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Outshining the rest: Carlton Hair Makeover



Quick disclaimer: this review was written by a tomboy who doesn’t take care of their hair.

When visiting La Lucia Mall’s Carlton branch, you’ll feel the revamp even more than just seeing it. The store opened on 4 November downstairs from its previous location. As the second branch to adopt the earthy look (Rosebank was the first), Carlton La Lucia represents a brand new vision the chain is trying to push. The look goes hand-in-hand with a change in services, providing natural products, ammonia-free bleach and using recyclable material. Eco-friendliness aside, the salon also sidelines as a make-shift college during the week. Since early November, students are able to use these facilities to get better practical experience.

Back to appointment – I was a bit nervous about the colour, treatment and trim I had booked. I’m getting married in a few months and wanted to keep the length I had for a traditional hairstyle. This also meant that I didn’t want to take any risks with my hair colour.  Hence the nervousness. I was going to be that person. You know, the person who enters a salon and is super demanding before they’ve even taken a seat. Like pulling off a plaster, I just went for it and let them know from the start that I didn’t want to lose length but still wanted a reasonable trim. I wanted a colour wash for shine but wanted to be conservative about colour and most of all, I needed a good treatment.

Here’s where my fears got washed away. Jodash and Gwen were my stylists for the afternoon and they took all my requests in stride. Not only were they great stylists but they were friendly, listened to my needs and tried to accommodate me as much as possible. My session started with a colour wash (ash brown, which was chosen because it drowned out red undertones). I never mentioned any of this nor did I suggest a colour which made me realise how intuitive Jodash was. I’m sure he would have let me choose a colour had I wanted to but I trusted his judgement and was pleased with the result. The colour wash was mixed with the miracle treatment on the market at the moment: Olaplex. I’ve been told that this is the same treatment that let Kim Kardashian go from dark hair to blond without any damage. It’s a 3-part treatment: mixed in with the colour wash to rebuild your hair whilst colouring it, a leave-in treatment after washing your hair and a home treatment (not-mandatory).

After approximately 30 minutes of a nourishing colour wash with Gwen, I was taken to the sink to wash this off then had the second part of the Olaplex treatment placed on my wet hair whilst I waited for about 15 minutes. This was followed by a revitalising head massage (much needed after a session of Christmas shopping). A final wash followed and then it was time for the dreaded trim. I’ve been quite specific about my length in the past which didn’t often translate into the final cut. And so began my session with Jodash, who was friendly and most of all understanding of my needs. I got the perfect trim with a straight cut (again, I didn’t request it but actually really wanted that). My hair was then blow dried with some added bounce on the fringe that it so desperately craves it. He then added an oil to the straightener which locks in the shine and enhances the treatment. The porous plates on the straightener allow the oil to be spread in a mist over your hair.

And then voilà! The shiny, healthy looking hair I wanted with a colour that wasn’t dramatic and the length I needed. Amongst the good service, meeting the client’s demands and great products, Carlton La Lucia is highly recommended. Check out my before and after pics if you don’t believe me 😉

To make an appointment, call 031 572 6113.


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East Coast Radio House + Garden Showcases Diverse Crafts and DIY Experiences




The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show is back, and this year it promises to be a haven for craft enthusiasts and those seeking interactive DIY experiences. Crafting has come a long way from scrapbooking and papier-mâché, we have an incredible line up of specialist crafters that will expand your imagination! With a focus on engaging activities for all, this year’s craft traders will offer a variety of hands-on experiences at their stalls. From crafts for the kiddies to offerings for health and beauty enthusiasts and creative entrepreneurs, visitors can expect an exciting showcase of talent, innovation, and creativity.

Craft for the Kiddies
A Toy for You, distributor of toy brand Melissa & Doug, will be a highlight of the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show. Renowned for their classic wooden toys and realistic pretend play sets, Melissa & Doug products inspire creative thinking through screen-free open-ended play. At the show, visitors will have the opportunity to see and purchase top Melissa & Doug items that are well-crafted and designed to ignite the imagination. The exhibit will also feature a colorful and creative play zone where children can engage with popular toys, such as a wooden kitchen, art easel, and wellness area. Daily themed activities, including sand art and slime workshops, will also be hosted, providing children with countless ways to encourage creativity, imagination, learning, and discovery.

