Before opening her own salon, Gaila had over ten years experience managing a full clientele in both Canada and here in Nelson. After qualifying in Vancouver, she trained at the Aveda Advanced Academy, then spent three years taking creative and technical courses in all aspects of hair styling from the industry’s leading professionals. Along the way, Gaila became an Aveda Colour Educator and developed a reputation as a curly hair specialist. Other strengths include mens haircutting and fine hair, and a passion for beautiful colour.
Claire is a Nelson-trained senior stylist with over twenty years experience in Australia and New Zealand. While overseas she managed a salon and ran her own business in Tasmania. Although she is an accomplished stylist in all areas of hairdressing, Claire particularly enjoys long straight hair. She does great colour work, precise women’s bobs and is a fantastic men’s haircutter.
Senior stylist Janelle trained locally and represented Nelson in national competitions before moving to Perth, where she was a hairdresser for twelve years. In Australia she specialised in cutting and hair-ups, and developed a flair for styling and event hair. Since returning to Nelson she is enjoying all aspects of hairdressing and is enthusiastic about colour work.
Lisa is a locally qualified, talented advanced senior stylist with over 16 yrs hairstyling experience – the last 7 yrs here in Nelson. Although she enjoyed hairstyling in the UK and Australia, Tasman is her home and she is here to stay. Lisa is a friendly and caring stylist who has developed strong skills in all areas of hairstyling, and whose passion for great hair makes everyday an opportunity to learn more. Her strength is her desire to please clients, so consultations with Lisa are very thorough. She really listens to her clients needs and desires – while keeping the natural beauty and integrity of the hair in mind – and creates gorgeous wearable hairstyles that look fabulous and last.
Since starting hairdressing college in 2001 Melissa has expressed a strong passion for hair ups and foiling. She enjoys colouring and cutting long hair as well as taking pride in short hairstyles and men’s cuts. Melissa has an eye for detail and takes pride and care in all aspects of hairdressing. During her many years hair styling Melissa has worked her way up to senior stylist, managed a salon in Wellington (which included training with L’oreal, Kerastase and other brands), and for the last 6 years she has enjoyed working with families within the community of Blenheim where she maintained a full all-ages clientele. Melissa listens to her clients and gives 100 percent to make them feel comfortable and happy with their hair and so they can manage it at home and love it.