About Us


Having returned to New Zealand in 2005 (from Sydney where I had lived for many years), I dedicated my first 2 years to establishing a valued reputation of trust, knowledge and ability amongst an ever increasing loyal clientele in the Nelson region before opening 'First Impressions' Beauty Salon. The salon opened 1st August 2007 in the rapidly developing area of McGlashen Ave, Richmond, and in 2011 changed the salon name to Improving Appearances, as this was a much better reflection of what the salon provided and where it was headed in the future.  With my mission being to provide everyday beauty services at an affordable rate, in an attractive, light and bright, fresh, modern - yet comfortable, environment, and with the addition of new services gradually being introduced over time, the salon is steadily progressing in this direction. 

Therefore my salon does not have the traditional sterile “feel” to it often experienced. It does however offer clean hygenic conditions, along with colourful décor thru-out, a big comfy lounge as seating, and plenty of natural light and warmth from the sun. Services are performed professionally with privacy and discretion, beauty products and services are competitively priced, and advice is free on your beauty concerns and needs.

I believe you should be able to look as good as you can, regardless of age, sex, wealth or health, without blowing your budget on overpriced products and treatments, so with this in mind  I aim to provide quality treatments, products and knowledge that will not only improve your overall appearance and wellbeing, but have you looking and feeling great. 

I hope you find the salon comfortable and inviting, and that the results of your treatments/services exceed your expectations.


Christine Coles. 

Australian Trained & Qualified Beauty Therapist 


Improving Appearances Beauty Salon
 (prev. First Impressions Beauty Salon -  est. 2007)

13 McGlashen Ave, Richmond, Nelson
Tel: (03) 544 4030

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