Sensory experiences at Toast & Co

We’ve blogged about Toast & Co previously, and for good reason.  We love a good pamper session, and there is no other salon in Johannesburg that offers quite the same level of service, attention to detail and all round delightful ambience and relaxation.

Whether it’s a manicure, pedicure, facial or massage, any treatment at Toast is a sensory experience.  From the coffee, Ugandan from Carico, melt-in-you-mouth handmade butter biscuits (don’t say we didn’t warn you!), rose petals, handmade fizz bombs for luxurious pedicures, and carefully selected fragrance diffusers, candles and soaps (all for sale in the retail section).

Click here for a list of treatments available at Toast & Co.

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Get holiday ready in 6 steps

Yes it’s that time of year!  And we can’t wait for some much deserved R & R.

Wherever you’re going this December – the beach, a city break, overseas, or a stay-cation – we’ve put together, with the help of the experts over at Toast & Co, a list of essentials to help you get holiday ready

  1. Manicure and pedicure

There’s no way we’re going anywhere without that fabulous feeling that only a fresh mani/pedi can create. We’d definitely suggest Shellac for long-lasting perfection.

2. Facial

Get your skin ready for a long-haul flight (or just a drive down to the coast) with a facial. We love the QMS oxygen facial from Toast & Co, or try a Team Dr Joseph facial. 

3. Sun protection

There shouldn’t be any need to emphasise the importance of a really high quality SPF for your face and body.  We highly recommend Heliocare, a state of the art photo protection range (available from Toast & Co). 

4. Spray tan

There’s nothing that says ‘holiday’ more than bronze skin, and there’s nothing quite like the natural bronzed looks of St Tropez spray tan (book one at Toast & Co).

5. Eyebrow grooming

The importance of groomed eyebrows can’t be over-stated, but even more important is finding a pro to groom them!  Never put your brows in the hands of someone you don’t trust. 

6. Wax

Hair free everything!  Nothing makes us feel more glam and holiday ready than smooth and silky skin.  Toast & Co offers both wax and sugar hair removal (wax is good for larger areas like legs, while sugar is best for smaller areas like bikini and face).

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Five tricks to make your mani/pedi last longer

With spring finally here, we’re ready to break out our fresh manicures and pedicures, but is there anything more frustrating than investing an afternoon at the salon only to chip your nails the very next day?

We asked the experts, Julie and Karen from Toast & Co, how to keep your fingers and toes looking glamorous for as long as possible. Read on for their expert tips.

1. Look to your diet. Making sure you’re eating a balanced diet, and also checking the side effects of any medication you may be on, is key to understanding your nail health. “Splitting nails and dry and flaky cuticles can’t be fixed by even the best manicure,” said Karen. Eating plenty of lean protein is important for strong, healthy nails, as well as drinking plenty of water.

2. Always apply a topcoat. “To extend the life of a manicure, I advise applying a coat of high-gloss topcoat over your existing nail polish three days after getting a manicure,” says Karen.

3. Protect your hands post-manicure. Use gloves while gardening and doing the dishes to help protect your polish from chipping and lifting.

 

4. Apply cuticle oil every night. This also helps keep your cuticles from drying out. “Applying cuticle oil prevents hangnails and dry cuticles, which can cause polish to peel and chip,” says Julie.

5. Keep your toes under wraps and moisturise daily: “Wearing flip-flops regularly contributes to dry and dirty feet, which can ruin a pedi within a week,” says Karen. She says the secret to achieving a long-lasting pedicure, and silky smooth feet, is to apply moisturiser daily. Apply a rich moisturiser after a shower to provide instant hydration and protection. Better yet, apply moisturiser to feet and then pop on socks to enhance absorption. 

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Forever Summer: Nail Trends for Summer 2018/2019

Summer is upon us! It’s time to break out your sandals, and those freshly manicured and pedicured digits, and embrace some some fun and fresh summer trends and shades.

OPI summer 2018/2019

The nail gurus over at Toast & Co gave us the low-down on what to expect for summer manicures and pedicures. Read on for our favourite nail trends for summer 2018/2019. 

  1. Short nails.

Short but groomed nails are all the range for summer, pairing perfectly with a solid swipe of opaque, lustrous nail polish.

Short nails summer 2018 trend

2. Classic red nails.

Red is a timeless color that will always have its place on and off the runways. It’s sexy, elegant, and high-energy, so it’s no surprise that red nail polish is one of the spring/summer 2018’s nail polish trends.

3. Nude nails. 

You cannot go wrong with a pale pink, beige, or light taupe. These are timeless and natural hues, and we’re happy to see that nude nails are members of the summer 2018/2019 hot list.

