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Don’t forget your roots!


Ever-popular Kiwi band Six60 famously sings ‘Don’t forget your roots’. Whilst we are aware the song was paying tribute to family – the line is not totally misplaced when it comes to haircare. We are talking about the roots on your head, and specifically the rise of scalp care or “hair skinification”.
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More of a marketing monniker than scientific term, this is the concept of treating your scalp like it is an extension of your facial skincare routine.

Skincare has boomed in recent years, with tutorials and product reviews just as popular as those for makeup and hairstyling, so much so, the global industry is expected to be worth more than $1 trillion by 2025.

Although, this is not to suggest that the world just hasn’t been aware we have scalps – more that we need to start treating them with a bit more TLC.

And when treating your scalp like your face, those in the know recommend using similar types of ingredients you would see in skincare such as probiotics and hyaluronic acid.

Products to know include, Virtue’s scalp supplement and treatment and Neutrogena’s Healthy Scalp collection.

Virtue founder and chief executive Melisse Shaban said since its supplement launched in June, it became the brand’s number nine (out of 50) best-selling product by August.

So why are we seeing such a skyrocket in scalp care sales? Cynics may see it as commodifying a new body part – but there is evidence to suggest the scalp skin needs a similar level of considered care as the rest of your epidermis to prevent irritation, flakiness and build up in pores and hair follicles.


 

What it takes: Sirocco Hair Studio


Once upon a time, your favourite hairstylist might have been an apprentice. To qualify in their chosen career would have required hard work and total commitment.

 

In the seven years she has owned her salon, Rosanne Marks of Sirocco Hair Studio has taken on two apprentices, and three others have come on board to sit their final exam and gain qualification.

Currently with her are Olivia, in her final year, and Anita, in her second year.

A hairdressing apprenticeship takes approximately four years. The first two years are when the apprentice learns the most units, consisting of both theory and practical elements.

Years one and two sees the apprentice working on product knowledge; the selection and application of treatments, and of permanent colour; hair-ups; blow-drying; finger-waves and cutting.

Year three is yet more advances – working on more clients, doing things faster, and learning more challenging units, such as bleach and tone; colour correction; removing unwanted additives from hair, and chemical straightening.

Year four sees the apprentice doing all elements of hairdressing and building their own clientele.

Last up is the final six-hour practical exam – basically like a full day in a salon, made up of three different services.

Rosanne loves having an apprentice inhouse, teaching them new things, watching their passion for the industry come alive and grow.

“I would highly recommend looking into an apprenticeship, rather than doing a course; you learn a lot more in the salon environment, and you also earn money while you learn.”


 

Toned to perfection: V for Hair


It’s the battle of the undertones; cool vs warm. In this battle, you want to make sure you know what side you’re on. V for Hair Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee gives the low down on how to embrace grey and silver hair, based on your skin undertones.

 

 

SKIN DEEP

Vicki says warm undertones mean your skin will be either peachy, yellow or golden and if you have cool undertones, your skin will lean towards pinks, reds, or blues.


SO, WHAT?

Embracing natural silvers and greys as they come through is trending, but Vicki says pulling off this look can depend on how your skin undertones pair to the silver and grey tones in your hair.


THE VERDICT

If you are warm toned and going grey, Vicki says more neutral toned silvers may be your match. If you’re on the cool undertone side, she says a true silver could be for you.


 

Sister Act: Mood Hair Salon


Sisters Ada and Iwona are a dynamic duo on the New Zealand salon cutting, colouring and styling scene. The pair’s passion for impeccable hairdressing has seen them work around the world, landing in their little spot in New Brighton about 18-months ago.

Sisters Iwona (left) and Ada (right)

 

Upon entering Mood Hair’s seaside salon, you’re greeted by the grins of the two glamorous sisters, who have created a gorgeous atmosphere.

The light-filled, modern space features clean and contemporary interiors; natural wood finishes, statement tiles, and architectural indoor plants snaking skyward from a planter box.

The pair are driven by a passion and love for their craft.

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together,” says Iwona.

This passion has taken the sisters all over the world; from Poland, to the UK, Australia and, now, to New Zealand.

“With Mood, we wanted to create an exuberant atmosphere for our clients, while providing them with breathtaking results,” she says.

When it comes to the art of hairdressing, Ada believes, “a great hairstyle is the best accessory”.

“Our clients love coming to us because we get to know them, and not only what hair colours and styles suit them – but what suits their lifestyle, too.”

Mood Hair specialises in blondes, brunettes, and all things balayage, with the sisters staying atop the world’s trends – check out their online “mood” board at the address below.


 

Cure your winter hair blues: GM Hair Design


Is your hair feeling dehydrated? Unloved? With split ends, or lacks lustre and you are struggling to style it? You might just need a hair detox.

 

GM Hair Design is your place for addressing winter hair blues, with its Hair Detox Treatment offer to address 25 different hair issues.

For just $120, it lasts up to 32 shampoos and the paraben and sulphate free treatment uses 100 percent natural keratin, which penetrates the hair follicle to heal the hair from the inside out.

Salon co-owners Mike and Glynis Hamel say: “This miracle treatment leaves you with 80 percent less breakage, 97 percent improvement in shine, 83 percent boost in colour symmetry, and 78 percent better colour.

“It is a detangler, repairs dry damaged hair, smooths and softens, shines, is anti-humidity, colour protection, is anti-pollution, reduces split ends, strengthens fragile hair, gives volume, contains a UV filter, offers protection from thermal styling, controls moisture retention, and evens porous hair.

“It is anti-static, restores lustre, makes blow drying faster and easier, improves elasticity, seals the cuticle, is paraben free, sulphate free, cruelty free, and is altogether an advanced and light weight treatment.”

