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Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the Haircutter
The quirky unisex house of hair offering tailor-made service and tip-top results
HEADS UP: Boy Girl Hair has moved to Peter the Haircutter ( Masons Press,7 Ravenscraig Rd,Woodstock) Owner Günter Theiss has teamed up with his friend Peter, and thanks to the 50 years of experience between them, will offer some of the coolest cuts in Cape Town.
Most of us don’t have the good fortune of discovering our calling in our tender teen years. But for Günter Theiss, owner of trendy unisex salon Boy Girl Hair, the knowledge that cutting and colouring was his thing came about as early as acne and awkward mood swings.
At the age of 13, while playing the fool with a friend, the now cutting-edge stylist spontaneously picked up a pair of clippers and worked his first masterpiece on his mate’s mop. Having found that he had both a taste and a talent for it, he soon started snipping everyone’s hair for some extra cash, and has been sculpting eye-catching ‘dos with great fervour ever since.
But his passion for the trade was born out of more than just a love for luscious locks; rather, this charismatic (and slightly crazy) man is driven by a genuine interest in the actual people who put their hair in his hands. And so, from the day he founded his business, he’s been committed to not just refreshing looks, but lifting spirits and revitalising souls.
“I want to make people feel good about themselves,” says the off-the-wall owner, whose ultimate goal is to have customers leave with smiles as bright as their new hairstyles. “It gives me a lot of pleasure to see people happy.”
Being totally anti running his business like a production line, the quirky hairdresser – he’s supported by two other co-stylists – invests a massive amount of time (think hours) in every client, regardless of who they are, what they’re having done or how much they’re spending. So, one of his many celebrity regulars may be waiting (he tends to the tresses of the likes of Zaki Ibrahim, Jeremy Loops and the Taxi Violence boys), but if old Mrs Smith from down the road is in the seat, she’s the only one that matters for that moment.
Not to mention, though the vibey Cape Town hair dresser offers the full spectrum of services – from cuts, highlights, tints and fashion colours (like the trendy ombré effect) to blow-drys, ghd curls and keratin treatments (like the miracle-working La-Brasiliana) – each and every option is carefully tailored to suit customers’ personality and lifestyle. In essence, what you get at Boy Girl Hair is a bespoke look that couldn’t be more you.
“No two haircuts are the same,” says the uber sprightly Günter (he has about as much energy as a jack russell on a sugar high). “It’s about putting the right style on the right person.”
And although the Durban-born stylist loves to experiment and get creative with his work (he devours educational material to stay on top of the latest global trends), he’s just as gifted at really listening to and understanding clients’ requests – a rare ability and a great comfort to anyone who’s ever had the frustrating experience of asking for 2cm off and losing 20.
And if one of those requests happens to be an after-hours snip, shave, fringe trim, iron or style, well, Günter and his team will accommodate busy schedules too. The edgy, unpretentious salon works on a by-appointment basis rather than having fixed opening times (hence, it’s not geared towards walk-ins), and the staff are certainly not afraid of a little evening work.
You see, when you happen upon your ideal vocation at such a young age and with so much zeal, like Günter did, it becomes not a job you want to escape from, but a leisure activity you indulge in to relax . And really, let’s be honest, what better hair stylist could there be to craft the ultimate head-turning look than one who feels he’s never really worked a day in his rather interesting life.
Tip: Boy Girl Hair offers a lengthy, heavenly head massage standard with all its services, so if you’re in the mood for some pampering alongside your grooming, this salon is a top choice. Also, remember, as the salon doesn’t really accommodate walk-ins, be sure to phone ahead to make an appointment.
The Bill: The parlour’s prices are definitely very competitive, especially considering the amount of time Günter gives to each client and the quality of the cuts, colours and styles. A gent’s or lady’s cut costs R200 or R350 respectively, a basic colour starts at R500 and goes up to about R1200 for a bold fashion colour and treatments range from R600 to R1000 (for the La-Brasiliana).
Keen to give this cutting-edge salon a try? Read about Boy Girl Hair’s 30%-off special, offered exclusively to CapeTownMagazine.com readers.
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