Archive for November 2019

Interview with Best Salon Design winner – Iron and Ivy Hair and Beauty

How does it feel to be the winner of the Best Salon Design award?

Iron and Ivy first opened its doors in May 2019, so to be considered as a finalist for The Industry Awards and then take home the Best Salon Design award has been such an achievement for us! It has been an amazing shared experience for myself, my team and our fantastic design team. Paul Haswell of Hazweld Bespoke Steel fabrication has been especially helpful, he created our core statement eight-station table piece and bought my dream to life. To win this award means a lot to us as we’re a small business starting out and we’re looking forward to partaking in The Industry Awards in the future.

Why did you redesign your salon?

We are a new salon set in a rapidly growing part of the country (Queenstown), so we wanted to be the first to introduce a modern, fresh, city-sophisticated and high-end hair and beauty studio as part of the evolution of Queenstown becoming a city. Our space is a true destination salon, set above the streets of Queenstown, where a client can relax away from the busy hustle of the new town centre and enjoy a premium experience.

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What was the inspiration behind the design?

I wanted to design a space around the concept of duality. Iron and Ivy is a representation of this concept, marrying elemental aspects of metal and nature within our physical space is reflective of this inspiration. The elemental aspects of metal and industry (Iron) is steadfast, strong and unwavering in its determination. Nature (Ivy) continually grows and seeks out the sunlight to proudly display its beauty. Each aspect of our studio communicates this duality to our clients. This is especially reflected in our core functional station art piece which combines 500kg of pure cold steel with warm Spanish Oak sourced from one tree.

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What was the design process like?

Fun and stressful! I spent a lot of time creating mood boards and drawing out aspects of the salon that I wanted, some of which seemed impossible at the time but are now a reality. I wanted to create a space that was not only enjoyable to look at as a representation of art, but also a place where a client could physically become part of the inspiration behind the design. The design was crucial but I also wanted to create a natural flow and provide the best possible experience for both our clients and team alike.

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How does the design of your salon represent your brand and your clients?

We wanted to create a sensation of secrecy and exclusivity around Iron and Ivy as a brand, so when we were looking for a location we decided to choose a space that was above ground and away from the busy street. We have very affluent and influential clientele, so when thinking about their need for privacy and discretion, we wanted a place they could relax and enjoy their hair service which wasn’t a street frontage location. A successful businesswoman doesn’t want to be seen with a full head of foils through a store window, so this was paramount for us.

What is the best thing about your salon?

My team is the best thing about Iron and Ivy! But if we’re talking specifically about the design, then it has to be our table. It has been in my dreams for years, it took us months to create and locate the best in steel and wood to bring it to life. It truly is one of a kind.

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What would you say to salons considering entering the business awards in the future?

Go for it! We have only been in business for six months and were considered a finalist for The Industry Awards Best Salon Design and Excellence in Marketing categories. If you’ve created a beautiful salon for you and your team that you’re proud of and that your clients love then you should enter and share this with your peers.

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Would you recommend entering The Industry Awards to other salons, spas and clinics, and why?

I would definitely recommend The Industry Awards to other salons, spas and clinics. The experience of taking part and showcasing your talent to your peers is an amazing shared experience – it’s not just about winning an award, it’s about meeting other people in the industry and gaining inspiration from the beautiful work they create. We’re looking forward to entering into some of the creative categories next year!

The best in hair, beauty and barbering announced at The Industry Awards 2019

New Zealand’s top hair and beauty professionals were recognised for their creativity, dedication and business skills at The Industry Awards last night, held at Te Papa in Wellington.

The Industry Awards are hosted annually by the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers (NZARH), Kitomba Salon and Spa Software and the New Zealand Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO). 

With 20 awards, there was much to celebrate. In accepting their awards many shared their love of their industries and their supportive teams and clients.

New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year: Tayla’d Styling, Hibiscus Coast

This prestigious award celebrates a hair or barbering business that is at the top of its game and displays all-round strong performance. 

The judges thought Tayla’d Styling’s entry showcased examples of excellent strategic planning, as well as outstanding results over the past year. They believe that it is the  determination and passion of owner Tayla Carpenter that is the key to the business’s success.

Tayla also won the Top Performing Stylist of the Year award this year.  

“To win and to be recognized in the industry for our hardwork and dedication is such an amazing feeling and really overwhelming.

I truly couldn’t achieve this without my incredible team members who are the backbone of our salon, brand partners such as Matrix for our opportunities and support, and Kitomba for making it easy for me to see everything clearly with our numbers and marketing, and of course the support of our family, friends and our loyal clients.

I would recommend entering to everyone, it’s a great way to look at your business more thoroughly and to celebrate your achievements, as well to pre plan your goals for the next year ahead.

