I have been to many salons in South Africa, and very few come close to the service, expertise and standard of Carlton Hair Salons. When I was living in Cape Town I went to the Claremont and Cavendish branches for years, and in Johannesburg I’ve received stellar service at the Nelson Mandela Square outpost. So when I moved back to Port Elizabeth (post living in LA where I’ve had my hair done at the Kim Kimble Salon and the Nehuile Salon) I was thrilled to discover the Carlton Hair Port Elizabeth and have not looked back since! I love that they are passionate about hair, and are able to work on all hair textures! Read all the way through to learn about how you can score a Free Blowdry!
Q & A With The Owners and Expert Stylists at Carlton Hair Port Elizabeth
FROM RIGHT: ANGELIQUE, SONJA
The Style Trunk (TST): How long has the Port Elizabeth Carlton Hair been open for?
Angelique (A): Carlton Hair Port Elizabeth (the only one in Eastern Cape) has been open for just over two years. The previous owners Christilene and Ryan Bush merged the salon previously known as Headcandy with Carlton Hair, for growth reasons, before they decided to leave PE and move to Cape Town to grow even bigger within the Carlton group. This is when Sonja and myself got an amazing opportunity to take over the business, and grow the Carlton Port Elizabeth into a successful branch. We have been running it for just over two months now and we are doing great. The majority of our clientele moved with us and is now taking on this entire new adventure with us.
TST: How long have you both been doing hair for, and what are your individual expertise?
Sonja (S): I have been in this trade since 2002. I would say that I enjoy tackling big changes, like when someone wants a complete style change.
A: I’ve been in the industry since 2011 and still enjoying every new challenge that comes my way. I specialize in all forms of hair services, from colour to cutting and barbering. I enjoy taking part in the Davines international competition which happens yearly, where I can really push myself to get really creative on my colour and cutting skills. This is kind of platform is where one masters one’s colour and cutting skills to a much more advanced level, and allows us to travel around the world to grow within our trade and to see it from a different perspective.
TST: Hair trends to look out for or try for 2017?
S: Embracing your own natural movement in your hair, as well as embracing your curls. For men, we are seeing more and more men adopting the man bun.
A: 2017 is all about less is more! Less heat and styling tools, therefore enhancing what you have. A lot of women are still rocking the “LOB” (grown out bob just touching the shoulders or above) which is so easy to style. And, for men, it’s all about having a good fade cut.
TST: How often should one go to the salon, and what are the key treatments for hair repair and hair growth?
S: Most people should visit the salon every 4 to 6 weeks. The key for keeping your hair healthy and in great condition depends heavily on whether you are using the the right shampoo and conditioner, and whether you are having regular in salon treatments with your colour services.
TST: What are the key things to keep in mind when looking for a hair stylist?
S: It is important that you can connect with your stylist. It is also key to see the type of work they do and if they are continiously getting training and education on the latest hair techniques and trends.
TST: What should one keep in mind when trying to decide on a new hairstyle?
A: The first question you should ask yourself is: how much time are you willing to put into styling your hair? Also do consider your everyday lifestyle, as well as any part of your facial features that you don’t feel comfortable exposing. Another important question would be: is the purpose of this hairstyle for trends and fashion or is it comfort?
TST: Any tips for hair growth and hair repair?
A: Everyone’s hair is different; for repair you should be making sure you use something that balances all the moisture and protein levels within the hair. When it comes to hair growth the less heat and styling tools you use the better! Also make sure that you have regular trims.
TST: What Davines products can you recommend for hair repair and hair growth?
S: I would recommend using the nourishing shampoo.
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To make an appointment at Carlton Hair Port Elizabeth, contact: 041 373 1226 or view their hours here.
Their new address is 25 Westbourne Road, Central, Port Elizabeth 6001.
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