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The kindness cut: how you can donate your locks to CANSA

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The kindness cut: how you can donate your locks to CANSA

With October being Women’s Health Awareness month, we are seeing pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness everywhere. The C – word is not something we wish upon any other person, and yet many of us have lost friends and family to this dreaded disease.

Having to go through chemotherapy is a very, to put it mildly, challenging part of cancer treatment. Then you have to deal with the side effects that sometimes come with the treatment. Hair loss is one of those side effects and can happen to individuals who are on chemotherapy. The drugs kill the cancer cells, but also damage the hair follicles. This can then cause the hair to fall out during treatment.

What can family, friends and any one of us do to help? CANSA has come up with a way to make it easy for you to help cancer patients with hair loss. The Kindness cut campaign, where human hair is used to make wigs, and the wigs are then given to cancer patients for free.

The best reasons why you should donate

Hair, especially for a woman is a sign of beauty, our crowning glory. Having to watch it fall out must be extremely difficult and devastating. Providing this opportunity for cancer patients to receive a wig, offers the person a sense of self-confidence again. It will help to restore their dignity and just make them feel beautiful again. Bring a smile to their faces.

The important thing to remember is that you have the ability to help somebody in need, why not take the step to do it. You don’t have to worry, in the end your hair will grow back. So are going to take the plunge and donate your hair?

‘Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.’ Kathy Calvin

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Donating money to the campaign: The kindness cut

Are you inspired to help, but not quite ready to cut your hair? Anybody can help out by making a simple donation to the campaign. The money needed to make one wig can cost almost R2000, so any financial contribution would be most welcome. You can visit the campaign page at, ( Don’t forget to share this page on all of your social media platforms with your friends to increase awareness of the campaign. Want to be even more involved, you can even start your own campaign to raise money for this cause.


Donating your hair to CANSA

Do you have long hair? Would you like to donate your ponytail to CANSA?

It is simple to donate your hair, just visit your local CANSA care centre, which can be found countrywide. ( )

You would have heard of the Shavathons that usually happen every year at selected shopping centres throughout the country. The function allows you to easily donate your hair to support cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. As it takes about 6 to even 10 ponytails of hair to make one wig, every donation is appreciated.

All the donated hair is collected and sent off to a wig manufacturer to create the wigs. The wigs are then distributed to the CANSA Care Centres found countrywide, and these are then given to those who are in need.

What are the requirements of donating your hair?

To make sure the hair is in its best condition, there are a few simple things to take note of if you do decide to donate.

  •  Ponytails that are to be donated should be at least 25 cm in length
  •  Your hair should be dry and clean when you go to cut it
  •  Hair that has been treated or dyed is also accepted. Unfortunately no dreadlocks can be used.
  •  Make sure to secure both ends of the hair with an elastic and place into a plastic bag, this will ensure your hair remains in good condition.

Have you done a self-examiniation on your breasts? You should. Here are the five steps and it won’t take you longer than 2 minutes to do.

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Essential Bridal Grooming Tips

Category : Beauty , Hair

Hello, October! Let the wedding season begin!

Imagine a bride walking down the aisle, wearing an elegant flowing dress. Hair done perfectly, her skin looking radiant with long beautiful nails. Getting to this point does not happen overnight, there is a lot of preparation that goes into making a bride, look stunning on her wedding day. Here are a few tips for essential bridal grooming to ensure you look your best on your special day.

Hair essentials

It is always good to start on the inside, with a healthy diet and Vitamin B for great looking hair. Enjoy a stimulating scalp massage and conditioning treatment about 4 weeks before the wedding. This feels really good, is stress relieving and helps to stimulate the hair follicles and adds body to the hair. A hair mask, once a month in general can help to moisturise and give extra shine to your hair. You can have it done professionally or try a DIY option.

Don’t know what hairstyle you want? Make sure to experiment with styles, cuts and colours up to 8 months before the big day. This will ensure you can get what you want even if you make a mistake in hair cut or colour. You can also try one or two professionals to find one you like if you start early.


