Have you heard? The 2018 Professional Beauty Awards & Industry Awards winners

Have you heard? The 2018 Professional Beauty Awards & Industry Awards winners

The winners of the 2018 Professional Beauty Awards & Industry Awards were announced at a glittering gala dinner event held on 2 September at The Venue in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, attended by some 270 industry professionals.

Regarded as the most prestigious awards in the industry, the Professional Beauty Awards acknowledge the year’s top salons, spas, medical aesthetic clinics, therapists and managers, with each category judged by two mystery guests, all experts in the field. The Industry Awards acknowledge the year’s top suppliers in the beauty and nails sector and are nominated by and voted on by the industry itself.

London-based Professional Beauty CEO, Mark Moloney, opened the gala dinner awards event, following which the MC for the evening, popular comedian and TV personality, Tats Nkonzo, performed an energetic and hilarious stand-up routine that had the audience rolling about in their seats.

Here are the winners and nominees in each category of the 2018 PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY AWARDS:


SALON OF YHE YEAR (3 rooms or less)

The Best Laser Skin & Body (Winner)

C’est La Vie

Beauty Studio River Branch

SALON OF THE YEAR (4 rooms or more)

Professional Skin Care Lab (Winner)

D’Vine Skin & Body

ISA Wellness Sanctuary


Hines & Harley Men’s Grooming Lounge (Winner)

Glass House Rejuvenation

Bar Ber Black Sheep


Ten Fold Nail Salon (Winner)

Bloom & Bare Nail & Beauty

Capri Nail & Beauty


NakedCherry Waxing Parkhurst (Winner)

The Brow Bar Menlyn

Wink & Whisper


The Aesthetic Studio (Winner)

Aesthetic Lab Hazelwood

Skin Logic


Life Day Spa Waterfront (Winner)

Aloe Day Spa

Hammam Turkish Bath & Spa


Thaba Tshwene Enviro Sanctuary Spa (Winner)

Askari Lodge & Spa

Valley Lodge & Spa


Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa (Winner)

Life Say Spa Century City

Africology Maslow


Shana Alexio – The Laser Beautique Bassonia (Winner)

Cecilia Labuschagne – The Beauty Studio

Terri Ford – Dante Wellness


Terry Morris – Hines & Harley Men’s Grooming Lounge (Winner)

Nicole Kaylynne Powell – ISA Wellness Sanctuary

Charlotte Timms – The Skinworx Project


Maureen Brill – Bio Sculpture Gel Carltonville (Winner)

Khomotso Carol Mabulana – Motso’s Nails

Nadia Erasmus – Nadz Hope Nails Kuilsriver


Here are the winners and nominees in each category of the 2018 INDUSTRY AWARDS:


Sparkle Cosmetics (Winner)

Bio Sculpture Gel

Young Nails


Smart Buy/Depilève (Winner)

NakedCherry Apothecary Waxing Skincare



RégimA (Winner)

Six Sensational Skincare



Young Nails (Winner)


Lilian Terry


Bio Sculpture Gel (Winner)




Shivani Ramgolam – ESP Salon & Spa Software (Winner)

Lauren Jenkins – Six Sensational Skincare

Marlize Kuhn – TheraVine


A huge congratulations to the winners and finalists! Are any of your favourites on this list? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

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8 Bright & Beautiful Nail Art Ideas To Try Right Now! | Easy DIY Spring Nails

8 Bright & Beautiful Nail Art Ideas To Try Right Now! | Easy DIY Spring Nails

Instead of reaching for your usual pastel nail polish this Spring, may we tempt you to play a little by trying one of these bright and beautiful nail art designs? 

Save your favourite to your phone to show your manicurist, or get out your polish collection and a couple of toothpicks and try them for yourself… these designs aren’t just pretty to look at, they’re relatively simple to recreate as well!

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Aren’t these the prettiest Spring nails you’ve ever seen? From fruity to floral, there’s a Spring-inspired design for just about everyone… which one is your favourite? 

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

Beauty Review: DermaFix Hand ResQ

When was the last time you showed your hands some love? We tend to overlook our hands when it comes to skincare, but our hands are just as exposed to the elements as our faces – it’s no wonder that they’re often one of the first parts of the body to show signs of ageing

You may spend thousands of Rands on anti-ageing serums and moisturisers for your face, but the dark spots, lines, and wrinkles on your hands are what truly reveal the number of candles on your birthday cake. Not to mention the fact that the cold, wintery weather can leave your hands feeling cracked, dry, and sapped of moisture. That’s why we believe that now is the perfect time to invest in a quality hand cream… and to apply it religiously after every hand wash. New DermaFix Hand ResQ (R270) is one of our most recent beauty discoveries – and one we can’t be without!


The skin on your hands is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body (and there are also fewer sebaceous glands), which is why your hands tend to be drier and loose suppleness faster than other parts of your body. Prevent moisture loss and improve your skin’s elasticity by arming yourself with a generous dollop of new DermaFix Hand ResQ. It provides unmatched moisture for dry, cracked skin, leaving your hands feeling instantly softer and smoother. It also improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles with regular use over time.


