Noir Hair Studio

By now you must have heard or seen that Isabel Ngulube, aka Mzansifro, a respected hair blogger, trained hairstylist and entrepreneur has opened a multi-ethnic hair salon called Noir Hair Studio on number 309 Bryanston Road in Bryanston, which is where I will be this coming Saturday. This will be my second time visiting Noir, my first visit was months ago, between life and Coiled Crew events, I realise that I am yet to spill tea on how that visit went. So bring your cup, I am ready to pour.

At first glance:

309 Bryanston Road is only 7 km from the Sandton Gautrain Station and as a Pretorian that abhors city driving this makes Noir easily accessible even by public transport. In my case that will be Uber and yes Uber is public transport, sip your tea and nod.

The garden

The venue is unapologetic-ally beautiful with a relaxed feel thanks to its sprawling gardens that just beg you to sit and soak the sun.

Main area

The salon’s interior is a pristine take on modern functionality and their bathroom is to die for, I am not joking.

The bathroom

I take my bathroom visits very seriously and girl, this bathroom went to private school.

The hair experience:

Tea time

The consultation started with a cup of coffee, the good stuff too. Then out came a file, like the kind you create with your doctor on your first visit and this one pretty much serves the same purpose.

Confession file

The easiest part about the file was giving out my name, but giving out the full history of my hair care, or lack thereof, was not fun, confessions never are. That said, I did appreciate that Isabel got to know my hair a little before getting “friendly” with it.

Before the treatment

The analysis to determine my hair’s health was pretty informative. I finally learned of my hair’s porosity, after months of guesswork, and that made my hair’s behavioural issues understandable. The treatment I received was just what the doctor hairstylist ordered and it certainly brought life back into my dryness prone hair.

After changing my mind like a million times

My ever-changing hairstyle requests would have drove a saint to sin. Lebo and Isabel proved to be tough cookies; they listened, guided and delivered on my requests. The added education I received regarding hair products was a nice added extra that may or may not curb my product junkie ways.

Lebo’s artistry

Like all things done under the influence of good girl talk and cosy environment, I loved my hair and every second I spent at Noir. I enjoyed myself so much so that my Uber driver refused to wait for me any longer and left me to beg him back.

Why you should not visit them:

The wash stations

If you are generally against nice things and having great hair is a burden you are not ready to shoulder, then Noir Hair Studio is not a place for you. Those that love great hair, every day, have to experience Noir, at least once in their lifetime.

The catch:

Treatment in action

I cannot, in good conscience, have a fabulous experience all by myself and not share. So, I am giving one lucky faithful blog follower a chance to get the Noir Hair Studio experience, i.e. hair analysis, product education and hair treatment done for free.

How to enter:

  1. Comment below with your most memorable hair salon visit.
  2. Follow my blog & Noir Hair Studio on all Social Media platforms.
  3. The winner must be able to travel to Bryanston.
  4. The competition is open until 30 July 2017.

Be good and good luck!



10 comments on “Noir Hair Studio”

  1. Wandi says:

    Most memorable was when the stylist suggested I straighten/relax natural my hair 🙁

    1. Meka-Owethu says:

      Ouch, when and how did you handle that Wandi?

  2. Bubbles says:

    Most memorable salon visit was when I first went to L’Oreal and they worked magic on my hair without relaxing it. It was so refreshing to see what my hair was capable of ❤️

    1. Meka-Owethu says:

      L’Oreal? Tell me more, I am intrigued. Do they offer their services to the public? I wasn’t aware.

  3. Valencia Mogashoa says:

    Sounds like you had fun…My most memorable salon visit was last year when I decided to chop my hair.I had goosebumps and it was so scary.But my hairdresser came through for me and I came out looking good than I thought.

    1. Meka-Owethu says:

      I love hearing good hair stories, there are not enough of those happening in SA salons for us naturals.

  4. Lungile says:

    My most memorable salon visit isnt my own, but my 4yr old daughter’s very first salon visit. I took her to a kiddies salon for wash, treatment and protective style. It was the funniest and cutest thing to watch. Her facial expressions were priceless when they put her in the hood for treatment. I was very impressed with their work, very gentle with the kids and my baby loved it! If only salon visits had been as gentle and fun for me as a child.

    1. Meka-Owethu says:

      Look on the bright side Lungile, your salon trauma has taught you that is not normal and not an acceptable treatment for your daughters.

  5. Mongiwa says:

    Mine was when I went into a walk-in in salon and several people that arrived after me left before I did. When my turn finally came the stylist suggested I relax my. After I refused she made sure to suggest in other ways that I should relax. I just told her that if she does not want to properly comb my hair without hurting me I can do it myself!

    1. Meka-Owethu says:

      That is just sad and plain ridiculous, such salons are what give all salons a bad name.

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