Once you know what you want, you can have a hair trial about 1-2 months prior to the wedding. You can also help the stylist choose something that is best for you, if you know what your dress looks like and where you will be having the wedding. Something like having a ceremony at the beach can have an effect on your choice of hairstyles.


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Skincare Essentials


A regular routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising should be done all the time. Another good habit to follow, is to use products with a good sunscreen in them to protect your skin.


If you suffer from skin problems, like acne, it is a good idea to consult with a dermatologist at least six months before the wedding so that your skin can get used to the prescribed skincare routine. No serious problems? Visit your local beauty therapist or aesthetician for a couple of facials to help clear blackheads, remove dead skin cells and improve the circulation. You can also start these facials about 4-6 months before the wedding. It is recommended not to have a facial just before the wedding, to help prevent any reactions taking place. Good skin also comes from drinking plenty of water, so ensure you drink enough before and on your wedding day.


Body Essentials


A good healthy diet, exercise regime and multivitamin can help give you more energy. Wanting to lose some weight? It is a good idea to start your exercise programme at least 8 months before the wedding day. Crash diets are not recommended and are not healthy for you. Doing it properly will give you more energy, longer lasting results and a better feel good factor.


You can also exfoliate your body each day a couple of weeks before the wedding. You can go to a salon at least once, otherwise a good loofah or body scrub should do the trick. Always remember to moisturise after the scrub.


Teeth-whitening: This can take a few sessions and should be done at least 2 months before the big day.


Eyes: Sometimes eyes can be a bit puffy. There are many eye creams available to help with this, but most important is to get enough sleep, especially closer to the wedding day. You can also apply a cool compress, cucumber or cold tea bags, onto your eyes as needed to help prevent puffiness. 1-2 Weeks before the wedding try to stay away from excessive salty foods, which can sometimes cause the eyes to look swollen.


Lips: A good lip moisturising stick with sunscreen is always a good idea. You can also start a month before exfoliating the lips.


Neck/Décolleté: An often missed area of the body, a very delicate area. Use a gentle exfoliation once or twice a week and apply moisturiser every day to the neck and chest area. You will feel confident if you are wearing a low neckline dress for your wedding day.


Massage: Have a relaxing massage to get all the stress out a week before the wedding. Try our signature massage!

Tanning Essentials

Self-tanning: Try to test out a product at least 2 months before the wedding. You don’t want to sit with streaky or discoloured skin.


Spray-tan: You can also test this out a few weeks ahead to see if it is for you. You can then go about 2 days before the wedding, to allow the tan to look more natural on the day.


Tanning beds: This option should be done about 2 months before the wedding. It will take a couple of sessions to get the desired result.


Waxing Essentials

Leg wax: Never having waxed, it is best to start waxing a few months before to get used to the waxing cycle. Then have your final wax before your wedding day, 2-3 days ahead of time.


Eye/brow wax: Two weeks before the wedding you should wax these areas and you can tweeze any stray hairs afterwards, but not on the day of the wedding.



Manicure and pedicure essentials

Care for feet will look good in open toed wedding shoes. Remember to exfoliate and moisturize. If you can afford to have Mani’s and Pedi’s every month, then this is the best option. Otherwise do some home treatments for yourself. When it comes to nearing the wedding day, have your manicure and pedicure about two days before. Some recommend having a gel finish to prevent any cracks happening on the big day.

Make-up Essentials

Finding the right person and experimenting with different looks should be done 2-4 months ahead of time.  You don’t want to have to run around for this type of thing on your wedding day.


Eyelash extensions: If you are trying extensions for the first time, consider trying them a few weeks before the wedding to see if you actually want them. The eyelashes that fall out can be replaced. Otherwise getting extensions 2 or 3 days before the wedding will give you the best look.


Take a look at the things you need to know about eyelash extensions.


All you need is a little preparation and planning to be able to walk down the aisle with confidence looking absolutely beautiful…and US, ROCK PAPER SCISSORS  >>> SEE OUR BEAUTY PRICE LIST HERE.

