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Adding wow to winter: Kudos Hairdressers

Winter can be a challenging time with its shorter days, lower temperatures, dismal weather and somewhat drab scenery, but then there’s the great stuff about winter, like meeting your friends for coffee in a cosy café, or shopping for something snuggly yet fabulous at your favourite mall, or best of all, planning a totally new hairstyle and colour to make your winter go from woe to wow!



The team at Kudos Hairdressers in Merivale are just the ladies to take your somewhat dull and dated hairstyle and give you the makeover you deserve. With two new senior stylists and one apprentice recently welcomed onto the team, owner of Kudos, Michelle Farmer, says the salon is buzzing. “Corrin, Michelle and Yana are well-known faces in the area, so it feels pretty much like we’re one big family in here now!”

Michelle is equally excited to share with clientele news of two of the latest products to have hit the shelves. First up is Insta Recharge; this is the one product every girl should have in her bathroom and purse. So much more than a root concealer, this little game-changer disguises regrowth, extends the life of grown-out highlights, achieves fuller-looking hair, and, with a sweep of its powder over patchy eyebrows – voila! You’ve suddenly got brow definition that would make even Jennifer Lopez jealous!

The other great product is Wella colour Koleston Perfect ME+. This is the first and only professional hair colour brand to feature breakthrough technologies – Pure Balance Technology and ME+. Pure Balance Technology is designed to minimise the formation of free radicals during the colour formation, which results in an even pure colour with natural depth, shine and significantly less hair damage, while the ME+ component reduces the risk of developing allergies to hair colour, yet also delivers a more balanced true-to-tone from root to tip.

With vibrant shades spanning the naturals, brunettes, reds and blondes, you’re going to set winter alight – wherever you go – just you and your crowning glory!

Find Kudos at 204 Papanui Road, Merivale, phone 03 355 4734, email or visit and follow them on Facebook.


Mindful Beauty: Earth Organic Hairdressing

At Earth Organic Hairdressing, mindfulness and beauty are inseparable. Their ethos is outward-looking and concerns the salon’s global impact on the environment and treatment of animals. However, when you walk through the salon doors, you know you’ll get that one-on-one attention from your hairstylist you’ve always wanted.


With biodegradable packaging, plant-based and cruelty-free hair products, you might think that this salon is too focused on the big picture to notice your specific needs. On the contrary, intentionality saturates Earth Organic Hairdressing. When you arrive for your free consultation, your stylist will discuss your unique hair needs and find natural and organic solutions for you. The stylist you meet at your consultation is the same stylist who will guide you to your desired result – no rush, no surprises, just a naturally beautiful you.

Traci Aylmer, salon owner and stylist, loves to share new natural, organic and cruelty-free products with her clients. Along those lines, Traci affirms, “People trust their hairstylist. I’ve tried everything we sell at the salon, so when you spend ages trying to find a product that works it’s nice to spread the word.” Traci and her team of stylists are excited to share a new skincare line which shares the same values – and as a bonus, it’s made in New Zealand!

Follow Earth Organic Hairdressing on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on natural haircare news. To book an appointment phone 03 365 7393 or visit

Mondo Black

Creating happy hair: Mondo Black

Vibrant and fun is the flavour of Mondo Black hairdressing salon in Edgeware. There’s always great conversation, and the team of four make a point of knowing every client, not just their own.

Mondo Black

“Our salon’s favourite thing is to make people happy just being here and then popping out the door with a transformation they love, a stunning special occasion hair-up, or a perfect refresh of their signature style,” says Manager Alesha Brehaut. Alesha and fellow stylists Alana Jackson, Sheree Rosewarne and Janine Petrie love what they do and are experts on the in-house product range NAK, which is designed especially for Australasian conditions. They have a great eye for what will and won’t suit a client and, if a client brings in a picture that isn’t quite right, they can suggest gentle adjustments to ensure it is perfect.

Passionate about up-dos, the team has completed many a look for Cup and Show Week, including Fashion in the Field prize winners. Understanding that getting set for the party season can be expensive, Mondo Black offers the ideal solution of layby, first payment on the day of your style, then pay it off over the coming weeks.

Mondo Black’s Facebook page is a popular watch for up and coming trends. Last season’s copper tones are starting to be replaced with different tones for the warmer seasons ahead Alesha says. Open Tuesday to Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm, there is generous parking at the door.