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Salon Parlour

The Perfect Parlour: Salon Parlour

That owners of Salon Parlour, Susie Chisnall and Becs Taulango are committed to incorporating sustainable ideals to their hair, beauty and nails emporium is immediately apparent as you walk through the door of the striking space, located on the corner of Cranford and Westminster Streets.


Salon Parlour


Polished concrete floors enhance the effect of the uplifting stud height, natural light is complemented by soothing dark walls, plus the stylish and streamlined cabinetry in plywood can be rearranged or packed down to enable the cleared space to host events.  The vibe is welcoming and the atmosphere easy and calm.

“We aim for our clients to be comfortable and totally relax – coming here is almost as much about restoring mental health as a gorgeous hair style and a rejuvenating facial,” Becs says. The fact that their warm and inclusive approach is appreciated is reflected in the broad range of clients returning again and again.

Salon Parlour works as a shared space, where self-employed hair stylists and beauty therapists collaborate and support one-another. “As well as hair styling we offer spray tanning, massage, nail treatments, waxing, hot shaves and facials, and there is always room for more practitioners to join us,” Susie says.  With more than thirty years’ experience between them, Susie and Becs are delighted to help stylists and therapists wishing to join the space settle in and establish their business.


Find them at and for appointments, enquiries about events hosting, or joining the team,

phone 03 355 1108.


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Going grey gracefully: V for Hair and Beauty

Looking for a new look for your grey hair this season? Beautifully styled grey hair is turning more heads than ever before in a growing trend towards natural beauty – enhanced with a little salon magic.


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Master Stylist Vicki O’Fee, of V for Hair and Beauty upstairs in Merivale Mall, says women often start to grey by 35, or even earlier – and many are now loving the look and making the most of the change. It’s important to choose a shade that suits your skin. Sultry hues of silver, sand, dove, iris and lilac for hair can also be incredibly feminine and flattering.

Like any change in hair colour or style, it’s a transition, so planning ahead for special occasions is vital. V for Hair and Beauty’s stylists offer a complimentary consultation and may suggest going lighter with a base colour, highlights, age-blend colours to soften obvious lines, or weaving in lowlights for darker hair.




Bridal Makeup Magic

Bridal Makeup Magic

Cameras, kisses, champagne, sunshine and tears of happiness – bridal makeup must last through it all.


Bridal Makeup Magic


A bride’s beautiful face is by far the most unforgettable image of the big day. Weddings might have become a more casual affair for many, but makeup really needs to be perfectly faultless. With a pre-wedding ritual all of its own, it requires the calm creative touch of a professional, who will ensure stress lines don’t feature!

There is much to ponder before picking out colours and products. The weather, the venue, skin type, the dress and, most vital of all, your unique personality. Thankfully, it’s a fanciful era of everything goes for wedding beauty. Nude shimmery lips or matte rose-red pouts, cat’s eyes or doe eyes, sun-kissed skin or a pale porcelain complexion.


Choosing a makeup artist is like finding a bridesmaid, you’ll be on a personal journey together. A good consultant will ask you everything – as absolutely loving your look is number one. Browse Instagram, Pinterest and magazines until you spot that certain image you adore and aspire to.

This guarantees you’re both on the same page. An invaluable trial makeup session is now the thing to do. This ensures you’re feeling comfortable, have made the right choices, your skin won’t react, and you can test out how the products last on your skin. You can buy the lippy for touch ups on the day, or the consultant often has sample sizes.

Don’t do anything drastic or dramatic to your eyebrows near the time that you haven’t tried before. The makeup artist can create them with gels, pencils, or powder on the day. However, microblading is a refined process in stages, with a flattering outcome such as beautifully arched brows akin to Audrey Hepburn. The timelessly feminine winged flick on the eyelids is a photogenic look this lady also rocked so well.

Specialist makeup brands, such as hypo-allergenic Lauren & Louise Cosmetica, ensures luminous photo-worthy effects. Primers for complexion and eyelids are so important for a long-lasting coverage that won’t melt away. Mineral powder and cream blushes appear softer and it’s a bridal trend to highlight the cheekbones. Careful makeup to the décolletage will limit any high-colour flushing and ensure this skin area matches your complexion.

Shimmery shadows are so fine and delicate these days – any age can wear them. Pinky golds are a romantic choice, and the new emeralds and violets for shadows and liners emulate jewel-like fantasy. Gold is also staring, for all over goddess-like glamour.
High definition cameras mean an overall softer makeup effect is essential, as deeper tones can be too harshly accentuated. The wedding makeup artist will work their technical magic so you and your bridesmaids look picture perfect both on and off camera.