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Nail care 101: The Value of a Professional Manicure

Category : Beauty

Your hands and nails are exposed to a lot during the day, more so than many other parts of the body. This can create broken, damaged nails and torn cuticles. Caring for your hands and nails is part of a good daily habit that everybody should try and do.Having nice manicured nails is also a huge confidence booster.

Looking after your nails can also prevent things like dry skin and can help to prevent or reduce problems such as ingrown nails. 

Let’s have a look at the value and benefits of a professional manicure.

By doing your own nails when you have a problem, like an ingrown nail, may take longer to heal. Going to a professional might help prevent this issue in the first place and they can help to mend the problem sooner. They will know how to deal with fungal infections or other nail health issues.

Visiting a salon and letting somebody else do your nails is a relaxing experience for most people.

There are many treatments available in a salon that can help with stress and having a professional manicure can be one of them. The whole session is something you can do for yourself, an experience and a treat to enjoy.  While having your manicure, some people also enjoy a little chat with their therapist.

When I do my own nails, I don’t tend to scrub or massage my hands. A professional manicure can offer all this, scrub, massage, and moisturiser. Basically offering a wonderful pampering treatment. The manicure session is not only for luxury benefits, it also helps to improve your skin and nail health.

Salons also offer more of a variety when it comes to products you want to use and buy. You have an array of colours to choose from if you would like to paint your nails. They also offer quality hand products to take home with you. The nail technician can also provide helpful advice on which products to use and how to use it correctly.

The overall quality and result going for a professional manicure is far superior to doing it yourself at home. The quality is better and you feel more satisfied with what you see. The professional manicure also tends to last longer than a do it yourself job.

Nothing beats a professional manicure, and nothing beats the feeling of looking down at your hands and feeling like a million bucks!

Rock Paper Scissors not only offers basic manicures, we also do gel and acrylic nails.

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Haircare 101-Basics on having great hair

Category : Hair

Having a great hair day relies on you to do the right thing when it comes to a hair care routine. The routine should include everything from eating correctly to using the best products for your hair. There are many issues that people have from brittle and damaged hair to hair loss, so here are some ideas to help you have a great hair day.

How do you wash hair?

Wash, rinse, repeat is simple enough right? Well there are some tips that help to give you that extra edge. For instance, try to use your conditioner and apply only to the body and tips of the hair. The reason for this is, if you apply too much onto the scalp it can cause a build up and make your hair look oily. There also seems to be a new trend of using a conditioner before you shampoo. By washing your hair this way adds more volume to your hair. You will have to try this one for yourself to see if it works for you.

Using the right product for your hair

You might have damaged or dry hair and using the more expensive products is not necessarily the way to go. There are plenty of products out there that can help with your specific hair problem and if you’re not sure ask your hairdresser for advice before purchasing anything. I always like to buy the more natural or organic shampoos without sulfates or alcohol that tend to dry my hair out.

Some examples of the different conditioners you get for your hair:

  • Wash out- conditioner: This is the most common conditioner and there is a variety for the different hair types.
  • Leave in: These conditioners help to smooth and de-tangle and can also act as a styling product.
  • Hair masks: This conditioner is for deep conditioning and is helpful in cases of really dry and damaged hair.

Inside and not on top

Healthy hair comes from having a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Eating correctly and supplementing if you need to, could help keep your head of hair in tip top shape. The health of the hair follicle is what influences your hair growth and this is where you need a good diet and nutrients for strong and healthy hair.

Hot air for hair

Your hair can be exposed to a lot of heat from blow dryers to flat irons that could cause damage. Try to let your hair dry naturally every now and again to give your hair a break. Using heat protecting products can also help to minimize any damage to your hair.

Oils for your hair

Hair oils can help to smooth hair out, great in cases of frizzy hair. The oils can also help to improve hair growth and hair loss. OIls are very easy to use, apply oils to your hair and scalp and leave in for about 30 minutes, simply shampoo out as you would normally do. Again, this is something you need to try out yourself to see if it works for you. Oils are mostly recommended for damaged and very dry hair.

