We feel like we are always saying this but where has the year gone?! We can't believe it's nearly halfway through 2018 already. In our latest newsletter we have included our staff news, upcoming promotions, Tips & Tricks and much more!


Annie is the newest senior stylist to the Aboki team. She recently moved to Nelson from Chch where she owned and managed her salon for the last 16 years. She has been in the industry for 35 years in-between raising her now grown up boys. Her passion is meeting new people and making a difference to how they look and feel.


Michaela is one of our newest assistants at the salon after recently finishing school. She has a background in Performing Arts, so she is totally a people person! Michaela is a fun and friendly person to have in the salon! 


Sarah has been a part of the Aboki team for the past 18 years (she started in 2000). She's been away from the salon for 3 years spending time with her children and youngest, Alyvia. Sarah is now doing some Saturdays, so please call up the salon to see which Saturdays she is working. We're thrilled to have her back in the salon.
KELSIE - We are thrilled to announce that Kelsie is 3 months pregnant! She is due on the 15th of November and is hoping to work up to 8 months (Mid October) if everything is going well.

VANESSA -  Vanessa is going to be back in October after being on maternity leave with her wee boy Casey.


FAYE - away May 20th till 29th

JESS - away July 9th till 16th

JOHN & MELISSA - away 27th July till 20th August

STEPH - away on her honeymoon from October 15th till 23rd

Message from Alesha

Hey everyone! My names Alesha, I have been at Aboki for 6 months, I've been hairdressing for nearly 6 years, and I'm looking for new clients! I can do all aspects of hairdressing. I especially love foils, balayage/ombré, and bright colours! I also have experience in perming and smoothing treatments! I look forward to meeting you! Below are a couple examples of my work.

Message from Hannah

Hey guys! My name is Hannah and I have been working at Aboki for nearly 2 years. I am a new generation stylist, which means that I'm in training. I'm always learning new and exciting techniques. I'm fresh into the industry, and I'm excited about all things hair! Any service with me and you get 10% off. Some pictures of my work are below.
Jazmyne and Ryan's wedding 

Aboki directors, John & Melissa celebrated their daughter's wedding early January, Jazmyne - who is Aboki's marketing manager & occasional makeup artist. Jazmyne married partner of 5 and a half years, Shortland street's newest star (Dr Dylan Reinhart), Ryan O'Kane. Below are some pictures from their big day.
Hannah and Faye attended the Patrick Cameron course in Auckland 

From Hannah - "Faye and I flew up to Auckland for the Patrick Cameron course. There were a total of 14 hairdressers from all around New Zealand. As we walked though the door of the salon, Patrick welcomed us with big hugs and a friendly smile. The day was just incredible! Faye has been hairdressing for 55 years and I am a New Generation stylist, but we both still took so much away from the day, and not just the hair skills but also his postive attitude! I'm looking forward to putting the new techniques that I've learnt to good use in the salon."

Below some pictures from the course, they were also featured
in the New Zealand beauty magazine 'Images'!
The Monaco Mid Winter Marathon takes place on the Nelson Tasman Great Taste Trail, utilising seaside trails around the Waimea Inlet, with snow capped mountains in the distance.

The idea of the event is to break down the barriers to participation and give everyone a good chance to compete or complete a full marathon running event (42.2km).

We have a group of 6 of us running this Marathon plus John is running the whole thing by himself. When entering The Monaco Marathon you make a $20 donation to one of their charities, either the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand or the Heart of Biking Charity. That means the full $20 it costs to compete is actually donated to charity. The running of the event comes down to the race organiser Stu, along with his team of passionate supporters and sponsors. 

For most of us entering this is totally out of our comfort zone, so John has written up a training plan for us and we are having fun getting ready for the race!

To support our local Hospice and the Dancing for a cause event, Aboki is donating our time and resources for all of the dancers hair. We are really looking forward to being part of an incredible event for a really important cause!

'A glamorous evening of entertainment, with 8 local personalities being partnered with a trained ballroom dancer and performing a ballroom dance in front of a panel of judges at the Trafalgar Centre, in order to win the coveted title of Nelson’s first dancing for a cause winner!

Raising funds for Nelson Hospice is the aim with fully catered corporate tables and a range of seating options to suit every budget, making this a night of glamour, fun and dancing, all for a great cause!

Our seven local celebrity dancers for the event are: Rachel Reece (Mayor of Nelson), Pic Picot (Businessman-Pic’s Peanut Butter), Rachel Boyack (Community leader and recent Labour Candidate for Nelson), Ros Pochin (Breast Surgeon Nelson), Paul Hampton (Victory Boxing), Matt Boutery (Restaurateur), Matt Lawrey (Nelson City Councillor and recent Green party candidate for Nelson), and Richard Carruthers (Local Osteopath and Producer/Director of NYTC).'

We have several upcoming promos through our social media pages on Instagram and Facebook. We also often do daily deals and specials depending on availability, so be sure to follow us to keep up to date! 

Mothers day, Queens Birthday, Fathers Day and much more!