I’m so grateful and feel honoured to have received two awards, these were major goals we hit last night. Thank you for the opportunity to have an event like this to attend, I’m looking forward to next year.”

Apprentice of the Year: Vienna More, Clipjoint and Co. (Christchurch)

The Apprentice of the Year award goes to the best “all-round” hairdressing, barbering, or beauty therapy apprentice. The apprentice must show commitment to their training and the desire to improve in all areas.

Judges said winner Vienna Moore, chosen from four regional winners across New Zealand, is a great example of a hardworking apprentice. “Not only was it clear a lot of thought had gone into this entry, but it was a great, original and creative read!”

New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year: Puravida Beauty, Wellington

This award celebrates a beauty business that is clearly excelling and achieves phenomenal results in their overall business numbers and growth. 

The judges were impressed by Puravida beauty’s clear focus on their goals, and the strategies they’ve put in place to achieve them. 

Owner, Sherri-lee Scholtz said “I am so thankful to The Industry Awards and the sponsors of the event, for allowing us to come together and celebrate the hair and beauty industry. I am so beyond grateful and still a little shocked about our win. 

A big thank you to my amazing clients for their loyalty and support, without them we would be nothing, thank-you to Holly my staff member, my suppliers, my friends and family for always having my back, and to my daughter, Callie, for  being my biggest cheerleader with love, support and a smile!”

Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship: Tee Tupara, Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty, Taupo

The Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship was set up in memory of HITO apprentice, Jasmine McBeth who completed her hairdressing apprenticeship whilst battling cancer, but sadly passed in 2007.

Her parents, Denise and Murray McBeth used the money she had saved for her business to create this scholarship. It’s awarded to a hairdressing apprentice that demonstrates dedication, passion and commitment to their training and career.

The judges said this year’s winner, Tee Tupara not only had an outstanding application but also a clear passion for hairdressing, outstanding work ethic and desire to succeed. “Tee is a great role model for the next generation.”

Editorial Stylist of the Year: Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin

Kylie Hayes took home four awards last night. She was the winner of the Editorial Stylist of the Year – Colour Concept, Editorial Stylist of the Year – Cover Shot, Editorial Stylist of the Year – Derek Elvy Visionary Award and the overall Editorial Stylist of the Year. 

“Thank you, you have once again provided us with a platform that allows us all to shine, an outlet for us to tell our individual story, be artists and share our creativity with one another.

I’m truly thankful to be recognised by an internationally acclaimed judging panel, alongside my industry peers, to all the other finalists congratulations we are all winners in the end. 

I dedicate this win to all the hardworking mothers of our industry and incredible husbands that support us on our journey.”

The Industry Awards Winners 2019


Industry Trainer of the Year:Cathy Davys, Vivo Hair and Beauty, Wellington
Workplace of the Year:Absolute Hair, Waikanae
Jasmine McBeth Memorial Scholarship:Tee Tupara, Cremebrulee Hair and Beauty, Taupo
Apprentice of the Year: Vienna Moore, Clipjoint & Co, Christchurch


New Zealand Hair Salon of the Year:Tayla’d Styling, Hibiscus Coast
New Zealand Beauty Salon of the Year: Puravida Beauty, Wellington
Excellence in Marketing:Reds Hairdressing, Porirua
Sustainable Salon of the Year:Scout, Wellington
Best Salon Design (Joint winners):Iron + Ivy, Queenstown & Megan Nicole Hair Design, Christchurch
Top Performing Stylist of the Year:Tayla Carpenter – Tayla’d Styling, Hibiscus Coast


Derek Elvy Visionary Award:Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Patrick Cameron Under 4 Years in the Industry:Ashleigh Mullacrane, House of Hair, Gisborne
Patrick Cameron Over 4 Years in the Industry: Caren Mackay, Invercargill
Editorial Stylist of the Year:Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Editorial Stylist of the Year – Colour Concept:Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Editorial Stylist of the Year – Cover Shot:Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing, Dunedin
Editorial Stylist of the Year – Le Male:Rachel Elmiger, Mancraft, Taupo
Editorial Stylist of the Year – Next Generation Stylist:Hlawn Nawl, Buoy Spa and Beauty, Wellington
Editorial Stylist of the Year – Hot Shot New Talent Stylist:Shayla Mcdougall, KN Colab, New Plymouth
Hair Stylist of the Year – Next Generation:Teighan Robinson, Vivo Hair and Beauty, Invercargill
Hair Stylist of the Year – Senior Stylist:Ronda Shaskey, Nspyre Red Boutique Hair Lounge, Christchurch

Winners and top placed creative entries

The Industry Awards team is thrilled to announce not only the winners of this year's creative awards but also the second, third and fourth place in some categories! Check out all the top placed looks below.



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