New Hot Spot: Buff Beauty Parlour

WORDS Michaela Stehr

Buff Beauty Parlour, a quirky new beauty emporium and Essie’s first South African store, has opened in Durban’s Umhlanga.

This family-run enterprise is the brainchild of Tracy Gielink, Kim Davidson and Debbie Davidson, who as a team aimed to create a beauty bar with a difference. They developed their concept and enlisted the help of M&M design to help execute their vision.

Inspired by the iconic character Betty Boop, the bright space is filled with bold colours and interesting areas all dedicated to different services. Independent pods within the store give the layout a department-store feel, with each section uniquely branded. The retro Soda Fountain ensures all food and drink needs are catered for, The Brow Bar and makeup station sorts out your look and lets you stock up on products, while the Glow area focuses on skin care. For male guests, The Workshop offers a variety of grooming options and products.

Buff Beauty Parlour offers services ranging from nails and lash and brow grooming to waxing, all performed by specialised staff. It also serves as nail lacquer brand Essie’s first South African flagship store and salon, with imported Essie manicure stations from Italy, all with built-in extractor systems and handbag hooks.

The space also offers easily accessible charging points for phones, as well as digital libraries stocked with all the latest e-magazines.

Buff Beauty Parlour is situated at The Boulevard, 19 Park Lane, Umhlanga. Visit for more information.