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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.




One of a kind gym: Bodyfix

As more and more people join the Bodyfix family, the unique gym is moving premises to cater to its ever-growing membership.




“By early next year, we will have a much larger gym, in a brand-new world class facility – located at 29 Leeds Street – as well as more services to offer our members,” owner Moana Williams says. “Building on what we already have, the new premises will enable us to continue to grow – and not being linked to a franchise and being a one-of-a-kind gym is what sets us apart.”

The ‘family friendly’ club opened in 2011, featuring a full weights and cardio room, as well as a variety of group classes designed to motivate members to achieve their goals, including HIIT, spin and yoga. Starting your exercise regime today rather than tomorrow is one philosophy followed closely by the team at Bodyfix, and that’s because they know that when exercising under their roof, you are sure to see results. They know that when people walk into their club, everyone wants a better version of themselves.

Moana says getting the right mix of regular exercise can improve your health, vitality and wellness – which we all need more than ever in life. “There is no ‘right time’ to get started on an exercise programme, do it today – with a bit of hard work, sweat and commitment you will be fit, healthy and happy.”


Visit Bodyfix now at 450 Tuam Street, phone 03 389 9892, or visit


Genea Oxford Fertility

An expanding fertility team: Genea Oxford Fertility

An acclaimed fertility expert and endometriosis researcher is joining the specialist team at Genea Oxford Fertility this month.


Genea Oxford Fertility


Associate Professor Louise Hull will be splitting her time between Australia and her hometown Christchurch to take up her new role with Genea Oxford Fertility. “I’m really looking forward to supporting South Island couples to grow their families. Fertility issues can be incredibly complex and require a really strong science-based approach, as well as a caring and supportive environment for people,” she says.


Dr Hull moved to Australia after graduating from medical school at the University of Otago and completing a PhD in endometriosis at Cambridge University in the UK. She gained a Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) through the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and went on to become an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. Her extensive knowledge and passion for fertility led her to co-found the Fertility SA IVF Unit in Adelaide.


Genea Oxford Fertility General Manager Catherine France says Dr Hull has achieved at the very highest level throughout her international career. “It is incredibly rare to find a fertility specialist who also has such a great depth of knowledge about endometriosis. We look forward to having her on our team and working with our patients.”


Genea Oxford Fertility, through its partnership with Oxford Women’s Health, offers consultations throughout the South Island including Christchurch, Invercargill and Queenstown. It uses a unique model that blends the best of science, technology and patient care to significantly improve a couple’s ability to have a healthy baby.

A Fertility Options Evening will be held at the Genea Oxford Fertility clinic on 18 October, where you can meet Dr Hull and the Genea Oxford team and learn more about the variety of different fertility treatments available. It is free to attend and registrations can be made at


You can also call 0800 377 894 for a free nurse consultation or to make an appointment.


The Art of Dentistry: Boutique Dental

Heralding a new era of dentistry, Dr David Kao, owner of Christchurch Boutique Dental is a vanguard of ‘dentistry as an art form’.


Dr Kao


Dr Kao’s unique methods hold a mirror up to nature, intent on treating Gaia-like, the essential symbiotic union between teeth, jaw and facial muscles, promoting facial aesthetics, including wrinkle reduction, to ensure harmony and balance.
He understands that not only function, but beautiful form begins with these natural fundamentals. “If dentistry is perfected on a microscopic level, cosmetic improvements will follow naturally.”
Dr Kao prefers a tailored approach, with a rigorous commitment to bespoke solutions and positive outcomes.

Bio emulation methods mean his treatments follow the natural groove and ridge of teeth with the understanding that each has a function, leading to personalised results.
Regularly training around the world in the latest techniques, his holistic approach encompasses the reality that an incorrect or worn bite pressures the facial muscles that scaffold from jaw to temple, creating wrinkles.
‘Aesthetically pleasing’ does not equate perfection however, and in Dr Kao’s practice, the smiles he fashions retain character. He collaborates with master dental technicians from around the world to create bespoke veneers, crowns and bridges.

Dr Kao’s composite fillings maintain the original, natural colours, contours and even the staining of teeth. For Dr Kao, microscope dentistry, smile design and facial aesthetics including fillers and Botox, along with his natural philosophy, are his passion. He adores the process of ensuring harmonious interplay between all the factors that create the best yet most natural looking you.




Beauty Sense Ltd

A sense of beauty: Beauty Sense Ltd

“I was quite stunned. I hadn’t even considered we might be in the running for the major award.” That was Jess Telfer’s reaction when she learned that Cocoon Beauty and Day Spa, the Rangiora salon she co-owns with her mother Sally, had won the 2018 Beauty Sense Award for Stockist of the Year.


Beauty Sense Ltd


Beauty Sense Ltd is a leading supplier of product to the professional beauty industry in New Zealand, supplying 450 individual stockists nationwide. Every two years Beauty Sense holds awards for excellence in the beauty industry and the Stockist of the Year Award is its highest level of recognition.

