Chante Herries is a magnificent woman. After experiencing the effect of drug abuse on the lives of her parents and siblings, she knows how hard it can be for someone to build their life up again from scratch.

“We needed to make a difference in our community and set an example,”she told Beautiful News.

Owning a hair salon, Herries started offering internships to women who have been rehabilitated from drug dependence. Over the past 7 years, Heavenly Hair Studio in Diep River has become synonymous with fellowship and sisterhood.

Not only does she train them, teaching them skills that will help them get good jobs, but she also offers them a safe space for growing and getting back on their feet.

“What these women have gone through has taken away so much of their self-esteem, their confidence, their self-love,” Herries continued. “Since the start of this programme, the change I have seen has been phenomenal,” Herries says.

She says the stylists have remained sober, regained their confidence, and developed a sense of purpose.

Picture: Beautiful News/Chante Herries

Article written by

Anita Froneman