Salon costs – Know what you pay for

While many people are cutting out their monthly expenses, does cheaper mean better? Not when it comes to your hair, says Mel from Mel’s hair Salon. Mel often hears about customers asking for specials, deals or promotions, but they seldom ask about their products used.

Mel says “Customers who are considering saving money should know what they are paying for otherwise they might end up spending more to redo their hair at another salon. So what are salons really charging for and how do you know what you’re paying for?

  • Firstly, do some research. Try Google searching the salon first to see what comes up. Google and Facebook makes it easy for customers to leave comments. See what the majority are saying.
  • While shopping for prices, check out what products they use at the salon basin. Always ask to see the products used. Customers believe anything their salon tells them but never check for themselves. Most customers don’t notice what products are really used at the basin. Good quality products at the basin indicate great value for money otherwise you’re paying too much.
  • Avoid big sales or discounts. Most hair salon deals are scams. You either pay the full price at the end of your service or you do not get what you asked for.

Save yourself the inconvenience and unnecessary expenses. Know what you’re paying for, after all it’s your money!

Grey hair maintenance

You’ve been a devoted hair salon patronage but now you find yourself standing in the box color isle at your local supermarket asking yourself, what would my stylist say or do? Your stylist would probably say… ”goodbye healthy hair! hello dry and damaged hair ”. But you don’t have a choice, right? No, you’re wrong! because you do have a choice…

Mel’s salon has made gray hair maintenance as affordable as box dyes. No! they don’t use supermarket hair dyes! Mels salon only uses salon professional dyes which are only found at top end salons. Aside from the fact that they are the masters at Grey hair maintenance, they have also mastered their delivery system to ensure a good service. Hard to believe, just ask their customers.

Well, we did ask them and here’s what most people said. They said that Mel’s quality of products and service are above their prices. They also said that since using Mels hair salon, they noticed the change from dry and damaged hair to softer smoother and shinier looking hair. One thing is for sure, your grays needs coverage. So before your next root touch ups, give Mels salon a try and see if their roots program works for you too. For more information about Mels Salon, Just google search “best salon in Durban”

Mel’s Salon now opened Durban North

Mels Salon now opened Durban North, Kensington Sqaure.


Based in Springfield Park  recently opened in Overport and Now here in Durban North. Mels Salon is surely growing very quickly.  The question is why and can they make a difference in Durban North?

Established in the year 2009 Mel has since been inspired by their customers. For them, their greatest success is measured by the many satisfied customers. They are focused on quality and provide expert advice. But that’s not where they stop. They also pay close attention to the feedback of dissatisfied clients and use this feedback to motivate them. They envision themselves as innovative leaders who are always re shaping their business model to suite their customers needs. They are truly a passionate team who love their job.

As the saturated Hair industry  continues to create price wars and loses focus on quality, Mel’s hair salons are approaching the industry differently.  They are coming up with solutions to provide customers with consistency in services. Using advanced technology and an efficient system, they have brought a new concept of doing business in this industry.

Mauro Bonini, stylist and owner of Headboyz salon at the Kensington Square believes in Mels idea and concept.  After 25 years of hairdressing in Durban North, Mauro closes his chapter in hairdressing and passes his salon onto Mel and their new concept of doing business. Mauro believes Mel’s business concept will create new job opportunities faster and provide the community with a better service.

Although Mel has an established customer base in Durban North, they are so excited and looking forward to making new friends and families.  The next time you visit the Kensington square center in Durban North be sure to visit their friendly team.  For more information about Mels hair salons, trading hours, their products or services, visit or call 0312019682




Great customer experience using Technology

Since 2009, Mel has been using their customers feedback to continuously develop their customer services.  Their main focus is to provides their customers with consistency on every visit and without any unnecessary waiting. Now they are integrating computer technology and smart phones to help them improve efficiency and service delivery creating a better customer experience.

Using a link to their customers cell phones, customers gain access to

  • View their accounts
  • Manage their own Appointments
  • View appointments available at all their stores in real time
  • Download their statements
  • Track their loyalty points in Rands and not points

Now that customers can manage and control their appointments by them selves, Mel and her team can now focus more on the best customer experience.

Over the years, Mels salon has been operating very differently from other salon. Aside from them having a system that works, Mel’s team is driven towards quality and not sales. They are the only salon who offers their customers guarantees on expensive treatments like, hair coloring and Keratin treatments. They also provide their loyal customers with kick backs which they use to purchase products or services. Their focus has always been on creating and developing a unique customer experience with an added value.    As their customers base continues to grow as far as Durban North, Umhlanga and Phoenix, Mel is looking to expand into these communities.