“There are a number of criteria on which a salon is judged,” Jess says. “Particularly important to us at Cocoon and a major focus is investing in staff education and training. We want all members of our team to reach their highest potential. We also put a great deal of effort into improving our marketing and presence on social media. I ensure that our Facebook page and Instagram are updated regularly with new and interesting content about our treatments and the products that we use.”

Cocoon is no newcomer to winning awards however, having received multiple industry and supplier awards since 2011. “We enter awards to keep us improving on what we do. They are a chance to revisit our business plan to make sure we are on the right track and they are also great for team morale.”



To celebrate the win Cocoon is rewarding you. From 13 to 27 October, book an Image Signature Lift facial and receive a free Image i- trial Collection featuring the best of Image skincare.


Duxton Dental

Beautiful smiles beyond teeth: Duxton Dental

There has been an exciting development at Duxton Dental to give you a spring in your step and a smile on your face this summer.


Duxton Dental


Dentists Christine Duxbury and Hayley Hall have both been extensively trained in the use of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) as a muscle relaxant that can be used reliably for both dental and cosmetic indications. Traditionally, lines between the eyes (frown lines), on the forehead and around the eyes (crows’ feet) have been the most commonly treated for cosmetic reasons. However, the number of new uses for these facial injectables has expanded substantially and now includes other areas of direct importance for dentists. Chronic tooth grinding, headaches and smile issues, due to undesired muscle overactivity, can be treated simply and non-invasively through the use of Botox.


It is interesting to know that worldwide, dentists are the providers of choice for treatments with Botox – it makes sense when you think about their day-to-day work and facial anatomy knowledge. Training and experience has shown Hayley and Christine that they can provide natural looking results, using a combination of skin rejuvenation and facial injectables such as Botox. Duxton Dental is also fortunate to have a qualified beauty therapist on staff.

The goal at Duxton Dental is not about making someone look completely different or 20 years younger, but as one of their patients says, “It is about making them look like they have had a fantastic holiday”.



If you are interested in finding out about these treatments please contact Duxton Dental’s staff for a free consultation on 03 348 5488 or email


Pacific Radiology

Changing prostate cancer treatment: Pacific Radiology

We’re nearing the end of Blue September, the month to raise awareness of prostate cancer. It is the most common cancer in men in New Zealand but fortunately, when detected early, prostate cancer has an excellent cure rate.


Pacific Radiology
Some of the breast screening team, L to R, Jaishree Deb-Choudhury, Deb Jackson, Catherine Ritchie


A PSMA (prostate specific membrane antigen) study is an imaging test that determines the position and extent of prostate cancer. Pacific Radiology uses Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and low dose computed tomography (CT) imaging, in conjunction with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR), to help doctors assess the staging of prostate cancer treatment. Pacific Radiology radiologist Dr Justin Hegarty specialises in interpreting the PSMA and MR images. “We are starting to rely more on imaging to help diagnose as well as guide treatment options,” Justin says.

“Recent studies show that PSMA imaging often changes the type of treatment that a patient receives – for example, someone who before would have been treated with a prostatectomy might now be better treated with radiotherapy.” Prostate tumours as small as 2-3mm can be identified. “The clarity of the imaging ensures that patients are able to choose a treatment pathway that best suits them and that allows them the best possible outcome.”


Pacific Radiology
1. Small nodes like this are usually normal on CT.


Pacific Radiology
2. PSMA is present in the node, and we can now confidently predict it contains metastatic prostate cancer.


Supportive breast screening

a patient’s perspective


A few weeks ago I had my routine mammogram which is usually very uneventful. I was told at the end of the procedure that I would receive a letter in a couple of weeks if everything was okay. Then sometime later I was called to come back for more investigations. It caught me by surprise. I’ve got a friend with Stage 4 breast cancer at the moment so I immediately started worrying about what might be going on.

On my return visit, I saw the screening mammogram from a few weeks before. The images showed some little white dots of calcium that the specialists were concerned about. I was told I would have some more mammograms looking at that area in detail and also have an ultrasound with the radiologist. During the ultrasound, the radiologist said to me that she couldn’t see anything that looked definitely worrying, but they wanted to be sure. That’s why I was to have a biopsy in the afternoon.
The trickiest thing about the biopsy was getting into position and staying completely still for a very long period.

The procedure itself wasn’t too bad. The whole way through the biopsy there was a woman, Debbie, holding my arm to help me keep still, but also giving me support. Because I didn’t have a support person there, I really appreciated Debbie’s presence. There was also clear communication the whole way through and a real sense that they were being honest with me at each step. In the circumstances, the entire process was a positive experience. They phoned me when the results came through and thankfully the biopsy was benign.



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Gill Redden Cranio

Effective Concussion Treatment: Gill Redden Cranio

Concussion is a serious injury and occurs frequently. According to ACC statistics, there are about 35,000 head injuries in New Zealand each year. Despite the fact that we seem to hear about concussion happening mostly on the sports field, actually only 21 percent of all head injuries in this country are sustained through sport-related injury.


