Totoka Hair & Make Up – “totoka” means beautiful in Fijian and this is central to the experience we want to create for you at Totoka Hair & Make Up. We offer mobile Hair & Make Up services all over Fiji. Owner Leanne Goff is a NZ trained and qualified hairdresser, competent in a full range of hair services & make up design. Supported by a local team of some of Fiji’s leading industry professionals, Totoka Hair & Make Up will ensure you feel fabulous about how you look on your big day.
ADDRESSDenarau Industrial Park Denarau Island
Q&A WITH LEANNE GOFF OF TOTOKA HAIR & MAKE UP FIJI
Tell us a little about your background?
My name is Leanne and I’m originally from NZ and now make my home in Fiji. I originally got into hair and makeup in the late 90’s after graduating from the Servilles Academy in Auckland. I now run Totoka Hair & Make Up Fiji, comprising of two salons and our specialist Hair & Make Up freelance team.
How did you begin your business?
I’ve been involved in freelance Hair & Make Up work over the years as I was constantly received a number of requests from people for wedding work, and really enjoyed being part of people’s big day. Last year in 2014 I decided to go full steam ahead and create a business focused on providing professional and beautiful hair and make up services here in Fiji.
I’m focused on building Totoka Hair & Make Up into a business known for its good communication, commitment to brides & beautiful hair & make up work on the day. We have an amazing team of stylists that always put in 100% to their work and I’m so proud of what we have achieved thus far.
What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
I enjoy the final moments when it all comes together, the lippy is applied, the veil goes in, the earrings go on and the bride looks in the mirror and sees herself looking incredible. I also love the moments between parents and their daughters when they see their baby all ‘grown up’….so special!!!! It usually brings tears to my eyes I must admit.
Favourite location for a Fiji Wedding?
Everywhere in Fiji is beautiful and we are lucky to be able to visit some amazing weddings all around Fiji. I don’t think I’ve had a bride yet that has been disappointed with her location which is fantastic.
Your favourite wedding you have worked on so far and why?
I can’t narrow it down but I do love elopements. Often the bride will book me personally and has chosen a resort on some amazing location, and you get the opportunity to be a very special part of the day as they rarely have friends or family around, so you end up helping with everything! I’ve laced dresses, put on shoes, taken cakes in boats and done all sorts of things!
Favourite place to visit in Fiji?
Currently the Yasawas and from my glimpse of Taveuni that was gorgeous also. My personal fave to relax and spend time is Tropica Island Resort on Malolo Island – bliss!
Favourite Love Song?
It would have to be ‘All My Life’ by KC & JoJo which is what my husband and I got married too back in the day!
3 things you can’t live without?
My kids, lip balm & nicely coloured hair. A few months ago GHD’s would have topped the list but now I can go through life without them, I never thought that would happen!
Top tip for Bride & Groom on their day?
Relax and enjoy it! And make the day special, have a glass of nice bubbles, eat a delicious lunch, share some moments with your bridesmaids and enjoy being turned into an enhanced version of your usually beautiful self.