Hair mousse

Hair mousse can add a bit of volume and lift to your hair. Work the mousse through your hair after shampooing and towel drying your hair.  After applying the mousse blow dry your hair for a great look.

Regular trims for your hair

Cutting or getting regular trims doesn’t help with the actual growth of the hair, but you can reduce your split ends and improve the look and feel. This will also help decrease the amount of hair breakage and might even make your hair look sleeker and shinier.


Whatever hair type you are, following a few simple basic rules will help you to have beautiful, healthy and great hair.

Rock Paper Scissors is a unisex hair salon located in the Graanendal Shopping Center in Durbanville – phone 021 9794292 for an appointment.

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Be On Trend: Matric Farewell Hairstyles 2017

Category : Hair

This year it does not matter if your hair is short or long, it’s all about the braids. Fish plaits and messy buns come together to create an elegant style that looks almost effortless. Bling and flowers completes the look – and don’t forget the hairspray and bobby pins, you’ll be needing loads of those!


Highlights add texture to the colour. The hair will be curled and then a french braid from the front going backwards and pinned completes the look.

Fake undercut. You can achieve this look by parting the hair and doing a tight plait in one section.

Pink pastel bob with curls and a French plait.


We love this side swept loose braid.

How gorgeous is this Halo Braided Upstyle? The braids soften the face while the messy, textured bun provides some volume. Ringlets frame the face.

Fish tail low bun upstyle with curls.

The polished pony is perfect for a sleek look.

If you have an idea for what you want for your matric farewell hairdo, but don’t have a hairdresser yet, please contact us, we’d love to help!

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Straight up: The best hair deal this winter! 50% off Brazilian Blow Dries!

Category : Hair



Our Brazilians are now HALF PRICED!
Short – R578 (was R1155)
Medium – R798 (was R1595)
Long – R940 (was R1880)
*only while stock last / ends 31 July 2017

CALL 021 9794292 TODAY to make your appointment!

About our product: Brasil Cacau

Brasil Cacau is a product that was formulated to straighten hair strands by a minimum of 60 percent and remove frizz by 90 percent. The product will also reduce styling time as hair dries faster than it usually would, making it much more manageable. The entire treatment can take anywhere from two to three hours depending on hair thickness and length and lasts between two and a half and three months. The more treatments you do, the longer it lasts. After the full Brasil Cacau service you are left with beautiful, soft, healthy looking and shiny hair, but the best part is that it’s frizz free! Come moisture, rain or coastal humidity you will never look like a frizz ball again!

Will it damage my hair?

THERE seems to be a misconception around Brazilian Blowout and it ‘damaging hair’. Brazilian Blowout is a highly effective smoothing TREATMENT, it cannot damage the hair. The problem lies in the heat process. When stylists are not properly educated on whichever smoothing treatment they are using, they often over heat-style the clients’ hair. Different temperatures and how many times the client’s hair is being ironed should vary. The texture, density, colour history and condition should determine the ironing process, that’s why choosing a profesisonal service from Rock Paper Scissors is a MUST.

Rock Paper Scissor is a professional hair and beauty salon located in Durbanville’s Graanendal Shopping Center.

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Your scalp may be telling you something about your overall health

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Is your hair and scalp trying to say something about your health?

Before we get into any health conditions it’s good to know that there are also some external factors that may contribute to any hair or scalp health issues. Many scalp or hair conditions could be caused by using harsh shampoos and other hair chemicals. Simply by changing how you look after your hair, you can solve your problem.

Some other external examples may include:

  • Pollution in the environment around you
  • Certain types of medication
  • Emotional or Traumatic experiences

So what are some of the problems you should be looking out for?

Dandruff ( white flakes)

Oil on the scalp causes the skin cells to clump together forming white flakes.  Dandruff seems to have a few causes including:

  • an overgrowth of a fungus
  • seborrhoeic dermatitis
  • shampooing too much
  • eczema or psoriasis
  • a sensitivity to certain hair care products and not washing often enough.