Savvy Hair Design

New Year, New Hair! Savvy Hair Design

Savvy Hair Design owner Sarah McGuigan and her team can’t wait for their new salon extension to be completed. Currently underway, it will mean double the space, with ten styling bays instead of five.


Savvy Hair Design


Sarah and her team are equally excited about the exceptional ranges on offer at Savvy. The Keratin smoothing complex treatment is the ultimate in delivering smooth, shiny, more manageable hair and even halves blow drying time. They have also introduced ORO colour therapy into the colour range.

Ammonia free and PPD-Free, it also contains argan oil which adds incredible shine. There is also a full range of OLAPLEX in stock. Its unique patented technology is completely free from nasty sulphates and parabens, making it a game-changer in repairing and strengthening your hair.

Savvy also offers a complimentary consultation service, so if you haven’t been to Savvy before or you’re thinking about a change, sit down with one of the qualified senior stylists and get the best advice on what’s right for your hair, along with an accurate idea of price before your appointment.

For those wanting a new look to kick off the New Year, Sarah and her team are offering a fantastic special for new clients – New Year, new hair! Get $30 off your first colour and cut appointment plus a free Olaplex treatment worth $40. What better way to start 2019?
Make sure to Follow Savvy on Facebook and Instagram for updates and news.


Visit or phone 03 942 4179.


Kudos Hairdressers

She’s Got The Look: Kudos Hairdressers

With Cup Day and Show Week almost here, planning your look becomes a priority.


Kudos Hairdressers


Dress, shoes, hat and handbag; it all comes together nicely. So what about your hair? Relax lovely ladies and book yourself an appointment at Kudos Hairdressers and let the magic begin!  Sip a coffee and browse a magazine as your scalp and hair are treated to a spa-like indulgence, courtesy of its new Wella Invigo range, or marvel at the texture and volume of your luxurious locks, thanks to latest Sebastian products – Sebastian Effortless.

Because no head of hair is the same, System Professional offers a consultation that includes a hair profile and diagnosis, followed by advice on which correct products to use; it’s the ultimate personalised hair-care programme. Another new product is the GHD Platinum +, the world’s first smart straightener that predicts your hair’s needs. The GHD Platinum + recognises the thickness of your hair and speed at which you are styling and adjusts the heat accordingly.

“It’s so intelligent it protects your hair – it’s very exciting!” salon owner Michelle Farmer says.  Michelle and her dedicated, fully qualified team pride themselves on their customer service.  “That’s our point of difference; here you’re always greeted with a smile and made to feel you’re our top priority. And now, with the newly revamped Merivale Mall, we’re saying to our clients, come on in and get a fabulous new colour and style, then cross the road and rock that look! You’ll feel a million dollars!”


Visit, or phone 03 355 4734.



Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Hairmantra

While the balding process is entrenched in our psyche as a common rite of passage for men of a certain age, female pattern thinning is almost as common, but much less known, let alone discussed.




Dr Padmaja Redekar, of Hairmantra Trichology Clinic says because women rarely develop bald patches, their hair can thin by a full 50 percent before they become aware of it. “Some discover they no longer have enough hair for styles such as a bun, or they can see more of their scalp, or the hair recedes at the temples,” she says.

“Clues that point to possible hair loss are developing acne, or new hair growth on other parts of the face and body.”  Dr Padmaja says some people are genetically susceptible to the hormone DHT, a hair loss-linked androgen present in both men and women. Simple aging, or physical or mental stress can trigger a sensitivity to DHT.

“Life stages such as puberty and menopause, or hysterectomy and medical issues such as endometriosis or anaemia can also be a trigger.” Unlike hair fall, hair thinning does not resolve itself and the earlier treatment starts the better.
Dr Padmaja treats both internally and externally with her organic range by Apteka and offers low-level laser therapy which is also effective.

Dr Padmaja says we need to become as educated on our hair health and aging as we are for our skin. “You don’t have to put up with hair loss, and once you are over 50 regular check-ups are a great idea.”



Salon Parlour

A creative collective: Salon Parlour

Walk into Salon Parlour on the corner of Westminster and Cranford Streets and it’s buzzing. It looks like any other high end salon; the hairdressers are busy and motivated and it is a vibrant and beautiful space.

Salon Parlour


However, there is a key difference; these stylists are working in their own businesses, mentored and assisted by Salon Parlour co-owners Susie Chisnall and Becs Taulango. The stylists rent a chair and are responsible for their own clients and for developing their own business, with the benefit of lots of support from Susie and Becs.