Roots Touch Up For Grey Hair Maintenance

For many, Grey hair maintenance or Root touch up every 2 weeks can be the most inconvenient process because it consumes so much of personal time spent at a salon.  People who experience faster re growth may need to visit their salon twice a month, every month.  Those who choose the short ‘cut’ route by using home dyes for their roots touch up, never seem to get over the dry, dull, damaged and inconsistent hair tones.  So why not leave it to the professionals…

Mel’s salon has a solution to this grey problem.  They have come up with a service to manage their customer’s greys effectively and at an affordable price.  They use only salon professional color which usually cost around R350 – R400 but instead they only charge R220 which covers a 4-6 weeks of a re growth.  They Stock a variety of professional hair colors to suite every customer’s needs including hair dyes which are PPD and Ammonia free.  All their products are imported from around the world, mainly London, Italy  and the USA.  They always ensure that their customers are receiving the best results, even when they are at home.

Over the past 5 years, Mel’s Roots to Go service has helped their community with maintaining their grey hair and has helped recover their once healthy and shiny hair.   There are hundreds  of women who recommend Mel’s Root touch ups services. This makes Mel’s Salon the most experienced salon in Durban when it comes to Root Touch Ups and grey hair management.  So before your next Roots Touch Up, Why not consider Mel’s Roots to Go Service?

For more information about Mel’s hair salons and their services, visit them at the Atrium Mall in Overport or 2 Intersite Avenue in Springfield Park and now opened in Kensington Square, Durban North, go to or call them on Tel 0312019682.



Moyoko is the new Professional Hair Iron that emits an infrared light from the center of the heated plates, and its brought to you by Mycro keratin.  If you didn’t know, Micro Keratin is the fastest growing keratin treatment on the the market.  Anyone who has done a Keratin treatment knows that the treatment has to be ironed onto the hair.  This ironing process activates the treatment as well as seals the cuticle leaving your hair with a smoother and frizz free hair for up to 6 months. Click here for more info about Mycro keratin 

Although The Moyoko hair iron was designed for application process when doing the Mycro keratin in the salon, we believe that it will also become a house hold name very soon.  And here’s why….

The Moyoko hair iron radiates an infrared light found on the center of the heated tourmaline plates.  We know!!! Its hard to imagine….

Infrared Light reduces hair damage by 60%. Long term benefits mean less breakage. This technology also helps retain moisture and therefore increases shine and manageability.

Another amazing feature is the ironic generator.  The ironic generator emit irons into your hair to restore the balance of positive and negative ions which makes your hair shiny, smooth, frizz free and manageable.

Can Moyoko be used at home ?

Yes! Like most hair irons today, Moyoko offers the control of temperature which can be lowered to be used at home.  Using the Moyoko hair iron in conjunction with the Mycro Keratin treatment and after care products is believed to sustain a smoother and frizz free hair for a much longer period than any other hair iron or keratin treatments on the Market.

The Price?

We feel that most hair irons today are over priced. The Moyoko hair iron features everything that the most expensive hair irons offers plus Infrared emitting light and an ironic generator where no other iron has this feature.     This hair iron retails for an amazing R1800 and comes with a 2 year warranty.

Why not come visit our store in Springfield park and see what this new innovative technology is all about.  Its worth the price !!!


 Mycro Keratin treatments have become the fastest growing hair repair and frizz free treatment in South Africa.   There’s a reason for that!  The Mycro Keratin hair treatment does not contain any harmful chemicals and yet it can last for up to 6 months.  Mycro keratin not only repairs the hair but it can also eliminate more than 90 percent of frizz from the hair.  This is how MK treatment reduces the Styling time by half leaving you with more time to do other things.

Mycro Keratin SA and their technicians will be visiting Mel’s Salon this Friday, 25 August 2017. Customers, who are lucky to get an appointment on that day, will get to experience the MK Products and MK basin treatment for free with every service done.   You are invited to meet the team, view their products and ask questions. Customers who are already interested in doing the MK treatment will receive exclusive deals directly from the MK agents themselves. 

Fall in love with your hair all over again with Mycro Keratin at Mel’s Salon.  For more information about Mel’s Salon and their services, Visit or call them directly on Tel 031 2019682 alternatively just pop in to say hello and meet their team.

Save your hair the damage


Permanent straighteners

Woman with curly hair struggle to manage their hair as it can take hours to wash and straighten.    Permanent straighteners are a good solution to eliminate curls from the hair permanently, but it doesn’t come without the risk of damage.  All Permanent hair straighteners must contain chemicals which are needed to straighten out the hair but during the processes, the chemicals will dry out the hair.  Most shampoos bought from your local grocery store are very harsh which will wash out the natural moisture causing the hair to dry out or become brittle and frizzy.  To save yourself the damage and to prevent this from happening ask your stylist for a good quality repair shampoo and conditioner or mask for reydration.  Most professional repair shampoos and conditioners contain higher levels of protein which are needed to rebuild the hair while locking in the moisture for softness.

