Beauty is definitely a cultural priority amongst the predominantly European populace of central Cape Town. There are, however, widely different ideas of what constitutes beauty – from the athletic, berry-brown girls of Camps Bay to the often pale, punk or retro-influenced girls of City Bowl, everyone’s chasing a different ideal.
While it still occasionally draws sneers, it’s not uncommon for men to visit beauty parlors for waxing and skin treatments, and the rough-and-tough image is definitely becoming an outdated profile. The drive for better grooming is in many ways led by Cape Town’s very strong homosexual community which is very prominent on the social and nightlife scenes.
As such, establishments dealing with creating and maintaining beauty are seeing more customers than ever, and demand is driving developments, with new spas and nail bars springing up all the time. Listed below are some of the better-regarded businesses offering beauty services in the city. Personal recommendations from friends and colleagues are also a wonderful way to find reliable services.
Scar specializes in ‘out there’, unusual styling, and you’ll either love or hate what they do to your hair. Though the shop is unisex, the general consensus is that it is more appropriate for women than men.
43 Kloof Street, Gardens
Call 021 422 5900
Mount Nelson Hotel Hairdressers
Enjoy a conventional cut in the quaint, genteel surrounds of the Mount Nelson, the city’s most prestigious hotel.
Address: Mount Nelson Hotel, Orange Street, Gardens
Call 021 483 1000
Cutting it Fine
This tiny establishment offers excellent service, whether you’re looking to stick within convention or get a little more creative with your styling.
Address: 66 Regent Road, Sea Point
Call Steven on 021 433 0899
This is an excellent place to get your hair dyed, permed or styled for just about any occasion.
Address: 1a Wilkinson Street, Newlands, Claremont
Call 021 685 3730/1687/0774
Aura Hair Emporium
Aside from the usual run of hairdressing services, Aura specializes in on-the-day bridal extensions, and is open seven days a week.
Address: Two Oceans House, Mouille Point
Call 021 4342470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
S.k.i.n. Wellness Spa
Skin offers state of the art health and beauty treatments – it houses, among other things, a hydra bath, a Vichy shower, a turbo tanner and a fully fledged nail bar. It should really be your first port of call for any kind of beauty treatment.
Address: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Call 021 425 3551
Gardens Health & Skincare Clinic
This clinic offers specialized body treatments, facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures and aromatherapeutic massages for men and women.
Address: M4 Mezzanine Level, Gardens Centre
Call 021 4656295
CBM Health & Wellness
This upmarket salon offers body wraps, massage services, waxing, manicures, skin care treatments and laser hair removal.
Address: Warwick Square, 10 Grove Building, Claremont
Call 021 6836025
Frankydee’s Rejuvenation Centre
Frankydee’s specializes in anti-aging treatments for over forties.
Address: 15 St. Andrews Road
Call 021 685 3621
Manicurists and Pedicurists (Nail Bars)
Nails for U
Address: 72 Barnet Street, Gardens
Call 021 462 6267 or visit http://www.nailsforu.com
The Nail Place
Address: 7 board walk, Victoria Avenue, Hout Bay
Call 021 7913943
Address: 37 Bordeaux, Tokai Villas, Tokai
Call 021 713 0760
You’ll want to be rather careful when looking for massage parlors in Cape Town, as the establishments most frequently advertised as such are really brothels offering ‘sensual massage’. Below are two reputable salons that don’t confuse business with pleasure. Note that several of the establishments listed under ‘Beauty Parlors’ also offer massage services.
Bodyline Health and Beauty Salon
Address: 10th Floor, Vogue House, Thibault Square
Call 021 419 3518
Chinese Massage and Acupuncture
1st Floor, Satbel Centre, Corner of Somerset and De Smidt Street, Green Point
Call 021 425 3399 or email email@example.com