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Time shine

Ever want to look like you’re in a hair care commercial? We’ve pulled together some of our hottest tips for hair that is both smooth and shiny.




a little goes a long way with argon oil, so be sure to only use two to five drops!

Start by warming the oil up – to do this simply rub your hands together after placing the drops on your palms.

Finally, run your hands through damp, freshly-washed hair and massage the oil into your scalp.

Apply two to three times a week to ensure silky smooth hair.

for our readers with finer hair this is the tip for you.

The answer is three words and some beautiful alliteration: boar bristle brushes.

It’s hard to deny the effectiveness of a hair tip that has been around since the 1800s and is so easy to implement… just use it like a normal brush.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids help towards hair health (which will contribute to its silkiness and shine).

Load up on fish such as mackerel or sardines.

If you’re not a big fan of seafood, there’s other ways to get your omega fix – fish oil capsules are a great alternative.


New Year, new you!

It’s not only a New Year, but it’s a new decade, making makes 2020 the ultimate time to turn heads with a courageous new look.



What could be more courageous – and exciting – than being a silver siren?

Because today, going grey doesn’t mean letting yourself go, V For Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says. “We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more.”

The V For Hair and Beauty team ‘gets’ silver grey hair and has all the latest techniques and products to make embracing your grey easy, with ongoing training keeping them at the top of their silver grey hair game.

Rather than leaving a harsh regrowth line, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look and easy maintenance regimes will keep your silver grey hair looking amazing.

Head in for a complimentary consultation and seize this exciting time to reinvent and trademark the new era.


Experience equals expertise: Shine Hairstylists

Every year Sandy Turner travels overseas to attend hairdressing workshops to keep her upskilled and au courant with hair trends. It’s why her boutique hair salon Shine, which opened 1 October this year at Riverview in the heart of the riverside town of Kaiapoi, has already attracted such a devoted following.



Sandy is a fully-qualified hairdresser with over 25 years of international and national training and experience, while colleague, senior stylist Bernie Colman, brings 21 years of hairdressing experience to the business. Sandy and Bernie, who’ve lived in North Canterbury for a number of years, once worked together in a Victoria Street salon for 10 years and when the opportunity arose to open her own salon in Kaiapoi, Sandy knew who she wanted beside her.

Shine Hairstylists boasts a unique look from other salons – there’s no trace of black here. The interior is a light, airy space of Scandinavian inspired theme and colours – making for the ultimate ambience for pampering and time out.

Another point of difference is Sandy’s commitment to operating completely by the book. “We’re all about training and have only qualified hairdressers on staff. Client wellbeing and satisfaction is paramount, and this extends to all our services, such as our complimentary consultations.”

Closed during the official Christmas period, Shine reopens 3 January 2020. Book a stunning colour or cut to flaunt over Yuletide; it’s time to shine those lights for all the world to see!

Find Shine Hairstylists at 178 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, phone 03 327 0991 or check out Facebook:




Ethical and sustainable haircare: Mondo Black

The demand for ethical, sustainable and gorgeous haircare options continues to grow, as clients become increasingly mindful about the products they use.



Mondo Black – your colour experts – proudly stock the Australian NAK Hair Care range, which creates products that are cruelty-free, nut-free, gluten-free and sulphate and paraben-free.

Not only are they kinder to the planet, enriched with coconut, aloe and pear, they also smell delicious, are gentle on your skin, and leave your hair feeling soft and shiny.

The new-look NAK signature range is vegan friendly, and Mondo Black’s passionate team of stylists are happy to discuss all your NAK Hair queries and options. Janine, the NAK technical educator for New Zealand, also happens to work as a hair stylist at Mondo Black 15 hours per fortnight.

The friendly and welcoming St Alban’s salon has been operating from their 680 Barbadoes Street shop since 2010, successfully combining professional hair styling, brilliant service and top-quality results.

Specialising in blonde hair colour, they have recently introduced a new powder lightening system, which helps hold in the moisture, resulting in hydrated, luscious locks. Manic Panic, a vibrant hair colouring range from America, is also available.

All stylists are passionate about creating beautiful colours, keeping up with the latest styles and introducing their clients to fashion-forward trends.

Mondo Black is open from Tuesday to Saturday, with late nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment, so contact manager Alesha or stylists Sydney and Alana today.

Call 03 385 9903 or check out Mondo Black on Facebook and Instagram.




A surreal hair experience: Surreal Hair and Beauty

Celebrating 20 years of creating beautiful hair in a friendly, welcoming environment, Michelle Marsh and her talented team of stylists at Surreal Hair & Beauty make every client feel special. “We genuinely care about each and every one of them – as well as each other – and our longevity and large following of loyal clientele is testament to that.”



The salon started life on Durham Street in 1999, before moving to Victoria Street, and then its current location in St Albans following the 2011 earthquake. Investing in ongoing training is the key to growing and nurturing amazing stylists, says Michelle, who ensures her team stay ahead of the game when it comes to current trends and industry developments.

“Our skill level is consistently high, and we always provide an exceptional level of professional care. And our longstanding staff love working here so turnover is very low, which really sets us apart.”

The spacious salon is a renovated old villa on Westminster Street, featuring a lovely outdoor seating area so clients can relax in the fresh air and sun while their colour develops, accompanied by Billy, the friendly salon cat. It’s the kind of place where lifelong friendships are formed in a supportive and unique environment, where staff go the extra mile to show they care – and once you discover it, you’ll keep going back.

