moo-tsee-wah”) became accustomed to a sense of community at a very young age. Originally from Zimbabwe, she now calls Australia home.
Before finding her calling in all thing’s hair, Rumbie was certain life in service was what she would find most fulfilling, and so she began a career in geriatrics. The change in direction was not until her sister was facing challenges with her hair, that she unintentionally decided to pursue a different route. There was an apparent lack of hairdressers who specialised in afro hair. Proof of this was when her sister encountered several salon mishaps that forced Rumbie to take matters into her own hands (quite literally). Self-taught in braiding and weaves, the line of family and friends requiring her services soon outgrew her loungeroom. With her family’s support, Rumbie decided to cease her career in geriatrics and began an apprenticeship in hairdressing. After renting chairs in multiple renowned salons and a completed apprenticeship in hand, Rumbie developed a loyal client base of those who shared the same need for an expert in wavy, curly, Afro. In 2014 she decided to take the plunge and open her very own Salon, thus Rumbie the entrepreneur was born. 6 years on, the Rumbie & Co is expanding into a new location, on the eve of product line launch, she believes Rumbie & Co is more than a place of hairdressing, it is one of community, belonging and self-development. This is just the beginning of Rumbie’s story.
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