Our South African road trip two years ago was one of our best adventures to date. We wandered Cape Town’s hip streets, discovered a rainbow village, enjoyed beautiful food and wine in the prettiest vineyard, drove through the desert, explored pretty coastline. But one of the most memorable visits was to a local black township where we discovered these colourful barbershops and salons

My camera broke that day – epic blogging fail! – so I didn’t take any photos, which is why I’m excited to come across these photographs by Simon Weller. He documented the shops for a beautiful coffee table book, South African Township Barbershops and Salons, published in 2009. It’s filled with the charming signage art unique to these social hubs in the local black townships.

Psst. The rainbow shophouses of old Singapore.

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  1. These are truly amazing photographs. So colourful in juxtaposition to a lot of poverty. Yet the art serves to draw in the customers for a chat and a haircut as it does all the world over.

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