With 30 years of experience in the hair and beauty industry between them, this talented duo knows how best to help the contracting stylists. “It takes a fair bit of confidence to go out on your own,” Becs says. “And there is more to it than just being a good stylist. We help them with advice about business management and marketing, and eventually they are well-prepared to take that next step.”
Susie believes the support from the salon and the shared vision make for a co-operative and pleasant team environment where stylists benefit, not only from Becs’ and Susie’s support, but also from each other’s different experiences, and from the group of experts the salon can call on for specific training and advice should it be needed.

They have great brand support from their haircare partner MATRIX and are the first (and only) R.A.W Concept Salon in NZ.
Currently there are opportunities for two hairdressing professionals to join the team.


Contact 03 355 1108, email or visit


V for Hair and Beauty

Luscious smooth locks: V for Hair and Beauty

Salon staff at V for Hair and Beauty, Merivale, are adept at administering increasingly popular keratin smoothing treatments. Some clients find these keratin interventions life-changing.


V for Hair and Beauty


Owner, Vicki Ogden-O’Fee describes her keratin smoothing treatment as distinguishable from a chemical straightening process that’s found in some countries, in that the former doesn’t involve potentially dangerous chemicals.

Instead, keratin smoothing is natural and gentle. It relaxes, curls, strengthens and repairs damaged hair. A beautiful side-effect is the sheen it adds to dull, dry hair. The blow wave takes frizz out of curly or wavy hair and bulk out of unmanageable, rebellious hair.

In short, keratin smoothing could be dubbed the ultimate treatment for salon-perfect hair every day. Included in this are targeted treatments for differing hair types. The results of a keratin-smooth will last for up to four months. Plus, these gorgeous effects are cumulative, with repeated smoothing applications.



Flirt & flutter: H&B Hair Art & Beauty

The H&B Hair Art & Beauty team is on hand to help you flirt and flutter your way through one of the most eagerly anticipated fashion and social events of the year.



H&B offers an extensive range of hair, beauty and make-up services to meet your every need. Complimentary consultations are available to discuss ideas on hair and make-up to suit that stunning outfit you have just purchased. The highly experienced internationally trained team at H&B excel in gorgeous hair-ups, luscious curls, sleek blow-waves, as well as amazing cuts and colours, using the latest international trends and techniques.

The team of makeup artists are also on hand to create your desired look from the natural to the dramatic. No look would be complete without a flutter of lashes and luckily the lovely Maureen is on hand to apply those lash extensions, from a full set to a flirt set. Hair and make-up work best on skin and hair that has been carefully nourished and conditioned. It offers an extensive range of colour and conditioning treatments for hair as well as facials, peels, microdermabrasion and exfoliation treatments for skin. Get your hair and skin primed to perfection and don’t forget the obligatory spray tan.

Full or half body tans will ensure you emerge as a bronzed goddess. Ladies, it’s all about you! The hair, the make-up, the lashes, the nails, waxed, exfoliated, pampered and bronzed… Cup & Show week awaits.


H&B Hair Art & Beauty is conveniently located at 96 Cranford Street, and bookings can be made on 03 381 8939 or online at


Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Now’s the time to give your hair a little consideration. We’re often told gorgeous hair is a matter of health and good diet, which makes sense.

Hair today, gone tomorrow


So foods high in good fats and proteins are the way forward. Salmon, chicken, cheeses, olive oil, avocados, nuts… all feed hair volume and gloss from within. Add at least one egg a day, plus one brazil nut, to be selenium-safe.
Then there’s the question of how to style your healthy hair for the fun days ahead, for Cup Day, and all the other seasonal dress-ups. Elaborate up-do, or a certain cut and stylised treatment?

As with dressing, retro looks are still conquering all, such as ‘80s rock-star perms, conferring luscious heads of curls, or the dead-straight and glossy, with the middle-part. Then there’s the kinked, balayaged ombre long-bob, fringed or not.
Two things are worth considering. The first is to make a hair appointment for the ideal time, so that you’ll look beautiful, no matter which style you choose.

The second is to play devil’s advocate with your tresses. Essentially this is the law of opposites. Be contrary. If your dress is very tailored or fitted, go loose, flowing and more natural on the hair front. Conversely, if you’re in a sharp-looking yet oversized double-breasted jacket (left swinging open), a close-groomed-cut and architectural sunglasses could look fab.


If a hat or fascinator is in the mix, take it to the hairdresser and, a tad of back-combing later, your best look will materialise.