Introducing TheraVine Glycolic Acid Peels!

We are delighted to announce the introduction of TheraVine Glycolic Acid Peels at emphasis!

A professional skincare treatment containing a 70% glycolic acid. This peeling consists of a natural fruit acid of deeper concentration than enzyme peelings.

Highly recommended for:

  • Mature Skin
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Wrinkled Skin
  • Deep Acne Scarring

A course of 6 treatments over a period of 8 weeks is recommended.

TheraVine Glycolic Acid Peels (60 min)  R300
Buy 5 Peels, Receive 1 free
Buy 10 Peels, Receive 2 free

Special price and offers are available until 1 August 2018.

Contact us to book your treatment!

Celebrating Mothers Month in May!

Mother's Day at emphasis

We believe that mothers do so much for us and we sometimes take this for granted.

Mothers Day 2016 will be on Sunday 8th May.

We would like to offer more opportunities to celebrate and appreciate our wonderful mothers.

So, we’re extending Mother’s Day here at emphasis Beauty!

Our specials will be running for the entire month of May :)

  1. Manicure and Gel Pedicure                     R400
  2. Mom and Daughter Pedicure                  R400 for both
  3. Gel overlay with free toenail paint         R120

Treatments include complimentary coffee/tea and healthy juice.


  1. Justine
    10% off all Justine products and lovely gifts with selected purchases
    Buy any 2 Justine products over R150 and receive a free toiletry bag
  2. LUXE
    Buy any 2 LUXE make up products and receive a free make up bag

We look forward to welcoming you to our salon soon.

Best Wishes to everyone!

Lindri van der Merwe
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis

My New Beginning

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My new adventure is around the corner and I am ecstatic to start.

I am very excited to be taking official ownership of emphasis on 1st March and will be at the salon as often as possible until then. Being a therapist is my passion and I take great pride in my work, always putting my heart and soul into all that I do. I am looking forward to meeting all of you very soon.

Thank You Julie
I would like to thank Julie for all her help and guidance so far. She has so generously shared all her knowledge and experience of what is required, the standards expected and how this very special and wonderful salon is operated. She has truly built up a super salon. I am grateful for this strong foundation and the opportunity to continue all her hard work and will do my very best to offer a service and experience of a high standard that everyone will enjoy. I have worked very hard toward making this happen and truly treasure the opportunity.

March Specials and New Treatments
We are excited to announce our March specials and some new treatments:

30 min Back Massage with free Back Exfoliation R200

All Massage prices will be reduced from 1st March

Nail Treatments now include gel, acrylic and tip overlays

Welcome to Melvinnè, Our New Nail Technician
Melvinnè will be our new nail technician as well as receptionist. She is from George where she studied and received all of her qualifications. She is very passionate about nails and can’t wait to get started on 1st March. Be sure to make your nail appointments with her.

Gatineau will continue to be our number 1 product in treatments and will be available as always to all clients. In addition, we will be introducing Justine retail products in March.

New Hours from 1 March 2016
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 08:00 – 17:00
Thursdays 09:00 – 19:00
Selected Saturdays (twice a month) 09:00 – 13:00
Christian Public holidays closed
Selected Public Holidays open half day

I would also like to thank my parents for all their help, support, guidance and inspiration. Without them this would not be possible. I was raised to know right from wrong and had the perfect example of hard working parents and how a business should be run successfully. Thank you for everything Mom and Dad!

I am very excited to start my new journey with each and every one of you and I cannot wait to get started on the first. I would like to thank all the clients that agreed to move over to me. I know that it was not easy to say goodbye to Julie, but I promise that I will give you a wonderful experience. I hope all of you will give me a chance and walk my new journey with me.

Join Us on 1st March!
We will have some eats and coffee on the opening day. Everyone is welcome to pop in and enjoy. I hope to see all of you at emphasis.

Best wishes to everyone. I hope and believe that we will have a lovely journey ahead.

Lindri van der Merwe
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis (effective from 1 March 2016)

A Fond Farewell

Fond Farewell

The time has come to bid you a fond farewell. Monday 29 February 2016, will be my last day at emphasis. I am leaving with mixed feelings as I truly enjoy being a beauty therapist and I love my salon (my little escape). However, I’m heading off to new adventures. While I’m not sure what they are just yet, I do trust that they will be amazing and filled with new challenges.

Working with each and every one of you has been an absolute joy. We gave one another the greatest gift: time - a portion of our lives that we will never get back. I wish to thank you for your support and I will miss your heart-warming smiles. I sincerely hope that we can stay in touch and find future opportunities to spend time together.

Congratulations to Lindri van der Merwe who will be the new owner of emphasis. Lindri is from a farm in the Eastern Cape outside Jeffreys Bay. After spending a year abroad, Lindri studied in George at an elite college where she graduated with her international qualifications: ITEC and CIDESCO. She then worked at Pezula in Knysna and she is currently working at Fancourt Spa.

Lindri is very passionate about being a beauty therapist and she loves to take care of people and make them feel good about themselves. She is really looking forward to being the new owner of emphasis and she foresees many happy years ahead.

Lindri, I wish you great success with your future at emphasis. Pre-scheduled appointments will remain as scheduled unless you notify me or Lindri otherwise.


Fondest regards,
Julie McKey
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis

emphasis – The Way Forward

Tranquil emphasis

As another year draws to a close it’s a good time to reflect and make adjustments to our lives. Achieving balance between work and family has proved to be a massive challenge for me in 2015. I have learned that things don’t automatically balance, it is an on-going process which takes consistent work and careful planning.

