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Holistic beauty: My Beauty Clinic

Often the root cause of skin issues comes from within and needs to be worked on from the inside first.

Holistic treatment, customised to each individual client and their needs can work wonders. With backgrounds in traditional Chinese medicine, the staff at My Beauty Clinic provide treatments that combine the very best of modern technology with natural oriental treatments.

DMK Enzyme Therapy is one of the treatments the highly skilled team specialises in.

A paramedical grade skincare system formulated for skin revision, DMK works on the internal structure and function of skin. It helps the skin to rebuild by activating the body’s own enzymes, and has been shown to help improve blood and lymph circulation and oxygen supply.

My Beauty Clinic is the only official partner of DMK in the South Island and Clinic owner Sophie Lau says it aligns with their own belief; skin that functions well on the inside appears both healthy and beautiful on the outside. Call Sophie on 03 341 6699 to book your free consultation.

Sophie’s best kept beauty secret:

Cold water only for morning cleansing, she says.

“During sleep, our skin produces sebum, which is the natural moisture of our skin. This is the most deluxe moisturiser. Don’t waste it! Also, the cold water tightens up our pores, splashing cold water on your face will not only wake you up in the mornings but also bring down puffiness and leave your skin feeling refreshed.”



Banish those beanies: Kudos Merivale


Too often we make winter our excuse to hide lack-lustre hair beneath a beanie when we would be far better off utilising the season with some much-needed hair repair and pampering sessions in readiness for spring.



Kudos Hairdressers’ personalised treatments, such as the Express System Professional Emulsion Treatment and the Express System Professional Emulsion and Infusion Treatment (which diagnose and work on clients’ unique hair profiles), as well as conditioning treatments for short, medium and long hair, are the ideal remedy for stressed hair.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of ghd, and to celebrate two decades of “good hair days”, the company has issued a limited-edition platinum+ iron. Ask any of the Kudos team for more information.

Kudos has long been a strong advocate for apprenticeship training, and is thrilled to have new apprentice, Mikayla on board, learning every aspect of salon life through hands-on work.

Director, Michelle Farmer, is proud of the knowledge and expertise that she and her team of fully qualified hairdressers bring to the workplace; and with salon manager, Viv, recently becoming a salon assessor in the hairdressing industry, the level of haircare at Kudos is unsurpassable.

Kudos is located at 204 Papanui Road, phone 03 355 4734. Check out the website


New beginnings: Haar Design


Haar Design is delighted to introduce its newest team members!




Amanda has 17 years’ experience in the industry and holds dual qualifications in hairdressing and barbering. She loves to create beautiful soft colour, balayage and sharp bobs through to short textured shapes. Check out her work on instagram @amandaellishair



Holly has been in the hairdressing industry for over five years. She loves making clients feel special while they are in her salon chair, and she thrives on creating beautiful blondes through to vibrant coppers. Check out her work on instagram @holls_hair




Elaine has a wealth of knowledge, with 20 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry. She specialises in blondes and balayage and is all about her clients walking out of the salon looking and feeling fabulous. Check out her work on instagram @elaine_smyth_hairstylist
(03) 355 1000



Fall in love with gua sha


Wondering what these pretty pink jade stones are? Meet gua sha! This time-honoured tool is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and has been around for thousands of years, used to promote healing in the body and remove energy blockages.


When used correctly on the face, gua sha can promote blood circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage, which eliminates fluid build up and reduces puffiness. Meaning gua sha might just become your new best friend for those puffy faced, sleepy mornings.

Find tutorials online for correct techniques; it is simple once you get the hang of it. Once mastered, gua sha is sure to become a new ritual in your skincare routine.

Here are a few quick tips to get you started.



Use a face oil or serum before starting with gua sha for an extra luxurious feel. Be careful to use a featherlight pressure, remember you are working on sensitive areas!

Around the eyes:

Sweep the gua sha under the eye area, starting close to the nose and out to the temple, all the way to the hairline. Repeat three times on each side of face.

Along the jaw:

Starting at the chin, sweep the gua sha along the jaw, then up to the ear. Sweep the gua sha behind the earlobe and down the neck. Repeat three to five times on each side of face.

To relieve tension:

Start in the middle of the forehead and sweep out towards the temple. Sweep all the way to the hairline. Repeat three to five times on each side.



Creating lasting memories: Art By J Steel

Certain locations and buildings always hold a special place in our hearts. Artist Jonathan Steel captures those places and memories, beautifully, to be treasured for years.



“We form a particular emotional attachment to the family home. But the places we love can be just about anywhere… the location where we were married or even a place where we had the best holiday.”

Jonathan will reproduce your special place in pen and ink with watercolours, from a supplied image or from an image he sources himself. The result is an incredibly personal piece of art that is a once-in-a-lifetime gift.

To discuss the creation of your meaningful painting call Jonathan 021 038 7706 and see his work by visiting



Gentle approach to skincare: Beauty Progress


Dedicated to the selection of the most natural and highly competent formulations in skincare products, Beauty Progress has chosen GERnétic for the entire well-being of its clientele.