Craft for Health and Beauty Enthusiasts
Alchemists’ Lab offers a unique and new way to experience self-care. With a focus on discovering top-notch, safe, and naturally derived skincare products for diverse skin types, The Alchemists’ Lab sources and develops high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. Visitors to their exhibit will have the opportunity to engage in a live interactive Bath Bomb and Bath Salts Station. Participants can personally tailor their products using premium ingredients, choosing scents, colours, and botanicals to create bath bombs and salts that suit their preferences. This immersive crafting experience allows individuals to unleash their creativity and produce items that bring joy and tangible health benefits. In addition to exclusive show discounts, visitors who tag Alchemists’ Lab on social media will receive a promo code for their online store. Every purchase made at their stall during the House + Garden Show will enter visitors into a giveaway to win an entire range of their products.

Craft for Creative Entrepreneurs
Cricut™, a worldwide phenomenon and pioneer in smart cutting machines, opens doors for small business owners and creative individuals through their user-friendly app and versatile devices. Their cutting-edge technology enables the personalisation of various items, from custom cards to unique apparel. At the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, the highly anticipated EasyPress 3 will be made available for purchase. This portable heat press combines speed and convenience with the genius of the Cricut Heat™ app. Visitors at the Cricut stand will have the opportunity to participate in a “spin the wheel” activation and win the chance to personalise a mug, water bottle, or t-shirt free of charge. The aim is to inspire creativity through hands-on experiences, ensuring that everyone leaves the Show with a sense of accomplishment and takes home a personalised item they can cherish. Make sure to visit the Cricut stand for daily prize giveaways and stand a chance to win an exciting Business In A Box competition.

“The East Coast Radio House + Garden Show offers a unique platform for craft traders to showcase their talents and engage visitors in exciting DIY experiences. Whether it’s exploring the world of imaginative play, indulging in self-care through customised products, or unlocking creativity for aspiring entrepreneurs, you will find an array of creative exhibitors ready to inspire your inner artist,” shares Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Show Director of the House + Garden Show.

For more information and to stay updated on the latest news about the East Coast Radio House + Garden Show sponsored by Plascon, visit or follow @housegardenshow on Instagram and Facebook.

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The all new Oceans Mall opens its doors to the public




On the eve of Friday 11 November, the who’s who of KZN – celebrities, captains of industry, entrepreneurs, politicians and the media – gathered to celebrate the official opening of the prestigious R1.3bn Oceans Mall in Umhlanga.

Red carpet experience
The evening started inside the luxurious mall where invitees were treated to a red carpet experience with champagne and canapés while perusing the mall’s offerings. They were then ushered into the opulent Radisson Blue conference room and greeted by host and well-known media personality Vanessa Marawa.
Guests were entertained with song and dance, and after enough mingling and networking was had,everyone was formally welcomed by co-developer Vivian Reddy.

An unforgettable experience
Reddy gave his thanks to the attendees and spoke about the challenges that the mall faced. “This iconic mall overcame barriers and obstacles. The project has won international awards, created thousands of jobs and brought economic prosperity to the people of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Reddy.

“We have the pleasure of offering every shopper an unforgettable retail experience.”
The 36,000sqm mall is part of the double award-winning R4.3-billion Oceans Umhlanga mixed-use development project which was awarded the best mixed-use architecture award at the International Property Awards in 2016 – 2017.

Oceans Mall puts KZN on the global map
Speeches were also given by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube, the Mayor of eThekwini, Mxolisi Kaunda, and the executive head of the Government Employees Pension Fund,Musa Mabesa.

“Today we should all walk tall because the owners of this mall have put us on the global map,” said Ncube. “Hope springs eternally as we welcome and celebrate the spanking new Oceans Mall.”

State-of-the-art anchor tenants and nearly 120 stores are let
The mall opened its door to the public on 15 November with much fanfare, especially with the opening of its two state-of-the-art anchor tenants, Woolworths and Checkers. Over 97% of the mall’s 120 stores are let and are filled with both national and sought-after international brands.

The project created 6,000 jobs during construction and 2,500 permanent jobs at the mall itself, being called a catalytic development by the City of Durban.
The aspirational and opulent mall is a first for KZN and ranked alongside the other two exclusive malls in the country, Sandton City in Johannesburg and the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
International fashion-brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry and Versace, and others will launch in the next phase of the mall opening in March 2023.

