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Return of the perm: Hair Art & Beauty

Perms are back, baby! Hearing the word perm probably conjures up thoughts of huge ‘80s hair, but the modern reality is far removed from those frizzy memories. Whether you want a looser, loppy curl or tight ringlets, contemporary perming techniques can create a range of looks to suit your style
and sensibilities.


Perms can also be used on short hair to add body and volume without adding curl.

Even Hollywood is undergoing a perm revolution, with celebrities Emma Stone, Jonathan Van Ness and Olivia Munn rocking beautiful bouncy perm-induced curls!

Perming in 2020 is also much gentler than perms of the past. As technology has advanced, the products used for perms are kinder on the hair and less likely to damage otherwise healthy locks.

While curly hair is naturally more prone to dryness as it prevents oil travelling down the hair shaft, your stylist can recommend suitable products to care for your new ‘do.

However, there is no getting around the permanence of this revived style (hence the name); the typical way to get rid of a perm is to cut the curl out. You’ll need to have your roots re-permed every three to four months to target new hair growth.

Hair Art & Beauty love fashion perms and want to help you live your curly girl dreams. For more information or to see if a perm is right for you, phone (03) 381 8939.


Trends for tresses: Earth Organic Hairdressing

When it comes to hairdressing, there’s never a dull moment. No sooner has a new trend hit the style scene, there’s another one to take its place. Metropol caught up with Earth Organic Hairdressing owner Traci Aylmer to tease the latest looks.

Left to right, Natasha, Traci, Hannah, Nina and Mochi


“Last year was really about long groomed waves; this year long hair is more natural with less structured waves,” Traci says.

“Now we’re seeing more pixie cuts, mullets and the shag taking centre stage, with long hair now getting shorter; it’s exciting as a hairdresser to see these proper hairstyles that utilise some serious styling skill.”

If you’re looking to change things up with a striking new colour, last year’s strong vivids are being replaced with pastel vivids. “The application, too, has changed,” Traci explains. “While last year saw a lot of rainbow application, this year colour application is more subtle.

“We’re also seeing a lot of colour pops and colour panels – a look anyone can pull off!”

Mirroring this new look, Earth Organic Hairdressing is excited to welcome the Fabuloso range of hair care products.

“It’s the best thing since sliced bread – bespoke colour made just for you! And despite how new and innovative it is, they come at a really affordable price point.”

The team of stylists at the popular vegan hairdresser based alongside Little High Eatery at 181 High Street are all highly experienced and extremely well-travelled, so you know they’re at the top of their hair care game.












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.”


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.


The style gurus: Kudos Hairdressing

If you attempted to cut, style or colour your hair these last few months at home and you were successful… kudos to you. But not everyone was so lucky in their endeavours. Many greatly welcomed the re-opening of hairdressers nationwide – especially the customers of Kudos Hairdressers in Merivale.



Metropol caught up with Michelle Farmer, Senior Stylist and Director, about what their hair hub has been like in a post-lockdown world.

“We’ve enjoyed seeing how everyone has managed their colours during lockdown especially those that have been very creative! It’s great to be back doing what we love and our clients have been so supportive during these uncertain times,” Michelle says.

You may have been staring at yourself in the mirror during that time and wanting a change or even just a revamp, well now’s the perfect time to do so.

The “team of fully qualified stylists, who are friendly and professional, are there to provide great customer experience and service,” Michelle explains.

That change could be a few centimetres off the ends, some highlights or even a fringe.

“Fringes are on trend at the moment or you could treat yourself to a new look without the huge commitment,” she says.

The salon also stocks Wella, System Professional, Sebastian and ghd.

Book your next appointment on 03 355 4734 or email


Lockdown lowdown: Earth Organic Hairdressing

Packet dyes were flying off the shelf and home-cut fringes and bangs were in full swing during lockdown. So, we caught up with Traci Aylmer, from Earth Organic Hairdressing, to talk to her about how COVID affected them.



How has the team worked together during and after lockdown?
We have a work group chat ‘Earth Matters’ and we use this regularly anyway to keep in touch. During lockdown we shared recipes, what we were doing that day, TV inspo etc. It was good because we could still talk about how we were all feeling, which changed on a daily basis. When you spend so much time together you really miss those connections. We had a couple of video staff meetings which were hilarious, none of us are comfy in front of a camera and we dealt with this in a typically fun way. I also built an online store, That was a challenge and totally out of my comfort zone.

