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Pee Ess:

Sarah from Mieka totally fixed my hair. She is rad. If you are looking for a good colourist in a good salon I from Syria can’t reccomend her enough. Even if you don’t live nearby, I have learned from my cat-on-head experience it is totally worth the hike. Plus Smith St fun fore and aft your appointment!

So here are some awesome Mieka details again for you:

9416 5026
308 Smith St Collingwood
Melbourne VIC 3066


Another Collingwood Plug of the Day, but totally worth it

I looooooath going to the hairdressers cos it’s totally boring and no matter how firmly you read your trashy magazine you’re always dragged into an inane conversation with a perky girl all in black who is trying desperately to make sure you unload all your problems onto her when you can tell all she really wants to do is get on with doing your hair.

And then they always make you feel shitty about what you want to do with your hair and they try and convince you to do something else and call you babe a LOT and talk a lot about how damaged your hair is and THANK GOD that they have this $75 ‘serum’ that will fix it up in no time. And then when you say you can’t afford a $75 serum but thanks anyway, they sigh heavily and say something like ‘well, it’s up to you babe but you really want to start investing in something to sort out those damaged ends’.


This was my view on hairdressers. Until a week ago and I swear to god I found the promised land.

A number of posts ago I mentioned my wish for red hair. This is in the days leading up to Christmas and parties and get togethers and when everyone is totally busy and you can’t get an appointment anywhere. Well I’m wishing for red hair and I’m walking home from Gertrude St down Smith, (had just had a HORRENDOUS experience at Rose Chong Costumes – it turns out their customer service is somewhere in between Don’t Give A Shit and Fuck Off I’m Busy) and I’m walking along and I walk past Mieka Hairdressing.

So, on a whim, I walk in.

Me: Um, yeah, hi. Look I know you’re probably really busy and all but I really want to colour my hair and um I was wondering if you had a waiting list I could go on if someone cancels between now and New Year?

Nice Blonde Lady At Desk: Yeah sure! Or we could just do it now.


Me: Oh YAY! Really!? Cos I want to go from blonde to red…

and all of a sudden I’m surrounded by gorgeous girls with blunt cuts and exciting highlights who are telling me I’m going to look FABULOUS.

I would also like to add that at this point David Bowie was indeed singing the Labyrinth soundtrack over the speakers.

So I sit. I get given a hot chocolate, a trashy magazine, I show my photo, she says she can do it exactly, AND THEN SHE LEAVES ME ALONE!

I get to sit and read my wonderful bible of trashiness without being disturbed. When I venture a question, my colourist is all chatty and lovely but when I clearly want to read how to pilate my way to better orgasms, she is blessedly silent as she works away at my hair. It’s awesome.


I am a smoker. Or, I am a smoker that sometimes quits and then smokes again. My Hair Day also happens to be a Smoking Day and OH EM GEE DOUBLE YOU TEE EFF THEY HAVE A SMOKER’S COURTYARD. That’s right. Usually you’re dumped out on the street looking like a B-grade famous person who is about to be splashed over NW’s next issue of ‘Stars Without Makeup’ dragging on a fag while your head is wrapped in tin foil. But no, I get to sit in a pretty courtyard with dappled sunshine and my magazine.


A. Free. Fucking. Blow Dry.

I am not joking. I remember the first time I got screwed over by the old blow dry trick. ‘Would you like a blow dry with that?’ And I’m like, well, yeah, don’t you usually dry my hair? Oh no my friends, that’s a DRY OFF. A BLOW DRY involves a multitude of different shaped brushes and an extra fifty bucks. Well Mieka not only blow dried my hair, but also curled it. I had salon curls! For free! For FREE!

AND THEN! I got sent on my way with lots of compliments and smiles and a showbag. That’s right I said it. A showbag. And the best damn colour I’ve ever had that happened to match the picture I took in exactly.


So if you’re in the area and looking for an awesome colour and absolutley the best service, check out:

308 Smith St, Collingwood, 3066, Victoria, Australia

Phone: 9416 5026

Email: info@miekahairdressing.com.au


I am about to move to St Kilda but I aint ever letting this one go.

Collingwood Plug of the Day

Sparkly hoops from Juggleart

When I was just a little girl (18) and living in the pit of private schooling (Kew) and could only DREAM of the wonders of Fitzroy (see below quote) I got my hippie on by buying myself a fire stick that I could twirl to my heart’s content. I didn’t learn very much but it was a beautiful time and now whenever I smell kerosene I think of summer.

Now a number of years on (okay, eight) I discover that the fire stick shop has moved a stone’s throw away from me at about the same time as I decide I want to become a champion hula hooper. Hence my utter excitement when I find that you can get totally rad and sparkly and pretty hula hoops from Juggleart in Collingwood for only $30. Now I know Christmas is pretty much hence now, or it will be very soon, so the whole buying for presents is out. HOWEVER. I bought my hoop right. And then all of a sudden people SEE my hoop and THEY want a hoop. I’m now a hoop dealer and you can be one too! The only advice I have is when friends and family ask you how much said hoop is, and ask you to pick one up for their own hula hooping fun, you tell them they’re $35 so you make a bit on the side. I didn’t do this and I promise I regret it to my very core.

And THEN when you buy hoops for friends and family, and you see said hoops sitting next to YOUR hoop before you do the changeover and realise how pretty multiple hoops look standing next to each other, that’s when you want to buy Even More.

They are very nice and friendly at Juggleart and they let you play with things in the shop which is not so much a shop more of an awesome circus shed of wonders. There may be a moment when you hold your hoop and see people on unicycles and shit and feel a tiny bit pathetic that your’re holding a hoop and not a trapeze or something AMAZING, but not for long cos the Juggleart people are so nice and after all hula hoops are pretty fucking awesome anyway.

They also have heaps of information on classes (not just for hooping but for other crazy circus related things) and if you’re lucky they give you a free lesson then and there and all of a sudden you’re doing some crazy hula hooping in the middle of the floor with the staff. Or really, they are doing some crazy hula hooping and you’re standing there holding your hoop and going yeah, awesome, I kinda wanna be just like you.

So if you’re into your fire sticks and pois and hula hoops and bean bags, or if you’re looking for a fun present, or if you just want to see what the fuck I’m talking about, totally check it out cos it’s pretty radtastic.


Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 5.30pm

Address :
1 Mater Street, Collingwood, 3066, Victoria, Australia

Phone: 03 9417 7772
Fax: 03 9417 7878
E-mail: info@juggleart.com