Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Celebrate Spring with Blooming Pretty Nails at Rock Paper Scissor Beauty

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As the weather changes and spring approaches it’s time to get your colour on!

Why not take advantage of our current spring promotion where you’ll get a FULL Manicure with your SET of long lasting Gelish Nails for just R280!

And you really do NEED a manicure – here’s why:images

  • prevents wrinkles on the nails
  • the massage increases blood flow which benefits the skin
  • you can prevent damage such splitting
  • your nails will look tidy and healthy
  • it will improve the texture of the skin on your hands
  • you will feel totally relaxed after a mani because of all the pressure points in the hand that are addressed during a manicure

Contact us today to book your mani, you deserve it!

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8 Foods to Feed your Nails

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Your nails need nutrition too! Here’s a list of  foods to incorporate into your diet that will benefit your nails.

#1:  Green Peas

Peas pack a protein punch, which is thought to improve nail strength and speed up the rate of nail growth. They also contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, as well as some iron. Green peas can be bought fresh in the pod, dried or frozen for best results.

#2:  Wheat Germ

It is one of the best dietary sources of vitamin E and an excellent source of protein and dietary zinc. It is also a fairly concentrated source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which promotes the absorption of zinc from the intestines. You can add wheat germ to cereals, muesli, bread dough, smoothies, or pancakes.

#3:  Sunflower Seeds

These mild, nutty-tasting seeds are loaded with vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy nails. They are packed with vitamin E, zinc, and iron. Furthermore, they an excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), with one cup delivering a whopping 31% the recommended daily intake. Vitamin B6 is crucial for the proper absorption of zinc from the intestines.


#4:  Beans

Beans are packed with protein which promotes nail growth, but they are also a great source of nail friendly vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, and biotin. Supplementation with biotin (also known as vitamin B7) has been shown to significantly increase nail plate thickness and to reduce nails’ tendency to split.

#5:  Eggs

Eggs are considered the “gold standard” for protein quality. Eggs deliver plenty of protein which is vital for strong, healthy nails. Along with soy protein isolates and whey protein, egg whites have the highest possible PDCAAS of all foods. They also score 100 on the biological value, which means that all protein indigested from eggs is used by the body. In addition to providing an excellent source of nail health promoting protein, eggs pack a punch of nutrients needed for maintaining healthy nails. These include iron, vitamin B7, vitamin B12, vitamin A, and vitamin E.


#6:  Paprika Powder

The range of vitamins and minerals in paprika powder is so comprehensive that a few spoonfuls a day will provide you with more nail growth promoting nutrients than most vitamin pills. Paprika is packed with beta-carotene, vitamin E, and B vitamins. It is also one of most vitamin C rich spices and a great source of iron.

#7:  Salmon

Packed with vitamin B12, salmon helps prevent dry, overly curved, and darkened nails. Salmon is also a beauty food par excellence. Not only does it help keep the skin soft and smooth, but it can also help you grow strong nails. In addition to containing a substantial amount of protein, salmon is loaded with vitamin B12, with a 260-calorie serving packing more than 50 percent of the reference daily intake for this important vitamin. A deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to excessive nail dryness, overly curved nail ends, and darkened nails.

#8:  Oatmeal


Eating a bowl of freshly cooked oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to start a day off right. Oats are highly nutritious and an excellent source of B vitamins, zinc and copper, some of the most important micronutrients for maintaining healthy nails. They are also a great vegetarian source of dietary protein.

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10 reasons to ditch box colour right now

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We’ve all gone the route of using box colour at some stage for various reasons, but if you ever needed an excuse to make an appointment at Rock Paper Scissor for a professional colour – here are TEN great ones.

  1. One size does not fit all

If you don’t believe in one size fits all pants, why do you think box colour is okay? Think about it, in a salon a stylist will study your hair before deciding what volume developer to use, when you buy a box there’s no control over that. That’s why while a certain blond box colour works for your bestie, it looks awful on you. You are different. Your hair is different. There is no one size fits all solution to hair colour.

2. Hair colour should be customised for each individual

A stylist will take several factors in consideration when mixing colours for your hair, because every head of hair is different. That’s why your colour should be customised for you and you alone. Here’s a list of the factors a stylist will think about when mixing the right colour for you.

