Let’s face it, the rise of beauty Instagramers has made us all go a little bit loopy. In between all the Instagram perfect makeup, brows, and hair we’ve forgotten what natural looks like! As someone who hates wasting too much time getting ready in the morning (because sleeping in is one of the true joys of life) I’m all about enhancing my natural beauty. Which is why I am beyond smitten with The Just Bar. This fabulous Joburg beauty spot is all about keeping it natural and letting your God-given beauty shine through – no filters needed! Plus with three beauty services in one spot, having beautiful brows, hair, and makeup has never been this easy.
Full disclosure, this isn’t my first rodeo with The Just Bar. In fact, I met founder, Michelle de Lima way back in 2014 when I visited her eyebrow bar, Just Browzing in Parkmore. Those were dark times ladies – my eyebrows and I were not friends. They were incredibly thin, had very little shape, and generally just an all-around hot mess. After 3 years of knowing Michelle, I am basically obsessed with my brows. Not only did she whip them into tip-top shape but she has also shown me had to fill them in and keep them looking good at home when she’s not around. I love Michelle’s approach to brows because she’s all about working with your natural shape rather than trying to give everyone the same cookie cutter Kardashian brows that we see online all day every day.
Back in 2014, I hailed her as The Brow Whisperer and now, years later she deserves that title even more than ever for her commitment to naturally beautiful brows. After more than 14 years working as a makeup artist, Michelle knows a thing or two about enhancing a women’s natural beauty and she carries her natural makeup ethos through to her brow shaping business helping transform clients’ brows one session at a time. When Michelle first did my eyebrows back in 2014 I was instantly obsessed with her work and as a long-standing client, I am living proof that her methods truly work. With Michelle’s help, I have grown back my previously over-tweezed eyebrows and transformed them into a thing of wonder.
After great success in the eyebrow game, Michelle decided to branch out and launch The Just Bar – one-stop-beauty-shop focusing on no-fuss beauty treatments for ladies looking to enhance their natural beauty. Offering eyebrow shaping through Just Browzing, blow-dries and hair treatments through Just Blow, and special occasion makeup and makeup classes through Just Makeup this triple threat beauty spot is a busy girl’s dream come true. The Just Bar is the ideal place if you’re looking to get pampered before a special occasion as you can get your brows, hair, and makeup done in one spot and know that they ladies pampering you are working together to create the look you want.
Headed up by hair stylist extraordinaire, Kaeley, Just Blow offers busy ladies quick pamper sessions at super convenient times. Because Just Blow offers earlier opening times and later closing times than most salons, ladies can pop into Just Blow for a treatment and a blow-dry before work or a quick pick-me-up before heading out for after work drinks and dinner. I got the chance to try out a treatment and blow-dry from the Just Blow dry bar and was super impressed. I had a quick chat with Kaeley about my hair before she gave me a wonderfully pampering treatment and head massage followed by a to-die-for blow-dry.
I asked for a blow-dry with lots of movement and a little bit of volume at the top and Kaeley achieved the look I wanted and so much more. While my pamper session was pretty quick in hair salon standards (about 45 minutes total) it was so nice to take some time to unwind and recharge during my busy workday and my hair looked and felt amazing afterwards (you can see evidence of this magical hair makeover in the after photo above marked “3 years of magic”).
If you’re thinking of heading through to try any of the services then I’ve got the perfect excuse to pop into The Just Bar sooner rather than later. Just Blow dry bar and Just Browzing are offering a fabulous special for the month of October – bring your bestie along to your next brow appointment at Just Browzing and you’ll get a free hair treatment with any wash & go blow dry booked at Just Blow!
To book your first brow appointment with Michelle visit the Just Browzing website. Appointments for the Just Blow dry bar can be made through Kaeley Amber Hartog via email at hairbyKaeley@gmail.com or telephone on 072 289 9804. If you’re interested in taking up the special offer simply mention it when you book and they’ll hook you up!
Find The Just Bar at 73 on 11th Street, Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg.