The trinidad Guardian / Secondary school drop-out Sabita Lokai, who won the Hairstylist of the Year Award at the recent Caribbean Beauty Awards (CBA), has proven that all is not lost when an individual is not academically inclined.

This is because Lokai has become a successful entrepreneur although she did not complete her academic studies.

Lokai founded her business – Sabita’s Beauty Salon – in 1997. But at an early age she told her mother she couldn’t handle secondary school. Instead, she told her mother of her love for hair styling and that she wanted to be a hairdresser. It took a while for this decision to sink in but eventually she got her mother’s blessing.

“I left secondary school and enrolled into a beauty school. Along the journey to becoming a hairdresser there were lots of challenges, seeing that I was a high school drop-out, which was one of my greatest downfalls,” Lokai said.

However, she said she was determined to “make something of myself” and decided that if she was going to start beauty school she was going to give it her best shot.

“That’s how my journey to becoming a hairdresser began,” Lokai said.

Lokai is now encouraging all secondary school “drop-outs” not to give up on their respective dreams and “work hard towards it, no matter in what trade you choose to endeavour in.”

The CBA is considered the most exclusive and anticipated beauty event in T&T. The 2017 edition was recently held at the Radisson Hotel in Port-of-Spain.

The annual beauty awards gala ceremony recognised all cosmetologists, hairdressers, barbers, make-up artists, nail technicians, aestheticians and beauty professionals, who came together under one roof for one night of celebration.

The event is organised annually by CBA director Aruna “Madame” Maharaj, the granddaughter of T&T’s pioneer cosmetologist Ramdoolarie “Madame” Maharaj, who has adopted her late grandmother’s signature in order to sustain and continue her legacy.


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