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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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Five minutes with Toni, our new beauty therapist

Category : Beauty

A few weeks ago we welcomed Toni to our Rock Paper Scissors Team. As a way of introducing her to our clients, we asked her a few questions.
Why did you become a beauty therapist?
I became a beauty therapist because I love making people feel good about themselves and I love meeting new people.
What is your ultimate pamper indulgence?
I loove getting massages and my nails done.
What’s your best beauty tip you can give someone of any age?
My tip for all ages would be to have a good skin care regime and to take care o your hands and feet.
Do you have any hobbies?
My hobbies are singing and changing my hair.
What is your beauty therapist super power?
My super power in i am awesome at waxing and very quick, i also try and make it as painless as posssible.
What is your favourite series to watch?
I love watching Gerodie Shore because i love seeing what new styles they come up with.
Tell us what the latest Rock Paper Scissor’s beauty special is.
Our latest special is running from the 25th of April til the 13th of may. It’s 10% off any facial for all mothers for Mothers Day.
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February is the perfect month to LOVE YOURSELF

Category : Beauty , Hair

Why not be our Valentine this month and take advantage of our gorgeous promotions?

We are located in the Graanendal Center in upmarket Durbanville. Our Salon is fully equipped for all your hair and beauty needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d love to hear from you. Beauty Menu. Hair Design Menu. Contact us.

Gift Vouchers available for the Beauty Special – it’s the perfect gift!

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The steps of a facial explained

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If you’ve ever had a facial before you’ll understand that not only is it like a spring clean for your skin, it also makes you feel like a million bucks afterwards. But have you ever wondered about the steps that the therapist follows during your facial? This article will highlight the most important steps of a luxury facial and explain them.

Step 1: Cleanse

Your facial will begin with the therapist removing your make up, should you be wearing any. Once your skin is bare, she will massage cleansing milk or cream, gel or lotion into your face, neck and décolleté. Using facial sponges, cloths or cotton pads, she will remove the cleanser with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Step 2: Consultation

Your eyes will be covered with moistened pads for the next step. Using a lighted magnifying glass, she will evaluate your skin. She may lightly pinch your skin to check for elasticity or press on it to check thickness. During this phase, your therapist may discuss her findings with you and ask you about your skin care regimen and your expectations for the facial.

Step 3: Exfoliation

Now that your therapist understands your skin care needs, she will choose an exfoliation cream, gel, mask, gommage or peel to use. Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells – this helps reduce the size of your pores. Certain exfoliation products, such as enzyme peels, require the product to be left on your face to dissolve the plugs that cause blackheads. Other products require either manual or machine stimulation.

Step 4: Steam

Depending upon the exfoliation product used, steam will either be applied to your face during that phase or after the product has been removed. Some spas may use heated, moist towels instead of steam. The moist heat loosens plugs and encourages skin to sweat out any impurities that may be caught in pores.

Step 5: Extraction

During the extraction phase blackheads and, possibly, whiteheads will be removed. A lighted magnifying glass will be used to examine your skin. Your therapist may use a blackhead extractor, a stainless steel instrument that allows blackheads to be gently expressed. Alternatively, she will cover her fingers with cotton to protect your skin while manually expressing the plugs.

Step 6: Massage

Facial massage stimulates and lubricates skin. Sometimes the therapist will massage your neck, shoulders, décolleté and/or scalp as well. You may notice that your sinuses feel clearer and that you feel deeply relaxed after the massage.

Step 7: Mask

Depending upon your skin’s needs, your therapist will choose a mask for you. If your skin is oily, she may choose a clay-based mask to draw off the excessive sebum. If your skin is dehydrated, she’ll choose one that replenishes moisture. Masks are highly specific and are formulated to treat specific skin care needs.

Step 8: More massage

One of the best parts of the treatment! For the 10 minutes or so that you wear the mask, your therapist may perform a massage on your hands and arms, your feet and calves and/or your scalp.

Step 9: Serum

After your mask is removed,  a specialty serum will be applied to your skin. Some spas charge extra for this step, while others include it as part of the facial. Serums include those for aging skin, for blemished skin and for sensitive skin.

Step 10: Final touches

Before sending you out the door, your therapist will apply a skin-specific cream or gel to your skin. She may also apply an eye gel and/or lip treatment cream.

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Basic Facials using Vitaderm products & includes a relaxing hand massage

  • Basic Facial (45 min.)                                        R280.00
  • Purifying Deep Cleanse (60 min.)                   R300.00
  • Aromatic Facial (60 min.)                                 R330.00
  • Anti-oxidant Facial (60min.)                           R350.00

Vitaderm Specialised Facials includes a luxurious hand and scalp massage

  • Brightening Facial (90 min.)                          R440.00
  • Hydra Intensive Gel Facial (90 min.)           R440.00
  • Firming Sauna Facial (90 min.)                     R440.00
  • Vitamin Masque Facial                                    R440.00
  • Winter Peel: 4 treatments & 1 facial             R1408.00

Rock Paper Scissor is a hair and beauty salon located in the Graanendal Shopping Center in Durbanville. Call 021 9794292 for an appointment.

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Health Benefits of Massage – You NEED This

Category : Beauty

There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

  • Swedish massage.This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Aroma therapy massage. Uses essential oils to aid relaxation.
  • Reflexology. focuses on the feet and pressure points.
  • Scalp / Indian head massage. Aimed at the scalp and all the nerve endings there.

Have you tried Rock Paper Scissors’ Signature Massage?

It has the best of everything! (60 min.)  R400.00: Hot Stone Back Massage + Foot Reflex massage + Vanilla Hand Massage + Indian Head Massage

Massage is known to relieve the following ailments:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia (pain and stiffness localised at specific points on the body).
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome (chronic pain disorder)
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.