4. Denim blues.

Match your mani to your summer cut-offs with muted blues that look perfectly worn-in.

5. Bright matte nail polish

A fun way to play with really bright, neon nail polish shades is to change up their finish. While we’re used to glossy brights, 2018 summer sees electrifying mattes.

6. Opaque shimmer nails

Add some shimmer without overwhelming the senses. Quick and easy, yet glamorous, nails. Yes please!

7. Nude and black

Nude (or white) and black is a nail combination that is becoming as ubiquitous as the French manicure. As part of spring/summer 2018 nail art trends, it’s all about nude/white nails with thin black lines for accent.

8. Colourful stripes

Although the runways saw a lot of black stripes, colourful stripes and French manicures in bright hues are having their moment in the sun this summer. 

colourful stripes nail polish 2018

9. Neon nails

Expect punchy neon nails everywhere throughout the summer. 

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Toast & Co

There’s so much we love about Toast & Co in Joburg’s Craighall Park. It’s not just the calming sage and green décor, the peaceful atmosphere, and the buttery biscuits that accompany every cup of tea and coffee. It’s also the perfect manicures (every time!), the way everyone knows your name, and the curated selection of retail therapy on offer (think classic cashmere, handcrafted bags, brogues and delicate jewels).

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Julie and Karen, sisters and the owners of Toast & Co, have been crafting a salon that is more than just a salon for 10 years. It’s grown in physical size, number of therapists, and offering, but the absolute attention to every detail remains the same. Julie and Karen are utter perfectionists, and are fastidious about offering consistent quality and experiences to their clients (many of whom are regulars and long-term supporters). It’s this thoughtful attention and authenticity that sets Toast & Co apart.

“We test every product we sell, from skincare to cashmere scarves”, says Julie. “In this way we can sell a treatment or product to our clients knowing that it works, and that we really believe in its quality.”

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Along with assured quality products, Toast & Co is known for its quality therapists. In an industry renowned for its staff turnover, many of the women working at Toast & Co have been employed there for years, and are true professionals. Specialising in particular areas of interest or flair, therapists at the salon hone their skills in certain areas, be it nails, eyelash extensions, facials or massages, and clients are assured of consistent, excellent treatments every time.

“We see our staff as true professionals and trust them to deliver,” says Karen. Toast & Co offers continuous training opportunities in new products and skills, allowing therapists to constantly enhance their abilities.

“Everybody specialises in what they are good at,” says Pearl who has been at Toast & Co since 2009 and enjoys learning about new facial techniques, new products and the latest ingredients. “It’s such a confidence boost when you get a new client and you learn that they were referred by another client! It makes me feel like I’m good at what I do and that I make an impact, and that’s really important to me.”

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Along with training, the sisters are good at spotting talent when they see it, and giving people opportunities. Nqobile began working at the salon in 2013 as a cleaner, and is now responsible for bookings and merchandising of stock. “Julie and Karen saw my potential and trusted me,” says Nqobile.

This is perhaps why Toast & Co is a Joburg favourite. You can find a pedicure just about anywhere, but there are few salons that match consistently high quality with an atmosphere of utter relaxation and calm. We put it down to Julie and Karen’s touch – tireless attention to detail, the empowerment of their staff, and the authentic nurturing of relationships.

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All natural Team Dr Joseph facial

If using natural skincare products is a concern for you, it can be hard to find the balance between all-natural ingredients and proven scientific impact.  If I’m buying skincare products, I want to know that I’m not putting anything toxic on my skin, but I also want to be certain that the serum or cream I’m using delivers the goods when it comes to hydration, managing pimples, or minimising pigmentation and the signs of ageing.
Team Dr Joseph is relatively new to SA, and is a skincare brand dedicated to marrying “the ancient wisdom of folk medicine and the latest scientific findings, the purest materials and the finest technology, the genius of nature and sophisticated know-how.” In short, TDJ offers high-tech natural cosmetics that take their inspiration from plants, with emphasis on ingredients with the highest purity, quality and sustainable biological cultivation.
I had a Team Dr Joseph Advanced Bio Lifting Face Treatment at Toast & Co, and was treated to two hours of facial massage, warm herbal compresses, peeling, deep cleansing with cupping (first time I’ve ever had cupping on my face), serums and masking.  The scent of the products is herby and aromatic, while the two hours is spent mostly in silence (and near sleep!).
My skin was left feeling deeply hydrated and glowing, and I was left feeling deeply relaxed. Possibly the perfect Saturday afternoon treat!




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