Party season primping

Get to know our neat friends with a knack for highlighting all your best bits, as you rock on into wedding season, party season, festival season...well, just summer, really!

Wall of nail polish on white shelves.

Christchurch & Canterbury

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Ah yes, summer. Careless days spent lolling in the sand with salty locks and a fresh, no-makeup appearance. Who’re we kidding – ‘tis the season for celebrating a different friend getting hitched every weekend, classy days spent at the polo and big ol’ parties just because it’s summer and you can. On those days when backyard cricket attire or the “woke up like this” look just doesn’t cut it, get to know our neat friends with a knack for highlighting all your best bits (so you just have to worry about what’s underneath).

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Nicola Quinn Beauty and Day Spa

209 Papanui Road, Merivale
Christchurch & Canterbury

There’s a very good reason Nicola Quinn has been around for the ladies (and gents) of Christchurch for over 25 years. These leading experts in skincare and beauty are made up of a team of internationally qualified beauticians, which bodes well for your party-ready look. Start with this millennial’s most important feature and make a beeline for the brow bar for a personalised shape and tint. Those seeking silky skin can pop away for hair removal treatments using state of the art equipment, but if you’re into a wilder look, skip straight to the makeup and tanning stations. Stay a little longer and gain access into The Hush Lounge for post-treatment refreshments and nibbles or put on a little pre-party pamper with friends and book in for a ‘spa-ty’.

Tip and Toe

Tip & Toe

141 Aikmans Road, Merivale, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

If you’re part of that 95% of the population who struggle to paint inside the lines when it comes to DIY manis and pedis, get thee to Tip & Toe, stat. The pop-up nail bar shares its home with Mod’s Hair, paving a convenient segue into your next beauty treatment (but we’ll get to them next). Sift through seasonal nail collections with the team’s skilled artists and decide on a classic polish or make your digits pop with something fun from their wide variety of nail stickers. If you weren’t sold already, Tip & Toe has hit the nail on the head with their ethical selection of the world’s only five-star-health-rated gel, 100% vegan Bio Sculpture Gel and other nasty-free products.

A woman blow drying hair inside Mod's Merivale hairdresser in Christchurch.

Mod's Hair

141 Aikmans Road, Merivale
Christchurch & Canterbury

It’s reassuring to know that with a team of Paris-trained experts behind your do, you’ll be walking out of Mod’s Hair with a style as good as the ones found on the paths of Champs-Élysées. Chatter away with your hairdresser as they impart a wealth of knowledge about your personal hair type and how to best treat the locks you were born with. Effortlessly outshine every guest at the party (mind you, don’t go treading on the Bride’s big moment) with techniques like Balayage, Tints, Foils and signature style finishes like the ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Le Romantique’.

Looking into the spa from outside.

Renaissance

16/42 Marriner Street, Sumner, Christchurch
Christchurch & Canterbury

As the name promises, Renaissance’s Sumner-based beauty spa is a retreat for those looking to restore life to their mind, body and soul. When a hectic events calendar starts to get the better of you and the morning-after bottle of coconut water and eggs on toast doesn’t do the trick, this is the place to run away to. With the waves of Sumner beach crashing within earshot, indulge in detoxifying massages and aromatherapy treatments, undo last night’s antics with a rejuvenating anti-aging peel and let your attentive beautician mix together a facial perfectly tailored to your needs. Now you’re ready to do it all again next weekend.

Taxidermy on display inside Absolution Tattoo and Piercing Christchurch at The Arts Centre.

Absolution Tattoo and Body Piercing

The Art Centre 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central
Christchurch & Canterbury

If 2019 is the year that you make your mark, we can hook you up with the right people. Absolution is undoubtedly Christchurch’s most-trusted body-piercing and tattoo parlour, located in The Arts Centre. Earlobes, noses and other body parts are in good hands as the team get to work on a very health and safety conscious procedure. Choose your desired gems from an exquisite range, sourced from high-end jewellers. If it’s ink you fancy, get together with Absolution’s in-house or special guest artists to design a custom work made for the skin you’re in (just double check your relationship is as permanent as the tattoo, before you opt for your other half’s initials).