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Up-styling team Haar

It’s no secret that Caroline Haar is a leader in her industry; accumulating multiple awards, including being a five-time winner of the Canterbury Westland Hairstylist and Colourist of the Year.


Caroline Haar


And it is with great pleasure that she uses said talents to upskill the next generation of stylists that are under her wing at Haar Design in Merivale.

This hasn’t gone unnoticed by happy customers.

“Beautiful salon full of beautiful people. Caro always looks after you and if she can’t she makes sure someone else can,” says Haar Design client Aimee.

With free parking, there’s ample reason to book in on the details below.
(03) 355 1000


Summer ’do: Kudos Hairdressing

The Christmas and New Year holiday was most likely a much needed and well-deserved break. While you may have enjoyed those beautiful summer days soaking up those rays…your hair may not have.



Haircare experts say that sun damage is just as detrimental as applying bleach, and as with bleach, the effects aren’t just confined to colour changes.

The sun weakens your hair’s protein structure, de-moisturises it and reduces elasticity so your hair breaks more easily.

But don’t worry, this can all be remedied with a little bit of TLC. The brilliant team at Kudos Hairdressing in Merivale, among many other services on offer, can repair pesky sun damage.

Whether that’s by trimming your tresses or recommending moisturising shampoo and conditioner from in-salon ranges such as Wella, System Professional, Sebastian and GHD.

“The team of fully qualified stylists, who are friendly and professional, are there to provide great customer experience and service,” says Senior Stylist and Director Michelle Farmer.

Book your next appointment on (03) 355 4734 or email


Hair for a good time! Capelli Hair Design

Haircuts, styles, colour transformations and care are all covered at Capelli Hair Design in Ashburton, where a talented team of stylists are ready and waiting to turn their hands to whatever hair requests you have.



Finding your go-to hairdresser can make all the difference – not just to the way you look, but the way you feel.

Not to mention how easy it is to get an appointment with your preferred stylist, the price, finding a park, and savouring what should be a relaxing pampering experience.

Capelli offers every hair service imaginable from cuts to colours, express up-dos to tailorer-made wedding day packages. The talented team are constantly looking at ways to expand their horizons by keeping up with new looks and upskilling.

In recent times, a dedicated barbering area was added to the salon along with customised barbering training for stylists for an added expert touch for male clientele.

Clients at Capelli are not only treated to the utmost in haircuts, colours and styles – but are also treated with luxurious and award-winning haircare products from professional brands such as L’Oréal, Kérastase and ghd to get an amazing end result. You can also shop these brands online or in-store.

Open Monday to Saturday, phone (03) 308 9320 to book now.



Organising your Christmas ‘do: Haircuts for Haircuts

For a year which seemed to crawl by, the end of it has certainly snuck up! Which means it’s almost time to relax into the holiday season, but first – your hair! It’s that time to ensure your ‘do is looking fresh for the festive season.


Creating fantastic, stylish results, while keeping prices affordable, is always the goal at local salon, Haircuts for Haircuts, which has been producing haircuts for everyone from pre-schoolers to pensioners – and all ages in between – for more than 30 years.

Owner and operator Michelle Butterfield says the friendly and experienced staff, who are all fully qualified hair stylists, have been receiving excellent results with the Nak range of vegan and cruelty-free styling and finished products.

Sulphate and paraben-free Nak products include shampoo, conditioner, styling products and hair and scalp treatments. Which not only help ensure Haircuts for Haircuts excellent in-salon results, but make great Christmas gifts, too.

Open seven days a week, no appointment is necessary at the Bush Inn or South City branches, however clients can opt to wait for their preferred stylist.

Michelle encourages clients to take advantage of the loyalty system where every eighth haircut is free, as well as pensioner and student discounts.

The salon is also having a Black Friday special, November 27, with $10 clipper cuts all day (normally $15).

Find Haircuts for Haircuts at the Bush Inn Centre, phone (03) 348 7008 or South City Centre (03) 366 0619.


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.