I am now speaking fluent Capetonian. The locals are treating me as one of their own.
Today, I headed into central Cape Town to meet up with the legendary Byron Mayer, owner of the fabulous Carlton Hair salon group and training academy, and the distributor (among other fabulous products) of Davines in South Africa. We met up at the new Carlton Hair headquarters, a beautiful building in Wale Street, central Cape Town, which started its life many years ago as a church and has been used for numerous different purposes since then. It was fascinating to hear the plans for this building, which will gain a whole new lease on life while retaining its original character, once the refurbishment is under way. The building is also occupied by a company called Honest Chocolate. This means that divine cappuccinos are just a click of the fingers away, and it also means that everything smells of chocolate, all the time! What an amazing experience.
From there, I headed out to Somerset West, where I was delighted to meet up with the legendary Clinton Valjeaux, owner of Jeauval salons, at his brand new salon at The Sanctuary mall. This is their first Cape Town salon and here's what it looks like - Jeauval clients and fans will recognise the colourful, funky branding!
While I was in the salon I thought it would be a great idea to ask Clinton if he would do a short video interview on what it was like to set up a salon in a new and different city. Clinton and I ended up putting together our first ever Hairnews salon mirror interview! Enjoy!
There will be more blogging next week - have a fabulous weekend and stay tuned on Monday!