What have the clients been like post lockdown? Did you find you were significantly busier?
Our clients are totally awesome! They have been patient, kind and incredibly loyal. We haven’t had many box dyes or mad fringes.
I stayed in touch with our clients throughout lockdown and I think this helped. Hopefully, they felt cared about. Our landlords at 181 High Street were also incredibly kind which lessened the stress. We have been booked out since we opened and are booked way into July.

Is there anything exciting to announce/coming up for Team Earth?
Lots of exciting cutting/colouring courses and EVO is coming to Earth…. very exciting.


Good hair season: Kudos Hairdressing

All year we look forward to spring events and Christmas party time, so a good hair day simply isn’t enough – a good hair season is a must!




Kudos Hairdressers, on the corner of Papanui Road and Mansfield Ave at 204 Papanui Road, offer the colour services, styling and haircare products that will ensure your hair is looking gorgeous for all the celebrations ahead.

Days at the races can often mean new and unfamiliar headpieces, and the team at Kudos would love to help you find the perfect hairstyle to enhance as well as secure your hat or fascinator. If you’ve chosen a headband or are letting your hair make the statement, make a booking for the perfect straight or curled blow wave for short or long hair on the morning of the big day.

Director and Senior Stylist Michelle Farmer says bookings are also filling up with those ensuring their Christmas look is perfect, so do phone as soon as possible to reserve your December spot.

To ensure you can keep your hair looking its best between appointments, Michelle has hand-picked a range of products which make fabulous gifts too. You’ll find System Professional, Wella, and Sebastian Professional, and Kudos stocks the iconic GHD brand of hair straighteners.

Men are catered for too with the brand-new range SEB MAN by Sebastian Professional available in the salon. The fabulous SEB MAN includes The Groom hair and beard oil, The Dandy light hold pomade, The Sculptor matte hair clay, the Purist anti-dandruff/purifying shampoo, and The Cooler hair tonic. “Men are becoming more interested in taking care of themselves and grooming their hair and beards, so it’s great to have this specialised range in the salon,” Michelle says.

Michelle, Vivienne, Corrin, Rachel and Lucinda are the core team of stylists at this well-established salon, and offer years of experience so you know your hair is great hands. Priding themselves on customer service, Kudos is a place to relax. Chat with the team over coffee, or bury yourself in the delicious stack of glossy mags if time out is what you need.



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.




Silver & Sexy: V For Hair and Beauty

Look beautiful and feel radiant, silver and sexy!



The V For Hair and Beauty team has all the latest techniques and products to make embracing your grey easy, Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee says. “You don’t need or want flat, dull grey hair. We can give you a shimmering sexy blonde or cool iris sparkle, or many more to embrace the grey.”

You don’t want to live at your hairdressers, so rather than leaving a harsh regrowth line, their techniques will disguise new growth with a soft, flattering look. “We understand that as your grey hair comes in you still want to look great. A great cut also plays a big part in this; you want a cut that enhances your features.”

Head in for a complimentary consultation with one of their specialists in going grey gracefully. After all, V For Hair and Beauty ‘gets’ grey hair and takes great pride in making ladies feel beautiful.



Time for a new look?: Sirocco Hair Studio

Spring is a time of change, renewal and growth – so whether your hair just needs a freshen up or you want a completely new look, Sirocco Hair Studio can help.



Owner Rosanne Marks leads a friendly and knowledgeable team of stylists – Emma, Olivia and Ashlee – who provide the full range of hair services and cover a wide range of skills. Providing a warm, relaxing environment, it’s the little touches that make every visit special at Sirocco, from the latest magazines and hot tea and coffee to heated wheat bags to warm up chilly clients and keep them cosy while their colour processes.

The salon uses NAK haircare products and NAK’s permanent colour system to create rich, vibrant colour, designed to last longer and improve the condition of the hair. They also use NAK Soft Colour – an ammonia, sulphate and paraben-free system. For hair that needs a little more love and care, they offer a wide range of conditioning treatment options for all hair types including colour lock, repairing structure complex, platinum ‘no yellow,’ and moisture mask.

Located in Mount Pleasant on Soleares Avenue, the family-friendly studio caters to all ages. With plentiful parking at the front door and a carpark at the end of the building, Sirocco is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, with late nights on Wednesday and Thursday. Phone the team on 03 384 1743.