  • Shea Butter: provides anti-inflammatory and skin smoothing benefits.
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin: replenishes skin moisture levels whilst improving skin elasticity.
  • Soluble Collagen: offers water binding capabilities whilst combatting fine lines and wrinkles, improving the texture and appearance of the skin.
  • Vitamin E: preserves the skins moisture, improving dry, rough and damaged skin. It furthermore increases enzyme activity, promoting wound healing benefits and the prevention of premature ageing.


Apply Hand ResQ on clean, dry hands several times a day, or as needed.


For more information on DermaFix products, or for more info on DermaFix Cosmeceutical Skin Care, visit www.dermafix.co.za or call 0861 28 23 23.

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The truth about beauty oils

The truth about beauty oils

What if we told you that your perception of oils – that they make your skin greasy and may result breakouts – has been wrong all along? Read on to discover the true magic of beauty oils, whether for face or hair.

When my trusted skincare therapist first prescribed a facial oil to treat the fine lines that had appeared on my forehead literally overnight, I recoiled in horror. As a teenager, I suffered from regular hormonal breakouts and, despite the fact that my skin has changed considerably now that I’m in my early 30s, I’m still in the habit of picking out products with the term ‘oil-free’ boldly emblazoned across the front. Why on earth would I want to slather a greasy layer of oil across my face, I wondered? As it turns out, the right face oil can clear up your pores, soften your skin (and hair!) and even result in a dewy, more youthful complexion.

As it turns out, most synthetic and natural oils have a similar composition to your skin’s own moisture barrier. Itchy, dry skin is often as a result of a damaged moisture barrier, so it makes sense that adding oil to your regimen will encourage your skin to heal itself, essentially “filling” the holes in the moisture barrier and repairing your skin for a softer, smoother appearance. Some oils – like anti-inflammatory lavender, chamomile and rose oils – even have the ability to soothe irritated skin, while others (think argan, camellia and sunflower oils) promote collagen production for skin that’s noticeably firmer and plumper.

If you have an oily skin type that’s prone to blemishes and acne, you may be surprised to learn – as I was – that your best bet when it comes to choosing an effective cleanser would be an oil-based cleanser. If you think of it in terms of adding a few drops of water to oil, it becomes clear: oil rejects water, leaving little water bubbles floating on the surface of the oil. The same thing applies to your skin: when you wash your face and rinse with water, any excess sebum clogging your pores remains stubbornly in place; it’s only when you add an oil-based cleanser that you’re able to rinse away the grease and grime properly. Skin Creamery Oil-Milk Cleanser (R375) is a luxurious cleanser that goes on as an indulgent oil, but soon transforms into a milk once water is added to ensure that all impurities are easily and effectively rinsed from your skin. A word of caution to those with drier skins: stay clear of oil-based cleansers as these will strip the natural oils found in your skin, when you should really be focusing on adding more oil to boost hydration. This can be done by adding a face oil to your evening beauty routine – Skinderm’s Intense Nourishing Facial Oil (R420) is a firm favourite. It contains vitamin C and E to revitalise and nourish moisture-depleted skin, while protecting against free radical damage and helping to improve the appearance of existing pigmentation.


As well as giving skin a nourishing hit of hydration, oils can help your moisturiser to work even harder and better. The humectants (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, etc) contained in your moisturiser draw more moisture into your skin, and applying face oil over the top of this will ensure that this excess hydration is ‘locked in’ for longer lasting moisture. A common mistake that many women make is applying oil before moisturiser, as you would do with a serum. This is a big no-no –  moisturisers aren’t able to penetrate through oil, but oil is able to penetrate through creams and lotions so it’s best to apply your chosen oil only after your moisturiser.

Perhaps the easiest way to introduce oils into your beauty routine is to begin with a body oil or hair oil. Hair oils in particular have enjoyed increasing popularity over the past few years, with the renowned argan oil being at the top of our must-try list. The original MoroccanOil Hair Treatment contains argan oil and leaves your hair looking and feeling soft, supple and shiny, and has gone on to inspire a whole new category in hair care.

I’m also a big fan of My Abby Abyssinian Hair and Scalp Oil (R249), which is a recent discovery I stumbled upon at this yea’s ProBeauty Expo in Johannesburg. This lightweight oil softens and nourishes the hair shaft, while enhancing its shine – and all without weighing it down or leaving it looking oily. In fact, what differentiates My Abby from so many other hair oils is the fact that it can be used on the scalp – I like adding a couple of drops to my shampoo to help treat a dry, itchy scalp. My Abby also has a hair oil specifically formulated for ethnic hair types to help soften, nourish, and prevent breakage – you can read more here.

Hair oils are great at creating a protective barrier during the summer months, so now is as good a time as ever to invest in one. Simply add a few drops of oil to your hair before stepping into the pool or ocean to create a barrier that will protect your hair from the damaging effects of salt water and chlorine, as well as preventing your colour from fading in the sun.

Regardless of your skin (or hair) type, it’s clear that an oil will not only improve your appearance over time, but it will go a long way in treating specific concerns too. It’s no wonder, then, that natural oils have played an important role in beauty rituals for centuries: Helen of Troy favoured olive oil, while Cleopatra was fond of almond oil. If it’s good enough for these famed beauties, I’m certainly willing to give oils a go!