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Damn Gina, The Best Salons In New Zealand For Curly Hair

Find Out New Zealand’s Best Salons For Your Curly Hair

Image Source:  Via Adrian Fernández

By Shilpa Bhim

A lot of you Ginas from across the ditch have been asking for some tips on the best salons in New Zealand for curly hair, like this list we pulled together for our Aussie Ginas.

Here at Damn Gina, we are all about giving you Ginas what you want! So, we have rounded up the top salons for curly hair across New Zealand. 

From the North Island to the South Island, consider this your little black book for a curly-haired dalliance or two.

North Island Salons

Vivo Salon, Mairangi Bay, Auckland

If you’re looking for a curly hair specialist in Auckland or the upper North Island, look no further than Nigel Russell. 

With 40 years of experience in hairdressing, Nigel has learnt to understand the unique characteristics of curly hair and he is here to help you manage, maintain, and make the most out of your curls or waves.

Afri Afro Hair Salon, Auckland

You will be looking great and feeling confident after a visit to Afri Afro Hair Salon. The team specialises in curly and coily hair and will help you to enhance your natural look. 

Afri Afro Hair Salon also has an incredible range of curly hair products, imported directly from the US. No matter what type of curly hair you have, you’re in for a real treat at this salon!

Curl Next Door, New Plymouth

After being trained directly by Lorraine Massey on the Curly Girl Method, Donna is all about ‘curling it forward’. She’s passionate about curls and about making curly life better for all NZ curlies.

In addition to offering curly hair cuts, Donna runs curl lessons and workshops so you can keep showering your curls with the love and care they deserve after you’ve visited Donna.

If you’re not New Plymouth based, we’ve got some good news - Donna travels around New Zealand offering her services. Get in touch with her to find out when she’s coming to a town near you!

Taboo Hair Salon, Wellington

Tina Fox is the Curly and Wavy Hair Specialist and Hair Stylist and Director at Taboo Hair Salon. And she certainly lives up to her impressive job title!

Tina fully understands the unique characteristics of curly hair, which means she can cut and style it correctly.

Clients highlight that Tina is an extremely talented and professional hairdresser who takes the time to really listen to her clients needs and wants. Need we say more?!


Jam Hair Co., Wellington

The team at Jam Hair Co. love to work with curly hair so you know your mane is in good hands. 

In particular, Danny Todd, one of Jam Hair Co.’s stylists is on a mission to restore the faith in a hairdresser for curly-haired people! 

If you’re in Wellington, definitely give Jam Hair Co. a go!

South Island Salons

Amala Organic Hair Spa, Christchurch

Welcome to the home of Nadia Gallo, who has been a professional stylist for 22 years. 

Nadia is passionate about working with curly hair - and she wants to help all you curly guys and gals to love your hair the way it is.

Your curls are in for a real treat at Amala Hair Spa. Not only does Nadia know curls really well, the salon also uses the most natural based professional hair products available so you can expect your hair to look and feel incredible afterwards!

Scissortrix, Christchurch

Merilyn has owned Scissortrix for 26 years and is a curly hair specialist who rocks a head of curls herself!

The team at Scissortrix agrees that the most important person in the salon is you! So you can trust them to create a look that compliments you, your hair, and your lifestyle.

Aurum Hair Stylists, Dunedin

Aurum is all about making your hair dreams come true, and this extends to you, curly-haired guys, and gals.

The salon’s Director, Executive Stylist and Educator, Ria Reihana, has a real passion for the hair industry and curly hair. Most importantly, she wants you to feel amazing every day.

At Aurum, you can expect excellent service, styling, and hair education. What more could you want?!

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Flat curls, uncomfortable and falls off

I have a 54cm head and lots of long thick hair so I thought the medium would be perfectly snug however it was super loose on my head, it moved around even when I wasn't sleeping. Lying down with it on it was quite uncomfortable around the ears. It also didn't stay on my head at all, and I'm not a very restless sleeper.
I contacted damn gina and was given plenty of tips to keep it on, one of which worked however involved it being super tight on my head which gave me headaches and made my curls flat and point in odd directions, so this is probably a better product for girls with straight hair.
I sent this product back to Damn Gina for a refund however am unfortunately out of pocket for shipping and returns, despite it not being a change of mind refund. I really really wanted to find a way to use this product.

On a more positive note, it does look cute and the damn gina team are very quick to reply to emails.

Hi B,
Thank you for reviewing us. I am sorry to hear that our turban was not a right fit for you.
I understand every woman's head and hair is unique and our turban may not be a right fit for everyone - however, we have created a product that helps and works for the majority of our customers.
In instances where it is not a good fit, we always refund and we have agreed to refund you too once we receive the turban. Our refund policy clearly states that we do not refund shipping when the product is not faulty. If we have to refund the shipping, we will have to add it to our product price - which is not fair on 97% of our customers who love the product.
As per your review, one of the methods we shared helped you tighten the turban but it ended up being too tight - but all the methods we suggest are adjustable and not permanent and you can adjust the level of tightness as per your liking.
And thank you for appreciating our timely response to your queries. Means a lot.

Really really nice!

Great quality material and really really nice customer service. Work really well at protecting my hair when I sleep. Thanks

The only scrunchie in proportion with my head :P

I have a big head. No, really, like... huge. Gigantic. When I was six, everyone in my class had to measure our skull circumferences, and mine was the largest of all the girls. Hats look small on me, if they fit at all. Scrunchies are lost to my gigantic cranium. Where are my sunglasses? Lost forever in the vast desert of my forehead. But when I put this scrunchie on, you.... can actually see it! And it's so much gentler on my hair than all those tiny ones you can buy - even the ones that say they're designed to damage your hair less. Plus, they're just so damn cheerful.

Of course, you tiny, I mean, normal-headed people will like them too - but for us ladies designed to headbutt our way into history, this scrunchie is really, really welcome!

You may need to pin it on if you have fine hair

I have below-waist length, straight, fine hair, which is the natural enemy of all caps like this - everything slides off it like water!

To make this cap work for my specific hair situation, I pin my hair into something that barely would qualify as a loose bun, but let's be generous to me and call it that. Next I put on the cap, then add two very thin, gentle-but-grippy clips to either side of my head - basically just far enough towards the back of my head that it they won't press into my scalp when I sleep (I'm a side sleeper). My hair is so fine that even mild clipping can damage it, so I'm trying to find some fabric-coloured clips to reduce the bend the current ones put into my hair overnight.

For less fuss, of course, you can buy a silk pillowcase. For me, I like the option of using one or the other - I have one pair of silk pillowcases, but when they're in the wash, I wear this cap. Plus, the cap is good if you are travelling and will be sleeping on normal pillowcases, but still want to minimise breakage to your hair - which, at my length, is a real concern! I do feel that using these caps, silk pillowcases, a good weekly 10 minute hair treatment routine and a lightweight leave-in conditioner is the only reason my fairy floss fine hair has managed to get below my waist and still look healthy.

Anyway, yes, it might be a bit trickier to wear if you have hair like mine, but overall, a great sleeping cap. Lovely construction and beautiful materials!

My hair has never looked better!

I wish I had one of these years ago. My hair looks and feels so much better and I don’t have to use nearly as much product to reduce my frizz. Absolutely amazing! 10/10 will recommend