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.
OPENING SOON: The Umhlanga Arch
THE official ground breaking of Durban’s iconic Umhlanga Arch took place last week. The R1.3-billion project is being developed by The Multiply Group, and will cover 45,000 square metres, including 163 apartments.
The Umhlanga Arch will be positioned on the slopes of Umhlanga’s Ridgeside. The mixed-use and people-centred property residential, commercial and hospitality facilities, boasts an arch with views of the coastline. The developers have teamed up with Rembrothers and Charles Thompson and Chris and Pierre du Toit.
“Following the tremendous successful launch of our residential phase and office spaces, we are thrilled to get going with the construction of Umhlanga Arch. Leading up to this moment has been nothing short of extraordinary, from record rate sales to being awarded as the best marketed development in South Africa for 2017.”
“As we take this step forward, we are delighted to share that we have appointed Wilson Bailey Homes (WBHO) as our contractor and can confirm that ABSA bank will be financing our remarkable project,” said Chris du Toit, developer representative of Umhlanga Arch.
He added, “Breaking ground is a significant moment, as we believe that our iconic development is going to change the landscape of Durban and set a whole new precedent, not only in the property industry, but also with regard to the lifestyle the area has to offer.”
“Our goal is to ensure that Umhlanga Arch delivers on creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle; although we are in the early stages, we look forward to revealing our plans with you in the near future,” said Renzo Scribante, founder of the Rembrothers Group.
iKhokha – The Future of Mobile Payments
Every now and then, we have the pleasure of meeting some of Durban’s most passionate entrepreneurs, so let me introduce you to the guys behind Ikhokha, Durban’s latest home-grown tech enterprise, taking the mobile pay point option to a new level and a more affordable price! These two born and bred Durban boys are now taking the market by storm.
Let me introduce Matt Puttman and Ramsay Daly, two school friends separated then reunited as if by fate. Matt and Ramsay both grew up in Westville and attended Hilton High School, even though they matriculated in different years, they stayed friends and still partied hard. Finishing at different times eventually lead the two to part ways, where by chance they ran into each other in a London bar. After a UK stint, they headed back home to South Africa.
After an article about Square in the US based Fortune magazine caught the boys interests, the guys realised that there was a potential gap in the SA market. This is where it gets really interesting, with absolutely zero experience in the industry (they were making a living playing online poker and working in a call centre respectively) they began to set out and learn everything they could about app development through to the red tape and certification around making and receiving online payments. Sounds easy? Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it’s not.
In South Africa, it is extremely difficult for small businesses to get capital from banks for start-up purposes (I speak from experience on this!). The guys had a working rudimentary prototype as well as the app platform (Outsourced to India for development and better pricing). Unfortunately they needed to survive and Ramsay headed down to Cape Town to work for a digital agency while Matt continued to play poker online. The two kept in contact and never let the project die.
By chance, Ramsay bumped into an old friend, who then introduced them to venture capitalists and potential investors. After a few tough pitches, the guys got the first phase of funding they needed to get going, and they did!
The concept is simple, all the business owner needs to have is a mobile device and he or she can take payments buy card, anywhere, anytime. The system also has reconciliation software to track the payments and best of all, they have one of the most competitive rates in the industry. As a business owner, you can get all this for a nominal fee (Once off or monthly) and you will be setup and ready to go in 5 days, no banks queues, no annoying “additional fees”, no waiting on the banks call centre only to be passed from agent to agent, just effortless setup.
Something iKhokha pride themselves in as well is customer service. You can pick up the phone or drop them an email and they get back to you, something the other big players really need to work on! And that’s not all, the guys have some amazing Plans for iKhokha which will continue to see the offer evolve and challenge the financial services sector in a way that is long overdue. This is definitely a case of watch this space!
To sum up, I think their intro statement says it all: “iKhokha is for anybody and everybody. Whether in an office, a store or on the move, iKhokha is for anyone needing to accept debit and credit card payments from customers, clients or patients.”
Feel free to check them out here:
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