Did you know that massage relieve PMS pain? And that cancer patients also benefit, feeling less pain and nausea while undergoing chemo.

Why not try one of our other massages? It will make you feel like a new person!

  • Feet or Back        (3o min.)  R220.00  / (45 min.)  R300.00 / (60 min.)  R370.00
  • Swedish Body Massage                                (60 min.) R350.00 / (90 min.)  R510.00
  • Hot Stone: Back, Neck & Shoulder            (30 min.) R260.00 / (45 min.) R350.00
  • Hot Stone: Full Body    (60 min.) R380.00 / (75 min.) R470.00 / (90 min.) R560.00
  • Aroma / Soy Candle Body Massage  (30 min.)  R260.00 / (45 min.)  R350.00 /  (60 min.)  R420.00

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Your Festive Grooming Checklist

Category : Beauty , Hair

It’s that time of the year, families and friends get together, cellphones come out and photos are taken at every opportunity. Are you looking the best version of yourself? Well, are you?

Photos are for life.

Let that sink in for a moment. We at Rock Paper Scissors, always want you to look and feel like the very best version of yourself. Your inner beauty must shine through. So here’s our comprehensive Festive Grooming Checklist, in case you have no idea where to start.

Basics that will polish your look for the festive season

Brow clean up or shape and tint. Your brows frame your eyes, the most important part of you! Also, it will make all the difference on those photos. Read more about current brow trends here.



Hair. Now is the time to reshape, style, colour and highlight. Or even try a Brazilian Blow Dry to keep that sleek look throughout the season. See our hair menu here. And read our summer hair care blog post here.

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Hands and Feet. A mani and a pedi is an absolute must. No point in being all dolled up for Christmas lunch and your hands and feet don’t look pretty. Try gelish, it lasts for weeks – and we have a special!


Bikini waxing. You think you won’t end up swimming, but you will. So clean up the nether regions. Don’t know your Brazilian from your Hollywood? Read this.

 Pampering that will make you feel amazing

A facial. Treat you skin to a deep cleanse or a hydrating facial so that you still look amazing on those no make-up days.

Get a massage after all your Christmas shopping is done. It’s a tension buster and will rejuvenate you for the festivities to come.


Get a spray tan. Look even better in your shorts, tank tops and swimwear. no-one can argue, if you have a few extra kilos, the tan makes you look 5 kilos slimmer. What a confidence booster!

Treat your hair. Summer is a particularly harsh time of the year for your hair. why not add a treatment when you get your hair done? Ask for Olaplex.

Rock Paper Scissors is a hair and beauty salon located in the upmarket suburb of Durbanville in the Graanendal Shopping Center. Call 021 979 4292 for an appointment.

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It’s Brow or Never!

Category : Beauty

If the cat walk is anything to go by, it looks like the nude or invisible brow might be an up and coming trend in the beauty world. Also known as the anti-brow.

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But for now, it seems like the general public, like you and me, are happier with the girl next door type brows: the ones that look like they haven’t seen a pair of tweezers – EVER. Yup, the full and rather furry brow is back! So go bold!

Check out these sexy “smokey” or “brushed brows”

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Get the look!

Tint: For just R70 you can get the ultimate brow tint at Rock Paper Scissors or opt for the brow and lash combo for R110. Make an appointment here.

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Colour in: Essence brow kit is available at clicks and comes with brow shadows and stensils. It’s easy to use, and will surely fill on those brows to create a full look. there are also other products such as gels available that do the same trick.



Clean up: Just because bushy is the new sexy, it does not mean that you don’t have to clean up a bit. Get your brows cleaned up all around with a waxing session. (R60 at Rock Paper Scissors)

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Use a brush: To achieve #EyebrowsOnFleek use a brush. Brush upwards to find the hairs that need trimming.

And since it’s bikini season, don’t forget that you can get your wax on with us too 🙂




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Category : Beauty

It’s October, and before you know it, your weekends will involve lazy days by the pool. That means a swimming costume. That means it’s time to wax. So which type of waxing is best for you?

Bikini Wax


A standard bikini wax is a basic shaping of pubic hair into a neat upside-down triangle shape to the edge of the panty line.

Extended Bikini or G-string Wax


An G-string wax takes the sides of the bikini line in deeper than a regular bikini wax leaving a more defined triangle with narrower edges.

Brazilian Wax


A Brazilian wax takes away all the hair off the bikini line leaving a small strip on the front. Hair is removed from the front all the way round to the bottom area.

Hollywood Wax


The Hollywood wax removes all hair from the front, round to the bottom – complete hair removal.

Here some of the most frequently asked questions relating to waxing answered.

Will it hurt?

It’s not exactly painless, but bear in mind we all handle pain differently. If you are new to waxing there may be an element of shock, but it gets easier with every treatment as the hair thins. After all, many women keep coming back.

How long will the procedure take?

From 20 minutes for a basic bikini wax to 50 minutes for a Hollywood wax

How long does it last?

Approximately 4-6 weeks.

How much does it cost?

At our salon intimate waxing prices start at R110.00  for a bikini wax. Click here for our full price list.

Other things you need to know.

  • Every person’s skin reacts differently to waxing. You may end up with some irritation or redness as the skin can be distressed after the first couple of treatments, but apply products that help soothe the skin
  • The hair needs to have a certain length (5-10mm) to be waxed and for your first few sessions the longer the hair, the easier the wax.
  • You can shave in between waxing, but just remember that the hair regrowth needs to be a certain length before we can wax again.
  • And most important: it’ll make you feel Super Sexy 🙂

If you have any further questions about waxing please feel free to contact our therapist. To make an appointment, click here.

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What’s the difference between Gel and Acrylic nails?

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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?

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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.