Depending on the cause the treatment could be as easy as lessening the amount of times you shampoo. Certain medication or special shampoos may be necessary in other cases.

Yellow dandruff

Finding greasy yellow and oily flakes indicates that you might have seborrheic dermatitis. This is an inflammatory condition that occurs in areas where there is an abundance of  oil glands. It can also include other areas like the face. The cause is not really known, but may be linked to hormones, a fungus and certain neurological issues. The treatment is the same as for dandruff.

Scaly patches on your hairline

A thick scaly crust that forms on your scalp especially along the hairline can be an indication of psoriasis. Psoriasis can also affect the whole body. This is an autoimmune problem and can be triggered by stress, infections, medications and may also be linked to genetics.

Topical treatments and medication may offer relief.

Hair loss and scalp health

Losing a certain amount of hair is nothing to be worried about. You can naturally lose about 100 hairs every day. The hair falls out and new hair grows back again.

More serious hair loss can be caused by different reasons, such as:

Alopecia areata – bald patches

This involves quite a bit of hair loss causing some balding patches. In this case the immune system is attacking the hair follicles and is usually caused by severe cases of stress or may be due to an autoimmune disease. The underlying condition is treated to help prevent more hair loss

Telogen Effluvium – temporary hair loss

A temporary loss of hair mostly on the top of the scalp. This is due to stressful conditions including things like, childbirth, surgery or a serious illness. Most of the time no treatment is required as the hair grows back after the stress goes away.

Male pattern baldness – permanent hair loss

This is permanent hair loss and is caused mainly by being a hereditary trait. Meaning that it is all in the genes. Treatment can be with medication to prevent further hair loss and surgeons can perform hair transplants to help prevent further balding.

Women can also suffer from baldness mainly on the top of the head. It has been found that women rarely suffer from complete baldness. The cause in this case can also be genetic, due to hormone issues, birth control pills or just part of the ageing process.

Premature greying hair

Greying is natural as we get older, but there are instances where greying hair can happen to a younger person. In this case the cause can be blamed on genetics and a family history of the problem.

There are a few other more serious causes of premature greying:

  • Anemia
  • Thyroid problems
  • Deficiency in Vitamin B-12
  • Insulin resistance

Dying your hair can be a solution to cover the grey, but some people may be sensitive to the hair colour chemicals.

What you can do to keep your scalp and hair healthy

  • A healthy lifestyle: nutrients are important so eat healthy and exercise. A big enough nutritional deficiency can cause hair to fall out.
  • Don’t over style your hair as the products used and heat applied can dry the scalp and make your hair brittle.
  • Wash hair with a gentle shampoo that is eco-friendly and use a conditioner.
  • Give your hair and scalp a regular moisturising treatment with a scalp massage if possible.
  • Take a supplement to help with scalp and hair health.
  • Your scalp can benefit from a regular exfoliation. This is the first time I have heard of this, but it makes sense that just like your face you can exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.


A simple DIY scalp exfoliation recipe

You will need

  • You can use either ¼ cup of olive oil or some of your hair conditioner
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Optional: essential oils. Teat tree or Lavender. Always read the directions and precautions on the label of essential oils before using.

Mix all the ingredients together and gently rub into your scalp for 2 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual. You can also add a drop or two of essential oil to the recipe if you like.

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Dry, cracked heels? Ask for MediHeel with your next Pedi

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If you suffer from dry feet and experience very dry heels, or even painful cracked heels, don’t despair! Rock Paper Scissor’s Beauty room has the MediHeel treatment on offer as an added extra to your next pedicure.

[Take advantage of the WINTER Promo – where you get a FREE MediHeel treatment with your full pedi.]

For more winter specials click here.

Causes of dry, cracked heels

While one of the main causes of dry, cracking skin is the winter air, other factors can  also impact heels. Common problems that contribute to heel issues include:

  • Age
  • Psoriasis or other skin-related conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Excess weight

Skin loses its ability to stretch with age, so cracks are more common as you get older. Diabetes can interrupt the body’s ability to produce oils, making the skin less supple and more susceptible to extreme dryness.