Melissa loves Fridays, so sometimes when Friday comes around she will surprise our followers on social media with 'The Boss's Shout'. She gives away FREE Blow waves and FREE Style, Cut and Blow wave's with any colour service, and much more depending on the day and availability.

We love making people feel happy, so this is a way for us to give back to someone who could do with a boost or some relaxing time!

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Cezanne's Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment promises smoother, straighter, frizz-free hair, while restoring natural shine and making hair healthier and more manageable - without damaging the hair or using dangerous chemicals.
This treatment contains a unique blend of keratin, botanical extracts and vitamins, and will last in your hair 3+ months. One of the key ingredients in Cezanne is sericin, a silk protein produced by silkworms, which protects the bonds of the hair and locks it into a new, smoother, straighter shape.
Another great benefit is that your hair can be styled, tied up, curled, washed or even coloured immediately, without worrying about getting it wet, kinked or having chemicals that need to 'sit' on it for a set period of time.

We’ve had amazing feedback from our clients who have had this treatment, if you are interested feel free to pop in for a free consultation!
Below is an example of the results by Alesha.
Toners Toners Toners, one of the most misunderstood and equally one of the most fabulous products we have in the salon.

Understanding the uses and purpose of a toner can be a bit of a minefield to navigate. As professional stylists
our goal is (believe it or not) actually to not need to use a toner. It is used when the stylist is lifting hair during a colour service that involves powder lightener, or bleach if you like.

Its most common purpose is to counteract warmth in the hair when the lightener has finished its process and it may need a little bit of help to create a cooler tone. Using a toner in this way will only work if the hair is already at a very light level of blonde. It will not make any difference to the hair if your hair is still at a very gold or orange stage. This will only achieve the required result by re-lifting with the lightener again.

Toners can also be used to create a pastel or warmer tone in the hair, such as the fashion is at the moment with beautiful pinks and lilacs. Again the toner will only work in this way if the hair is already at an extremely light level of blonde with no warmth to alter the end result.

It’s advised that these type of colour services are only performed in a reputable salon as lightening the hair is very technically difficult, and in some cases could cause the hair damage if not done correctly.

These colours are not for the faint hearted and achieving a gorgeous blonde is quite often a process that will require more than one visit to the salon. Therefore be aware that this is often an expensive exercise. A toner that is used during a lightening service will be more cost effective as an add on .

If you are coming to the salon for a refresh of your toner (toners will shift from the hair relatively quickly) then it is the cost of a normal colour service as they are no different in composition than any of our other colours, and will take the same amount of time to develop. Never fear if this sounds way to much to deal with, be assured that the correct use of a toner in a professionals hands will give you a beautiful result that you will love! 

Below is an example of where Hannah has used a copper and apricot toner on Jazmyne's blonde hair to give her a bright hair colour. The next example is on Michaela's blonde hair, and Hannah used Pink and Steel blue toners. This lasted about 3/4 weeks, and changes depending on different hair types.

Available in store, these limited edition Kérastase Travel Sets are designed to protect, restore and revive the hair. These are perfect for your gym bag as well as while travelling.

Why we love it?
Packaged in gorgeous bright packaging,
this set is a great treat for yourself or somebody else!

All sets are $55 each

Available strictly while stocks last.

The limited edition Kérastase Nutritive Magistral Travel set is designed to nourish and revive dry hair. This set includes:
  • Kérastase Bain Satin 1 80ml
  • Kérastase Lait Vital 75ml
  • Kérastase Nectar Thermique 50ml

The limited edition Kérastase Résistance Travel is designed to revive and restore damaged hair. This set includes:

  • Bain Force Architecte 80ml
  • Masque Force Architecte 75ml
  • Ciment Thermique 50m

The limited edition Kérastase Réflection Travel Set is designed to protect and preserve colour treated or highlighted hair.
This set includes:

  • Bain Chromatique Riche 80ml
  • Masque Chromatique Épais 75ml
  • L’incroyable 50ml

We currently stock an amazing Sheet Mask brand at the salon called, Happy Hour Mask!

For only $19.95 - The masks come in a box of 2.
It is made from Japanese silk, it's also Cruelty and Paraben free,
and is great for all skin types!


So what are these fabulous masks? 

While the trend of snapping selfies in a Sheet Mask is new (and really fun), sheet masks themselves have long been a staple in Asian (specifically Korean) skincare. It just took us a while to figure out how awesome they are. Now that we know, we're obsessed. With other companies you can buy masks that brighten, or hydrate, or refresh the skin, but Happy Hour have created a mask that is like nothing else and can FIRM + BRIGHTEN + NOURISH + CALM all in the one! So go ahead and relax for 20 minutes, and don't forget to snap a selfie.

You can purchase these masks in the salon or alternatively, you can purchase directly off the Happy Hour website and they currently have free shipping!

Believe us when we say, your skin with thank you for it!

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That's all for now folks!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts
for being such wonderful, loyal clients.
It's such a pleasure to hear about what's going on in your life.
It brings our team such joy to uplift you,
and put a little spring in your step!

Here's to HAPPY HAIR da
ys! x

- From the team at Aboki Hairdressers

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