Surreal Hair & Beauty stock Redken products. Follow the salon on Facebook and Instagram, visit for more information or call the friendly team on 03 365 2215.




New look for spring: Studio 295

The talented team at Studio 295 knows that with a great haircut, you can look good at any age. “A good stylish cut can make a huge difference, whether worn natural or coloured,” says owner Noeleen Bonner, who runs the business from her peaceful at-home studio.



Skilled senior stylists Noeleen and Clare offer the full range of services, including Olaplex treatments for damaged hair, and keratin treatments to reduce volume and create smoother, shinier, fuzz-free locks. A stockist of L’Oréal, Paul Mitchell and Fudge, as well as LiLash for beautiful, long lashes to match your stunning new hairstyle, Noeleen encourages clients to bring in a photo of a haircut they like.

Clare is the ‘thick hair’ expert, who understands exactly what it’s like to have hard-to-control hair that seems to have a mind of its own. Noeleen has many years of experience dealing with fine hair, and knows all the tips and tricks to creating more volume and fullness.

The salon provides a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere to read a magazine and enjoy a hot coffee or tea while being pampered. With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time for a freshen up – whether you just want a trim or a totally new look.

Visit the team at Studio 295, where clients are always valued and listened to. You’ll find them at 295b Greers Road, Bishopdale. Phone 03 351 5209 or visit for more information.



Hair Art & Beauty

Love the skin you’re in: Hair Art & Beauty

H&B is now offering Medical Dermal Needling in salon today. Dermal needling serves two main functions; firstly, it stimulates epidermal growth to provide stronger and healthier skin; secondly, it stimulates the production of collagen, making skin tighter and firmer.


Hair Art & Beauty


Dermal needling uses a specialised instrument that contains incredibly fine medical needles to create micro punctures on the skin’s surface layer. This triggers the skin’s natural collagen production and restorative processes.

The treatment is minimally invasive however, it has been found safer than some other skin treatments such as chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. If you have scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, or want to give your skin some firming, dermal needling could be for you!

Dermal needling can help to stimulate collagen, increase skin elasticity, soften fine lines and reduce the appearance of scarring, pigmentation and sun damage. It also allows treatment products to be better absorbed by the skin.
As every client is different, we do require you have a quick consultation with one of the amazing beauticians beforehand, as they can tailor a treatment plan to your skin needs.


Contact H&B on 03 381 8939,,, or pop into the salon at 96 Cranford Street.


V For Hair & Beauty

Silver/grey is the new black: V For Hair & Beauty

Going grey gracefully and letting yourself go… there is an enormous difference! In fact, according to Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee from V For Hair & Beauty Merivale as seen on TV, you don’t have to be on the far side of 65 to be a ‘silver siren’!


 V For Hair & Beauty


Getting tired of the time and expense of getting hair coloured as soon as the greys show? Want to avoid the chemicals used to colour your hair? Perhaps you’re travelling more and don’t want to find a new hairdresser in every port you visit or maybe you’re ready to embrace your maturity and its natural beauty, now’s the time to rock your silver locks.

“Social media sites like Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram feature women of all ages proudly wearing silver-grey hair with blending tones, soft shades, and beautiful hues like sand, iris, silver, dove, lilac and silver ash – at all lengths too,” Vicki says.

“Get inspired, search the net, talk to your stylist and have a change!”



Sirocco Hair

Your next hair ‘fix’: Sirocco Hair

Specialising in all areas of hairdressing, the experienced team at Sirocco Hair Studio are experts when it comes to colours, cuts, up-to-the-minute styles and much more. You’ll find them at the block of shops on Soleares Ave in the coastal suburb of Mt Pleasant.


Sirocco Hair


The four stylists have every area of the craft covered, so you always leave knowing you’ve had the best experience possible. The boutique salon is led by owner and stylist, Rosanne, who has been in the industry for more than 20 years and is due to celebrate owning the salon for six!

Joining her is senior stylist Emma, who has 10 years’ experience, great barbering skills and enjoys getting creative with colour. Senior stylist Ashlee joined the studio just before Christmas and, with five years already under her belt, she’s loving doing blonde colour work and achieving big colour changes for her clients. Olivia, who is in the final year of her apprenticeship, has been with Sirocco for three years. She continues to gain confidence and experience in all areas of hair styling.

As a family-friendly salon, they all go above and beyond with every client they work with, catering to all ages, styles and needs.  The salon is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, with late nights Wednesday and Thursday. Carparking is also a dream, with spots available right at the door, or via the carpark at the end of the building.


To discuss your next ‘do’, call the friendly and experienced team on 03 384 1743.


V for Hair

A fresh new look: V for Hair

The talented team at V for Hair and Beauty, Merivale are, as ever, focused on looking after clients with the best possible customer service experience.


V for Hair


So, it’s not surprising that this exceptional customer experience is at the heart of the salon’s latest technological innovation. Significant investment has gone into improving the shopping experience for online users and it is now easier than ever before to view, choose and purchase the hottest hair, beauty and barber deals that are regularly updated online.

So if you’re looking for a fresh new look this year, heading to is a great first step, with this talented team ready to make the customer service experience come to life at Merivale Mall. After all, this clever crew doesn’t just do hair, they do beautiful.