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What do you get when you combine 14 years of beauty industry experience with 15 years in human resources? Crema Nail & Beauty Lounge, Sandy Koukouves and Tiffany Bertossi’s prime pampering spot in Flamingo Shopping Centre. We chatted to the passionate duo to find out how the dream began, their brand-new anti-ageing offering and more.
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Tell us about the Crema dream.
Crema was born when Sandy left her long-term job in human resources to pursue an idea that she’d long dreamed of. She approached Tiffany, who she’d met at a spa that she previously managed, who agreed that there was a huge demand to a fill gap in the market. After chatting over lunch, the vision of a lush, classy and personalised nail and beauty lounge that would allow both to be hands-on bosses and working moms came about.
What makes Crema different?
We’re passionate about supporting the local industry and keeping a low carbon footprint. We stock three vegan gel polishes, of which two are locally made. In our complimentary bar, we use eco-friendly straws made from corn starch and water, so while sipping on your coffee Freezo, your straw doesn’t go soft like the paper ones. We also engage with all five senses, starting with sight and smell as we have the most gorgeous handmade paper flower statement wall and a signature scent that’s in aroma burners throughout the salon. Our signature scent is also in all our products that are locally made just for us – a sugar scrub, hand and foot soak, massage cream, liquid paraffin wax and hand lotion.
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What treatments do you offer?
We offer a wide range of nail treatments, including manicures, pedicures, gel and acrylic overlays and tips, gel polish applications, all kinds of nail art (free-hand and designed), MediHeel foot peel treatments and OPI Gel Break nail strengthening treatments. We also do waxing and tinting, Henna Spa Brows, Lamelle facials, Bellabaci massages and cupping treatments, chemical peels, dermaroller and microneedling, permanent makeup, IPL hair removal, IPL photo facials and sun damage treatments and the list goes on!
What’s your most Instagrammed treatment?
Definitely our amazing nail art or our ultra-luxurious milk, coffee bean and rose petal pedicure.
Tell us about your new anti-ageing treatment.
Our new Venus Versa body contouring treatment uses an innovative combination of different clinical technologies to achieve non-surgical, virtually painless skin tightening and wrinkle reduction in a matter of six weeks.
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Shop U19, Flamingo Shopping Centre, corner of Valley Road & Queens Street, Modderfontein
010 786 0499
Candice, the Editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.