Opening a hair (and eventually beauty) salon has ALWAYS been a dream of mine since my teen years, hence I started out by studying Somatology straight out of high school. This was long before I even became #teamnatural. Ask anyone who knew me from high school & I bet you they’ll describe me as that tall girl who loved plucking/tweezing her classmates’ eyebrows.
Another passion of mine has always been customer service, and this was intensified after I went natural – the poor customer service I would receive at each hair salon I visited eg Stylists not hearing me out before touching my hair; waiting to be serviced for +/-1h00 even after I made an appointment prior; walking through the door to get welcome by piercing stares & no smile; being treated like just a number; my hair getting fried, poor quality products, poor hair knowledge by stylists….I could go on all day.
Over the past few years I’ve been itching to open a PROFESSIONAL hair salon but my 8-5, family, studies & lack of funding would stand in the way. Ntombi, my favorite hairstylist of all time would always sing the I’d-love-to-work-in-your-salon-someday song, which her co-workers ended up joining in. Today, that dream has finally come a reality by God’s grace. I started our working on EVA Hair & Beauty beginning of this year. It’s been exhausting, yet exciting at the same time. When I broke the news to Ntombi in December, she didn’t hesitate to commit to this vision.
EVA Hair & Beauty is a new hair salon based in Germiston (where I reside) in a cozy shopping centre – The exact spot I’ve been praying for for over a year. It’s not exclusively a natural hair salon, but a healthy hair one. I added the beauty part because I’m looking into expanding it into a 1-stop shop soon. Right now we only do hair, nails & eyebrows. I’m blessed with a wonderful team of ladies & a gent who put clients needs first, who always take kindly to advise & correction. Given our hair salon industry history, they excel in everything hair related (relaxers, weaves, braids, plaits etc) but aren’t perfect with natural hair yet. However, like Ntombi and I have always been working, they always listen to client needs. I try to take them to every natural hair seminar, workshop, training I find so they can become all-rounders. I’d also like to give credit to Wisaal‘s post Dear salons, you’re doing my hair wrong post – I took notes there.lol. So far we have brands such as Dark & Lovely, Motions, Ladine, Soft n Free & others in the salon. We’re working on a new relationship with L’Oreal’s Mizani team. We’re an official T444Z agent/reseller as well.
The salon is pretty much everything I’ve always wanted in a hair salon – in a clean, secure area in a suburban (ish) area, friendly staff, good products, enough plugging points (to charge phone & plug in my laptop in case I need to work while waiting), wide combs, clean everything etc
*Before you ask, EVA is not my other name but that of my late gran. She played a very big role in my upbringing and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor her memory.
I’m hoping to turn EVA Hair & Beauty into every healthy hair freak’s ideal!! Please do stop by should you find yourself in The City of Ekurhuleni some time. If you are a resident of the East….re kaofela then!
Address:Shop 1B The Lake Shopping Centre
cnr William Hill & Lake Streets
Contact number: 076 036 9668076 036 9668
(We’re right opposite Germiston Lake, by Virgin Active Germiston)