  • Natural level and underlying pigment
  • Skin tone
  • How porous your hair is
  • Previous artificial pigments
  • Percentage of grey hair

3. The difference between semi and permanent colour

There is almost no difference between these two when you use a box, while in a salon the difference is huge. Temporary colour should only stain the outer layer of your hair and last a week or two at most. No box colour can really guarantee a total wash out, so be careful.

4. Nothing compares to professional application

You can’t see what you can’t see. Which means when you are colouring from a box or bottle you are bound to cause banding – that is going over the same old colour again and again which causes dark spots, while you miss others completely. Application has to be precise in order to minimise damage.

5. Your hair WILL feel like straw

No question about it. When everything from developer levels in the mix and application is wrong, your hair will become damaged and dry out. Most people think this is a normal side effect of colouring your hair, it isn’t. When you have a professional colour done, you’ll soon feel the difference.

  1. There’s a good chance you’ll need a haircut afterwards

With the more box colour you use the the more porous your hair will become, which means that the only solution will be to cut your hair. Sad but true.

  1. Cap highlights are an accident waiting to happen

Cap highlights are a bit old school and doing it at home could mean that you end up with leopard spots or bleeding! Not pretty and hard to fix.

  1. You are not going to look like the celeb in the TV ad

Do you really think Eva Longoria used a box colour? Enough said. Don’t fall for the advertising.

  1. It’s not a saving in the long run

Think about the damage it’s doing to your hair. Not only that, it’s basically a ticking time bomb for something to go wrong, and then you’ll find yourself trying to find a stylist to do corrective colour – and that comes at a hefty price.

  1. Deciding to switch won’t be easy

Unfortunately, if you’ve been using colour from a box for years, it’s going to take more than one or two visits to the salon to get your hair back into shape. So don’t expect a miracle, but soon enough, you’ll see what an awesome difference a professional colour can make.

Contact us for your next professional colour! Explore our Hair Design Menu here.

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What’s in your shampoo? And how to make your own

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Have you ever read the ingredients listed on the label of your shampoo bottle? Well, perhaps you should. If you’ve ever actually tried this, you would have discovered that it feels a lot like reading Greek! Truth is, most of it is in Latin or listed by its scientific name, I suppose to make it sound more fancy. Here’s a breakdown of what’s really in your shampoo bottle.

The most prevalent ingredient will be listed first, and it’s usually aqua i.e. water. That’s easy enough.

Herbs or plants

Next up there might be a list of herbal ingredients: Rosmarinus officinalis which is rosemary, calendula officinalis (marigold) and salvia officinalis (sage). Lavandula angustifolia is lavender, citrus medica limonum is lemon.


Yes, your shampoo will contain acid.When you see palmitic acid,stearic acid, lauric acid, linoleic acid, arachidic acid, oleic acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, or myristic acid on the label, don’t worry. It just means you’re using shea butter, cocoa butter, palm oil or something like that.


Tocopherol and panthenol are vitamins E and vitamin B5, respectively.

Surfactants aka detergents

This is the scariest of the ingredients, the chemicals used to actually clean your hair.

Here is a list of the harmful surfactants to avoid:

Cocamide DEA, MEA, TEA or MIPA

Lauramide DEA

PEGs-(with PEG-n designation)

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

Cocamidopropyl Betaine


Emollients reduce the loss of moisture and are excellent for dry and damaged hair. Lubricants reduce friction between hair strands while smoothing hair and adding shine. Vegetable/plant oils such as olive oil and evening primrose oil are great natural emollients and lubricants. Panthenol and aloe vera are great safe moisturizers.

Emollients to be avoided include mineral oil (a petroleum derivative) and silicones such as dimethicone. Silicones do not biodegrade; thus, they pollute the environment.

Ever thought of making your own shampoo?

Here’s an easy coconut shampoo recipe from


  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap (a vegetable soap available from Faithful to Nature / Dischem)
  • 20 drops of essential oils of your choice
  • For dry hair: add ½ tsp olive or almond oil (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in an old shampoo bottle or jar of some kind (pump soap dispensers and even foaming dispensers work well for this. If you use a foaming dispenser, add 1/4 cup of distilled water)
  2. Shake well to mix.
  3. Keep in shower for up to a month.
  4. Shake before each use.
  5. Use about a teaspoon every time you shampoo.
  6. If you use a foaming dispenser, it also makes a great shaving cream- just dilute with 1/4 cup distilled water!