For more information, go to the mall’s website, or follow the social media pages for more details: @oceans_mall on Instagram and OceansMallSouthAfrica on Facebook.

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Durban Business Barrows Global Makes International Shortlist for Decarbonisation Efforts in Ad Net Zero



Retail design and manufacturer, Barrows Global, is making a genuine difference in their industry – and they may just have the award to prove it. 

Barrows Global submitted an entry for the Ad Net Zero programme, which launched in 2020. The initiative, spearheaded by the Advertising Association, IPA, and ISBA, aims to reduce the carbon impact of the advertising industry – with the goal of reaching real net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

Barrows tossed their idiomatic hat in the ring with their PolyAL display, designed to reduce the waste that comes with single-use, temporary promotional campaigns in South African retail spaces. Circular economy principles were foundational to this project, designing waste out of the system to launch a reusable, zero-waste display solution made from a permanent upcycled core of 100% recycled long-life cartons.


To crunch a few numbers, the corrugated sleeve consists of up to 70% less corrugated board than typical temporary displays and contains up to 99% recycled materials, resulting in a 37% carbon saving over a two year span. Even better, brands opting for the PolyAL display benefit from up to a 20% cost saving. 

Dis-Chem is one of the major chains that have opted for the PolyAL Eco-Display, using the sustainable advertising option for over two years. Mark Norton, Dis-Chem’s Marketing Manager, is proud to be the first retailer in South Africa to adopt these circular displays and hopes to see others following suit. “Over the past two years, we’ve seen 192 brands partner with us on this journey and seen a 100% adoption rate.” There are 812 displays rented across 152 Dis-Chem stores countrywide and over 140 advertising campaigns have been rotated on the programme. That means 2.842 million cartons escaped the fate of a landfill. That means over 100 tons of carbon has been saved from entering the environment. That means sustainable, cost-effective and scalable change for the advertising industry – all because of Barrows Global’s innovation, pioneering a space that is in desperate need of initiative and development. “Brands are seeking ways to become more circular in their operations and we are glad to offer a platform to start this journey with them,” Norton says.

This programme is shortlisted to win the Ad Net Zero awards, a veritable David in the company of industry Goliaths like Budweiser and Unilever. The winner will be announced on 23 November 2022, but Barrows Global’s Head of Sustainability,  Jenna Bestbier, already feels like a winner. “We set ourselves an ambitious vision for the PolyAL display programme. By rethinking the point of sale promotional display system and applying a lifecycle design mindset, we came up with a fundamentally better solution for the planet. Not only is our design and rental model more sustainable, but it is also more cost effective and we provide 100% proof of campaign execution,” Bestbier says. “To achieve early adoption, buy-in and scale with a disruptive solution like this and to still be running successfully 26 months into the programme (and counting) is a massive collaborative win. Being shortlisted for the Campaign Ad Net Zero Awards is recognition that we are on the right track.”

Green initiatives in most industries tend to escape notice or are ‘greenwashed’ for the purpose of positive PR. Genuine shifts with tangible results deserve to be recognised and the Ad Net Zero campaign spotlights initiatives that are reducing carbon emissions. Not all heroes wear capes, after all. If net zero is going to be achieved, every single link in the chain in every single industry must match intention with action to do better for the environment. Brent Taylor, CEO of Barrows Global recognises the importance of these pursuits. “The FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) retail sector is a significant contributor to our planet’s overall carbon footprint and the race to net zero has to look at every aspect of the value chain, in particular the billions of kilograms of cardboard waste the retail promotional display industry is responsible for,” Taylor explains. 

“We are so proud of the PolyAL innovation both in material innovation but more importantly the lifecycle business model that makes it possible,” he says. “We are grateful to Dis-Chem’s leadership in taking this leap with us, finding a new model and new way to operationalise promotional displays in retail.” Barrows may have started locally – and they do intend to expand the program further within South Africa – but scaling is also imminent with expansion in the UK and USA where Barrows works closely with the likes of Tesco and Walmart, as well as other branded manufacturers who are committed to meeting their own net zero goals. Barrows Global is a case study of meaningful action in the fight to decarbonise our world – and this is just the start. 


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