With balance in mind, I have had to make drastic changes to my work schedule. I realise that the changes will not suite everyone and for that I would like to sincerely apologise. I cherish every single one of you and without you, yet another wonderful year would not be possible. Thank you for your support. It’s always a joy to work with you.

New Salon Hours
Monday to Friday 08:30 – 12:30
Saturdays* 09:00 – 12:00
* Open on pre-selected Saturdays of the month by appointment only

2016 Price Increase
Due to the rapid shift in the exchange rate, I have no alternative but to raise the prices. New prices will be available on the website from mid January 2016.

Please note that emphasis will be closing on Friday 18 December 2015 and will re-open on Wednesday 13 January 2016. The booking schedule is now open for 2016. It is essential to schedule bookings in advance.

May the magic of the holiday season stay with you throughout 2016!


Julie McKey
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis

Congratulations and Thank You, Nadia


The stork will once again make a special delivery to emphasis. Nadia will soon be welcoming a little boy into the world and she has therefore decided that it is time to say farewell.

The positive side of finding it hard to say goodbye to someone is that it means that you have found a true friend. Nadia, Thank you. These are small words with deep meaning. Some people pass through this world and leave it as they found it. Your proactive approach and your willingness to make a difference to those around you is truly commendable. Your demeanour at work has been nothing short of professional. Your kindness motivates me and your care encourages me.

When your precious child arrives, you will soon learn that as mothers we think about our children day and night. We love them profoundly, always. Barbara Johnson wrote: “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”

I wish you all the best and continued success. Goodbyes are fortunately not forever, they simply mean that I will miss you until we meet again.

Julie McKey
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis

Autumn Light

Jasper Conran - Autumn/Winter 2015-16

As summer light softens and goes golden, heaps of autumn leaves begin to gather beneath the trees and we start to feel a coolness in the breeze. It’s that time of year again – nature spreads a rich palette of colour, turning leaves to yellow, gold and red. Riots of colour all around whisper that one thing… when autumn is gone, winter will begin.

The season brings change to emphasis too as we wish Lehandra farewell. The lure of motherhood has brought about the end of her chapter here with us. Lehandra, as you move into your new venture, may love and success be with you always. I trust that you will embrace this season of life and hope that you will find the directions that lead you to your dreams.

For the autumn season, here at emphasis, we highly recommend our Radiance Revealing Vitamin Rich Cocktail Treatment. It works to reveal the natural glow of your skin in the cooler seasonal air. The warmth of the vitamin rich mask brings pleasant sensations to your skin as you relax with one of our luxurious hand massages.

To all of our clients, I look forward to welcoming each and every one of you to our salon this season.

Wishing you and your families love, warmth and joy!


Julie McKey
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis

Congratulations to Lehandra!

Lehandra Maternity

Congratulations to Lehandra on her wonderful news! We are pleased to announce another maternity at emphasis. We’ve watched Lehandra grow and she has certainly bloomed. She will soon welcome the pitter patter of tiny pink feet for the second time.

Lehandra will be taking her maternity leave effective 1 March 2015. She will rejoin the team 1 July 2015.

As I will be working alone from 1 March 2015 in Lehandra’s absence, I strongly suggest that you schedule treatments well in advance to avoid disappointment.

The appointment book is open till 23 December 2015.

We at emphasis wish Lehandra a healthy delivery and all the best with her newborn.

Julie McKey
Owner, Director and Therapist at emphasis

Festive Seasons Greetings

emphasis festive seasons greetings

When we reflect on the year and all its happenings, we realise that none of the achievements would have been possible without the support of you, our loyal clients.

The year certainly had its fair share of challenges for many of us. However, we look back on 2014 as a prosperous year filled with new relationships, fresh ideas and new opportunities.

New Salon Hours
Please note that emphasis opening hours have changed

Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:30
Saturdays 09:00 – 12:00

2015 Price Increase
Our treatment prices will be increasing from 1 January 2015. New prices will be available in our salon and on our website from then.

Gift Vouchers Discontinued
Gift vouchers have been discontinued but purchased vouchers are valid for three years from date of purchase.

We would like to thank you for supporting us during 2014. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed festive season.

Eye Focus Promotion at emphasis

Eye Focus Promotion at emphasis

Helena Bezuidenhout, Gatineau’s Area Manager, will be hosting an Eye Focus Promotion at emphasis on 28 August.

Helena will bring her Hydration Measuring Machine with her. This machine accurately measures the hydration level in the skin, allowing us to offer you the most ideal treatment for your unique skin needs. 

Why Hydration
Dehydration is an enemy of the skin, affecting many people to varying degrees. Skin dehydration is the loss of water in the skin and occurs when the skin uses more moisture than it takes in. Your skin loses a large amount of water naturally every day, which constantly needs replenishing. Dehydration can cause fine lines and wrinkles, premature ageing, loss of elasticity and a feeling of tightness.

The Treatment
The Eye Focus Treatment is a 30 minute treatment. It is suitable for men and women and is ideal for clients looking to rejuvenate, relax and de-stress the eye contour area.


  • Fine lines and wrinkles are reduced
  • The eye contour is intensely hydrated
  • The eyes are revived with dark circles and puffiness reduced

While Helena is performing the Eye Focus treatment, clients will be treated to a Youthful Hands Treatment for additional pampering. The treatment is ideal for clients looking to restore softness and the youthful appearance of their hands.

Total value of the combined treatments is R380. For the promotion day only clients will be pampered at the cost of R150. Purchase two or more products on the day and the R150 is redeemable on your purchase.

The promotion will be at emphasis on the 28th August. Places are limited to 12 and advance booking is essential. Contact us to secure your booking.