Robert Nzaou-Kissolo is a Congolese photographer who lives between the cities of Cape Town in South Africa and Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. He has been documenting daily life on the streets of Pointe Noire since early 2014 as an ongoing project in a variety of themes.
All photos are candid and shot from the hip. The ‘Salon de Coiffure’ theme explores the beauty of the Congolese people contrasted with what they themselves perceive as beauty.
There is a hair salon to be found every 100 metres in the suburbs of Pointe Noire and the hand painted boards advertising their services often represent images with a cultural ideal of beauty which is not in fact what the people themselves look like. Fake hair and light skin dominates the boards and no traditional clothes are represented, yet when one goes to the streets, one finds people with a deep natural beauty, wearing traditional clothes and with a unique style and fashion sense.