If you can’t make it to the salon, try GM’s own Christchurch-made environmentally friendly products, Mike’s Hair Care.

Wet hair and apply MHC Conditioner to mid lengths and ends of hair and leave in; rinse out with MHC Shampoo; apply MHC conditioner; rinse out and towel dry; apply MHC styling products.

Goodbye tired winter hair, hello party season!

Call 0800 464 247 or email gmhair@hotmail.com to book.


 

Heads up! – Hair Art + Beauty


 Hair Art and Beauty has a new stylist. We caught up with Sharon Screen about a career that has taken her around the world.

 

With years of experience I find myself still absolutely passionate about all things ‘hairdressing’.

I’ve travelled the world, creating and showcasing fabulous hairstyles from London, to Italy, France, Japan and even on the catwalks of New York.

Having been an educator to top hairdressers around the world, I’m now loving being back on the salon floor with clients in a great environment as a member of the fabulous Hair Art and Beauty team.

Wether it’s cutting, styling or technical colouring that is required, I’ll enhance your look, create your point of difference and reflect your personality.

As a stylist with exceptional avant-guard cutting skills, technical expertise as a colourist and natural flair, I’ll create looks that are totally on-trend and suited to you.

I offer a very personalised and professional service.

When not in salon, you could well find me consulting clients on their gardens as a landscape architect (BLA Hons), or perhaps I might be helping couples shape their perfect wedding day…. doing all the flowers and venue stylings as I’m also a registered marriage celebrant.

Keeping active is always important, golfing, playing tennis or jumping on my bike for a quick fix and enjoying my family and friends helps make it all worthwhile.

When it comes to hair, my philosophy has always been ‘it’s more important what we leave behind than what we take off!’

Come and find me at Hair Art and Beauty on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I welcome new and existing clients.


 

Hair Colour Newbie: Surreal Hair


You’ve scrolled Instagram and picked through Pinterest to find your dream ‘do – but can the image translate to real life? Surreal Hair and Beauty’s Michelle Marsh gives us the low down on what to consider before colouring.

 

THE STYLE: Balayage and Foilage is where sections of the hair are painted with lightener then colour. It gives a beautiful low maintenance look which is extremely popular, especially with younger or first-timers, says Michelle.

Balayage and Foilage can be tailored to suit both the hair – and budget – of the client. Using just the right amount of colour in the right areas can be more fashionable and on trend says Michelle.


THE STYLIST: Experience is everything when it comes to colouring hair, and Michelle ensures all her team are qualified to the international Redken Colour Certificate in both Balayage and Foilage. The team have experience with different hair colours and length. Surreal Hair and Beauty is a large and diverse team who work with customers of all ages.


THE UPKEEP: Michelle says it is important to use salon products for aftercare, as these will protect both your hair and the colour. Your hair stays healthy, it aids the longevity of the colour and helps it grow out naturally.


Book an appointment with Cherise, Majenta or Ashlie to receive $50 of your first appointment. Check out their work on Instagram at @ashlierosehair @majenta_ kennedyhair @cherise_jayne


 

50 shades of silver: V for Hair


When it comes to embracing the grey, there really is something for everyone, explains V for Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee.

 

Warm Toned
Cool Toned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Just because you have silver hair coming in and you want to go grey gracefully doesn’t mean it has to be a ‘silver’ colour,” she says.

“We help you discover if you are warm or cool based on hair, skin and eyes, and from there we help you decide the best look for you.”

Vicki says those with a warm base suit silver hair with soft champagne, sandy iris, strawberry beige, or translucent butterscotch tones, while those with a cool base suit silver dove, champagne lilac or platinum iris.

“Getting your colour under tone is so important and when this is done right it instantly brightens, lifts, and can take years off,” Vicki says.

“Get it wrong and you will feel drab and look drained and older… consultation is key!”


 

Hair for the longrun: Capelli Hair Design


Finding and forming a relationship with the right hair salon is no easy task. There are things to consider such as location, pricing, appointment availabilities and most importantly the staff. Capelli Hair Design in Ashburton ticks all of those boxes, providing you with a pleasurable experience and services worth raving about.

 

The salon offers every hair service imaginable, from cuts and colours, to express up-dos and tailor-made wedding day packages.

There’s a little bit of everything for everyone.

And they’re constantly looking at ways to expand their horizons.

They have introduced a dedicated barbering area to the salon and have been putting the team through barbering training to cater to male clientele.

The Capelli team stays up-to-date with current hair trends and is passionate about discussing all the latest looks with clients.

If you want to be the best, you have to use the best quality products and Capelli works with professional brands such as L’Oréal, Kérastase and ghd to get an amazing end result.

You can also shop these brands online or in store.

Capelli warmly welcomes new clients visiting their page for an indication of pricing or contacting them with any questions or queries.

Open Monday to Saturday, phone 03 308 9320 to book now.


 

50 shades of silver: V for Hair


When it comes to embracing the grey, there really is something for everyone, explains V for Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee.

 

Cool Toned
Warm Toned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Just because you have silver hair coming in and you want to go grey gracefully doesn’t mean it has to be a ‘silver’ colour,” she says.

“We help you discover if you are warm or cool based on hair, skin and eyes, and from there we help you decide the best look for you.”

While those with a warm base suit silver hair with soft champagne, sandy iris, strawberry beige, or translucent butterscotch tones, those with a cool base suit silver dove, champagne lilac or platinum iris.

“Getting your colour under tone is so important and when this is done right it instantly brightens, lifts, and can take years off,” Vicki says.

“Get it wrong and you will feel drab and look drained and older… consultation is key!”