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Top Beauty Salons and Day Spas in Cape Town
Our pick of top health spas and houses of beauty in the Mother City
Last Updated: 9 June 2017
The desire to be beautiful is as instinctive as the desire to eat and be happy. Not only does beauty play a part in defining social hierarchy, but it is also a confidence boost to see a positive reflection in the mirror. Cape Town is full of people of all shapes and sizes who are all unique and beautiful, and there are several top beauty salons and day spas in Cape Town that offer facials, manicures and make-up to help you accentuate your natural beauty.
TOP BEAUTY SALONS AND DAY SPAS IN CAPE TOWN
Swordfern Hair and Beauty Emporium
“Hair is like nature. It flows, it stops, it moves, it falls, it flies and it lays down. It constantly changes. Sometimes it causes havoc, but mostly, it inspires us. To be more, to step out and to transform.” Who wouldn’t trust putting their hair in the hands of stylists who hold it in such high regard? A quote taken directly from the site of this trendy beauty and hair salon; you will immediately feel the infectiously electric atmosphere as you enter the eco-conscious emporium. Whether you’re due for a cut, jonesing for a wash and go, or in the mood for a funky colour, the unpretentious parlour wedged between Woodstock and Salt River will take good care of you. The Emporium that claims it is “a little different,” now offers gender neutral prices which means ladies and lads will pay the same price for cuts and styles, depending on the length of their hair. Every Wednesday you can treat your bro to a free haircut if you get a R240 chop yourself.
NOTE: Swordfern offer water-wise cuts and washes so be sure to make special mention of it if you’re being conservative during the current water crisis.
242 Lower Main Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 81 538 3036
Yemaya Spa & Hair
After a 2014 move from its glam home in Mouille Point to Sea Point's new, swish The Point shopping centre, Yemaya Spa & Hair is up and running and back to what it does best: acting as a one-stop shop for relaxation and rejuvenation. Though best known for offering the kind of scientifically innovative and results-driven treatments that Hollywood celebs live by (think radio frequency treatments, IPL skin rejuvenation, botox, fillers and more), the day spa also offers the more traditional treatments and basic essentials that you’d expect from most houses of beauty: massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, etc. Plus, the new spacious hair salon does everything from cuts and colours to blow-outs and extensions. And despite the relocation, what have remained consistent is Yemaya’s down-to-earth nature and its commitment to stocking only the best premium products, like Guinot, Dermalogica, Karastase and Babor. Needless to say, Yemaya is one salon customers can leave feeling like superstars.
Shop 14 | 2nd & 3rd floors | The Point | Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 439 2266
Dream Nails Beauty
Dream Nails gives you an opportunity to be original with your designs. This beauty salon has been in existence for over 30 years and has kept their clients happy with the professional and friendly services. Whether you choose to have your nails done or have their “dreamy massage”, it is all relaxing and rejuvenating at the beauty parlour. With nail technicians like Jacqueline Moolman (top nail technician in South Africa in 2015), it is no surprise that women all over are making regular appointments.
Cavendish Square | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 674 0767
Luxe Laser & Spa at Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa
Located at the Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa in Tamboerskloof, Luxe Laser & Spa seeks to offer clients high-end beauty treatments at affordable prices. Specialising in 100% painless and permanent hair removal for every skin and hair type, a wide range of Kalahari and QMS Medi-cosmetics facials and massages as well as other anti-aging (wrinkle prevention and reduction, skin tightening) and body-contouring (cellulite and fat reduction) treatments, this CBD-based day spa and laser clinic takes pride in using world-class products and offering top-quality beauty procedures. Luxe Laser & Spa also offers its own range of exclusive products focusing on local ingredients. Book your spa treatment on a Friday and receive a complimentary glass of bubbly to enjoy on the hotel’s exquisite rooftop bar boasting uninterrupted 360-degree views of Table Mountain and the cityscape.
Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel & Spa | Kloof Nek | +27 (0) 21 422 3006
Thai Sabai Day Spa & Skin Clinic
This luxurious but unpretentious Somerset West spa whisks visitors off to faraway lands with its exotic Thai-inspired treatments and motif. And while the highly trained Southeast Asian therapists and their deep tissue method of massage are by far the wellness centre’s most unique talking points, its skin clinic is also worth a mention. From within the spacious, airy Helderberg area home, patrons can get a manicure, pedicure, facial, wax or more complicated treatment, like Botox or microdermabrasion. Those who have the luxury of time can relax by the sparkling swimming pool, alongside the cheery flower beds or in the peaceful Zen garden.
206 Irene Avenue | Somerset West | +27 (0) 21 855 4057
Sorbet Man is the illustrious big brother of the well-known Sorbet salons in South Africa. A dudes-only destination and they don’t mess around - offering manicures, pedicures, facials, stylish cuts and body waxing. While the stylists work their magic, you can enjoy a cold beer or scotch on the rocks. Sound like the ideal man cave? Well, you will be glad to know that you can watch sports while the magicians (barbers) do all the grooming and bring out the best look to suit your lifestyle. This is also the only Sorbet Man in Cape Town.
Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village | Somerset Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 3902
Glasshouse Rejuvenation for Men
Mark Simpson coined the phrase ‘Metrosexual’, in 2002, which refers to a man who isn’t ashamed to indulge and pamper himself. Thus began a metrosexual revolution, which is fully endorsed by this Greenpoint salon. Glasshouse is a top spa where men can fine tune their appearance with teeth whitening, facials and botox.
Unit 110a | The Foundry | 74 Prestwhich Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 9559
Face Place Spa
Imagine if your face looked as young as you feel? This salon is passionate about skincare and their range of carefully selected products and technologically advanced treatments like light therapy, effectively treat the signs of skin damage and promote healthy skin.
4 Shoreline Centre | Main Road | Hout Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 790 8758
Chez Colleen Health & Beauty Salon
Are you sitting on Clifton beach eyeing women in Brazilian bikinis with envy? Why not perfect your rear end with G5 slimming at Chez Colleen? The treatment uses specialized machines to stimulate energy points. This improves blood and lymphatic circulation and makes ‘the orange peel effect’ a thing of the past.
32 Kreupelbosch | Constantia | Cape Town | +27 (0)83 528 0801
Nail Me Up
This nail salon was established to provide necessary nail treatments for your needs. The professional service provided at this beauty parlour is based on quality, care and polished results in a sophisticated home-based environment. The salon looks to consistently provide clients with the freshest styles and ideas to allow both men and women to experience rejuvenation and relaxation.
19 Verdi Blvd | Sonstraal Heights | +27 (0)72 387 0724
During the 1970’s, thin eyebrows were in vogue. Whilst it looked fabulous at the time, fast forward to the present day and we’re faced with 50-somethings with no eyebrows. Permanent makeup employs tattoos as a means of producing designs that resemble makeup. This means that women can wake up looking beautiful every day.
4 Cincaut | Veritas Estate | Buitenkant Street | Protea Heights | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)84 736 4950
One of Cape Town’s leading holistic day spas, Mount Nelson’s five-star salon offers natural, Africology and Sodashi products. A body scrub and facial combination at Librisa Spa was the perfect way to get back in touch with our bodies and feel beautiful, all over.
Mount Nelson Hotel | 76 Orange Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 483 1000
Bhakti Body & Beauty
Did that fatal eyebrow wax that you had two years ago traumatize you too much to go within five miles of a beauty salon? Bhakti Body & Beauty Spa offers threading, an ancient way of hair removal that originates from South Asia, using special thread to pull hair from the roots. The procedure is less painful, faster, and leaves your skin - and you - far less traumatized.
Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)76 247 4994
Spoilt Hair and Beauty
This trendy hair and beauty salon is situated right next to Kluk GCDT fashion boutique so it's perfect for getting a designer outfit and making sure your hair and nails complement the look. The down-to-earth styling team has managed to create a friendly and personal vibe within the chic interior of the health spa.
Cnr Main & Upper Portswood Road | Portswood Centre | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 7112
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