The Hairdresser of Harare

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The Hairdresser of Harare
First edition
AuthorTendai Huchu
PublisherWeaver Press (2010), Ohio University Press (2015)
Publication date
Media typePrint

The Hairdresser of Harare is a novel by Tendai Huchu, first published in 2010. It chronicles an account of contemporary Zimbabwe seen through the eyes of the eponymous character of the book, a hairdresser working in Harare.

Plot Summary[edit]

The novel follows the life of Vimbai, a talented hairdresser working at a salon in Harare, Zimbabwe. Vimbai takes pride in her work and her status as the best hairdresser in the salon, but her world is turned upside down with the arrival of Dumisani, a charming and flamboyant new hairdresser. As Dumisani's popularity grows and he becomes a rival to Vimbai, tensions arise between them, leading to a complex relationship that challenges Vimbai's assumptions about herself and her place in society.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Specht, Mary Helen (2015-08-11). "'The Hairdresser of Harare,' by Tendai Huchu". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  2. ^ nantygreens (2018-11-08). "Book Review - The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu -". Nantygreens. Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  3. ^ Housham, Jane (2013-03-08). "The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2024-04-24.