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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.


The most important thing you wear is your hair: G M Hair Gallery

Communication is key when it comes to hair design. You want a hairstylist who is going to listen to what you want but also recommend what they feel is needed to uplift the look further. The hairstylist is, after all, the professional. Metropol sits down with Mike Hamel, co-owner of GM Hair Gallery with Glynis Hamel, to talk about the latest in the hair world.



Everybody became their own hairstylist over the lockdown period (if they were brave enough to pick up the scissors). For the team at GM Hair Gallery, it was a well-deserved break but now they’re back into the swing of things.

“We’ve had a good few weeks back; people have been screaming out for haircuts. We had some interesting looks but nothing we haven’t been unable to get back to where they were,” Mike says.

There’s an art to listening and providing input when choosing the perfect styling. For Mike and Glynis, and the team at GM, they have refined this ability.

“Everyone has their own secrets, maybe they don’t like their ears or nose. We need to realise those secrets so we can create the best hairstyle, extrapolating as much quality out of them as possible.”

But their award-winning hair services aren’t the only thing on offer. Mike Hair Care (MHC) is an amazing international standard product that does wonders for your locks.

Reap the benefits of 80 percent less breakage, 52 percent stronger hair, 58 percent better condition after sunlight damage and 78 percent prevention of colour fade.

“It works in today’s environment with things such as central heating and cold weather,” Mike explains.

What’s even better is that it’s sustainable! The recyclable tin it’s sold in, paired with the fact that there’s a refill station in Christchurch, make it a winner for our mutual friend Mother Earth.

Pop into the salon, book online or over the phone to “Feel good, look good and have confidence; GM allows that to happen”.

300 Cashel Street, Christchurch | Ph: 0800 464 247 | |