GERnétic was created in 1978 by Albert Laporte, a French cellular biologist and gerontologist, who specialised in the study of the biological aspects of ageing. Laporte developed a cream that both healed burns and scars quickly, but also improved the overall health and condition of skin.

“The range is based on advanced biotechnology and cellular biology; the latter being a discipline that studies the physiological properties of cells, including their structure, nutritional needs, life cycle, division and death,” says owner Wendy Barker. “GERnétic recognises that cellular therapy is a powerful way of treating any organ, including the skin. It can harness the body’s ability to recover its health and harmony when its cells are properly nourished.”

She says the products encourage skin to repair itself, balance its functions and strengthen its immunity for better protection against environmental aggressions. “The Synchro cream is one such product in the range. Renowned for its unrivalled anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, regenerating and healing capabilities, it can also be purchased from Beauty Progress.”

The beauty salon is located at Unit 1/171 Waltham Road.

To book your appointment phone (03) 379 4315, email, or visit



Wigs with wow: Georgies Wig Shop


The loss of hair, for whatever reason, can be a traumatic experience, but a fabulous wig can go a long way in boosting a person’s confidence in their physical appearance. For many, it can become their most favourite fashion accessory!



But before investing in a wig or hair piece, Eleanor Burgess of Georgies Wig Shop advises people to think carefully and do some research. “Not all wigs are equal – especially in the structure. You want to be assured that not only does your wig look fantastic, but that it’s of the highest quality. That is the point of difference at Georgies Wigs.”

Eleanor’s team is warm and supportive, and clients can either visit the shop or have consultations in their own homes to discuss the specifications required for their custom-made wig.

For those who love to walk on the wild side, the recent instore arrival of wigs in pink, pale blue and purple, promises full-on fun times ahead; while for ladies embracing their silver locks, scrunchies in various shades of grey, make updos and ponytails absolutely gorgeous!

No matter the reason why, or the colour or style you seek, if it’s a great head of hair you’re wanting, look no further than Georgies Wig Shop.

Visit 570 Barbadoes Street, ph (03) 385 6696 or check out



The personal touch: All About You

All About You is a leading, local beauty therapy salon that has been in operation for many years, long before its present owner, Tracy Cox, bought the business in 2016. Now, with two salons located in both South and North Christchurch, its visible presence is on the rise.


Tracy Cox, salon owner


The main focus is skin health and laser hair removal. Paramount to Tracy and her team is that clientele feel as if they’re being pampered, rather than processed.

“Our point of difference is we come from an holistic, hands-on approach. To lie in a heated bed, having a facial of up to an hour’s duration that is tailored to each client’s needs is a unique experience these days. We pride ourselves on our personal touch. We know our clients well – their families, their stories,” Tracy says.

Being major stockists of Environ (called the skincare of the decade), and Aspect Dr (a medical grade skincare range), clients can enhance their treatment plans with premium skincare products.

The business offers a membership described as exemplary. “That’s why our client base is long and loyal. We are results driven,” Tracy says.

You will find them in Centaurus Village, and at 248a Papanui Road. Visit



Paying lip service


Harsh winter conditions aren’t always kind to lips, but there are a few tried and true remedies for keeping yours looking luscious.



Hydration is number one. People tend to hydrate less in winter, but it is essential to still drink plenty during the colder months. Dehydration will leave your lips dry and chapped. Here are a few other tips from Metropol to leave your lips plump and kissable.

  • Avoid licking your lips constantly.
  • Try home remedies such as aloe vera and honey.
  • Apply your lip balms at night.
  • Use sunscreen on lips regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Load up on Vitamin A.
  • Always treat dry and chapped lips.


Select with care: Face Value Clinic

Choosing the right cosmetic practitioner and clinic can be confusing. Here are some pointers from the team at The Face Value


  1. Experience counts, especially when it comes to dermal fillers and other injectable treatments so make sure you are in safe hands. An extensive knowledge of facial anatomy is essential to deliver a natural, balanced aesthetic and minimise complications or unwanted treatment results.
  2. If possible, choose a NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine accredited doctor. If a nurse is injecting you, ask who their oversight doctor is, and whether they are onsite. This can be key when managing any potential side effects and complications.
  3. Be wary of discounts and super low prices. Your face is not the place to settle for inferior quality products or clinicians with lower levels of training or expertise. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
    Be careful of treatment payment plans that lock you in. We often hear of people who have paid a lot more than necessary for a cookbook approach not tailored specifically to suit their needs.
  4. Make sure the clinic team look natural and not over treated. If their aesthetic doesn’t match yours, seek a different clinician. We always say, choose skills not mls.
  5. Pay attention to the clinic itself. Look for NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine audited and accredited facilities, to ensure a safe and professional practice environment.
  6. There’s no such thing as too much information. Prior to any treatment you should always receive in-depth information and be taken through an informed consent process, including potential side effects and how they would be managed.

You deserve to be in safe, competent hands. A poor outcome may be with you a long time.


Angela Rewha


Dr Philip Frost


Shelley Frost