Gill Redden Cranio


Today there is an increased awareness and understanding of what a concussion is and that the impact of the injury may be either immediate or delayed. People who have suffered a head knock can potentially suffer anxiety, depression and make poor decisions either immediately or years on from the initial trauma. The good news though, according to Gill Redden, a specialist concussion practitioner, is that concussion, even an old concussion, is treatable. “Any amount of force will impact the head,” Gill explains.

“This causes the head bones to jam up and the membranes surrounding and protecting the brain to twist and tighten to try to accommodate these jammed bones. What I do is physically unjam or free up the head bones through quiet, gentle manipulation. “This is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment called CranioSacral therapy, a technique which came into its own in the 1970s and which is extremely effective.” Gill takes a full body treatment approach when treating a concussion, helping to align the body, the neck and various organs to release compression and to allow uninterrupted flow.



If you think you may be suffering from a concussion and would like to find out more about how Gill treats people, phone 03 365 7801.


Open your eyes to the possibilities: Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

There is a growing demand for safe and effective treatments to help maintain a youthful appearance that fit in with a busy work and social calendar.


Skin Rejuvenation Clinic


The area around the eye is one of the first areas to show signs of ageing with fine lines and wrinkles and loose, sagging skin. Here are some safe and non-invasive treatment options available to treat this area.

Radiofrequency (RF)

RF is an effective way to safely deliver energy into the skin, independent of skin colour. The energy flow causes a build-up of heat which induces an immediate contraction of the collagen (an ‘instant lift’) and stimulates a natural wound-healing response, leading to a long-lasting lift of the skin.
The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic uses a skin tightening treatment that combines RF skin needling (called Intensif) with RF fractional skin resurfacing (called FSR) and a course of treatments is recommended. This leaves the skin around the eye looking smoother and tighter with a lift of the upper eyelid to reveal a more open eye!

Ulthera (HIFU)

HIFU is high intensity focused ultrasound that delivers energy into the tissue below the skin to cause tissue tightening at a deeper level than RF. Only one treatment is needed and it is FDA approved. It also causes the area around the eye to look smoother and tighter with a lift to the upper eyelid and a reduction of under-eye bags.

Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin works by causing the muscles above the eyebrows and around the eyes to relax which makes the eyes open up. There are needles involved but there should be very little pain and no down-time! Results can take a few days after the injections are done to work and should last about four months.

Dermal Filler

Dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance). It can be used to lift the eyebrows. It can also smooth and fill out the under eye tear trough area. Once again needles are involved and results should last anywhere from 12 months to a couple of years.
All injectable treatments at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic are done by Dr Brigid Lee who is a member of the NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine.





a Bite of the Best: LoveBite

Like the Bach Cello Suite No 1 performed by his favourite cellist Mischa Maisky, the dentures made by Richard Greenlees, maestro at Lovebite, are a masterwork of harmony with the face and the nuance of character of their fortunate wearers.




Each set is a work of art; you cannot guess the dentures are not teeth, as grown and worn by the owner during their lifetime. “The last thing you’d ever want is a generic denture that goes across in a straight line,” (think Jim Carey in The Mask).
“It’s just so obvious,” Richard says.

With his artist’s eye, Richard understands that our mouths and the natural teeth they hold are a representation of the person inside, whom he takes time to know before beginning to create. A fisherman client recently consulted with Richard: the set of dentures resulting from that collaboration had a tooth missing to retain the integrity of that client’s identity!

Training at Otago University, in Christchurch and Wellington, Richard went on to study ceramics in Osaka, Japan. Mentors Jean and Peter Hyam were the catalyst to the young Richard, who went to work with the rich and famous in London from his Harley Street practice for 15 years and now works in New Zealand and internationally.
Richard also makes caps, crowns and bridges. He loves doing what he does. “I can change people’s lives for the better – it’s a craft and an art and also a science.”

When starting, Richard didn’t think there would be a need for dentures today. However, far from being a sunset industry, Richard is seeing people place a higher value on their health and wellbeing. His clients range from young people who haven’t looked after their teeth, to Baby Boomers who have let their teeth go as they aged, to older people with reduced bone mass affecting their natural teeth.
He works on a sliding fee scale for all the different options, ranging from entry level to the ‘Rolls Royce’ level of work.

The first consultation is face to face and is $150. There is a myriad of materials he can work in: acrylic, light cured composite, gold and porcelain. Choosing materials is a shared process which blends the goals of the client with Richard’s 40 years of experience.
His work takes time. “These are not like the dentures of old which could be churned out within the week.”
Four, even five visits are required to create the dentures, “more if you have selected the top of the line work”, and the dentures themselves take four to six weeks to create.
“It is an alchemy of materials making things work for a human body – it is a great thrill.”


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