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Carlton Does it Again!



We sent our reviewer, Cristy Gibbons to try out Carlton Hair International after years of never having visited a salon. Here’s what she had to say.

“Being what is referred to in the industry as a “hair virgin” I was reasonably apprehensive to be the recipient of what was described to me as a “Full head of colour, a cut and a treatment”. These words were as foreign to me as Mandarin.

The day arrived. I walked into Carlton hair with a heavy sense of fear.

Other than the occasional cut, hair salons are not places I usually frequent. I was rather surprised. The reception was so warm (not just because of the hair dryers blowing about).
All smiles from behind the counter – aren’t hair stylists known for being diva-esque?

Questioning everything I thought I knew about life, with coffee in hand, I was introduced to Kim Franklin. I would later be told that Kim happens to be a “Master Colourist” – very fancy, huh? – and that she would be performing miracles on me.

Kim made me feel very comfortable ( can they smell fear?). The first thing on her list of ‘“to-do’s” was asking me what I had in mind for my hair. My request was simple, “Please don’t make me look like a Barbie. I want to look like me, just ‘umpfier’.
After taking a look at me and my mane, Kim explained what she thought I would look best with. I was really thrilled at how personally cared for she made me feel.
The decision had been made – I was going to be Flamboyaged!

* Also known as “baby-lites” but I kinda like “Flaboyaged”

I was on my second cup of coffee when the first foil went in. I thought I would hear screams and hisses but, nothing – it was painless and Kim made it look like a piece of cake. Before I knew it, the foils were out and I was being treated to another very fancy thing “Ola Plex”. This is a magical elixir/treatment that strengthens your hair and repairs damage from root to tip. (All the hairstylists use it – thank me later. It’s worth it.)

After a rise, I was massaged by a woman with fourteen fingers. Okay, not literally, but when I closed my eyes… I don’t know her name but I am going back to find her.
While I was lying back, purring in the basin, I listened with deep interest to the chit-chat at the basins. These women were incredible. Their knowledge of hair seemed to surpass Dumbledor’s knowledge of magic. I was at a fountain of knowledge in the wash basin of Carlton La Lucia.

It was now time for the dreaded cut. (Gulp.)
Kim explained what she thought would be the ideal length for me to accentuate my features… As always the “ideal” length is always two inches shorter than you’d hoped.
I confess, I wimped out and asked if Kim would be okay to only “subtlety accentuate my face” and keep some length. She didn’t even put up a fight. What a woman.

I walked out of Carlton, feeling very different to how I walked in, happy and, well – much “uumpfier”.

What I got:
Flamboyage + Ammonia free colour from the “Oi” range (Organic!) + plus the very fancy Ola plex treatment = Umpfy, happy, natural hair.”

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New Nicci Boutique Now Open in Gateway Mall!




Nicci Boutique, a fashion-first women boutique since 1992 has opened their much anticipated first store in Gateway Mall, Durban.

Nicci has become synonymous with up-to-the-minute contemporary fashion from clothes, bags, shoes and accessories hand selected from the fashion capitals of Europe.

Nicci caters for a wide range of fashion-first women in both size and age. They help women feel confident, stylish and effortlessly chic.
When you step into a Nicci store, you are assured of a unique boutique experience. Proficient in fashion know-how and customer relations, the Nicci consultants are well trained to offer candid advice. The Nicci Gateway store is designed with unique and edgy shop fitting elements that have become well known across all our 17 Nicci stores. Nicci shoppers can expect stylish on trend merchandise that radiates street style and comfort, which arrives at the boutique on a weekly basis.

To celebrate the launch, Nicci invited fashion students from Durban Technikon College to design and create upcycled fashion pieces using Nicci packaging. The creativity of the students is astounding and their finished mannequins will be up on display in the Nicci store for all to admire and enjoy.

“We are so excited to have opened our very first store in Durban, in Gateway Mall and officially our 17th store in the Nicci family! We strive to offer our shoppers a directional brand experience that is exciting, inspiring and personal to each and every customer,” says Niki Breger, co-owner of Nicci Boutique.

Nicci is celebrating the new summer season and embracing the festive spirit with showstopper weekly collections that will cater to all your summer and holiday wardrobe needs!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NicciDoesDurban when posting!