Disease and disorders such as athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, and thyroid disease may cause cracked heels. Excess weight can create extra pressure on the feet.

If you are wondering what exactly the Medi-heel treatment entails, watch this short video.

Medi-heel is a South African product which is safe to use and not absorbed by the bloodstream.


  • MediHeel’s chemical peel is a Keratolytic chemical and only works on the dead skin cells, it will not affect the healthy skin.
  • MediHeel has not been tested on pregnant women, so we cannot recommend its use in this regard.
  • It has been tested for diabetics and is entirely safe.
  • MediHeel is not suited for clients with Psoriasis or Eczema.
  • Lasting results for up to 14 days.

Rock Paper Scissor is a Hair and Beauty Salon located in the Graanendal Shopping Center in Durbanville. Call for an appointment: 021 979 4292.

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Hair Extensions: Everything You Need to Know

Category : Hair

Do you feel like a change in hairstyle, but your hair seems to take forever to grow? Then hair extensions might be the perfect solution for you.

Hair extensions are methods of lengthening one’s hair by incorporating additional human or synthetic hair.

Hair extensions can add volume and length to your hair instantly. They are advertised and readily available everywhere. This might also be your first time thinking about getting hair extensions, so what are the things you need to know?

Should you get synthetic or real human hair extensions?

The human hair option should be the first choice as it just looks more natural, blends in better and lasts much longer, but you’ll have to see it as an investment as costs quite a bit more. The synthetic hair tends to look artificial and is easily damaged by heat. Having said that,  the synthetic option might be for you if you only want to use it for a short period of time or for a special occasion as it is the cheaper option.

Paying a bit extra is worth it if you want to keep your extensions in for a longer time and be able to treat it as you would your normal hair. Hair extensions are in high demand so be careful where you buy from and where the actual product comes from.

“When getting your extensions you get what you pay for in terms of quality.”

What method for hair extensions are there?

There are many different types of methods for hair extensions. To choose one depends on your type of hair and how much you would like to spend. Find a stylist that has experience and knowledge in hair extensions. The last thing you need is badly installed extensions which can be damaging to your natural hair.

  • Clip in hair extensions: These basically just clip into your natural hair and you can take them out whenever you want. These can last up to two years if looked after properly.
  • Keratin Hair extensions: This method bonds your hair with a keratin tip. The bond is quite strong and can last for two or more months. Maintenance is easy and you can treat your hair as you would normally.
  • Weave or sew-in extensions: The hair is sewn into a tightly woven braid of your own hair.
  • Tape extensions: Your hair is placed in between two pieces of bio adhesive tape and can last for about 6-8 weeks.
  • Micro-ring hair extensions or micro-links: Strand by strand method of placing your hair through a metal cylinder or bead. No heat or glue is used and can last for up to about 4 months.

What is Remy hair?

I found this term pop up a lot with hair extensions. Basically this type of extension is the finest hair you can purchase. The hair is aligned perfectly and the cuticles are intact. This makes the hair look completely natural in appearance.

How do I care for my extensions?

Taking care of your hair extensions is an ongoing process and doing it correctly will ensure that it lasts longer and looks great. [READ MORE]

Be prepared for…

When getting your hair extensions be prepared to spend at least 3-4 hours, unless you go for the EASIPRO HAIR option at the salon. EASIPRO HAIR takes just 45 minutes to an hour to install.

CALL US AT 021 9794292 FOR A QUOTE.

Prices for hair extensions can be anything from a couple of hundred rand to a couple of thousand rand, depending on the type and method of hair extension. There is also a lot of care that goes into maintaining your extensions to make them look good and last longer.

“ Love is telling someone their hair extensions are showing.” Natasha Leggero

Rock Paper Scissor is a Hair and Beauty Salon located in the upmarket suburb of Durbanville. View our Hair Design Menu and Beauty Menu.