Monthly Archives: September 2016

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The revolutionary Olaplex treatment for damaged hair is HERE!

Category : Hair

You must have noticed by now that your has changed, right? The texture may have been altered due to pregnancy, hormone changes or even repeat bleaching, colouring, perming or flat ironing could have caused your hair to become dry and brittle over time. If this is the case, it’s more important now than ever before to invest in a repair treatment to keep your locks looking lovely and above all, healthy.


We are so excited at Rock Paper Scissors to let you know that we use the number one repair treatment in the world: Olaplex.

How does it work?

Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair aka it makes hair stronger. The treatment is labelled a “bond multiplier”, which limits damage to hair during or after colouring. This is why we use it in conjunction with our products.


You might remember from biology class that hair contains lots of keratin proteins, which has the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine is special because it contains a sulfur (S) atom. Normally, two sulfurs will join together to form a disulfide bond creating a link between two proteins. These bonds are responsible for keeping the hair’s shape and its strength. Perming or colouring deliberately beaks the bonds and then reforms them.

Bear in mind that repeated heat, sunlight, hair styling and chemical treatments like hair colouring will also break disulfide bonds and lead to weakened, damaged hair. What the lapplex product does, is that it chemically bonds with the sulfurs, making an artificial, extended disulfide bridge – which actually does strengthen the hair.Rock paper scissor  hair salon graanendal

Take a look at these before and after photos!


Book a treatment with us! Rock Paper Scissors has the Olaplex treatment on offer as a fabulous value add for just R300. To view our full hair salon price list click here.

The Homemade Hair Mask

For a short term DIY solution to help nourish your hair, you can also raid your kitchen and apply these at home as hair masks.

1 ingredient: coconut oil. Use a ¼ cup of heated oil on dry or wet hair. Leave in for an hour or even overnight and then wash out as normal. Caution: protect your clothes from oil stain by wrapping your head with clingwrap or wearing a showercap. Better still, apply and leave in while having a long hot bath.

2 ingredients: ½ avo and 2 egg yolks. Combine, apply to wet or dry hair, leave in for 20 minutes and wash and rinse as normal.

3 ingredients: 1 tsp olive oil +1 Tbsp honey + ¼ cup yogurt. Mix the ingredients well. Apply to damp hair, and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and wash your hair, and allow to dry as normal.

Rock Paper Scissors is located in the Graanendal Shopping Centre in Durbanville, Cape Town North. We also have an exquisite salon on premises for all your beauty needs,  click here for the treatment menu. Contact us for an appointment. 

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What’s the difference between Gel and Acrylic nails?

Category : Beauty

Let’s face it, when you make an appointment at the salon to have your nails done, you may very well need a couple of university degrees to decide if you’ll have a manicure with or without Gelish or if you’d prefer Acrylic nails. So, what’s the difference?

[If you’d like to make an appointment to have your nails done at Rock Paper Scissors, click here]

Gel Nails vs. Acrylic Nails

The main difference between acrylics and gels lies in the product makeup: acrylic nails are made by dipping a brush into a liquid (called monomer) and then placing the wet brush in a powder (called polymer), creating a ball of product that is then placed on the nail bed and patted into place. The product is allowed to cure for a few minutes before filing, but the curing process continues over the next 48 hours.

Gel is a pre-mix and in an actual “gel” form. A brush is used to pick up a portion of gel and place it on the nail bed, and then it is brushed into position. Then the finger is placed in a low-wattage UV light to cure the gel. Once it is removed from the light, it is fully cured.

More about Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails have been around for a very long time and are quite popular. Most nail salons offer them, and many nail technicians have a lot of experience working with this type of artificial nail. There is also a strong smell associated with some of the chemicals that are involved in the process, which can make the application unpleasant.

More about Gel Nails

Although gel nails have been around nearly as long as acrylic nails, especially in Europe, they have only become common in recent years. This means that not as many places will offer the technique, so it may be a bit harder to find nail technicians who have experience with gel nails.

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In case you didn’t know, we at Rock Paper Scissors, do offer Gel nails AND we are running a fabulous Spring Promo: R280 for a mani or pedi with gleish!

Gel nails do not require the same type of strong-smelling chemicals to apply or remove them. Gel nails are also thinner and more flexible than their acrylic counterpart and may be a better choice for women with thin, soft nail beds.

Rock Paper Scissor is a Hair and Beauty studio located in the upmarket suburb of Durbanville, northern suburbs Cape Town. Find us here. To view our Beauty Treatment Menu and price list, click here. For Hair design, click here.