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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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Tips: Summer Hair Care

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Did you know that the same UV rays that damage your skin, will also cause damage to your hair? Too much sun can leave hair dry, brittle and faded.

Here are serious summer hair advice to keep your locks in tip-top shape this season.

  1. Wear a hat or cover your hair with a scarf as often as possible.

  2. Give heat styling a break. Go natural as much as possible i.e. less blow drying and product.

  3. Wet your hair before you enter the pool. This way it will absorb lesser chlorine.

  4. A hot oil rinse is non-negotiable in the summers. After shampooing your hair, heat any natural oil (coconut, almond or olive) and apply it to your hair from the tips to the roots. Your hair will feel soft and healthy instantly.

  5. After applying sunscreen on your body, simply run your fingers through your hair and let the residual sunscreen protect your hair from UV rays.summer hair tips rock paper scissors hair salon durbanville

  6. This is when you see split ends and dry tips, and this is neither healthy for your hair, nor do they look good. Book a trim that will take care of the ends and bring back life to your hair.

  7. Drink more water. Your hair and your skin will benefit immensely from the amount of water and extra fluids that you have. So opt for cooling liquids that will help you keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Include as many fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet as you can. This is an essential hair care tip for summer.

  8. Co-wash your hair which means conditioner-washing. It is the ideal summer care for hair. Just wet your hair, use a replenishing conditioner (without a shampoo first) for 2 minutes and rinse off. Yes, co-washing hair daily does cleanse to a major extent and limits shampooing for 3-4 days.

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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.

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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!