Behind the Scenes Beauty: My Hair Transformation with David Gillson

I have a lot of hair. And I’m not always quite sure how to maintain it. It frizzes, bushes, dries out. I mostly look quite unkept… except after a visit to see celebrity hairdresser extraordinaire, David Gillson!

After a few hours in David’s care I’m FAR more ready to face the world. I just wish I had him on speed dial for my every hair care. Alas, David is only in Cape Town (at Carlton Constantia Village) every few weeks. But when he is in town I rarely miss an appointment!

David Gillson is a master of hair colour and after a few visits I plucked up the courage to let him experiment with my hair a bit.

For years I’ve gone with “the usual” – honey blonde highlights.

A few weeks ago I took a risk and went for something different (and fortunately only semi-permanent!) I opted to let David loose and requested he try out a Rose Gold tint. He was only too thrilled to try something new on my mane…. and let’s be honest it has many mane-like qualities….


That is too terrifying.

Anyway I didn’t realise that asking for a rose gold tint meant they first dyed my roots and then added the toner to my hair. I won’t lie, initially I was traumatised by the dark brown colour!

And after the first wash I was even more worried. It looks WAY too dark for my liking.

I decided to just go with it and trust the process… and David! Because I do trust David. He’s been in the hair business for years, has a stellar list of clients and even recently opened a hair salon in Belgravia, London which he visits every few weeks – doing the rounds now between Joburg, Cape Town and London to service all his loyal clients.

Keratherapy Keratin Smoothing Colour & Lock Smoothing Treatment

After my wash, it was time to experience the Keratherapy Keratin Smoothing Colour & Lock Smoothing Treatment, exclusive to Carlton Hair.

Now as I’ve mentioned the texture of my hair is rather “frazzled” for want of a better description.

The truth is I don’t do much with my hair aside from washing it every second day and applying Moroccanoil to the lengths and ends while it’s still wet. I let it air dry and do its own thing. I get quite hot, so I prefer to avoid the hair dryer and this means it’s often left wet and tied up into a messy bun which can leave it looking frizzy and lacklustre.

Enter Keratherapy. The process itself is similar to a traditional Brazilian, but instead of straightening the hair, this treatment smoothes it without straightening, all the while nourishing and reviving tired, damaged hair.

The formula contains a trio of oils – Tamanu, Argan and Jojoba – that work together with rosemary leaf extract to give you silky, shiny hair.

The process is relatively quick and easy and starts with a special shampoo to prep the hair.

Your hair is then dried to about 50% and then the formula is sprayed on in sections before being blow dried until totally dry and then flat ironed to lock in the actives.

You have to not touch it for 24 hours, but after which you can carry on with your usual hair cleansing and styling routine.

My hair loved this treatment and so did I. The frizz is far less while my natural waves are more defined than usual. This treatment also substantially reduces your own hair-drying time.

More about Keratherapy

This 2-in-1 formula should be used after all color or highlighting services to lock color in and prevent fading, or as a simple in-salon express keratin treatment providing frizz control.

• Works on all hair types for up to 4-6 weeks
• Replenishes natural keratin and collagen proteins
that are lost over time
• Reduces frizz and blocks humidity
• Locks in color, extends vibrancy and protects
from fading
• Adds shine and softness
• Deeply penetrates the hair while smoothing and
sealing the cuticle
• Provides an express keratin treatment service in less than an hour
• Add-on to all chemical services in just 20-25 extra minutes
• Safe for color-treated hair


Key Keratherapy Ingredients

KERABOND TECHNOLOGY – Combines the benefits of keratin with proteins, amino-acids, nutrients and natural ingredients resulting in strong, healthy hair that is frizz-free, shiny, smooth, manageable, and resistant to humidity.

PANTHENOL – B Form of Vitamin B that seals the cuticle while creating incredible shine. Maintains optimum moisture balance and repels humidity

ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) OIL – Restores shine, cares for the scalp, and minimizes the damage caused by split ends. Rejuvenates hair from root to tip, increasing strength, elasticity and overall health

OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL – Conditions, smoothes, and adds shine

WHEAT GERM AMINO ACID – A rich source of vitamin E and protein that relieves dryness and adds softness and moisture to the hair

COLLAGEN AMINO ACIDS – Increases elasticity, strengthens and promotes growth

JOJOBA SEED OIL – Rich in minerals and vitamin E, acts as a humectant and creates a protective film over the hair shaft that helps seal in moisture and adds shine. Helps to repair hair damaged by heat and styling

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (Vitamin E) – Gives life to dull, limp hair. Heals, rejuvenates, softens, soothes and protects the hair and scalp

As you can see the condition of my hair was transformed in a few minutes! And I just LOVED the new colour too. A gentle, soft rose gold that slowly washed out over a few weeks.

Those with curly or wavy hair, prone to frizz and fluff, then add this incredible treatment to your next salon visit.

Keratherapy Keratin Smoothing Colour & Lock Smoothing Treatment is available at all Carlton Hair salons and costs from R550 – the final price will depend on the length of your hair.

Other Keratherapy products to look out for include:

  • Brazilian Renewal Ultra Strength Keratin Smoothing Treatment
  • Pure Renewal Plus+ Zero Formaldehyde Keratin Smoothing Treatment

If you’re keen to sit under the master of colour (esp blonde) David Gillson, the you’ll find him most days at Carlton Hair Hyde Park (011) 325 4916. He also makes regular trips down to Carlton Hair Constantia Village (021) 794 4417.

For more hair and fashion trend inspiration from around the world follow David on Instagram @gillsondavid.


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. Your hair looks absolutely amazing – love the colour which suits your skin tone. Well Done!!!

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