Find Nicci in Gateway Mall: Shop F260, Near Starbucks.
Open from Monday-Sunday from 9am to 7pm.
031 103 1413
For more information visit

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Review: Zimbali Willow Stream Spa



Inside the exclusive Fairmont Zimbali Resort is the Willow Stream Spa.
We sent a Durbanite contributor to experience their treatments.

“I was treated to an incredible unforgettable experience at Willow Stream Spa.

Upon arrival, I was shown to the shower & changing room and stored my belongings in the lockers provided. I changed into a luxurious gown complete with slippers and waited in the relaxation room.

The relaxation room comes fully equipped with tea and coffee, fresh juices and bottles of water.

Shortly after, my therapist greeted me and proceeded to guide me into my treatment room. I was spoiled with a full body massage, which I must add was one of the best I have had.

The massage was followed by a facial, using their Africology skincare range, and lastly, a pedicure.

Afterwards, I sat in the relaxation room with a cup of tea and indulged in the delicious supply of muffins. With a view of the beautiful resort and garden, I had found my little slice of heaven.”

The luxury spa offers:
• 9 treatment rooms
• 3 outdoor cabanas
• Steam rooms
• Separate ladies and gents relaxation lounges
• The “Great Room” for after treatment relaxation
• Heated blankets and elevated treatment beds
• A full spectrum of health and beauty services all performed by trained specialists

Whether you’re planning an indulgent day at the spa, or popping in for a mini break, the special Spa Offers will leave you relaxed, energised and ready to take on the world.

For spa information and reservations:
Please call +27 (0)32 538 5000
or email

Hours of Operation:
Please note that spa hours are seasonal and subject to change. Please contact Willow Stream Spa for the most accurate information.

10:00 – 19:00 (Weekdays)
08:00 – 20:00 (Weekends & public holidays)
Fitness Centre
06:00 – 21:00 (Daily)

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Support Local: Saint & Summer



SAINT&SUMMER was created much in the same way it’s now run – captivated by their local surroundings and based on a friendship foundation 20 years deep. It was in 2013 during the humid heat that is Durban in December, that they began piecing together the vision for their business.

We sat down with Julia and Roxy to find out more about the local brand.


1) How did Saint & Summer start?

We’ve been friends for years; long before we ever considered starting a designer footwear business together. Throughout the years, our shared love for fashion, swimwear, clothing and well, just a generally obsessive interest in all things stylish… made it a pretty easy move to start SAINT&SUMMER together.

We’re both beach obsessed, and one balmy Durban Summer, we got chatting about how to turn our passion into something adventurous. We wanted to share our love for style with our friends and other fashion-forward ladies out there. And so SAINT&SUMMER was born.

Sun kissed bodies, vibrant sunsets, punchy cocktail umbrellas and sandy hues became the mood board for our first SAINT&SUMMER’s range of matte jelly sandals – and now 5 years in – we’ve just launched an exciting swoon-worthy AW19 range that has everything from two-toned sneakers to studded block heels, sheen prints and leopard skin slip-ons.

2) What makes your brand proudly Urbanite?

We’re for everyone. All the looks, all the sass, all the versatility that the modern woman needs to rock her own unique sense of style. Our styles can be paired with any outfit. So whether it’s a pair of skinny tight jeans or a flowing boho-dress, the shoes fit!

Our SAINT&SUMMER shoes are easy to wear, easy to pair and have longevity with wearable fabrics, on-trend patterns and styles, and creative colour palettes that mix with every season.

3) What sets your brand apart from others?

We’re really passionate about fashion and we source shoes that we know we would be proud to wear any day of the week. It’s important to us that the shoes burst with personality and style because you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes J.

Our SAINT&SUMMER styles are super versatile too, and can take you right through from the morning to evening with their on-trend looks. Which is why comfort is also very key.

4) Would you consider a mens range in the future, or is it only for women?

We haven’t before but as our brand grows we are actually being asked this question a lot more frequently… so who knows, anything is possible

5) What is your vision with Saint & Summer?

To give fashionable women a unique way to express their individuality through style, in comfort, and within budget.

6) How can we purchase a pair? Online or in store?

We have an online store where fans can browse the ranges and purchase our shoes online at We also have a list of stockists on our site, detailing all the stores that stock and sell SAINT&SUMMER shoes so customers can have a look and see which stockists are in their area if they want to go and try on or browse the styles.

7) Do you have any advice for first time business starters?

Very simply… get dirty, work hard, be ready for mistakes It’s all a part of the journey.


View their range online at

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