When it comes to my hair I’m not the most adventurous person. I’ve worn my locks pretty much the same way since I first discovered the joys of flat ironing at the tender age of 21 and for as long as I can remember long hair with a simple cut has been my go-to style. I’ve only ever cut my hair short (for me shoulder length is short!) once and I hated it. The cut was bad and it didn’t do what I wanted it to do. I couldn’t tie it up properly and every time I tried to exercise bits of my hair would go rogue and stick to my sweaty face. Ugh, it was the worst! Not to mention the fact that my thick mop of hair only got thicker without the weight and the shorter bits were impossible to tame. I did everything I could to make my hair grow faster and vowed to never cut it short again. Well … it’s taken me a while but I’ve broken that vow and I must admit, the change has been quite refreshing. Luckily for me I chose a pretty legit spot to undergo this change and it’s clear that if it’s a new look you’re after then Style Bar is the hair salon to do it!

That’s right, I kind of love my new shorter hair – who would’ve guessed? While I’m still adjusting to life without a super long ponytail I have to say that Style Bar has made me realise what a difference a good cut can make. The first time I cut my hair shorter I did it at a hair salon that only students would frequent. You know the place – cheap cuts at even cheap prices. And, as you probably gathered from my rant above it was enough to make me a loathe cutting my hair.

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So, when my stylist at Style Bar suggested I try something different I was a little sceptical at first, but then she mentioned a shorter cut with longer layers and I was intrigued. Sitting in that chair watching my hair fall to the floor wasn’t easy but when it was all said and done I was quite surprised. The longer layers in the shoulder-length cut made my hair look fabulous and fall just right. Even though my hair was shorter it still had weight and it just worked. And, best of all, when I tied it up (this was the first thing I checked when I got home) there were no annoying straggly bits waiting to escape at the first sign of movement. Success!

Like I said, the secret is in the cut and if you’re going to cut off as much as I did and still have it look decent then you need to invest in a good hair stylist and salon. I love Style Bar because you know that you can trust their stylists – their skilled stylists undergo specialised training in their dedicated Training Studio by top professional hair brands such as ghd, Schwarzkopf, Moroccanoil and more so they know the products well!

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My new and fabulous hair cut.

Luckily for us, Style Bar has 7 branches throughout Cape Town from the southern suburbs to the Stellenbosch Winelands, so there’s bound to be a branch near you. I underwent my hair transformation at the Claremont branch and absolutely adored it. It’s a smaller salon so it has a very intimate feel – perfect for clients who don’t like the big salon vibe. But if you’re all about glitz and glam then make sure you check out the Constantia and Tygervalley branches – they’re beautiful!

Each salon also offers a wide range of professional products to meet your every hair care need so you’ll leave the salon with hair that looks healthy and feels amazing. And, if you’re budget conscious then fear not because Style Bar is all about offering excellent experience at affordable prices that won’t spook your budget.

Find your closest Style Bar in Constantia, Claremont, Tygervalley, Brackenfell, Stellenbosch, Durbanville, and Paarl. For more information on Style Bar visit their website or say Hi to Style Bar on Facebook or Twitter.