Keratin treatments

Keratin treatments are a much safer option. Keratin treatments can eliminate frizz and soften down curls. They can also rehydrate and repair the hair.   Most keratin treatments can only last up to 3 months.  We use Mycro Keratin because it can last up to 6 months.  For best results and save yourself the damage, we recommend using the Mycro keratin shampoo, conditioner and mask for a longer lasting effect.

Hair Colouring

When permanent straightening, wait 2 weeks before colouring. This will allow the hair to recover from the chemical stress after permanent straightening. All dyes contain chemicals which will stress the hair further causing breakage.  Highlighting the hair before or after a permanent straightener is not a good idea because it will dry out the hair which can cause even more damage or possible breakage.  To save yourself the damage, ask your stylist to do a strand test before straightening your hair permanently.  This will save you the damage

However, with keratin treatments its best to colour your hair first then immediately after, apply the keratin treatment.  The keratin treatment acts like a varnish over the hair colour which will lock and protect the colour for a longer period.

If your hair is already damaged from making the wrong choices in the past, ask Mel about their Infra Red hair repair hair treatment which has shown excellent results from saving people their hair. For more info give Mel a call on Tel: 0312019682 or email

Why home dyes do not cover grey’s

  Why home dyes do not cover grey hair – Easy explanation

l-oreal-feria-t53-cool-medium-brown-moonlit-tortoise-5Many of our customers ask why home dyes do not cover grey hair properly. To understand why this happens, you will need a little information about the developer used with home dyes.

Developers come in different strengths. They are usually referred to as volume and it comes as 10, 20, 30 and up to 40 volume.

10 -20 Vol  is used to deposit color and best for covering grey hair.  30 – 40 Vol is used to change a color and is suitable for fashion coloring vente generique cialis.  Home dyes carry only 30 – 40 vol developer and they do not come with 10 – 20 vol for grey hair coverage.  This is why grey hair never gets covered properly.  Although home dyes packaging state 100 % grey coverage, it also advises you on the back that the roots will be lighter (translucent) then the rest of the hair. To understand why companies do not package 10-20 vol , you would need to have the knowledge of a professional stylist.  So lets just leave it right there.

Then why does black home dyes cover grey hair and cover so well ?  Black dyes stain the hair to the point of no return.  Once you go black, you cannot go back.  Even hilites struggle to penetrate through black dyes.  Another common problem with home dyes is with continues application or color over color will cause color build ups which leaves your hair with a straw like feeling and this will cause the hair to become weak, dry and damaged.

Hair at Mel’s in Springfield Park has a solution to this problem.  They offer an in-salon service for gray hair maintenance called Roots to Go.  This service aims to assist those who have been using home colors or may be finding it too expensive at their salon to manage their grey hair.


  • Customized color with the right developer
  • 100 % grey coverage every where
  • healthier looking hair
  • No color build ups

More about Roots to Go… 

What causes frizzy hair ?

frizz-hair-rainFor most women, washing and setting their hair at home can be dreadful. It can take hours to straighten out frizzy hair but not to mention those painful shoulders and arms. So what causes hair to frizz up?

Cuticles (outside layer of hair), usually lay down flat which gives the hair a shinny, smooth texture, look and feel. When the cuticles are lifted, it allows moisture from the air (humidity) to enter the hair causing hair to frizz up.

Why does the cuticle open?

  1. Chemicals like hair dyes and bleach instantly cause the cuticle (frizzy hair) to lift from just one application. More than one application would over process the hair causing not just frizzy hair but sometimes irreversible damage to the hair.
  2. Permanent straightening or relaxes can only remove curls and not frizz. You might end up with straight hair but not frizz free hair.
  3. Ironing over dried unprotected hair is the most common cause to frizzy hair. This is how virgin hair (hair that has not been chemically processed) losses its shine and smoothness. Have you been using any heat protection? Thought so… Hair irons also hide frizz, they do not eliminate frizz.
  4. Using the wrong products together with the above mentioned situations will contribute significantly to frizzy hair which will eventually cause more damages to the hair shaft.

With so many other factors contributing to frizzy hair as well, how can one eliminate frizz completely? The simple solution is Micro Keratin. Micro Keratin treatments provide a second chance for everybody with any hair type. Its main purpose is to eliminate frizz by closing the cuticle.  This is how styling time can be reduced while providing that lost shinny and smooth texture you once had. We recommend Micro Keratin products because it’s the safest product on the market which lasts the longest, up to 6 months with the correct home care.

Since 2009, Hair at Mel’s in Springfield Park, Durban has always remained committed with helping their customers overcome their hair problems.  For them, their success is measured by the many people they have helped in their communities. They also pay careful attention to their customers needs through regular feedback so that they can provide their customers with the best service possible.   For further inquiries about their business you can call them directly on 0312019682 or alternatively, just pop in to say hi ! you can also visit their website and like them on facebook.